It’s the Little Things
Challenging times can cause me to have vision problems. Oh, I can see just fine… but I find myself focusing on the big (or perceived big) hurdle ahead and I miss the gift of little things. Ever been there? So today, I’m trying to take notice of those little things God has recently brought my way:
~A friend’s offer to sit with me during the demolition of our house
~Familiar birds at my newly moved bird feeders
~Offers to help with my laundry
~An entertaining chipmunk outside my temporary kitchen window
~Kind, reassuring words
~The support of our children
~A car that’s dependable (ever think about that?)
~Time with my grandson
~A patient husband (and believe me, he’s needed to be)
~Brightly colored leaves against an even brighter blue sky
~Music that touches my soul
~Time to type a list of little things…
It occurs to me as I reread my list, that maybe these things aren’t so little after all; for it’s through these gifts that we recognize God’s presence. Whether you’re lost in the midst of a storm, finding your way in the dark, navigating a hard road, or in a time of wait and see like me; seek out the little (or not so little) things that remind us that when we are blinded by worry, we’re not walking alone. We have a guide who will see us through!
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV)
And now for a “little” recipe….
Little because it has few ingredients, takes little time to prepare, and there’ll only be a little left because it’s so good! I know when you read this recipe you might question it, but I promise it’s my husband’s most requested dish (even on his birthday!) and everyone I’ve ever served it to has cleaned their plate. It’s been in my family since I was a “little” girl (that’s a loooong time), given to my mom by our neighbors, the Irons family.
- 1 Lb. lean hamburger
- 0nion, chopped
- 1 can Campbell's Tomato Soup
- 1 can Campbell's Cheddar Cheese Soup
- 1 soup can full of milk
- Hamburger Buns
- In a large skillet, brown hamburger and chopped onion over medium heat breaking meat apart like making sloppy joes.
- Drain, if necessary. (I like to use hamburg with 7% fat to avoid this step)
- In bowl, combine soups and milk. Stir to make smooth sauce.
- Pour sauce into skillet over meat. Stir.
- Simmer until bubbling, stirring occasionally.
- Lay opened hamburg buns on a cookie sheet, inside up. Place in oven under the broiler until golden brown. Keep an eye on them as they can quickly burn. (You can also use your toaster if you have a bagel setting)
- To serve: lay bottom of bun on plate, spoon meat mixture over bun. Add top of bun and place another spoonful of meat mixture over it all.
- Eat with a fork to get it all....you won't want to leave even a ....little!