Gray clouds covered the sky but they would not darken my day. The Lord had written His joy and beauty across the sky and in my heart. He had ordered His hidden treasures to be placed with love throughout my day. Sweet words from my precious students. Smiles. Hugs. A thoughtful lunch from coworkers. Friends gathered around God’s word in our home. Words. Wishes. Love notes from friends. And then the desire and prayer answered that my heart feared would carry a silence.
He knows the deepest desires of our hearts and He reaches out to fulfill them–in His time. My anxieties and fears, my dreads for tomorrow arise when I cannot wait on the Lord for His answer. But when His answer comes, my heart is filled with overflowing joy. A joy that no demand could produce. The answer, the gift is sweeter than honey and I know the Lord has broken through the darkness.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
“He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.” Psalm 107: 14-15 NIV
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As I turned up the inclined road, it seemed my car was sweeping me into the gray cloud-filled sky. A hint of pink tinged the sky’s corner and raindrops fell slowly against my windshield. The essence of fall was invading my senses as the desert landscape cooled its summer pace to a gentle breath of all that is autumn.
The weather whispered cool breezes through open windows while visions of chicken noodle soup cooking on the stove drifted through my mind. And the car rose and fell on its way home. The rain gave hope like candles glowing that warmth and family would surround the table as darkness fell early. Sweaters and cozy blankets wrapped up the breeze and the thought tingled my skin. Harvest and hope. Warmth, love, and friendship all mingled in the pleasant thoughts. A new season had finally come.
“The Lord is righteous in all His ways and loving toward all He has made. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” Psalm 145:17-18 NIV
P.S. Welcome Friends. I’m making some changes to my blog design. You may see things transitioning as I continue to write from my heart. Lessons learned and life in progress while learning to yield more to the Lord’s wisdom and direction. May you all be blessed by this slightly new direction and name change. “Heart-Filled Moments” will be the blog’s new title, unless already copyrighted but so far I have not found that. My intention is to still share the lessons along this journey that the Lord is revealing to me. May they speak to your heart as well.
I hope that this post will qualify for Food on Fridays as I mentioned Chicken Noodle Soup. Smile. I also had some wonderful snacks on that rolling road–Bugles and Flipz (when I got home).
About a 5 lb. broiler-fryer chicken
4-6 carrots, cut into 1/2 inch slices 4-6 celery sticks, also cut into 1/2 inch slices 1/2 of medium onion, sliced Fresh sprigs of parsley or a couple of generous pinches of dried parsley flakes 2 pinches of dried marjoram leaves (my Mom’s secret) 2 Tablespoons of Wyler’s Chicken Granules 2 quarts of water
7 oz. of American Beauty Extra Wide Egg Noodles Cut up the chicken into parts–two breasts, two legs, two thighs, two wings, and the back. Cut off the tail. Wash thoroughly with cool water, especially the chicken cavity where the blood pools. Leave the skin on the chicken for the most flavorful soup. Place the cut up chicken in a six-quart pot with the vegetables and cover with water. Then sprinkle on the seasoning. Heat up the pot until the water boils. If brown residue floats to the top, skim it off but leave the seasoning. Cook chicken for 45 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and let it cool on a plate. In the meantime, boil enough water for about 7 oz of noodles. Cook noodles for 7 minutes, drain, and add to chicken soup. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, tear or cut off pieces about 1 and 1/2 inches to add back into soup pot. Heat everything again for just a few minutes. Serve with your favorite bread, rolls, or corn muffins–even popovers.
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A believer in Christ, my heart is given to Him and shared with my husband, our two adult sons, family, and friends. I’m a people person with a passion to encourage and inspire Christian women and others. I write from my heart, sharing my experiences, goals, and vision for living a life centered in God.
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