Saturday, June 30, 2012

Treasure and Tidbits

I love the fact that God's Word is "living and active" and how each time we read it, different things will stand out to us or speak to our hearts. No matter how many times we read it, there is always something more to learn . . . some new application that we hadn't realized before . . . some aspect to delve deeper into. I was reminded of that again today . . .

 Recently I have been struggling with a certain area in my life and knew my own weakness and was struggling against it . . . when I opened my Bible this morning to read, in the very first chapter where I began a verse that I have read many times before yet had not marked in any way, especially spoke to my heart. And it is now underlined. :) It applied perfectly and was exactly what I needed to hear . . .

". . . Christ . . . who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you." (2 Corinthians 13:3)

After reading that verse, I had to stop and read it again and thank the Lord for how He uses His word to help us in our walk with Him. And to thank Him for this. That He is indeed mighty in me. I am, oh! so weak, but He is strong, and through Him and His abiding love, one can overcome. What an incredibly humbling and encouraging truth!

Needless to say, this was a wonderful start to the day . . . and as I went about the various tasks, this verse often came to mind and was a help and encouragement.

I had planned to try to take photos throughout the day to share more of a glimpse into 'daily life', but I ended up with only three. :) So you'll just have to imagine the yogurt making, the successful mozzarella cheese making, the unsuccessful ricotta cheese making, all the animal watering that Dad, Leah and I have been doing throughout the day due to the high heat (which is quite time consuming!), the laughter, the enjoyable conversations, the singing, the huge mountain of dishes (or, I should say, three mountains of dishes), the delicious 'garden' dinner, the many loads of laundry dried on the line, watering in the garden, picking bugs off of the squash plants, adding a hive body to one of our hives, and making zucchini bread.

But here are the three things you don't have to imagine :) . . .

 Mom in the kitchen blanching beans (20 pounds of them to be exact which Leah and I picked yesterday) while she also worked on making this . . .

Blackberry cobbler! A friend of ours gave us a bunch of huge and delicious blackberries so Mom turned them into this . . . it was very good!

And while we ladies were busy in the kitchen, Dad worked on a teaching for tomorrow.

So that about sums up our day! Now with the evening animal chores all finished, I am guessing that everyone is beginning to gather in the living room now so I think I will go join them so that we can enjoy a relaxing evening together . . . one of our favorite parts of the day. 

I hope that you all have a blessed and refreshing Sunday tomorrow!


  1. Sounds like a lovely day, Sarah! I am amazed by two things. One, that with everything you pack into one day, you all still have time to sit together in the evening and relax. You all must work very efficiently throughout the day! And secondly, I'm amazed at how your Mom--and all of you--are always smiling when their pictures are taken. Isn't anyone ever caught off guard?:-)

    Have a blessed weekend!

    ~ Betsy

  2. What a lovely busy day you all had!
    How good to have blackberries, that's something I miss from our French garden.

  3. It was, Betsy! Well, sometimes the evenings are rather short. :) They are certainly shorter than they used to be, but we are thankful for them no matter what length they are!

    Yes, we most certainly are taken off guard in photos. :) You should see all of the ones that don’t make it onto the blog! In this particular case, Mom happened to see me with my camera in hand so looked up smiled and then looked back to her work right when I snapped it.

    I hope that you had a blessed weekend as well!

  4. It was, Elizabeth! The blackberries were delicious . . . hopefully you’ll be able to eventually grow some where you are living now!

  5. That's quite a list of tasks, Sarah! What a wonderful blessing that you have many hands to share in the work! I could certainly not imagine accomplishing all of that with just two people.

  6. It was quite a bit, Renee! It is a blessing having many hands to do the work . . . plus, it is so much more enjoyable when working together!

  7. That blackberry cobbler looks delicious!

    I always enjoy reading about your day, and also the insights you glean from the Word. Thanks for being an encouragement!

  8. It was, Joy!

    I am glad that what was shared could be a blessing to you . . . and thank you!


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