Posts made in February 2012

February’s Food-of-the-Month: Chocolate!

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 in Food and Fitness | 0 comments

Yes, I realize it’s the last day of February, and I’m just now posting my “Food-of-the-Month!”  How very thankful I am for this Leap Day… that God in His sovereign knowledge and grace would provide me an “extra day” to complete what I told you I would.  I’ve been so excited to research and write about CHOCOLATE–I’ve just needed more of that precious commodity called “time!”  So, finally, here I am… and while the chocolate of Valentine’s Day is but a distant memory, the delectable treats of Easter already fill store shelves.  Indeed the appeal of chocolate cannot be contained to one month; its pleasure is timeless and “powers” are rich.  I eat some form of chocolate most every day of my life.  Let’s look at its worthiness in making my “Top 12” list of favorite foods.

To begin, I’d like to “take you” to a bumpy, dirt road in a very poor, rural farming community two hours outside of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.  My family and I were there last year with an organization near and dear to my heart called Plant with Purpose (www.plantwithpurpose.org).  While our friend Carlos diverted our attention to what looked like thousands of almonds basking in the sun on the side of the road, he asked, “Have you seen how chocolate is made?”  Clearly, we hadn’t.  Our driver stopped the van, and we got out to take a closer look at the cacao (pronounced “Ka-Kow”) beans in front of a family’s home.  A gentleman came out to greet us, and our incredible tutorial on the making of chocolate began!

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An Old Man, A Little Boy, and the Sweet Gift of Love

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 in Faith | 0 comments

The setting was my favorite grocery store in Chandler, Arizona, the week after Christmas.  Exact location was the bulk food section.  I admit I may have been “looking for love” in the form of foods I don’t normally consume, but I couldn’t possibly have foreseen the delicious treat God had in store.

His name was Roy.  He seemed to just appear next to me, and we instantly bonded over peanut butter malted milk balls.  He moved very slowly, and his hands were shaky.  I asked if I could help him scoop the little chocolates–SO badly wanting to!–and thankfully he accepted.  This PRECIOUS man–in his 80s or 90s I thought–told me he had recently had knee surgery, and that his doctors wanted him to eat protein.  He thought the protein in the peanut butter malted milk balls would be good for him.  I smiled, although I’m sure I’d already been smiling from the moment I saw him… he was adorable!  I offered I’d had knee surgery, too… that I knew how difficult it was to get around afterwards.  He told me about his life and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and I melted like chocolate when he called me “Princess,” thanking me for all my help.  My help?!  Whatever “help” I’d given felt much more like a gift I’d received.  My time with Roy was PURE JOY.  A little slice of heaven.

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The Differing Beauties of the Dawn and the Noonday Sun

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 in Faith | 0 comments

 

One huge blessing of working out before dawn is beholding the colors in the sky as I exit the gym.  The exquisite hues of pinks, lavenders, oranges, yellows, and reds are sometimes so brilliantly displayed I can only stop and stare at what God has painted on His heavenly easel.  The beauty somehow embraces my heart.  The splendor somehow reaches into my soul, and my lips involuntarily whisper, “Thank You.”

I wonder if David saw such a sky when he was inspired to write Psalm 37:5-6?  “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and he will do this:  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”  I wish my faith were so strong I wouldn’t need “motivation” to trust God, but sometimes I do–like when I don’t understand what He’s allowing in my life.  But knowing the unparalleled beauty of the dawn and the promise this Scripture makes, why wouldn’t I “commit my way to God and trust in him?!”  I want to “shine” with HIS soft and beautiful light, and so, once again, I quote David’s words, voicing my trust in my God–especially when I don’t understand.

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