There is just something about summer, isn’t there? Especially before the excruciatingly HOT temperatures kick in, and your face is melting off…
There is that nice… warm breeze, calm evening… romantic aura about summer.
I have many great summer memories, and I always look forward to this season. Sand, water, love… AND FOOD!
I love that summer meals are often quick, and LIGHT! Fresh produce is in season and at it’s best! What isn’t to LOVE about that?
I whipped up a simple meal to tonight and we enjoyed pineapple, diced apples, strawberries and blueberries. DE-LISH!
I’ll call my dish –
KEEN – HOT – KINI 🙂 (with organic chicken fresh off of the grill!)
– 1 cup green (light-colored) quinoa
– 2 cups of water
– 2 smallish green zucchini – halved and diced
– 1 smallish yellow zucchini – halved and diced
– 1/2 red pepper diced
– 1 can of organic black beans (low sodium)
*** Cook according to quinoa instructions (bring to boil), reduce to simmer, cover and cook until all water is absorbed. Germ ring will be visible along the outside edge of the grain. SO perfect!
Did I mention it’s my anniversary today? 14 years. I don’t know what 14 years is supposed to look like… but it doesn’t seem as though it’s been that long to me. I may not look 18, but I feel 18 most days… and that was almost 19 years ago. It amazes me that God took two totally arrogant, bruised, and selfish people, and transformed us into the people we are today. It is true that what we think we want, is often – not at all – what we need. I’m thankful God gave me exactly what I needed – it is way beyond what I ever deserved. God loved me, the unlovable and disobedient, and taught me what love means. It isn’t about gifts (although I really like them, probably TOO much), it isn’t about anything else ANY person can give YOU…
True love is giving of yourself – beyond what the other person deserves.
Just like Christ showed His love for us.
It’s letting go of grudges. It’s forgiveness.
It’s like that peaceful calm of a perfect summer night.
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Cor. 13:11-13