Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Psalm Revisited

I found this tucked away and it seemed to fit into my life in so many ways, rather than just one or the other.  Hope you enjoy and hope it feeds your soul too!

The Lord is my Shepherd = That's Relationship!

I shall not want = That's Supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures = That's Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters = That's Refreshment!

He restoreth my soul = That's Healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness = That's Guidance!

For His name sake = That's Purpose!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death = That's Tribulations!

I will fear no evil = That's Protection!

For Thou art with m e = Tha t's Faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy st aff they comfort me = That's Discipline!

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies =That's Hope!

Thou anointest my head with oil = That's Consecration!

My cup runneth over = That's Abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life = That's Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord = That's Security!

Forever = That's Eternity!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rings on her fingers, and bells on her toes

She shall have music wherever she goes. . .

When talking to some friends about the lack of options for eating out around here, it was mentioned that there was an Egyptian restaurant, with a belly dancer, in the nearby town, known as the watermelon capital of the world.

While we have many restaurants, the variety is slim. You can count on BBQ, Fried Seafood, Chinese, Mexican, some Southern Cooking and the usual franchises. Most of it all blends together.  So sometimes a road trip to an interesting spot, for dinner, is in order.

This nearby town of around 10,000 seemed like an unlikely spot for such a restaurant. We thought if the meals were disappointing maybe the South Georgia redneck belly dancer might be entertaining enough to make up for the food.  Or visa versa.
Hubs and I drove the 45 miles to see if we could find this spot, if not, we knew there was a Chic Fil A and Cracker Barrel in the town.

We found it!

We walked into the Cafe Harika and found a room that had been tranformed into something that town, nor ours, has seen before. There were your typical table and booths, but along one wall were a few low tables with cushions around and folks lounging (in their camoflauge) chatting away. 

We made our way to a booth and then the music changed, and out came the belly dancer.

I have a friend from India, and we were invited to her sister's wedding (here, not there). They had hired a belly dancer from Atlanta, and well, she was more of what I thought I might see in South Georgia. So I was surprised to see someone more fitting of what I would imagine a belly dancer to actually look like.

A couple of times she invited the children out to try their hand at moving their bellies.

I truly enjoyed the Mediterranean appetizers and the shish kabobs I ordered. Hubs decided to go the safe route, or so he thought, and ordered from the American section- country fried steak and onion rings. Mine was MUCH better, second generation from Pakistan did a wonderful job with the dishes they are accustomed to.

As I was listening to the music and watching the dancer, I was taking in the colorful rugs and the blingy lighting, I glanced out the window across the room . . .

Nothing like throwing something foreign into the mix of Southern Culture.

Y'all come back, ya hear . . .

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

When Spring Sprung

It's springing has been unrivaled in the past few years.

The blooms are amazing! And as the white blooms fall from the Bradford pears, the Dogwoods and Azaleas will take their turn. A truly amazing time of the year here.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

All's Right With The World . . .

...ok, I know it REALLY isn't. At least not on the World level of that statement. I know it is not in every nook and cranny of this little city.  But if I can, just for a little bit today, can I just enjoy my little box for awhile?

When I turn off the TV, I find a lot of kindness, a lot of encouragement, a lot of wonder.

I ran to the store last night to do the shopping I needed this morning. I rushed in hopes of beating the rain and possible storm heading our way. I beat it, the rain when it did come, wind, no lightening, lasted all of 20 minutes. Maybe . . .

At the store, the cereal I went for, had disappeared from the shelf. So as I was studying to decide which of the options would replace it, a husband/wife couple came down the aisle. I laughed and said, "ah, you are the lucky one to get the last of that cereal," as I eyed the 6 boxes in her cart. She shared with me where they were stashed on the endcap. As I returned to the aisle with my two boxes, I heard her ask her husband, "should I?" his response: "if you want to." She walked over to me with coupons in hand and gave me a $1 off the sale cereal. So I gave her a high dollar bounce coupon. Y'all, that was fun! Just simple kindness . . .

The sun is shining this morning, a wonderful gentle breeze and facebook is covered with positive stories and opportunities in our community. How can that not be contagious??

I so hope it catches on. I do believe the only way to lessen the blight, lessen the crime, lessen the poor moral is to push the good. Find the positive.

I mentioned a couple post back that I had good news to come, well it is getting closer, but I don't have enough details yet but it is a new beginning . . .