It's Labor Day Weekend, Y'all! Time to turn up the music, open wide the windows and enjoy perfectly temperate days! BBQ some ribs, make a peach cobbler, float in the pool, and drink homemade lemonade. Then wake up early and pack up the car for a sandy day at the beach. Don't forget the surfboard and shovels, or the cooler heavy laden with drinks and grapes and sandwich meat. Then Monday let's go for a bike ride as a family and peddle till our muscles ache and our brows drip health and happiness. At least that's our relaxing agenda this long weekend before school starts up Tuesday.
Here's the nitty gritty truth about "LABOR DAY"...
It's a laborious prospect for Moms!
All this eating and going and sand ground into the seams of our hardwood floors. Just getting ready sends my head to spinning. In preparation I'm cleaning house today, making sure all the laundry is done, and planning fun meals and holiday snacks! Out I go into the garden to gather late summer roses for each table, and hang the water colors our boys have painted over this long season of fun.
Ironically, this day that celebrates REST takes a whole lot of work! Can I get an Amen from the choir heading to the grocery store this afternoon ?
Be Still and Know that I am God.
Personally I wonder if this spiritual challenge was ever intended for Moms' hearts! But there's the spin: The heart not the hands. The heart, not the serving and the loving and the moving. That can't always stop. It's the heart.
The heart that learns to rest in the whirling dervish we call motherhood, in the chaotic fun of holidays, in the constant roll of summertime's Yes, is the heart that gets to actually enjoy God amidst it all. For our hands and our feet can't always be still, though stopping is so very good for us, but our meditating hearts that keep constant communication with a loving God allow our souls to rest... In Him. Even as we prep another meal, and bring poolside a fresh picture of iced tea.
And so I offer you today, this challenge:
Be Still Your Soul!
Let the strains of the ancient hymn lift up and renew your heart, when your hands are full of fresh towels. Let the cease from striving message of God's Gospel rest, be manifested in your quiet heart and your joyful demeanor whilst you put graham crackers and marshmallows and chocolate squares together on a platter as the sun dips low. And in the quiet spaces you literally find, or carefully make and take, breath in and out slowly and fully. Right. Where. You. Are. Amidst the ones you are laboring for in love. And lift up your heart.
It's a continual feast, this life. I know.
And so, I leave you today with one of my favorite summertime salad dishes, received via text message from a friend of mine last Labor Day. I share it with you here today.
4 cups Rainbow Quinoa (cooked and cooled)
1 bell pepper; yellow, orange, &/or red (chopped into small pieces)
1 bunch green onions (finely sliced)
2/3 cup feta cheese crumbles
2/3 cup tomatoes (chopped)
1 avocado (either chopped and mixed in, or sliced and served op top)
Mix together for the dressing:
4 TBS Olive Oil
2 TBS Red Wine Vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp minced garlic
Add the dressing to the salad and mix it gently. Personally, I don't use all of the dressing.
I often serve this alongside a medley of other salads, but it also goes wonderfully well with bbq chicken!
It is seriously the best!
And Best Rhymes with Rest!
So go and be Blessed!