Thursday, March 26, 2009

Vegetables and love

Contentment ... gratitude ... joy.
vs.
37 weeks pregnant, tired and hormonal

Tonight as I dished up a steaming bowl of soup made with all the veggies that had gotten less so by spending too much time in the "Crisper" I looked at each family member and my heart burst with joy.

Eliannah with her black eye, Eliot's mischievious grin, Zak's pale face (I think he has the flu) covered in a weeks worth of freckles ...

I could also see that past them, out our sliding glass door, were a couple pots of pink geraniums and an exuberant pot of flame colored succulents about to burst into bloom.

In that moment it seemed to me that "somewhere over the rainbow" was closer than I had ever imagined and might just be beyond our backyard fence.

I guess Paul was right when he told Timothy that "godliness with contentment is great gain" (I Tim 6:6) and Solomon when he said, "Better a meal of vegetables where there is love ..." (Proverbs 15:17) because tonight I found that by letting go of what I want and embracing what I've been given I can find joy, peace and love in the bottom of my vegetable soup.

7 comments:

Joanie said...

Dear Jacquelyn,
It was so fun seeing you last week. You looked radiant, and as I say to my girls, "You are beautiful on the inside and the out," also evidenced by this sweet, sweet post.

You are being prayed for as you get close to bringing your new, little son into the world!

Mama Mote said...

I am so glad I will be able to keep up with you through your blog when we move (still looking for housing). I love those verses. I want to make a bumper sticker or something with the 1 Timothy verse.

Brianna Heldt said...

I love moments like that, and I always wish I lived more in light of those things!

Jacquelyn said...

Where are you moving?

Penny Malley said...

Tyler really missed Zak at school yesterday. And Katie said, "Zak makes everyday lighter since he's been at our school." To which Tyler replied, "Yeah, it's like Zak's magical!"
Hope he feels better soon... and no one else gets it.

emily said...

Can you get inside my brain & my heart for a little while and write something beautiful, as if it were from me? You are so poetic. I'm jealous!

Lisa writes... said...

Letting go of what I (thought I) wanted and embracing what I've been given has been a critical part of my own journey...

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