Friday, November 11, 2011


I got a crock pot yesterday at Good Will! Now I’ll be able to make soup and other yummy comfort food for Sarah and I in our little studio this fall. My favorite recipe for stew has two “secret” ingredients; chocolate and red wine!

Crock pot cooking uses time and it can’t be rushed or hurried. The cross-reference for waiting in my NLT bible is patience. Hmmm…It’s never been one of my strengths. Currently I’m waiting for: a college acceptance letter to come in the mail for my youngest daughter, Michael to come visit next weekend, our plans for Thanksgiving weekend to be firmed up, waiting to find out what Allie will do for a job/her life after Jan-term, for a gift I ordered for someone facing surgery to hurry and come in the mail, and for my doctors to determine whether or not I’ll need some surgery of my own this winter.

I’ve had lots of practice waiting. 4 x 9+ months of waiting for perfect little babies to be formed and arrive. Waiting to hear if Mike got promoted….Waiting to hear if the test results were negative…Waiting to find out if we sold/got the house. My “wait list” seems insignificant though compared to a friend who is waiting to find out the status of her teen son’s brain tumor.

In this instant, fast-food, internet world, there are some things that can’t be rushed.

Waiting, wondering, hoping, praying, patience…Basically this all boils down to trusting in God and living life one day at a time.

“Waiting for God’s timing brings great rewards.”
Lamentations 3:25

What are you waiting for?

Lessons learned:
I’m trying to have a crock-pot mentality knowing the end results will be worth the wait, a watched pot never boils (especially on our hot plate), and the virtue of patience is only do-able if our eyes are on the Lord rather than on the mailbox, computer or cell phone.

On this 11-11-11 Veteran's Day, I want to thank ALL our military and their families for their service and especially those who have sacrificed limbs or life for our country. God Bless You!

In His Grip, Jane


  1. Love the post mom! Great words. Thank you.

  2. You are so patient baby. Nothing easy about this and we have to practice patience together. Thanks for all you are doing to make this work.

  3. Mmmm...and the thing I love about slow cooking is how tender the results are. Mmmmm....delicious.