Before we vacationed at the beach I had made a great pot of Chili (a great recipe borrowed from All Bower Power). Since I am all about “waste not, want not” (and I am a domesticated diva) I decided to freeze the left overs for a lunch sometime. Today was that day. The night before I decided to set out one of the containers to “un-thaw” (just wait)… this morning it was totally, maybe to much “un-thawed” and I thought maybe I should of let it go through this process in the fridge. Well, I was proud of myself anyways and couldn’t wait till lunch all day knowing that while I ate I was saving money. At lunch it was really tasty, just like the day I made it. Before my bowl was even gone my belly was feeling it. Things were moving and grooving all over my gut (I know, whats new right?) and I was bummed my office was full of people with adequate noses. Still proud of myself I gladly announced to my mother-in-law that I had “un-thawed” chili from 2 weeks ago for lunch. She let me down nicely, it wasn’t “un-thawed”, it was just thawed. Really, I learned something new today. I also learned, it is probably best to just eat chili the day you made it, otherwise you could be asked to leave the office. I am still proud of myself though!
I stood, a mendicant of God,
Before His royal throne
And begged Him for one priceless gift
For me to call my own.
I took the gift from out His hand,
But as I would depart,
I cried, “But, Lord, this is a thorn,
And it has pierced my heart!
This is a strange and hurtful gift
Which Thou hast given me.”
He said, “I love to give good gifts;
I gave My best to thee.”
I took it home, and though at first
The cruel thorn hurt sore,
As long years passed, I grew at last
To love it more and more.
I learned He never gives a thorn
Without this added grace:
He takes the thorn to pin aside
The veil which hides His face!
Martha Snell Nicholson