Be a Locavore

We were in Stephenville, TX for a child’s soccer game. Rather than drive an hour home for lunch, we used the AroundMe app to find a place to eat. Big O’s Simply Delicious Deli popped up, with great reviews.

The owner greeted us with a thick European accent. Upon asking, we learned he came to Texas from France, by way of Ireland.

What brought him to the Lone Star State, I wondered? “Love!” was the immediate reply. Aww!

As we inquired about the menu, he allowed me to sample each of his homemade sandwich spreads and sauces, then insisted I taste each of the soups. The line behind me lengthened, but the proprietor refused to rush me. He reveled in having acquired a new patron, and preened a little like a male peacock over his food wares. As he handed me several condiment containers of soup to sample he said, “This is the only place in town to offer you shots of soup.” 🙂

We were more than pleased with our individual lunch choices. My husband enjoyed his gyro, my soup hit the spot, and our son’s BLT was thick and flavorful. This has typically become our experience when we have skipped over the known chain restaurants to search out the local options.

Our next visit resulted in our youngest child declaring the owner to be the the best chef he knows. He enjoyed interviewing the culinary artist on how he learned to cook so well, specifically because the basmati rice was delicious despite his self-proclaimed dislike for rice.

Each time we forgo the usual franchise options to seek out local food establishments, not only is the food often delicious, but we frequently make a connection with a fellow food enthusiast or a lasting memory. So much more enjoyable than just stopping to fill our food fuel tank. I encourage you to discover your own local establishments. You’ll likely enjoy the flavor, as well as the flair!


Fill Your Pitcher

Do you ever feel pulled in so many different directions at once that you fear that you are about to snap under the strain?

Or, do you feel like a pitcher that is constantly being poured out of in order to fill others’ cups?

In the book Gifts from the Sea, the author, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, describes woman this way and warns against pouring out of yourself to the point of running dry. She states:

“Eternally; woman spills herself away in driblets to the thirsty, seldom being allowed the time, the quiet, the peace, to let the pitcher fill up to the brim”

When I consider how I pour out of myself into the lives of others (spouse, children, friends, church family, etc.) it emphasizes to me the importance of refilling the proverbial pitcher. Yet, with so many cisterns in the world from which to draw, how can we choose from which well to fill ourselves?

I believe there are a few scriptures that can answer that question for us. As we consider how, and with what, to fill ourselves, notice Romans 15:13 that states how, as we trust in God, he will fill us with joy and peace, and we will overflow with hope.

Could you use more hope, peace, and joy in your life? I know that I could. I must learn to trust God…and get ready for the flood.

My prayer for you, and me, is the same as Paul in Ephesians 3:16-19.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

In both of these passages, the imagery is one of being filled to fullness or overflowing. These are not measured out doses to be drained away before replenishing. He will fill us up completely, full to the point of overflowing. How much better equipped we will be to pour out into the lives of others when we are full of what he provides.

The answer then, is to run to God’s reservoirs!

“But those who drink the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14






How would you answer the question, “How do you grow your faith?”

Considering the answer to this question in a group discussion recently, one answer was to spend more time with God, both in prayer and his word. Through the course of the discussion, the subject of trust was raised. There was an emphasis on the idea that the more time you spend with someone, the more you trust them. Immediately, my mind jumped to the difference in trusting people and trusting God.

“Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” (Psalm 36:5)

God is ALWAYS trustworthy. People, not so much.

Try spending more time with God.



Moan, Groan, Gripe and Complain

Whenever someone begins to become a little whiny in my husband’s family, my mother-in-law has been known to say in jest, “Moan, Groan, Gripe, and Complain!” It is always said very lightheartedly, accompanied by a smile, and received with the good humor with which it is conveyed. But, despite the moment of levity, there is a gentle reminder.

The warning to refrain from complaining is not new. In 1 Corinthians 10, Paul warns the readers  to avoid some of the mistakes from Israel’s past. In verse 10, he states, “And do not grumble, as some of them did–and were killed by the destroying angel.” He includes this admonishment, according to verse six, with other examples “to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.”

Complaining can become such an easy habit to slip into. However, to become a grumbler is to set our heart on evil things rather than fill it with good. As the mouth speaks what the heart is full of, I am adopting this phrase to encourage my own family members to not be people who moan, groan, gripe, and complain. 🙂