Lessons at the Beach

Beach Rocks WB

Last week started busy, really busy. Tom has been ordered by the doctor to take it slow as he regains his strength. We are so thankful that the wonderful doctors here were able to take care of the problem and now it is just a matter of getting back to normal. But things had stacked up – my things and Tom’s things. So we were playing “catch-up” for most of the week. But on Thursday Tom had a great idea – take the day off for a beach day !!!! My mind quickly flipped through my to-do-list and made a decision – the beach won out !! 

3 Oregon Farms WB

The drive is beautiful. Once we leave the city the land quickly becomes lush, green and alive with new spring growth. Farms and vineyards nestled against mountain ranges stretch out as far as the eye can see. The shades of green are too many to count. The grapes are just starting to green and the hazelnut trees are waving their new leaves in the gentle breeze.

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Hospitality Pantry – 3 Way Cheese Ball

Pantry #4

And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God. Hebrews 13:16 (NL Bible)

 

Sharing with others is a very Biblical concept. This past week Tom and I had an occasion to see and feel this concept played out in the flesh. For the past several months Tom has been suffering with some health concerns. On Friday he went in the hospital to have a procedure, that we are very happy and blessed to say, has corrected the problem. While it was just an out-patient stay he is feeling the effects of anesthesia today.

And a very special family from church is providing us with supper. What a sweet blessing !!!

This got me thinking about ways I could be the same blessing to others. There are times when it is really nice to provide a whole meal but my focus today is on items that could be “whipped up” quickly and provide a special gift to say – Welcome to the Neighborhood, Thanks for Having us Over, Congratulations on the New Arrival, So Very Sorry for Your Loss, or just – Have a Happy Day. You get the idea !!!!

Several ideas come to mind – a loaf of fresh-baked (or from a store mix) bread. I keep several varieties of boxed quick bread in the pantry for just such gifts. It is easy to use and makes a luscious gift. Wrapped in a pretty dish towel and a perky bow it says – I’m thinking #5 WBabout you !!! Or how about a jar of home-made salsa? Several years ago I made a batch of spicy salsa from produce that flourished in our garden. I gave almost all of it away to friends and family and I still have people ask – hey, when are you going to make salsa again? I could go on but…..

 

The idea is to make a list of a few things that you love to make and keep these supplies on hand for quick gifts. 

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Mary and Martha’s Story

In Honor of Passover and Easter I am posting this again to celebrate this season of suffering and ultimate joy that Jesus came to earth for ME and all who follow Him. Happy Resurrection Sunday !!!!  

BethanyThe little village of Bethany rests on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. According to the Temple Scroll, there were 3 cities for the care of the sick and poor located east of the Temple City. Bethany was thought to be one of these cities. It lay about 2 miles south-east of Jerusalem and was the home of Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus. 

Bethany with border

 

The Bible doesn’t tell us a lot about Mary and Martha. In fact they are mentioned directly by name only three times in Scripture. (Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-44, and John 12:1-11) But Jesus and His disciples spent a lot of time in Bethany. And from these brief accounts, a fascinating picture develops of the friendship and love that passed between Mary, Martha, Lazarus and Jesus. 

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