Eating in season makes a whole lot of sense! Especially for me since I love sweet potatoes, apples and squash. However, let’s take a step back to see where this all started…read this first then come back over to create recipe with the purpose to cross barriers: What if Grace and Gratitude Were Always in Season?
Sometimes the very simplest things offer the most satisfying rewards. I believe God does this as a gift to boost the busy mom, revive a hardworking wife, energize the overwhelmed career woman or urge on anyone seeking satisfaction without ALWAYS working so hard! He wraps up an abundant blessing, a gift of gratitude expressed or the much needed encouragement in a simple little box to serve as ammunition to stay in the fight.
Sometimes getting out of our comfort zones is really what we need. Because walking outside the periphery of a consistent, cushioned life allows God to carve us out, carry us and create something new out of what’s become stagnant in our existence. Even when things haven’t felt so cushioned, Christ might just be calling us to stand straight up and step out in faith.
What feels abnormal and seems to stretch us beyond what we can bear is the very thing the Lord might be calling us to lean into!
Tell me if this sounds familiar: In the midst of doing house work, driving along with a wandering mind, walking on the treadmill, listening to a song or reading something that inspires, you come up with a wonderfully creative idea to teach a life lesson to those you lead in your home.
I may SEEM all tidy and put-together, organized and on top of it all. But let me tell you a little secret.... I am NOT! I do have some systems that work for me, but the truth is that I tango with time all day long as I watch the clock, constantly recalculating when I need to drive to my next destination and how I’ll squeeze meal-making, exercise and, yes, blogging into my day. Oh, and did I mention my just-shy-of-obsessive-compulsive need for a clean, tidy home? (Yeah, gaining four to my family is putting that into a little better perspective!)
There are some things we simply don’t often consume in the Oldham home. Of course, I give my best crack at making over unhealthy recipes and concocting my own clean-eating versions. Sometimes, though, it’s just not the same as the real thing. So instead of pressing the issue of, let’s say, my girls’ favorite kind of cupcakes with my homemade maple buttercream, we simply savor the real thing only once in a while.
They are those odd little, ugly things. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and so often get snubbed for their taste or texture. Drably colored and dirty from their earthy upbringing, they don’t attract the eye or appeal to the senses. It seems as if people either love or hate them…perhaps hate being the more common sentiment.