Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Thoughts

There is never a time
when you're not in His thoughts,
never a time without grace,
never a time when He turns away
from any need you face.
There is never a time
when you're not in His heart,
never a time without love,
never a time when you're not blessed
with good things from above!
How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I wake, I am still with Thee. Psalm 139:17-18
Excerpt from the devotional gift book Always Loved by Roy Lessin

Isn't that beautiful and comforting?  Our God, our Jehovah, our Abba Father, creator of all things and above all things, thinks about you and me. We are in His heart and we are never without his love. Does that make you sigh with pure contentment like it does me?  I can't describe the feeling in my Spirit that I have - the peace that this gives me.  God is with me. *sigh* :)
I recovered from the stomach bug! Yippee! I actually felt pretty good yesterday and was able to get my kitchen spotless and do a little cooking.  I actually made pastry shells that my youngest son has been asking me to do since Thanksgiving.  I woke up feeling so good yesterday morning, that I decided to tackle it.  I have never made them before, but the recipe is one my mother used all the time when I was growing up.  She used to make the most delicious cream puffs for special occasions and this is that recipe.  It said at the top of the recipe card that it was a large batch, but since I've never made them, I didn't know what a large batch meant.  20 shells - maybe 25?  I have over 80 shells!!! I have 4 gallon size freezer bags filled with shells!!  Anyway, obviously all went well with the recipe and I now know how to make them.
I made fresh whipping cream, sprinkled those lovely things with powdered sugar and passed them out to my family. When I took that first bite, I was instantly transported back to my childhood and all those special times that my mother made those wonderful cream puffs.  Funny how certain foods, smells, or sounds can do that.  I will put the remaining shells in the freezer and pull them out to fill with whipped cream (of course), tuna salad, chicken salad, or ice cream.  I'm thinking this is going to be something of a staple in my freezer.  How easy to have a special something to pull out at the last minute?  Once the shells are made, all the rest is a breeze.
I was pretty tired after all this and last night I just sat in my recliner.  I think I'm going to have to watch myself and not over-do on the good days (as is my mode) so that I really can get better quicker.  I was telling my husband yesterday that I am SO thankful that I can clean my kitchen and do those things that I have a desire to do for my family.  I wouldn't have thought this before - cleaning has always been a drudge to me - but as I get older and I know my calling from the Lord as a woman, I desire to do these things.  Not being able to do them physically puts an even higher thankfulness in my heart when I can do it.  There's nothing like looking at your sparkling kitchen (or whatever) and knowing you cleaned it with your own hands. 
I'm resting today.  I spent the morning in devotions and Bible study and now I'm going to get ready for the football games.  I will probably just do some crocheting while watching the game.  I'm pretty worn out today and having more pain - another reminder not to over-do on the good days - and I want to allow my body to heal again.
I hope you have a blessed Sunday!
God bless you - Julie

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