Thursday, August 28, 2008

Can't believe it's been as long as it has since I posted anything. It has been extremely busy around here this Summer and right now I'm dealing with Bronchitis, fatigue and general all-over not feeling good. It hit me literally, like a ton of bricks Monday evening at 6:15 ... chills & fever, aches and pains, etc. I've just read all your posts and am glad to know you're all well. If you would, please say a prayer for me. It seems to take forever for me to get over these lung problems when one comes.

Thank you much. I love each of you.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Good Monday morning friends! How many of you have one of these cast iron skillets in your kitchen? I have two skillets and a griddle. What else is there to cook in when you're from Kentucky or anywhere south of here? I like these sturdy pans because if you take care of them, they'll last you a life-time and if you want to, you can leave them to someone in your will. Where I'm from you'd have to stipulate just who gets them 'cause most everyone in my family covets old cast-iron cookware and there might be a teensy war among those who want them. And if the cookware is old enough, they're even worth $$. As if anyone I know would sell theirs. Well, some might, money speaks loudly these days.

I remember my Granny cooking with them, my Mom & my Mother-in-law still do; my Dad always used cast iron; and many others in my family also use them. You've gotta have at least one good cast iron skillet to make cornbread in and another to fry potatoes. That's just how it is.

How grand it would be if we, as Christians, could be as durable, lasting and sturdy as cast iron. Could be? I think we are! Just think back to where the precious Lord has brought you from ... the times you maybe wanted to give up and give in but you didn't ... you kept on going, trusting and believing God was true to His promises.

My old cast iron cookware didn't become "seasoned" in one or two uses ... it took weeks and months and years to get them to where they are today. Just right for baking cornbread and just right for frying potatoes or green tomatoes or corn. The griddle is perfect for pancakes or french toast or toasted cheese sandwiches for the grand-girls. It's taken years for these old skillets and the same holds true for us ... we aren't 'seasoned' for the Master's use in just a week or two ... it takes years ... and the precious truth is ... He has held us over the fire when we didn't know it was Him ... He knew what He was doing with us way back then and He knows what He is doing now. We may sometimes seem worse for the wear, maybe don't look as new and modern as others out there, but boy do we have stories to tell of God's graciousness and mercy. And the great thing is our Father isn't gonna trade us in for newer models. He keeps us forever.

What an awesome, mighty Shepherd we have! What a gracious King we serve!
May your day be blessed and your heart lifted this day. May the King of all Glory come in to where you are right now and tell you how much He cares for you.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Good Sunday morning my friends. I have just read all your blogs and wanted to leave a short note before getting ready for church. We have been blessedly busy with grand-girls and a big grand-pup, thus the slowness in posting anything lately. Hopefully, I shall get back tonight and give you up-to-the minute updates on our lives.

You are all in my thoughts and I consider myself blessed to 'know' you through your writings.

May this day be blessed in ways unimaginable.