Saturday, January 7, 2012

When you have need...ask

 Daddy man came home with a load of lemons today. He had taken the children (plus one) over to a nearby empty dirt lot to film and shoot the air soft guns. A woman spoke over her back yard wall and offered lemons to him. He delighted that "his wife loves lemons" and picked what she offered.
Now just the day before yesterday I saw them for 3/$1 and they were small. I was shopping and stopped in thought at the shopping list and asked God for some.
 Simple syrup is a staple in my refer. So within 5 minutes lemon aide for the family. They all were amazed at the fast offering. So after an hour or so we had another batch of simple syrup, lemon juice for recipes, lemon zest to freeze and more drink for the afternoon.

 ...and yes, a sink yet full of beautiful pesticide free lemons. To zest a store bought lemon is a no no for the wax and such is a rich poison of sorts concentrated in the rind.
After washing, air dry, zest and let the lemon rest to dry a little and it will be much less slippery to juice.
 Use this for pie, curd and also recipes for chicken or fish.
 The lemon juice is in a spray catchup re-purposed container and the zest is in a dispenser made from an infant/toddlers snack container. A pinch at a time is easy. When frozen the zest will be a dryer texture. Do not press it into the container and it is easy to pinch.
The last several weeks have been full of these wonderful offering.

A book I needed was on shelf with the invoice accidentally left inside. The manager gave it to me from the online site, used her id and it came to me at 2/3 costs. Again I had prior asked for the very book.

We needed some binders and such for the kids home school. When at the Jr High withdrawing Dove I was able to purchase at a greatly reduced cost and support the school at the same time.

We were also blessed at years end with a wonderful Christmas. It would have been a much different type of holiday had I not opened up to be willing to ask the Jr High if we qualified for reduced lunches. The $20 a week was too rich. Although we did not qualify we were called and sponsored a bit. IT was strange and humbling to accept. Being the one who receives is much different than giving.

Ask for your needs
Your Father knows what you have need of. Asking humbles us and Lifts HIM up. We all need to be needed even God

1 comment:

Ika Devita Susanti said...

I love lemons! And i am sure you have a very delightful days with those lemons on your kitchen. Oh what a wonderful life! Have a happy Days!

Older women likewise teach the younger women...

• how to love their husbands
• how to love their children
• how to be self-controlled
• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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