Friday, August 31, 2012

Without The Rain...

Hurricane (now tropical depression) Issac has made his way to Kansas City.  We're LOVING the rain!  This summer's drought has been brutal.  You can almost hear the Earth saying "Ahhh!".  I continue to pray for those in Lousiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama who've had to endure this storm and the destruction that followed.  Although it wasn't as awful as Katrina, it certainly brought back a lot of emotions and fear for those who were so traumatized by it, yet managed to endure. 

But that's how life is.  Just when we think we've dealt with a struggle and we're finally "over it", something sneaks around the corner and hits us unexpectedly.  

Where did this come from? 

Why does this still bother me? 

I should be way past this by now!

Just pause, relax, and take a breath.  Some things in life take longer to process than we'd like.  But every time we face those feelings, we process a little more than the time before.  We begin to move further away from the hurt and pain and move closer to the lessons we can take with us... closer to the blessings we find in the present.  Those difficult times from our past help us appreciate the beauty of today.


A good friend shared this tasty, flavor-packed greek salad recipe with me, so I had to pass it on to you.  I hope you enjoy it!

Greek Salad
One of each of the following veggies, sliced or diced to your preference:
Small red onion
Cherry tomatoes
Green bell pepper
Black kalamata olives
Feta cheese
Lettuce (optional)

Use a dressing made with extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, and mix in garlic powder, coarse sea salt, coarse black pepper, and dried oregano.  To add some kick, toss in some Greek pepperoncini peppers at the end.  Delicious!

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