Monday, November 09, 2009

Pumpkin Encouragement!! :)

We did not grow any pumpkins this year. I am not sure why, because we did have some seeds. However, I was able to purchase 6 small pie pumpkins from the Amish for 50 cents each. I finally processed them. From 6 little pumpkins I got 9 pints of puree. I was thrilled. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love pumpkin stuff. My dear friend and Wonderful Neighbor told me that she thought of me today. She saw that a pumpkin latte was offered somewhere. I would have to draw the line there. Don't mess with my coffee!! :) No flavors of any sort other than strong black coffee!!

Things have slowed down here a bit. My sweet man stayed home from work today. He was feeling puny. The Wonderful Neighbors did chores for us this evening. It was their night to milk, but they did the turkeys and pigs as well. I am not sure what we do without them.

We have had another beautiful day today. I am so grateful for each one, because soon I know that winter will shut us in.

I look all around me, and there are so many people going through things. I don't know what I would do without the Lord. About 23 years ago, my Dad was in a head on collision with a drunk driver. Actually, the drunk driver was killed. My Dad had a long and painful walk of recovery. I found a plaque that I gave to him. I had never seen that saying before and I have not seen it since. It says something close to, "Sometimes God calms the storm. Other times God carries the child and lets the storm rage.". We all face storms in life. We can't judge the severity of another person's storm because we are not in their shoes. Michael shared some verses in Hebrews on Sunday. He read part of chapter 2 and all of chapter 3. He talked about the following verses.

Heb 3:12-13 Take care, brethren, lest there should be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart, in falling away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

This does mean to encourage each other in doing right and staying the course, but I think it also means to lift up and encourage through hard times. I can't tell you how many times I have struggled and God sent someone or had them call, or they sent me an email. I have gotten a couple of emails recently from people who shared with me how I encouraged them and touched their life. That really encouraged me. They even made me cry. I have also touched base with a couple of people who have shared how my Mom touched their lives. This encourages me as well. I want to be like her!!! We can be so self focused sometimes. Our lives are so busy, that it is hard sometimes to find the time to reach out. I need to do it more.


Peggy said...

From the time I found your blog you have given me encouragement and helped me realize that no matter how dark things may seem there is always a blessing to be thankful for in each day.

LadySnow said...

The pumpkin looks wonderful Marci! I hope to make some more pumpkin things soon. But sadly I over did it this past one whole week of recovery pretty much went out the window in 12 hours :-( Thank you for sharing the quote from the plaque. I need to remember that even when the storm is raging around me that God is carrying me through.

Barb J. said...

I hadn't heard that quote before. It's very inspiring - thanks for sharing.

P.S. I love all things pumpkin, also. I am trying my hand at baking my own pumpkins this year for the first time.

Peggy said...

Marci, my cabin is just a few feet from Megan's back door and the kids bathroom. I thought about compost toilet but since its so close to Megan's I decided not to.

The Krahns said...

I like the plaque saying as well. I love pumpkins things too but when I saw pumpkin ice cream in the store today I drew the line! I know we put ice cream on pumpkin pie but somehow..

Patricia said...

Oh this is so true! Love the scripture reference and am going to have to mark it.
Storms have to come to an end sometime. I am glad I have the Lord to hold my hand through it.

And like you... I love pumpkin, but not in my coffee. ahem.
Be blessed sweet sister!

Sharri said...

I thought of you today...I made a pumpkin cake w/cream cheese icing. :)