I heard the rain beating against our north bedroom window when I woke up this morning. It has been raining every since. I downed three cups of tea, and decided to see what I could throw into the crock pot for soup.
2 cups leftover chicken, 1 sweet potato, 1 russet potato, 2 stalks celery, 4 carrots, 1 zucchini, grated, sauteed onion and garlic, spices, and 4 cups chicken broth. I just took what I had in my kitchen and made a soup that will hopefully warm up our bodies at the end of this day.
As I was throwing the soup together, I got news from my daughter in Greece that we still owe money on her account at school, and she can’t register for spring classes until we pay. This is a difficult time for us- my hours at work have been cut back and I am worried about where the money will come from. Our family is definitely feeling the pinch of the economy.
Last week I wrote about trust- what would my life be like if I really trusted that God would take care of us? What if I really let go of my fear and placed my life in God’s hands? When I live in fear, I approach life with clenched fists, holding tightly to what I have, and not allowing myself to bring in the goodness around me.
If I really trusted God, then I would believe that just like my soup, the rest of our lives will come together, ingredient by ingredient, to make a life soup that is abundant! Our lives will be filled with variety, with the excitement of learning new things, and ways to bring money to the family budget. Oh yeah, I am remembering that our lives already ARE abundant. I already have many skills to help us financially and I am now trusting that God will direct me on the right path to make the right decisions for our family. And in the process, I will (am) create (ing) enough income to allow Tony to work less. Just like the soup ingredients, all I need is already within my grasp, in the pantry of my life. Trusting God means unclenching my fearful hands and holding them open to receive the goodness that is meant for me. It is no coincidence that holding my hands, palms up and open, is also a sign of gratitude!
Talking with God, putting my trust where it belongs, being grateful for all that comes into my life, including the challenges, connects me warmly to my soul, just like the soup will warm our bodies.
So what about you? What ingredients are you throwing together in life’s soup to make your life more colorful and abundant?