and to acknowledge the Lord's ways in my life.
What a quiet few weeks. Being on the "injured reserve list" is no fun; but, the Lord is ever patient with me. He has drawn me to the foot of His throne. Each day He brings into my life what He deems best. My slowly healing back is the cross that I would bear as I slowly and carefully do His work each day. This is currently His best for me, and I gladly accept the fact that He is working in my heart.
The guys have stepped up to help around the home. It's so interesting that without other girls in the home, there really are a LOT of areas that fall to my jurisdiction, and a lot that needs to be delegated when this manager is unable to fulfill her duties. :)
My wonderful Fernando has helped in so many ways, and has again and again endeared himself to my heart. In addition to his usual daily work, he worked on his compound bow, to fix and tune whatever needed fixing and tuning.
I'm able to stand (and then sit) for short periods of time, so his help in the kitchen has been gratefully received! That was especially true on New Year's Day, as he and all the guys came together to help make Antoinette's French Toast Apple Crunch for brunch--which ended up being at about 12:45pm! I don't remember what title she gave this recipe, so I came up with my own descriptive name. Everyone loved it, which is not a common occurrence in our home. Antoinette's recipe now has a place in my recipe binder.
slicing the apples [photo by Danny]
Antoinette's French Toast Apple Crunch
My Kitchen and Garden
The photo above with my dearest love tells it all.
My Project Desk
Still sits empty. But here is some detail on a card I had made a year or so ago. I thought I'd have to use a generic card for Bryan's graduation, but I found this extra card and was able to use it to give to him on his special day of celebration. :)
Behind the Lens
The photography business is slow during the winter, but that's okay with me. I trust the Lord to bring me clients as He sees fit. Sweet Fernando drove me to the bank right before the new year to help take my business display down.
My business display at my bank!
I have had a particular hymn running through my head these past few weeks, and wanted to quote it here. I plan to play this on my flute during communion in our church service on January 9. The author of this hymn is Lina Sandell, 1832-1903, from Sweden. According to 101 Hymn Stories, while she was on an ocean journey with her pastor father, tragedy struck. A sudden lurch of the ship caused her father to fall overboard; he "drowned before the eyes of his devoted daughter." The author of the book describes:
Although she had written hymns prior to this tragic experience, more songs began to flow out of her broken heart which reflect a simple, child-like trust in Christ and a deep sense of His abiding presence in her life.
With that in mind, read the words of her hymn. I have to include all three verses; I couldn't pick just one because each one ministered to my heart. May they inspire you, as they have me, to trust Him.
Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best--
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
Ev'ry day the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow'r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me He made.
Help me then in ev'ry tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.
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