A Sticky Situation

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The past few months in Ontario have been some of the hottest ever recorded.  Temperatures have consistently soared to between 30 – 40 degrees when factoring in the humidity.

The air feels sticky, even steamy leaving some folk laboring to take a breath in the oxygen-deprived air.  Relief eludes us, in fact, it seems that this intense heat has enveloped almost the entire Northern hemisphere locking us into a vortex of unusually high heat.

I liken this weather to life situations.  When trouble hits, whether it is illness, a death, work-related or financial challenges, we are suddenly thrust into the midst of a cloying, uncomfortable place that depletes our energy and we sink into an abyss of worry or grief.  It is an unpleasant and frightening place to be.  We have to be strong and not give up as we fight to maintain a semblance of normalcy in our lives.

Just as breathing is challenging on a hot, steamy summer day knowing how to deal with life-challenges can be an arduous uphill battle too.

We become so overwhelmed by the turbulent events that threaten our sanity; even our life and wise decision-making can elude us.  That’s when we need help.

The Bible gives us ample encouragement if we choose to read and trust its’ content.  We can find many words to hang on to and calm our troubled spirit and mind.

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.    Psalm 37:5

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.  Psalm 37:7

.. those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up (walk) with wings like eagles.  They shall run and not be weary.  They shall walk and not faint.   Isaiah 40:31

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.  Psalm 30:5

I experienced a particularly horrifying period some years ago.  My life became a battleground as I was alone and rejected.  Jobless and (for a brief period) homeless.  I was tired and hopeless.  Unable to see the wood among the trees as I became more and more dejected.

A chance (methinks it was a God taking control moment) visit to a small church saved me.  I wanted safety and peace.  I was ready to give up.  I sat.  Took a deep breath and asked God for help.

A bible in front of me had a well-worn section and I opened it and read.

The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;

For You are with me.

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever.   NKJV New King James version.

Those few moments filled me with a sense of purpose.  I chose to not give up on my life and determined to seek wise advice, instead of struggling alone.

Whatever you are dealing with, please choose to not give up.  Reach out for help, be it from a church member, a social services agency or a trusted friend.

I found renewed hope and I know you can too.

God loves you just as you are.  Trust Him to be your guide to bring you relief.

Patricia

 

 

 

 

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Apple Crisp

This is a really delicious recipe.

Ingredients:

4 Large Apples – peeled and cut

Place into an ovenproof or foil dish.  Mix crisp topping.

Mixture for Topping:

1 1/2 cups Flour

1 cup Oatmeal (fast cooking variety.  I used 4 minute Quaker)

1 cup Margarine or Butter – melted.

1/2 tspn Salt

1 tspn Cinnamon

Brown Sugar – to taste

Mix dry ingredients together.  Add melted butter/margarine and mix with fork.

Place oatmeal mix on the top of the apples.  Place in a hot oven (375 degrees) and cook until topping is set.  It will crisp up as it cools.  This takes about 40 minutes.

My thanks to my step-daughter, Michelle, for this yummy recipe.

Patricia

Raw or Well Done

I cooked ribs for supper yesterday.  I carefully prepared the meat with herbs and other flavorings.  Set them on parchment paper and covered them with foil.  Into the oven they went to become what is one of my husband’s favorite meals.

As suppertime approached, I stopped my work to concentrate on the meal.  I fixed the rice.  Set the table.  I pottered.  Meaning, I saw this and that requiring attention.  Checked the meat and brushed a final glaze on the ribs.

My intention had been to switch the oven off and let the ribs rest and finish.  Well, I did finish them off!  I forgot to turn the heat off and when I checked my ‘creation’, I found them drier than they should have been. Not inedible, but not as succulent as I imagined they would be.

Fortunately, with some additional basting they passed the taste test.  But, I knew how close disaster had come.

In much the same way, when disaster strikes, we humans can become frazzled.  One issue too many demands our immediate consideration, and we are hard-pushed to appear ready for action.  We feel as if we are being burned-up, as decision after decision wears us out.  Fortunately, much like the ribs, we can be refreshed if we are blessed with a Christian faith.

We call upon our Lord to HELP.  He always responds to our prayers: although sometimes we are hard-pushed to recognize the results.  His answer is not always our request.  What it is – is the very best option for our life.

The ribs were delicious.  I cannot say that they were cooked to perfection, nevertheless, they were tasty.

God’s response to our prayer requests is to give us the very best.  He will take us from being raw into delightful perfection, if we follow His guidance.

So, the question is:  What are you today?  Are you feeling raw or are you well done?

Patricia Day

What a Transformation

Extreme change has occurred with the weather this week.

Beginning hot and humid; no item of clothing was cool enough.  Indoors, fans supplemented two air conditioners at either end of our home.

Today we have a single digit temperature and a short while ago I turned on the heating.

Now I am cozy and warm, aided by donning a sweater, taken fresh from the dryer.  Mmmm….feels so good.

What extremes have you experienced today?  My hope is that you also enjoy a’feel good’ moment before the day ends.

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Summer Don’t Leave!

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Every year, I am reminded by the media that summer is almost over.  Who says that Labor weekend dictates the end of Canada’s summer?

I live to be outside.  I like to garden, and love summertime.  The thought of intense cold, ice and snow, along with early dark evenings fill me with dread.

Then it happens –  the heat becomes so intense along with high humidity – that I wilt.  Sunset occurs earlier and earlier, until by eight in the evening, there is little daylight left.  I don’t particularly enjoy sitting outside when it is dark; besides bugs become a nuisance.  So, I slowly become acclimatized to retreating indoors.

I guess, this at least prepares me for the cold of winter.  I am less inclined to want to be outdoors and am more content to settle for being in the house.

On a positive note, there is the joy of Christmas to come and shortly after that – well goodness me – seed catalogs start arriving in the mail, and I happily begin to plan for summer again.

Nevertheless, I sadly watch as birds gather in greater numbers, knowing this to be a precursor that they are preparing to leave us.  But as this is the natural order, I settle for the  occurrence knowing it is only temporary.

However each year, it does not stop me from looking skyward at birds migrating and saying, “Take me with you.”

Patricia

 

Bad Timing

I am not always good at timing.  I plan a great hot meal for a day that turns out to be a scorcher.  I decide to mow the lawns and it either rains or, it is too humid to move.

Today, I decided I would use a carpet cleaner a friend loaned me to shampoo our floor coverings.  Wouldn’t you know it – today is one of the hottest days we have had for weeks.

I could have left the chore to another day, but my body will not always permit me to do the things I want to do, when I want to do them.  Arthritis limits my activities some days.  Today (thank you Lord) I awoke feeling better than expected, and so carpet cleaning was number one on my list of things to do.

The machine proved remarkably easy to use.  Some can be very heavy and cumbersome.  I began cleaning late this morning, and the carpets are now clean and dry.

It feels great to know the grime and dust has been removed.

Now I can rest, knowing I have eliminated all the bad and dirty stuff and what remains is good and clean.

How’s your timing today?  Have you improved something long neglected?  Is there a place in your life where you can clean up your act?

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HOT, HOT, HOT!

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HOT, that’s the weather here, in central Ontario, today.

The weather is HOT – HUMID – and great…….but not if you have to work in it.

The temperature with the humidity factored in, is forty-three degrees! That’s summer in Ontario.

I might get weary more quickly when working in the garden, but I CAN work in the garden, which is more than I can do in the Ontario winters.

So I am content to swelter. I’m loving it.

Stay cool. Keep hydrated. Enjoy.

Patricia

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