Friday, December 8, 2017

A 3:00 A.M. Tea-Time with a Grandson
Teachable moments change lives. 
They can last a life time too. 
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.     Proverbs 22:6
Our daughter and her family came for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday. At 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, our 17 year old grandson beat me down stairs to have a snack while I started the turkey preps. As I brought out the supplies and utensils, Seth munched on green grapes as my teacup waited piping hot on the counter for me to take quick sips. 

Note: Tea-time is just an excuse to come together. Drinking the liquid isn’t always necessary. Grapes will do too

“Do you want to learn how to make the dressing, Seth?”

His response was as enthusiastic as his quick spring from the kitchen stool, “Sure.” 

Taking advantage of the unplanned moment, I handed Seth the bag of dressing mix and said, “Follow the directions.” With a whip-lash look at me, he took the challenge. 

Smiling ear-to-ear when all was complete, Seth thought he was finished. 

My own smile crossed my face with a mischievous twinkle in my eye as I handed him an egg. “This is my grannie’s secret to a moist dressing. Open the egg, drop it in the mixture and stir.” 

While the dressing was being made, I cleaned the turkey once more.  So, it was ready for Seth to stuff his first turkey. The smile dropped from Seth’s face when he realized, he was going to be cramming the bird himself. Teachable moments do have unexpected surprises

The packed 21 pound bird looked comfortable in the aluminum foiled pan lined with extended foil. “Dry your hands real well. You’re going to season this big guy.” 

Dried herbs from our garden was waiting on a plate. “Take hold of the Rosemary branch. Smell it.” 

With a look that silently said, “O.K.” Seth waited for further instructions. 

“Pull the barbs off the stem and crush them in the palm of your hand like this.” 

He mimicked me. 

“Now smell!” 

“Wow. It’s smells stronger.” 

“Crushing dried herbs brings out their oils. Do this with all these herbs as you sprinkle them over the turkey.” 

The Thanksgiving smells were beginning to fill the kitchen. The bird looked good with its colorful makeup of seasonings. Now was the time of sharing a secret of my own with Seth. 

As I was showing Seth how to fold and seal the extended aluminum foil around the turkey without touching it, I shared, “The best ingredient you can add to anything you are making is prayer. Yes, pray that the food turns out good without becoming a burnt offering. However, it’s the prayers you pray for the people you’re going to serve that makes the work seem easy, the food tastes fine, and peace fills the air as well as your guests.”

With quivering arms, Seth carried the decked out bird to the hot oven. Avoiding the oven walls and elements he laid down the heavy silver pod with ease. As he closed the oven door, it seemed as if he stood taller than ever before. 

A grin crept wide on his face, “Grand-mommy, I’m going back to bed.” 

I’d planned on going back to bed too after the kitchen was back in order and my teacup was empty. Nevertheless, as I headed to bed our youngest grandson surprised me with, “Good morning, Grand-mommy.” There’s a teachable tale here too, but that will wait for another day. 

The best bast is prayer. 
Time ticked on, the seasonings were sending out waves of wonderful aromas, and Seth was ready to experience basting the turkey. Folding the foil back and tucking the ends under, it looked like a nest of silver around the bird. Seth’s parents watched with surprise as he took ownership of the process. 

Thanksgiving morning started with a cup of tea and a bowl of grapes in the wee hour of 3:00 a.m. that turned into a teachable moment that built confidence in a teen that will last him a life time.  

What was your favorite tea-time? 

Teachable moments make the most interesting stories. What is one of yours? 

May you continue to steep in the Lord’s presence for unexpected teachable moments that will last you a life time. 

Uplifting blessings, 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Delight

May the aroma of your Thanksgiving prayer fill the room like a bouquet. 
When the turkey is in the oven, the pies are already baked, and the side dishes are waiting their time to be to put on the table, it's the perfect time for tea.

As host and cook, one needs an uplifting break to be able to fulfill family and friends expectations of the Thanksgiving meal. For some of us it's a joy while others see it as a living sacrifice. No matter ones point of view, prepares are the calling cards of bring everyone together.

Taking a pause in Christ's uplifting presence over a teacup is a gift one gives ones self.

How do I know? This is my 51st Thanksgiving day preparation since I've been married. A pause with  just Jesus and me renews me before family and friends ring the door bell. The tea is the excuse to give a personal thanks to the one who makes the Thanksgiving celebration a blessing.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Enjoy overflowing Thanksgiving blessings in your serve. 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Big Dipper is My TeaCup

God gave me the Big Dipper for my 70th birthday present. I’d known since I was seven years old that God had given me a full cup of His love when He answered my prayer asking Him to let me be His little girl. 

My mother had abandoned my younger brothers and me when I was five. Our step-mother told me she tried to give me away to my mother’s family but no one wanted me without my brothers then she told me that my mother didn’t want me, my father doesn’t want me and for sure she didn’t want me. 

Nonetheless, I knew Jesus loved me because of the song the Vacation Bible School ladies taught us. “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.” Along with this song and the dark blue felt board Gospel stories, I knew to go to God for love, comfort, and acceptance. 

The day of my 70th birthday, I woke up with joy. I asked God to celebrate my birthday with me. It was my plan to look for His gifts especially for me through out the day. I wasn’t disappointed. 

Before I had my first cup of tea, I took our miniature long haired doxie out in the backyard for his morning constitutional. The stars were like diamond chips on a black velvet sky. They just seemed to sparkle extra bright and then I saw the Big Dipper. It’s handle seem to almost reach down to touch the horizon. I felt like I could reach out and take hold of it. 

As I paused in the wonder of God’s creation, I felt within my soul God said to me that the Big Dipper was my teacup. It was filled with His love for me. This was my first birthday gift for the day. It was huge!

Immediately, I made a birthday wish. I can’t wait for Abba to fulfill it. All I can say, because I can’t tell a birthday wish, is that the desire will be part of bringing God glory and a gift to Him from my heart. 

I’ve seen how big and full God’s love is for me specially on this birthday when I saw the Big Dipper sparkle in the dark sky.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14
 is my birthday wish for each one of you on your special day. 

Keep an eye out for the gift God has for you. 

What’s the biggest gift God gave you? Have you ever woke up with so much joy that you asked God to share the day with you? What happened? 

Uplifting Blessings,