Saturday, December 27, 2008

Am I Dated?

I always date my journal entries. I usually write the name of the month, but sometimes I simplify and use the 12/27/08 format. When I write it this way, it's scary how often I have to pause and think hard when I get to the year. This morning I wrote 12/08/..... and was oddly aware of my mind scrolling through the years to arrive at 2008. But I started- seriously! with 1986. That's twenty-two years I had to run through to arrive at the present! I'm not sure what this means. I'm glad I was finally able to remember the year without having to actually check the calendar, but still... it seems like I should at least be immediately aware that we have entered the twenty-first century!

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

December 4, 2008

Yesterday was my birthday. I like my birthday- always have, and nothing in particular has to happen for the day to be special. Maybe it's just between God and me at this point in my life- He gave me life- I was born on December 3rd, and I'm glad!
Since the pecan trees started dropping nuts back in October, I usually wander my way from the back of our yard to the house on route to feeding and watering my chickens. There is something about finding the pecans nestled among the leaves- it's like finding treasure. Pecans grow in a sort of outer shell which opens when they are fully ripe. I especially like when they fall with the case, which looks a little like a brown flower with a pecan at the center. I pick the flower from the ground and the nut slides out, ready to crack and eat, or to save for another day. I've got my own secret stash of unshelled pecans that I pick up on my way each morning.
Sometimes, looking at a familiar passage of Scripture, I'll see something I've never seen before. The pecans that fall with their outer cases are a little like those verses. The familiar outer case- but filled with treasure just waiting to be discovered. When I've planted a row of lettuce or a tomatoes, I enjoy harvesting my crops, but our pecan crop is somehow different. I didn't plant the pecans, they just fall from the trees as they ripen, and we pick them up and enjoy. Good gifts from God- like life itself. Hope you enjoy your birthday when it comes!