Friday, August 28, 2009

Kitchen work

I'm in that funny time of year when I can't decide if I should be planning school or canning garden produce. Thankfully my garden isn't humongous, so I'm not completely overwhelmed, but still the urgency remains to preserve the food that my small plot grows. In my old fashioned farmhouse cellar, shelves are slowly filling with hamburger and bread and butter pickles, apple pie filling and applesauce. My freezer, also, receives weekly deposits of green beans, jalapeno peppers, green peppers, zucchini, and tomatoes. It feels satisfying. Yet I know these productive kitchen days are nearing their end. Soon the canning jars on my kitchen table will be replaced with Language Arts, Math, Science and History books. Thankfully, I use curriculum that requires little planning, so I'm gonna can away!

Hired Help

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Your sackful of God

More than Three Dollars

I recently received my August subscription to Voice of the Martyrs and was challenged by this quote from Wilbur Rees. I have edited it in an effort to modernize and personalize it.

"I would like to buy $3 worth of God please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a [Starbucks mocha] or a [warm day at the beach]. I don't want enough of God to make me love [a manipulative woman] or [serve one less fortunate than me]. I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please."

The director of VOM commented after sharing this quote, "We can starve ourselves, our congregation and our Christian denominations if our sackful of God is too small."

Is your sackful too small? Is mine?