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Weekly Photo Challenge…shadow

A shadow is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to obstruction by an object. It occupies all of the space behind an opaque object with light in front of it. The cross-section of a shadow is a two-dimensional silhouette,  or reverse projection of the object blocking the light.The sun causes many objects to have shadows and at certain times of the day, when the sun is at certain heights, the length of shadows change.  Sayeth Wikipedia… 

 The pictures are a bit blurry, thaks to my iphone, I got caught with with a dead camera battery. 

Frankoma Pottery

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The Challenge of the Cheesecake…from my dayspring inspirational wall calendar

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It’s hard to tell when a cheesecake is done.  When the baking time is up, the cake is still wobbly in the middle-but by faith you take it out and hope for the best.  A couple of hours later and in spite of your great act of faith, the cake cracks right down the center during the cooling process.  Sigh!  As the baker who refuses to give up, you proceed to pour one cup of heavy cream into a bowl so that you can whip it into the perfect topping for the not-so-perfect cheesecake.  And now you have it: a cheesecake worthy of presenting to dinner guests. 

Not giving up is a beautiful thing.  How very often I take a deep breath and thank God for hanging in there with me.  What a comforting thought to know that when we finally meet Him we’ll be “covered” in His mercy and forgiveness, white as snow, and presentable, regardless of how many times our efforts (to act or do as we should) crack.  God never gives up on us or the purpose for which He created us.  It’s good.  It’s satisfying.  It’s the longing we carry in our hearts wrapped in the dream we envision in our minds.  We need only to decide to get on board with the God who refuses to turn away from us or throw His hands in the air in frustration.  Another crack in this one?  That’s O.K.  I have grace enough to fill it.  Wobbling again? Good.  I think I’ll teach them to lean on Me even more. 

Cheesecake is the dessert we’re told to reserve for special occasions because it’s full of the stuff we should enjoy sparingly.  What a wonderful contrast , then to know we can indulge in every good thing God has for us without the least bit of restraint-and it just doesn’t get any sweeter than that. 

God’s grace and goodness are infinite-and they’re sweetened with unconditional love.

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my mother, her girlfriends and dessert…

My Mother warned me and I just wouldn’t listen!

I was just sitting here enjoying my absolute favorite comfort food, Sara Lee Original Strawberry Cream Cheesecake!  The experience begins when I open the container.  The smell of the rich, sweet fragrance of goodness.  It continues with the beautiful layers of texture; the graham cracker crust, the creamy cream cheese and the shiny plump strawberry topping.  And finally, the piece de resistance,  savouring each creamy mouthful.  All of the senses combined to create this most wonderful indulgence. Yes, I am eating it right out of the original container as the whole thing is MINE!

 And then it happened, a memory from long ago bubbling up from nowhere.   I could hear and see my mother and her friends talking and laughing and gossiping over coffee and dessert in our kitchen 30+ years ago.  As a young girl I was allowed to sit with them as long as I didn’t interrupt or repeat any part of  their conversations. I do not recall the details of their conversations but I do remember some of the advice that was offered.  On the few occasions I was allowed to “sit and be quiet I would receive very sage advice from my Mother’s 30 something=ish friends.   The advice was mostly concerning what kind of man I should marry, naturally it was based on the men they had not married.    But, On this particular Saturday afternoon I would get the ultimate advice.  And it must have been important because everyone was in agreement. 

I remember they were enjoying Coffee and  New York Style Cheesecake.  I expressed my interest in having a piece of dessert even though I thought “cheesecake” sounded less than appealing.  It was more about fitting in and being one of the girls even if it was for just a little while.   And that is when my Mother offered me this very wise piece of advice and everyone agreed.

She warned me that “Cheesecake is so delicious that after one bite I would be hooked and eventually you will wish you had never tried it“.  Well, this of course only made me want to try it more and of course I did try it and yes I am hooked. I will on occasion wish I had taken her advice, but only on a rare occasion.

Although I do not indulge in my favorite dessert very often, I am glad that I did not heed my Mother’s warning, because I would be missing out on what I have determined to be the best dessert available in the frozen food section of the grocery store. 

What advice have you received that you did not listen to?  Do you wish you had or hadn’t ?  I would love to hear your story.

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