Saturday, April 21, 2007

About Those Steaks........

I don't think there has ever been a MORE beautiful day! I slept in for awhile this morning, but still was up early enough to have a very productive day. I feel like I started cleaning as soon as my feet hit the floor. Actually, I fixed Nathan's breakfast first and then it began. I took those steaks out of the freezer to thaw and went right to work. I wanted to rearrange my cabinet in the diningroom, but that will have to wait for another day. It was more of a day of straightening things up. I was able to get some things sorted that I have been planning to give away and that feels nice. They are in my trunk and ready to go! Yay for me!!

I had to take a short break to mail an important document that I had forgotten about. Since I live in the country, my mailbox is down by the main road. I got into the car and pulled down the drive to see the usually late mailman driving away from my box. Just seconds away. I proceeded to drive in his direction and caught him on the next road. Mail is mailed. *whew*

Have you ever noticed if you stop what you are in the middle of, it is hard to get right back to it? Well, this is what happened to me. Since I was already out, why not take care of a few other errands. I know, I was so anxious to get back and start scraping those rails! It was definitely on my mind. That is why I had to stop by walmart, ( I entered the lawn and garden area because I wasn't really dressed for shopping. Thus, I did not want to see anyone I knew. This is a sure fire way to see LOTS of people you know, take note to remember that next time.) and make my purchase of two, lovely geraniums. I mean, how could I have freshly scraped and painted porch rails without red geraniums to accent the work?

I finally got back home and decided to sweep my porch off while Nathan played outside. One thing led to another and pretty soon I was filling up the bird feeder, cleaning out the birdbath, and so on. I decided to trim the hedges and clip the underbrush from my river birch trees. This wore me out! It was starting to get late and I knew I wasn't going to get to those rails today. *sigh* I knew I needed to prepare the steaks for grilling. I have been looking forward to this ever since I mentioned it the other day. I marinated them while I prepared the potatoes and corn on the cob. Amanda wanted some BBQ bread and went to the grocery store to get some. I made a pitcher of tea and waited patiently for hubs to start the grill.

When he came inside and I knew something was amiss. Any wife that has been married awhile has learned to *read* their hubby's body language and didn't like what I was reading. I knew there wasn't going to be any grilling going on at our house. I asked anyway, you know, hoping I was wrong. Seems "the grill isn't acting right" and my thoughts of hot grilled steak faded quickly. Now, I really could have had a "field day" here as my grandmother use to say, but for the sake of keeping harmony and being a good wife, :) I restrained myself. I won't go into details, but let's just say that grills were on sale about two weeks ago and I pleaded with hubs to get a new one. The one we have is several years old and needs replacing, I reasoned with him. He informed me that our grill was JUST fine. Can you see where I'm going? :)

I got the broiler pan out placed our not going to be grilled beef on top, all without grumbling. Thank-you, Jesus. I lovingly finished preparing everything and we were seated and ate in peace. Thank-you, Jesus. I keep thanking Jesus because I could have blown it, as the usual act of my flesh and not heard the sweetest words of the day. After hubs had eaten and was resting on the couch I heard him make a softly spoken remark. I asked him to repeat it a little louder although I heard him the first time. "I wish I would have bought that grill" I don't know about you, but that sure tickled my ears! There is joy in serving Jesus! And honey, just in case you're reading this, I do too! You know I love you!







I presented the latter part of this post in a lighthearted way, but something can be learned here. Even though I have been in similar situations, sad to say, I haven't always used wisdom gained from my previous lessons. I have allowed the flesh to rise up and missed what the Lord would have me do. I am reminded of this when He tells us to "BE Still and know that I am God" He is always teaching us, if we are willing to learn, and again, I thank you, Jesus.

10 comments:

Sharon said...

LOL! What a day! Glad you still had your steak dinner and better still, that you listened to that sweet, soft voice of God, and all was at peace. ;-)

Denise said...

I bet the steak dinner was still delicious, and the fact that you listened to that precious still voice, was very beautiful.

Heartthoughts said...

What a wonderful "lesson"! Your own journey is so wonderful in that it really does minister for EVERY woman reading this ;). Blessings to you.

Unashamed said...

I bet you even though he didn't say anything that your husband "knew" and appreciated that you didn't pull an I-told-you-so. That's an act of love!

Pearls of Wisdom said...

Thank you so much for sharing and what a wonderful lesson. I am so glad you still had your steak dinner. I love your blog and insight. May the Lord Bless you this week and always my sweet friend.

Angel ( Pearls of Wisdom)

Denise said...

Where are you? I miss you sweet one.

Lisa said...

Your day, up until the "grill" moment reminded me of the story "If You Give a Mouse A Cookie". Do you know that one? Check it out at the library and read it to Nathan if you haven't, it's a good one!

Glad that you are learning to "Be Still"! (I'm still learning that!)

eph2810 said...

Thank you so much for sharing this story, Debbie. You are right, sometimes we just have to keep our thoughts to ourself and just let it roll down our back :)...I know I have many times to look to Him to keep my mouth shut.

Blessings to your Sunday evening and always.

Sharon said...

Where are you Debbie? Sure do miss you!

Unashamed said...

Hope every things ok!