Today while everyone was gone I had a few moments to sit and ponder on some things. Pondering time can be pretty awesome. There needs to be some time in everyone’s day for pondering. You can’t get too lost in pondering or you will never get anything done, but we still need to ponder. What do you ponder about?
I ponder on scripture that I read each morning, I ponder on the answers I was given by an Almighty God. I ponder as to why He loved me (yep, me, with all my sins and many failed attempts at living for Him) enough to hang on Calvary’s cross and die for me. That is always my hugest pondering.
Then today I pondered on the things I do for the sake of keeping my memories alive. Some of them are pretty silly things. Well like…wearing a flannel nightgown in winter and a nylon one in summer (that was what my Mom use to do). Waking up in the mornings and splashing ice cold water on my face, just to feel that sudden rush of awareness (that was what I saw my Dad do so many times, he even got me to do it sometimes). How about going barefoot just to feel the early morning dew on your feet (once again, attributed to my Dad). Never put meat in vegetable soup (you would think that goes without saying huh, it is VEGETABLE soup, but so many people add meat, but NEVER my Mom…so I don’t either…that’s just how it has to be). Of course there are the frugal things that I do because I want to remember how my Mom and Dad did things…like making my own chicken stock (it is messy, but it sure taste better. Johnny thinks I am crazy, but then again he likes having a frugal wife). I grow a garden because that is how I was raised (yeah, it is hard work, but you know, my Dad has a garden every year, bigger than mine, and he is 75 yrs old. If he can do it, well…I am his daughter and so can I). And never use a dish rag to clean up something off the floor (my Mom again, funny woman that she is). I make home made buttermilk biscuit and I still boil tea bags (Canned Whop Biscuit would be easier, and instant tea would too, but then I may forget how to do it the REAL way). These are just a few of the things I do for the sake of keeping my memories alive.
When you have a moment, sit down, get a big glass of sweet tea, and ponder a few minutes. It really is good for the soul.
This image is one I took back around 1998. I had to scan it because it was actually taken with film. Yeah, waaaay before I went digital!