RAMBLING THOUGHTS via ARLINE.

When Thanksgiving was in full stride with visions of turkey, ham, and all the trimmings, I had some random thoughts and thought I would share them with all of you. I am sure that not every country celebrates a certain day like our country does, but thankfulness is universal.

I am going to bullet point my thoughts but will place additional notes if I need to make a point about one or two:

  • Life is not a certainty but death is a certainty if you have been given life.
  • We share this earth, but no one has ownership even with deeds or titles. Everything is temporarily in possession at any given time.
  • Why do we spend millions or even trillions saying we want to preserve nature but have no problem going to malls, government buildings, paved interstates which swallowed up nature.
  • Why do we feel guilty after enjoying a big meal that we have spent days preparing?
  • Why do we compare ourselves to others and not recognizing the uniqueness placed in us by Our Maker?
  • Why do we accept people at their word, while knowing that most people never live up to their word?
  • We seem to feel material things are the components of a happy life . Note: I have shared this story many times to keep me humble and focused on true happiness guidelines. I was in my sports car, making a significant amount of money, living in a 4500 square foot home, and miserable in my marriage at that time. I pulled up and braked for a red light and looked over in the next lane and saw a beat up old truck and inside this rusted out vehicle putting out a lot of smoke were a skinny, unattractive male with hardly any teeth in his head pulling a woman weighing at least three times his size over closer to him. She had hair tossled but maybe not brushed recently, no makeup, but the sweetest, loving, smile at him. They kissed while the light was red and both of them smiled and squeezed each other before letting go. Oh my lightbulb of life came on. I wasn’t judging their choices in life. They had what they needed…Each other with an unconditional love. Lesson learned.

I could go on and on with my thoughts as they are always circling in my head. Life is a great adventure and I love thinking, not overthinking, well maybe sometimes, but I am a believer that God gave us this earth, the universe, the micro beings, nature, faith, communities to explore. I would encourage everyone to open your minds to random thinking, critical thinking, and mostly creative ideas to flush out the musty, boring, and negative thoughts. Live Life, Love Life, and Live and Love Life to the fullest. Have Happy Holidays and get festive.

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THE SAUCE OF LIFE

My Homemade Cranberry Relish

TODAY THE WORDS are THE SAUCE OF LIFE. In keeping with my healthy eating, I find myself reminiscing when I threw caution to the wind and ate what tasted good. Since thinking about those delicious moments of times gone by since my health is now the focus, and my memories are what I have, my thoughts went back to Thanksgiving, a great holiday for gathering with family and friends. I started thinking about the sauces which go along with the usual fined dinner; the cranberry sauce, whether it is homemade or canned; the gravy for the turkey and dressing (or sometimes stuffing, whichever is preferable). Please remember as I post this message, I am talking figuratively and not literally. All of us know who are eating healthy, the sauces can be hazardous to our health but they are consumed in large quantities and are quite desirable for the majority of diners who are indeed thankful for each morsel. Any of us who haven’t over indulged at this time of year are in mostly likely denial.

Let’s take a closer look at the different sauces we taste during this meal. First, cranberry sauce has a different taste since it is the perfect mixture of sweetness and tartness. The canned version has a slightly odd texture but blends softly and is easily blended with the meat or dressing. Second, we usually have the giblet gravy to spoon over the meat or the dressing so it is possible to have both sauces to be shared with the main attraction. Some people make a gravy from the drippings of the turkey so it can be either two or three sauces or gravy to enhance the great food. All three have a different taste but magnifies the taste.

Now for the deeper thought of The Sauce of Life…..From the descriptions of these tremendous tasting sauces which are part of a festive occasion; let’s see how they may play into our lives. Life can be divided into several “sauces” and there are times when life is rolling along with some sweet episodes and some “tart” days and issues. We find ourselves accepting the tartness along with the sweetness and are mostly satisfied with our lives at this time with acceptable jobs and/or careers, a few children with our spouses, maybe a slight up and down financial status, maybe a move, maybe a short sickness but all seems pretty settled. Once the meat of life is served; life can become a little dry and maybe everything is a little less tasteful; we have enjoyed the same meals over a course of time but we may question if this is the right menu and unless we put on the “giblet gravy” we, as humans, may wonder if we still love this menu. It is important to make sure we coat the main course of our life with a hearty dipping of gravy to spice up our life without changing the whole meal. Then when we have coated the meat, the dressing, and moved on through the meal of life; we sit still and rub our bellies (or our hearts) and reminisce about the whole meal of life. We will remember the good times, the vegetables and the starches of life; we will relish the sweet desserts by seeing our children and grandchildren grow up and we smile at all of the courses of life and then we will wipe our souls off and welcome eternity.DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:Psalm 136:26Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.(c) copyright 2013 Arline Lott Miller. The material here copyrighted, use only by permission

HAVE YOU POWERED UP WITH THE POWER OVEN YET?

UPDATE: In this popular post, I have listed grilled cheese as one of the creations that is wonderful in a power oven. The other night, I wanted a grilled cheese and thought, Girl, you posted about using the power oven, so do it. The grilled cheese turned out the best grilled cheese I have eaten. I thought maybe some of you were like me and hesitant to try it. You will love the crunch, and the way the cheese melts perfectly. Now, I speak with Power Oven wisdom. What I wanted to ask my readers is “Do you use your power oven a lot?” I have pinned a lot of Power Oven Recipes on my board and here is the link to see even more great recipes so you can take Power to the Power Oven as I have learned to do:

One of the most popular posts I have published has been the Power Up with Power Oven and has been liked almost as many as the most popular one Haste Makes Waste. I find that comparably humorous because the Power Air Oven saves so much time in a short amount of time. I thought I would share some good recipes again and hopefully encourage more of you to expand your usage of this wonderful “appliance”.

Island Scallops

Power AirFryer OvenRecipe Type:  SeafoodServings  4Ingredients1    can coconut milk  
15  ounce  Pineapple juice   
3  teaspoon  Sea Salt   
2  tablespoon  rum  
1.25  pound  sea scallops  
2  cup  pineapple cubed  
0.5  cup  coconut flakes  
1    papaya diced  
1    avocado diced  
1    Red onion diced   
1    lime squeezed  
2  tablespoon  Extra Virgin Olive Oil  
0.25  teaspoon  black pepper  
0.25  teaspoon  salt  
0.25  cup  cilantro  

Directions

  1. Combine the coconut milk, pineapple juice, sea salt and rum in a large bowl.
  2. Soak the sea scallops in the mixture.
  3. Combine ingredients for salsa and set aside.
  4. Assemble skewers alternating the scallops and pineapple chunks.
  5. Place skewers into rotisserie holder.
  6. Place into Power AirFryer Oven. Set time for 10 min. Set temperature for 400 degrees. Press the rotisserie button. 
  7. Serve with salsa. 

This recipe is not your average yumminess recipe but almost a decadent dish. Does this give you ideas on how to think outside the Power Air Fryer Oven “box”? Let’s see what else is on the menu that we haven’t thought about using our Power Air Fryer Oven.

Pork Milanese with Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Pork MilaneseRecipe Type:  PorkServings  4Ingredients2    eggs, beaten  
1.5  cup  seasoned breadcrumbs  
4    thin-sliced boneless pork chops  
4  ounce  cream cheese   
0.5  cup  sour cream  
1.5  cup  baby spinach, chopped  
0.5  teaspoon  Garlic powder   
0.5  teaspoon  salt  
0.25  teaspoon  pepper   
4    medium-sized Portobello caps  
0.5  cup  mozzarella, shredded  

Directions
1. Set up a dredging station with the egg and breadcrumb. 2. Dip the pork chops into the egg and then into the breadcrumbs to coat. 3. Place the pork onto a Power Air Fryer Oven tray. 4. Cook at 370 for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time. For Mushrooms 1. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, spinach, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix to combine. 2. Remove the stalk from the mushrooms. 3. Fill the cavities with the cheese filling. 4. Top with the mozzarella. 5. Place the mushroom caps onto a Power Air Fryer Oven tray. 6. Bake at 370 for 12 minutes.

For those who do not eat pork, you can substitute chicken or turkey in this recipe for an alternate yummy to the tummy dish. I have one dear friend who has not used her regular oven since she was convinced to try cooking in Power Air Fryer Oven. That endorsement speaks and eats for itself.

White Pizza

White PizzaRecipe Type:  PizzaServings  1Ingredients1    pizza dough, thin crust  
2  clove  garlic, thinly sliced  
1  teaspoon  red pepper flakes  
9  slice  fresh mozzarella  
0.25  cup  ricotta cheese  
2  tablespoon  Extra Virgin Olive Oil  

Directions

  1. Roll the pizza dough onto an Air Flow Rack. Place into the AirFryer Oven.
  2. Press the French Fry Button. Decrease the Timer to 10 minutes to begin cooking cycle. Flip the crust over after 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the crust from the AirFryer Oven.
  4. Top the crust with ricotta, mozzarella, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Return to the AirFryer Oven.
  5. Press the French Fry Button. Decrease the Timer to 5-6 minutes to begin cooking cycle.
  6. Serve.

I think you are beginning to see it is not a quickie warmie toaster and can actually replace most of the time we have used heating a large oven when this Power Air Fryer Oven can replace healthily the frying pan, the rotisserie, dehydrator, toaster. Speaking of toaster, this appliance can put the hurt in a grilled cheese sandwich making the best, crispiest, cheesiest grilled cheese you can put into your mouth.

AIR FRYER GRILLED CHEESE
yield: 1 SERVINGS
prep time: 2 MINUTES
cook time: 8 MINUTES
total time: 10 MINUTES
Try making a grilled cheese using the air fryer for an incredibly delicious crust with a satisfying gooey cheesy middle.
INGREDIENTS
2 pieces bread
2 slices cheese (I used Colby-Jack)
1 teaspoon melted butter
DIRECTIONS
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1 Butter both sides of bread using a kitchen brush.
2 Place cheese in the middle and set inside the air fryer.
3 Set timer for 4 minutes at 390 degrees. Flip sandwich and set cook time for an additional 4 minutes, or until desired.

I actually saw on an infomercial to use mozzarella sticks instead of sliced cheese for the crunchiest cheesiest grilled cheese sandwich made in the Power Air Fryer Oven. Hmmm???? Here is my Pinterest board for Power AirFryer again in case you missed it.

https://www.pinterest.com/powerairfryer/power-airfryer-recipes/?lp=true

Let’s power up by Power Air Frying by trying new dishes and expanding how useful and tasty this unique and healthier way to eat. Try it; You May Like It.

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EXPECTATION CAN BE OVERRATED

THIS IS A GREAT VISUAL…The larger truck was the advertised image but if you look closely, you will see the actual received truck that not only is miniature, it is not even the same model at all. This photo sets the stage for this blog post.

Those of you who know me personally will enjoy this post message as you are aware, I have a great sense of humor and this joke is on me.

Let me go back to my childhood and it will make a lot more sense of why this caused me to question my sense of humor. As a child who had a big curiosity, and my Dad being a skilled mechanic, I would welcome any opportunity to stick my head under the hood of his truck. I learned what tool did what, and Dad would talk to me while he tuned his pride and joy. It was black instead of red but I was fascinated at the paint job and its shine. I was taught if you were blessed to have something you took pride in making sure you maintained it, took care of it, and gave it some love. Funny how I remember that truck so well, but I remember the trips in in with Daddy pointing out how I should watch for nature’s tricks and wonders. I remember going hunting and fishing with him in that truck so of course, when I saw the new theme of decorating with the old vintage red truck, I wanted one……..Anticipation began!

I am not a high maintenance woman and find buying clothes a necessity, not a thrill. I love to cook so kitchen tools and gadgets attract my attention, but then along came “My red truck” and I decided why not get me a truck to remind me of those wonderful memories of times gone by. I looked at ads, I dreamed of getting me my red truck and guess what? I ordered me a red vintage truck. If you look at the picture below, you will say what is the problem, you got your red truck…..again, more to this story coming up.

This is the truck in the ad I saw…..this is not the truck I received from my order. What??

I waited, waited, and talked about “Where’s my truck?” By this time, it was evident my truck was coming from China. I know, I know! I should have checked the details but the expectation and the excitement seemed more important. I checked the status, and the anticipation grew bigger.

It became a little inside joke between my husband and myself because he may not have been aware of how much I wanted a little red truck to call my own. Finally, after almost a month of waiting, I saw the notice saying it was being delivered. Oh yeah, I was ready to see my little red truck. I had dusted off a cabin that my daughter had given me that was old itself. It was perfect and I would build a make shift country road driving up to the cabin. Can you tell how excited I was….that is until my husband, Greg, walked into the room, with a tiny box in his hands saying “You are going to be disappointed if this is your truck.” My heart sank, my mind was confused at what was going on. My perfect red truck looked like a matchbox toy. Now, look back at the picture of both trucks and I will continue with the saga.

My husband sensing I needed cheering up, had listened when I said I needed some miniature trees in the cabin’s yard. He thought that might make the sting of my lil (and I mean little) red truck so off to Hobby Lobby he went when he finished work. Bless his heart for loving this woman of his that has her heart broken over a silly truck. He knows I hate shopping so we Face Time when he is on his mission for me. You can see the cool Christmas tree in this picture and at the store he is showing it to me verifying it is right and all I can see is the big truck, yes, the one I ordered on a shelf below his hand filled with a Christmas tree. I said, “My truck, my truck!” He said “What?” I repeated it while gazing at the very truck, my tiny truck was supposed to be. Greg had walked right by it as he wasn’t looking for a truck, he was hunting trees.

To make a silly story shorter than longer, Greg got a deal and bought both the tree and the “Big Red Truck” and made his wife happy and then we had a great laugh. The small truck fit into the cabin display but the big red truck fit my heart’s memory a lot better. Now for the deeper thought:

in our lives, we have expectation of life and people. Both come in two sizes: large and small. We have to learn to live with the realization that we can be confused by envisioning what our perception of things and people. Some people appear to be larger than life, but if they disappoint us their size is diminished in our minds. As I have said from a quote, “It is what it is!” Life is to be dealt with flexibility and compromise as nothing is ever quite what we expected but it can be a happy life if we laugh and change our direction if we end up with a tiny portion instead of a huge taste of life. I challenge everyone to have a good laugh about my little red truck and dream about the possibility of reliving a wonderful heart-warming memory in a big red truck. Happy Holidays to all of you with love in my heart.

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A THANKSGIVING TALE REVISITED

As the season is coming soon, I found a story I wrote in 2018 and it touches my heart enough to post it again. I hope your heart finds many ways to be thankful and to pay your blessings forward. Happy Thanksgiving 2020…Arline Miller

This year, for the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought I would share A THANKSGIVING TALE. As an author I get asked more frequently that I imagined where I come up with my book plots. I like to share life lesson messages but maybe once in a while I should share my writer’s imaginary journey.

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In the small town of Misery, a young girl was walking down the dirt street that was considered Main Street. It was a blustery day and it was all Madilyn could do to remain upright from the gusts blowing her backwards. Her coat had been patched to prevent the wind from invading her body but she felt the chill. She tried to hurry to get to the mercantile and purchase the bread, milk, and cheese that her Mom needed to make their Thanksgiving meal. At the door of the store front, she paused looking at the old woman at the other end of the building. Madilyn saw the woman shivering and realized she only had a sweater wrapped as far as the too small sweater would stretch. Feeling the chill herself, she hurried into the store.

Mrs. Frankenton, the store owner spoke to Madilyn as she came in, “Little lady I wondered what was taking you so long before getting out of the wind.” As she spoke, she gave a gesture of shaking from a chill and rubbed her arms as if she needed to warm herself. Madilyn questioned the old lady’s motion as it was fairly warm in the store. She gave Mrs. Frankenton a smile but kept wondering why the woman outside didn’t come in herself. 

“Did you see the lady outside shivering?” asked Madilyn. With this question, Mrs. Frankenton walked to the window and stretched to see who Madilyn was referring. The woman had backed up to the wall trying to cut the wind from hitting her fully in the face. It was easy to see how pale she was but her cheeks were almost a fiery red from blistering. 

“Can you invite her to come in and get warm?” questioned the young girl. Madilyn knew she should hurry to gather the few items she had come in to buy, but it seemed necessary to help the woman even though she didn’t recognize her. 

The store owner shrugged her shoulders and replied, “Well, the door isn’t locked and she could come in if she wanted, but maybe she doesn’t. Maybe, we need to mind our own business and leave her alone.”

Madilyn looked at Mrs. Frankenton with a look of confusion. Her family had shopped there since she could remember. Prices had always been fair and her family didn’t have a lot of money. It might be said they hardly had any money at all. They shared what they had with any of their neighbors even if it meant they weren’t full themselves. Her Dad had died and left them having to scrimp to get by. They continued to watch every penny but found others needed help too. Madilyn thought to herself, “Like this lady who is cold and probably hungry” and she picked up an extra loaf of bread.

As Madilyn paid for the essentials her Mom had sent her to the store, she didn’t have enough for the loaf of bread. Mrs. Frankenton looked at her expecting her to put the bread back on the shelf but Madilyn looked at her in a pleading way. 

“How do you expect to pay for this bread?”  she asked the young girl standing in front of her.

“You don’t have enough to pay for it, Madilyn and your Mom’s account has no extra credit,” asked the curious storekeeper.

“Mrs. Frankenton, I want to work for it as well as a cup of hot coffee for the woman at the end of the building. I will get her to come in to drink the coffee and eat some bread, if you have some floors that need sweeping or windows washed, boxes to be put on the shelves, or anything else I can do to earn enough money to provide this food for her.”

The storeowner looked at Madilyn and said, “That is a nice thought but Madilyn, your family is poor and all of you struggle and probably this bread you want to earn would help your family out instead of giving it to a stranger. Why do you want to do it?”

“It is simple. Mrs. Frankenton. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and even though we don’t have much, we are thankful to have a roof over our head, coats to keep us warm, a fire in our fireplace, each other to hold on in rough weather, and Mom can make any kind of food taste delicious. God has taken care of us and I think He wants me to take care of her so she will have something to be thankful for on this special time of year. You do understand since God has blessed you to have this store so that we can be thankful for you too.”

Mrs. Frankenton, looked at Madilyn and then turned to go to the door. She went out and touched the woman huddling in the corner on the arm and motioned for her to come inside. The woman looked at her but didn’t hesitate to follow her inside. As the coffee was poured and the loaf of bread given along with some butter, Madilyn asked her name and invited her to come home with her for a Thanksgiving meal and a bed to stay out of the weather. The woman looked at this young girl and asked her why she wanted to help her.

Madilyn looked at Mrs. Frankenton who had whispered in her ear not to worry about working for these items as she would give them to Madilyn’s guest. “Why, I have added many more reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. I have met a new friend. I have learned to love Mrs. Frankenton for her generosity, and I can thank God for my Mom teaching me to share whatever we have with others, so I thank both of you for helping me have these things to add to my list of things to be thankful.

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Note: Though this is a fictional story, it can be real for all of us who reach out to help others in need, share what we have even if it is minimal, love with God’s love, and be thankful for each breath and blessing given. Happy Thanksgiving and think, The phrase Happy Thanksgiving can be broken down to say, We are happy when we give to others with thanks for having enough to share with others…….Arline Miller, author and blogger of Sipping Cups of Inspiration

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THANKFULNESS WHEN IT IS HARD TO BE THANKFUL

I want to write this post mainly because of Thanksgiving coming soon. I give thanks on a daily basis, sometimes on an hourly basis but it seems that many people are struggling to feel thankful at a time when so much uncertainty is present in our world. Maybe, I look at everything in a positive way, I can find so much to be thankful for and I am not speaking monetarily.

Put politics aside and think about trusting in Our Higher Power to calm the storms and bring peace on earth. Can we be thankful we have a God who loves us and has given us so many things to be thankful. Each breath, each step, each smile, each laugh, and even each tear means we are alive. For all of us who read God’s word, only Heaven is spoken of as Paradise. Even though we have numerous places of beauty to be thankful for on earth, we look forward to seeing and living in the wonderment of eternal beauty and peace.

Photo courtesy of my facebook friend Betty and Dan Burkhalter.

Let’s look at some of life’s gifts for consideration of being thankful:

  • A quiet place to read, meditate, pray, or rest
  • A stream to sit and listen to the water soothingly making a bubbling sound.
  • A bed, whether it is small or large, soft or hard, to lay our head to sleep.
  • A roof over our head to keep us dry as rain or snow falls, and to keep us cool when it is hot and warm when it is cold.
  • A bathroom, or more than one, to allow us to have privacy when we need to release bodily waste.
  • A job, whether it is a medial or executive position where we can apply our intelligence, skills, and talents to pay our bills.
  • A community to be a part or the country or wilderness to choose whether we prefer to mingle or be alone.
  • A church to go to of our choice of faith to display our love of God and to ask for forgiveness when we seek the cleanliness of our redeemed souls.

I purposely left out the usual gifts we give thanks for and sometimes take for granted. Relationship with the person we love; family; friends; and our day to day associates are meant to give thanks and show respect. Do we give thanks for adversity, changes, disappointments, and wait for it…..failures?

Personally, in my life, the adversity, the changes, disappointments, and even failures have strengthened my inner strength, heightened my awareness that I am a WIP and am learning from each experience. Let me give thanks!

Do we give thanks for losses? I am sure you are shaking your head at this one. However, when we lose, we revisit our performance and seek ways we could have been better, right? This self evaluation can enhance future performances which can bring us closer to success. Let me give thanks!

Do we appreciate challenges or do we find ourselves wanting a coasting life? From my observation and research on many happy couples and successful business people, and even writers as myself, we welcome challenges and thrive on overcoming challenges. Let me give thanks!

As you can see from this post, we should give thanks for the “good, bad, and ugly” as God has designed life as a challenge, full of disappointments, and failures for us to become strong and attentive to the possibilities when we overcome those very things. God allows us to slip while keeping His Hand near to assist us but His Hands are not there to do all of the work. It is not that He can’t but how do we learn to be the best we can be.

If a parent never releases a child’s hand, they hold on and it takes longer for them to pull away. Yes, a child may fall while trying to walk, but when they see they can do it, the biggest smiles and the widest eyes appear as they see opportunity ahead. Let us give thanks for letting go!

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DANCE OF THE GOLDEN LEAF III

PHOTO COURTESY OF GORDON AND MARTHA CLYATT

When Leaves Fall


I walked out on our deck to see

If we had any falling leaf activity.

A few had scattered on the deck.

I felt fall is here; the world’s a wreck.


Isn’t this the time we usually slow down?

Don’t we take trips and walk around town?

What is so different and what is wrong?

I want to hear the wind’s falling leaf song.


The wind and some rain gently will say.

Time to get all this drama out of your way.

God made this time to slow us down to see.

Why he paints the leaves and bears the tree.


Don’t walk so fast and why your sudden haste?

Stop and look so My Beauty isn’t a total waste.

Each leaf has a story as so does all of you.

Listen and hear the tale of earth’s classic view.


God made the leaves, the trees, and birds too.

A plan to give you a place for peace to ensue.

Keep your heart pure and your thoughts clean.

Nothing on this earth to ever come between.


Me with my coffee with a golden red leaf in hand.

You are right God, the beautiful canvas is the land.

I need this time with My Savior with no distraction.

Give me peace, silence, love, and soul satisfaction.

Written by Arline Miller for Welcome to Fall 2020

DANCE OF THE GOLDEN LEAF II has been posted to remind us of the beauty at this time of the year and even in the midst of so much rhetoric from all political sides, we should stop all the chatter, walk outside and look around this beautiful world we have been blessed to live in. This post is meant to calm and soothe all of the ruffled feathers and instead focus on the rustling leaves. I am fortunate to have wonderful friends and am please to include a slide show from their mountain vacation this year so it proves God doesn’t take a vacation and is creating new joys for us to enjoy.    

DANCE OF THE GOLDEN LEAF

The blue sky as its brilliant backdrop
The patchwork of fall colors as its floor
One ballerina maple leaf costumed in gold
Began its beautiful dance of descent.
Mesmerizing twists of lifts without stops
Leaps and swirls with imaginary arms
Reaching to the heavenly skies
Pointing to earth once more
Quite torn between its choice
Freedom from holding onto the branch
Should she soar through the skies
Or cling to the earth’s solid ground
This choice the ballerina will make
but for a little longer
The leaf will continue to dance.
Written by Arline L Miller, Author  

  My husband and I were blessed to spend 5 days in the NC mountains with family and friends at Gordon and Martha’s cabin. Since we are all workaholics, this seemed to halt the train of business thoughts and put in the most relaxed moods. I was inspired by nature’s compelling entrancement and realized there are times to shut the hectic, busy life down and chill. Sitting out on the 2nd level porch with the mountains in view and having some great conversations with Martha and Sandra, I began to watch a gold maple leaf dancing in the fall sky. I watched as it performed a melodic dance and it inspired the poem I wrote upon waking up. I shared it with the ladies later in that day and was reminded of the gift God has blessed me with. I imagine you think I meant the gift of writing. I thank God daily for that. What I was reminded is how blessed we are to share thoughts, writing, beliefs, creativity, recipes, singing (listening to good singing for me as I can’t hit any note correctly). Writing is my gift but God has surrounded me with great people who have been so richly blessed and they like to share their gifts and talents with me. How great a gift that is! Gordon drove us through those mountains like a pro guide with such ease and composure while I was reminded of my fear of open heights. Those narrow roads with traffic both ways would have been a challenge I wouldn’t have attempted. Greg would have taken it in stride too. I was reminded how blessed we are to have them in our lives for those times we feel uncomfortable because they took us to the height of God’s beauty for us to enjoy without fear. Now for the deeper thought……When we appreciate the gifts we have been given, both direct gifts and gifts inherited from others, life is at its fullest. I am humbled when I learn from those who can accomplish something I am not comfortable or don’t know how to do. To each of us, God decided what one can do and if they are humbled by God’s blessing on them to teach others, we can be further blessed by sharing these gifts. I thank God he has surrounded me with talented and learned people who are willing to share. Please God, allow me to do the same for someone every day you bless me to live.    

1 Peter 4:10-11ESV    As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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