|Jordan, the Youngest (L), me and Tim, the Oldest (R)|
At moments I wondered how the day would turn out. The morning began quietly, leaving me a little on edge. But the sermon at church set me on the right path.
“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:15 NIV
Our Pastor was making a point about what causes us to sin and how to cure it. Bitterness was only one of three areas on which he focused. But it was the one that touched my heart deeply. I had to look within to see what was causing my anger and critical spirit. Why was I not trusting that God’s plan is best? Sin is what you do when you don’t believe God’s plan is adequate or best, our pastor continued.
The cure for the sin sick heart is Thanksgiving, our pastor emphasized. In Ephesians 5:3,4 he pointed out that Paul told us the way to not sin is to give Thanks instead. He also cited Psalm 103:2; Jeremiah 31:14; and Psalm 107:8.
These last six months I have allowed bitterness to grab hold of my heart. I knew the Lord was speaking to me but little did I know that He would call on me today to let go of the hurt and pain and focus on the joys. When conversations were misunderstood today or when hurtful words were hurled into the air, I recalled this morning’s message and asked for the Holy Spirit’s help.
The day ended with many blessings to recount and God’s grace to light my way.
Giving thanks to the Lord for: 862) Youngest moving back home until he leaves for Navy boot camp in July–Praise God 863) Notes from both sons on my Facebook page 864) Hubby treating me like a queen
865) Beautiful pink roses from Hubby
866) Lunch at a restaurant situated against the jagged mountain peaks
867) Fun snapping pics of the blooming saguaros in 100 degree heat
868) Dessert at our favorite gelato hang out–the best in our area for 7 years straight!
869) Relaxing at home, catching a few pages of a book
870) Playing a dice game with the family. It’s called 5,000 and Aunt Mary taught us the game.
871) Playing a word game with Hubby and beating him by 1 point. Unheard of! He always beats me at word games. The game is called Quiddler–and it’s addictive. 872) Drinking sparkling Apple-Cranberry Juice from our grocery-store-crystal glasses bought so long ago for $5 each with every $100 purchase of groceries 873) Mother’s Day cards from loving friends 874) Watching the movie “Iron Lady” with our friends at the $1 theater that really costs $2.50/person and $6.50 for popcorn. It’s still a deal and so much fun to do with friends! 875) Thoughtfulness from the librarian who let me have an extra day to pick up the book I had on reserve. The kindness of people touches my day with joy.
876) God’s grace, gracious, and forgiveness. His gentleness and nearness. His compassion that feels and knows our pain.
For all these gifts and more, I give You thanks, O Lord.
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Psalm 107:8,9 NIV
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|A Rose from Aunt Mary’s garden that graced the podium in Church|
Last weekend, those privileged to be part of Aunt Mary’s heritage packed the center aisle of the church in which Hubby’s aunt had been involved for more than 30 years. Bound closely together by her love, we all processed down the aisle where her footsteps had entered every morning for daily Mass. Her children, 5 still living, and their spouses led the honor walk to the front of the church. Grandchildren and great grandchildren stepped respectfully and filled the aisle as nieces and nephews closed the distance from the back.
With strains of “On Eagle’s Wings” carrying us along, we dabbed at tear-stained cheeks as treasured moments from the past with Aunt Mary flickered through our minds. Aunt Mary’s love, her faith, devotion to helping others, and her hard work touched the lives of all those around her. She had a great sense of humor and a way of letting go of hurts that made everyone feel loved and cared about.
Aunt Mary was a Proverbs 31 woman:
“Her husband trusts her without reserve and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long.” vs 11,12 The Message.
Uncle Dick, her husband, who preceded her in passing from this earthly home into the next, always treasured Aunt Mary.
|Aunt Mary and Uncle Dick at her 80th Birthday|
|We were all much younger!|
“She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day…
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, (Aunt Mary dressed for church–then worked) rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to the poor…” The Message, parentheses mine
Aunt Mary was involved in making sandwiches for the homeless and bringing them to the downtown cathedral where they would be distributed. Her faith led her works in many other areas as well.
|Aunt Mary and our Oldest–almost 30 years ago|
|Aunt Mary and Our Youngest 2003|
“She keeps an eye on everyone in her household and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: ‘Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!’…
The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves!
|Aunt Mary and her family|
On this Mother’s Day, we know she is enjoying the face of her Lord, dancing in His presence, and hearing “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Festoon her life with praises!”verses from Proverbs 31, The Message
|Aunt Mary’s 90th Birthday|
Her family, her heritage, sung the praises of her life in a special way for two days. But we will sing her praises all of our lives.
Hubby quoted Oswald Chambers when he spoke briefly at her funeral Mass:
“Let the attitude of your life be a continual willingness to ‘go out’ in dependence upon God, and your life will have a sacred and inexpressible charm about it that is very satisfying to Jesus.”
That was our Aunt Mary~
As a tribute, I am reposting her recipe for Enchiladas–the best! along with a short tale I included about learning Aunt Mary’s techniques.
I tucked him in the baby car seat, snuggled in a warm blanket on a chilly fall night. We were making the trek from the San Fernando Valley to the Los Angeles International Airport area about 25 miles away. Hubby’s Aunt Mary was making enchiladas and had invited us for dinner. Even better, she was going to teach me how to make this family’s most requested dish for the holidays. Hubby was away on business so just little one, my mother, and I traveled the miles with anticipation. Warm hugs and smiles greeted us upon arrival. I stretched out little one’s blanket, laid him down under Grandma’s watchful eye, and headed to the kitchen for my premier cooking lesson. Twenty-seven years later, Aunt Mary’s enchiladas top our family’s request list, especially if we have guests.
Sharing the recipe with you, although the kids (young men) feel as if I’m givin’ away the family jewels!
1 dozen white corn enchiladas 1/2 to 3/4 lb Colby Longhorn Cheddar cheese 2 , 8-oz cans of Hunts tomato sauce corn oil or the oil you choose to fry with (not olive oil) Fry the ground meat on high with half of the chopped onion. Drain off 1 or a little more TBLS of fat from the pan and put into sauce pot to cook sauce. Saute the other half of the onion in the fat in the sauce pot. Cook until onion is translucent. Add two cans of tomato sauce and one can of water (clean out the sauce left in the cans with the water and add to sauce). Add the Chili Powder and shake a medium amount of cumin over the top of the sauce. Simmer with a lid on for 15 min. Take the lid off and simmer for 5 more minutes to thicken sauce. In the meantime, salt and pepper the ground meat and simmer covered on low for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, grate the cheese and heat up enough oil (and a little more) to cover the bottom of an 8″ cast iron frying pan. Once the sauce has cooked, then you can begin frying and filling the tortillas. Have a 9×13″ glass dish or pan ready.
Dip the tortilla into the oil to oat it on each side (30 seconds on a side). Hold it against the inside of the frying pan to drain. Dip into the sauce briefly (don’t soak it or it will fall apart) and slide it to the side of the pan.
Fill with a serving spoon size scoop of meat, top with a large pinch of cheese, and teaspoonful of chopped olives.
Roll and push to the side. Repeat for the next 7 tortillas. The next four will be rolled on the side of these (see picture).