Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, March 29, 2010

Disney's harder than it seems!!

So I've put myself on a little break from all-things-Disney until after Easter.  I just feel my focus should be on this holy season and with my upcoming trip the The World, I was totally and completely preoccupied!  But let me tell you, it's hard!

I have also discovered that without all those Disney-related web sites, I don't have quite so much to do on the computer these days!!

After Easter, I still have a month to go before my trip so there will be plenty of time to be excited and enjoy the anticipation, and I think at this point it will be all the sweeter, having been away from it for a few weeks.

But boy, am I ever ready for this little get-away....!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

"The Choice"

The Choice
by Max Lucado

He placed one scoop of clay upon another until a form lay lifeless on the ground.

All of the Garden's inhabitants paused to witness the event. Hawks hovered. Giraffes stretched. Trees bowed. Butterflies paused on petals and watched.

"You will love me, nature," God said. "I made you that way. You will obey me, universe. For you were designed to do so. You will reflect my glory, skies, for that is how you were created. But this one will be like me. This one will be able to choose."

All were silent as the Creator reached into himself and removed something yet unseen. A seed. "It's called 'choice.' The seed of choice."

Creation stood in silence and gazed upon the lifeless form.

An angel spoke, "But what if he ... "

"What if he chooses not to love?" the Creator finished. "Come, I will show you."

Unbound by today, God and the angel walked into the realm of tomorrow.

"There, see the fruit of the seed of choice, both the sweet and the bitter."

The angel gasped at what he saw. Spontaneous love. Voluntary devotion. Chosen tenderness. Never had he seen anything like these. He felt the love of the Adams. He heard the joy of Eve and her daughters. He saw the food and the burdens shared. He absorbed the kindness and marveled at the warmth.

"Heaven has never seen such beauty, my Lord. Truly, this is your greatest creation."

"Ah, but you've only seen the sweet. Now witness the bitter."

A stench enveloped the pair. The angel turned in horror and proclaimed, "What is it?"

The Creator spoke only one word: "Selfishness."

The angel stood speechless as they passed through centuries of repugnance. Never had he seen such filth. Rotten hearts. Ruptured promises. Forgotten loyalties. Children of the creation wandering blindly in lonely labyrinths.

"This is the result of choice?" the angel asked.
"They will forget you?"
"They will reject you?"
"They will never come back?"
"Some will. Most won't."
"What will it take to make them listen?"

The Creator walked on in time, further and further into the future, until he stood by a tree. A tree that would be fashioned into a cradle. Even then he could smell the hay that would surround him.

With another step into the future, he paused before another tree. It stood alone, a stubborn ruler of a bald hill. The trunk was thick, and the wood was strong. Soon it would be cut. Soon it would be trimmed. Soon it would be mounted on the stony brow of another hill. And soon he would be hung on it.

He felt the wood rub against a back he did not yet wear.

"Will you go down there?" the angel asked.

"I will."

"Is there no other way?"

"There is not."

"Wouldn't it be easier to not plant the seed? Wouldn't it be easier to not give the choice?"

"It would," the Creator spoke slowly. "But to remove the choice is to remove the love."

He looked around the hill and foresaw a scene. Three figures hung on three crosses. Arms spread. Heads fallen forward. They moaned with the wind.

Men clad in soldiers' garb sat on the ground near the trio. They played games in the dirt and laughed.

Men clad in religion stood off to one side. They smiled. Arrogant, cocky. They had protected God, they thought, by killing this false one.

Women clad in sorrow huddled at the foot of the hill. Speechless. Faces tear streaked. Eyes downward. One put her arm around another and tried to lead her away. She wouldn't leave. "I will stay," she said softly. "I will stay."

All heaven stood to fight. All nature rose to rescue. All eternity poised to protect. But the Creator gave no command.

"It must be done ... ," he said, and withdrew.

But as he stepped back in time, he heard the cry that he would someday scream: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34) He wrenched at tomorrow's agony.

The angel spoke again. "It would be less painful ... "

The Creator interrupted softly. "But it wouldn't be love."

They stepped into the Garden again. The Maker looked earnestly at the clay creation. A monsoon of love swelled up within him. He had died for the creation before he had made him. God's form bent over the sculptured face and breathed. Dust stirred on the lips of the new one. The chest rose, cracking the red mud. The cheeks fleshened. A finger moved. And an eye opened.

But more incredible than the moving of the flesh was the stirring of the spirit. Those who could see the unseen gasped.

Perhaps it was the wind who said it first. Perhaps what the star saw that moment is what has made it blink ever since. Maybe it was left to an angel to whisper it:

"It looks like ... it appears so much like ... it is him!"

The angel wasn't speaking of the face, the features, or the body. He was looking inside—at the soul.

Excerpted from"It's eternal!" gasped another.

Within the man, God had placed a divine seed. A seed of his self. The God of might had created earth's mightiest. The Creator had created, not a creature, but another creator. And the One who had chosen to love had created one who could love in return.

Now it's our choice.

From In the Eye of the Storm
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 1997) Max Lucado

Thursday, March 25, 2010

A little inspiration.....

I found these this morning while browsing Light for the Writer's Soul.  Whatever you do, be it writing or something else, I think these can apply:

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” ~ Henry Van Dyke

“Go to the effort. Invest the time. Write the letter. Make the apology. Take the trip. Purchase the gift. Do it. The seized opportunity renders joy.” ~ Max Lucado

Good food for thought, don't you think?!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Texas Taco Platter

Made this for dinner tonight, a "first."  SO easy.  So YUM!

*2 lbs. lean ground beef
*Taco seasoning packet
*Can of refried beans
*10 oz bag of Fritos corn chips
*1 cup cheddar-jack cheese, shredded

Choice of garnish: shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, black olives.

Brown the ground beef in a large skillet (with a little bit of onion if you wish; I use a sprinkle of dried onion flakes).  Drain.  Add taco seasoning and water per package instructions.  Heat refried beans on low on the stove top, or in the microwave.

Place the taco meat mixture on a platter, leaving about an inch all around the edge.  Top with refried beans, then cheese, followed by your choice of garnish (or, if your kids are like mine, you put refried beans on only half of the meat mixture and no garnish what so ever!!).  Arrange the Fritos on the outer edge and serve warm.

YUM-O!  Eat your heart out Rachel Ray....  ;)

Beautiful Texas sky.....

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I'm BACK!!...did you miss me?!!

Well, all 1.2 of you who actually read my blog....LOL!!! Hoping to change that. ;)

I know I went out with a great send-off back on Jan. 1st, but after all that I'm still not writing on paper, so I figured that blogging is at least writing, albeit on the 'puter. But I miss it. I miss my friends here. And I just miss having a place to post the odd and unusual things that seem to happen in my little life!

I'm trying to decide if I should link back to Facebook with this blog (Kim, if you have the time, could you tell me how you do that and how you manage the posts and all that good stuff?? it easy or complicated?).

So, for what it's worth, here I am! Blogging again...
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