Very soon, this:
will become this:
2 Place the corn in their husks (or you can wrap them tightly in foil) on the hot grill. Cover. Turn the corn occasionally, until the husks are charred on all sides, about 15 to 20 minutes.
3 Remove corn from grill. Let sit for 5 minutes. Protect your hands while removing the silks and charred husks from the corn, as it will be BEYOND hot!
Serve with coarse salt and butter. Believe it or not, a squeeze of lime is also divine!
Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. Psalm 65:9
The unbeliever complicates everything. God didn't invent the rat race, and He never intended that my life be a perplexing, complex series of pseudo goals to be attained. "One thing have I desired of the Lord, and that will I seek after..."
Those words poured from the heart of King David. They are the rich creed of the thinking woman. It requires intellectual vitality to disentagle the knots of modern-day legalism. In the search to "feel better", we've created for ourselves a culture of therapy, where our every emotion is analyzed, our personalities categorized, and the results compared. We can't even enjoy work for the sake of work anymore. We no longer do "whatever our hand finds to do" with a hearty love for the Lord, with all our might, out of conviction alone....our job must match our personality. If not, we have somehow broken the Laws of Happy Living. Locked into a legalism of self improvement, we have sinned against the god of self if we find ourselves not enjoying our job.
Such an apalling lack of imagination. There was a time, when society was more intelligent and more grateful, when every sort of work, if it was hard work and made the lives of others better, was honorable and usually enjoyable.
According to this new legalism, even a simple smile should become an elaborate system of self improvement. Don't believe me? I ran across an article in a section of the magazine "Country Living", entitled "Smiling from the Inside Out - Lilias Folan shares the secrets of a powerful source of healing energy." For your enlightenment (and my utter amusement) I'll recount it for you here, word for word:
Begin by closing your eyes.
Focus attention on your mouth.
Recall someone or something that brings a genuine smile to your lips...
Radiate that smile up into your eyes.
Radiate the energy up into your left ear, then your right one.
Smile into your brain.
Smile into your tongue.
Send the smile down into your voice box.
Smile down into your heart. Feel your heart smiling back at you.
Smile into your left lung, then into your right lung.
Smile into your organs, bones, muscles, and nervous system and feel them all smiling back.
Smile that warm, healing energy to a spot that wants a little extra help today.
Folks, you can't make this stuff up. This is where the legalism of self awareness, and the rules of therapy culture take you.
Give me the simplicity of Christ and an effortless smile and some work for my hands to do. I promise, it will be enough for me.
Many consider August to be the "crowning of the year". It is the very fullness of summer - August indeed contains its essence.
But. We've gone the entire month of August, here in East Tennessee, without so much as a trace of rain. Today, finally, the rains have come. We are expecting some good, soaking rains through Wednesday. I went out to my flower gardens last night to create a bouquet while I could linger and choose flowers and not get soaked to the skin - in anticipation of the forecast today.
So...there are glorious clouds outside, and I have a bit of sunshine inside!
Ps 147:14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
John 12:24...Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
John 6:48 (Jesus said) "I am that bread of life."
"God particularizes; the devil generalizes. God plants a garden within which a great variety of plants grow. The devil plants weeds in the garden that look enough like the plants to make you unsure which is which. God paves a narrow lane; the devil broadens the path until it leads nowhere. God prescribes forgiveness for specific sins; the devil blankets permission for anything and everything..."Attending to spiritual detail yields a life of wholeness and hopefulness. Habits of the heart such as worship, prayer, study, Bible reading, care for the body, hospitality and neighborliness detail the diet of dedicated disciples. Vague spirituality sits on the couch and scoffs at practices that ask something of the soul."
~George Mason, Baptist pastor out of Texas~
Ripe summer's queen.
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear."- R. Combe Miller
Vivid yellow roses - a surprise from my Tim....