Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bitter? No Better!

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

I’ve been taught before that in unfortunate situations, I can choose to go away bitter or better. Oftentimes my flesh wrestles with being bitter and disappointed with the lot that befalls me. But every now and then, some place deep inside decides to do the right thing (oh that these times were more)!

Well, I am happy to share, not that this last week provided an opportunity to test the bitter/better choice, but that I actually choose the 'better'. (Applause!) But before I get carried away with all the bowing and waving over making a right choice, and you pat my back and congratulate me, it was kind of easy this time. There you have it. Glory gone.

OK, enough build up. The story goes like this: my mom was scheduled to arrive for a week-long visit a week ago Monday. Since we only see my parents about twice a year, this was a big deal. Well, someone/something named Irene (insert eye roll, and huff) decided to visit the east coast and reek havoc on my plans. Although it’s nice that technology allows us to predict when natural disasters are about to occur, it's really too bad they can’t be rescheduled). So, Miss Irene stole my mother’s flight plan, pushing her arrival date back several days.

Poor me! Mama’s not coming for a few days. So here’s the silver lining in the storm. Since my calendar was empty with the assumption my mother would fill our days, I now had unexpected extra time. What? Extra time?! This is a good thing.

So this is what I did: with one day I completed the preparations for my son’s upcoming birthday. This probably would have gotten done, but in a hurry, somewhere I could squeeze it in. And with the next day, I picked blackberries with my baby, came home to make jam, and now have many beautiful jars of jam all ready for the cupboard. Oh the satisfaction productivity brings me!

(aren't they pretty?!)

Do I wish my mom arrived on time? Well, sure! Did the Lord bless what couldn’t be? Oh my, He did! Maybe there’s a start to me becoming more flexible after all! Oops, maybe I shouldn’t have said that, don’t want to jinx it! (be filled in on that bit here).

Because of Jesus,


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  1. I love this... choosing the better. That jam looks lovely. What kind of jars are the ones with the rubber seals? I can - but those are so lovely! I normally use the metal ring kind... are those reusable??

  2. We had a massive amount ( I mean hundreds) of cucumbers in our garden this year...thy just took off like crazy...we have been pickling a lot these days...If I can be honest I would rather be making jam...I am so sick of cucumbers...lol!

  3. yes! choosing better is the way to go!
    great looking jam, too-yum!
    thanks for the great post! xo

  4. choosing better is the way to go ... love it! and love your lil' blog! coming from call me blessed!

  5. Beautiful! It is all a matter of perspective and something we can all learn from. :) Thank you for sharing this with us!

    Visiting you from Jami's link-up. So happy to meet you! :)


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