I am praising God today for the blessing of a free country.
We may complain and there are directions that I do not like to see our country headed, but as long as we are living in a free country I will thank God for this huge blessing!
I am grateful to the men and women who founded our nation and who blessed God in it. I am grateful to the men and women who have given their lives to protect the freedom of our country. I pray for continued freedom and I know God holds, not just our nation, but the whole world in His hands. Awesome, yes?! Yes!!
Red…White… aaaand Blue! 🙂
It seems a little strange to us to have wheat harvest well behind us on July the fourth! More often than not, we are in the harvest field during this holiday. Quite often we have seen fireworks lighting up the sky in each direction while we harvested our crop! This year we have the wheat cut and we have fields that are disked. Do you think we will have an early frost? I would not be surprised!
In other news, I made tea syrup and froze it! I am so happy about this! I have not missed making tea syrup every day. It is so nice to go grab a jar out of the freezer and stick it in the fridge to start thawing while I make a pitcher of tea out of the jar that had been thawing in the fridge! I am stoked! It was definitely worth the time and effort it took to brew the tea, add sugar, and put it in jars to freeze. The recipe actually said to can the syrup, but I decided to just freeze it and it has been great. I made it one evening when I was doing a few things in the kitchen anyway. It was really easy and I didn’t think it took that much time. It is worth it to me, simply because it is one little thing that I don’t have to think about every day. And I have a happy husband because there is tea! He didn’t complain, but I could always sense some disappointment when someone had forgotten to start the tea syrup and the pitcher had run dry! It’ll all be good until the jars in the freezer are gone!
I am also celebrating because we should soon have kitchen cupboards in our kitchen. There is a basement kitchen that we are using and it works very well. But when it comes right down to it, I am super excited at the thought of having a kitchen where the kitchen is supposed to be. I do feel guilty sometimes. The basement kitchen has things about it that are nicer than my kitchen in our old farmhouse. And both of those kitchens are so much better than so many people all over the world have. I think I feel guilty too, because I am excited at the thought of a wonderfully, nice kitchen and it makes me see how much I don’t live out Philippians 4:11- Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. Oh, I am so not good at living like that. I can’t say I’ve ever been in complete and utter need. We have our needs and our trials, but I really can’t say I am in need. Unlike Paul, I can’t say either, that I have learned to be content. I haven’t. And I should be. I should be. I do not know what it is like to be hungry. I should lose weight. I should be so good at contentedness. AND I AM NOT. So while I am very excited about working on the kitchen, I am also guilty. But, I am looking to Christ, the One who gives us strength. Nowhere else will the secret of contentment be learned. From nowhere else will it slowly creep into our lives and become part of us, so that maybe, someday I can say with Paul, “I have learned to be content.”
We are content today to work around our farm with the plan to grill hamburgers and go watch fireworks this evening! Getting to be with my family is definitely a circumstance that I have learned to be content in!
Picture from summer 2010..
What plans do you have today?