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you’ve got mail…..

i am learning that nothing…NO thing is wasted, accidental, coincidence, or happenstance…..god is showing me just how big he is and how he has everything under {his} control and he is working it all out for my good and his glory. there are so many things that happen each day that i know he has sent to me or for me.  it is my job to pay attention and see what he is saying and what he wants me to do with it.

just today….i met a friend for coffee at our neighborhood starbucks.  i had saved up my calories, money and caffeine intake to partake in a yummy pumpkin spice latte.  it was good 😉  while there we were sharing where we were in life.  we were both struggling with some of the fall out from divorce and men who choose another life than the one they had.  we weren’t ‘ex’ bashing and we weren’t angry…just telling it like it is…..there was this lady and a teen aged boy sitting next to us…and we are kinda in close quarters there…..as she got up, she asked if she could say some thing….we said sure….she said i hope i am not being rude or anything but that she overheard us talking and wanted to speak to us….she told her son to go to the car…ok…at that moment, i thought ‘oh boy…we are fixing to get raked for something we said….’ she said ‘i heard you say that you were trusting god with child support and i heard you say that you were praying for your hurting children…..(again, I thought she was not happy with what her son had heard, maybe?)…then she said…i am going through a divorce and i would like to ask you to pray for me.’  i was shocked.  that anyone would think that i would have anything to offer someone who is in such pain…..

and then god spoke to my heart….he said…i didn’t bring you to this place for your enjoyment.  yes, you thought so.  and you made room in your calendar for not only your friend and you, but this broken hearted woman.  i have opportunities all over the place for you like this…i just need you to pay attention….and listen……

i speak to you through every situation and every person you come in contact with.

of course we prayed for her!  and we exchanged information and i am praying that there is more interaction.

as my sweet hubby likes to say…..you have mail for me and i have mail for you….its up to us to open the letters and see what He is saying to us in them.

 

Chris Buffington - October 28, 2011 - 6:04 pm

Ginny, God did have the 2 of you there to encourage one another but also to be a blessing, an encouragement, a friend to someone deeply hurting (as you two had been at one time.) He doesn’t waste our sorrows if we trust them to Him and let Him be a vessel through which He can follow. Thank you for being at the right place at the right time. He is well pleased with you.

Hugs,
Chris

Pamela - November 1, 2011 - 2:36 pm

Love moments like this…
What a blessing to all of you.

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shredded beef tacos–or fuzzy’s tacos :)

i found this recipe in the dallas morning news a loooooong time ago….we have adapted it {of course} and now it has a life of its own….what i love about this recipe is that it is a crock pot recipe….so i can fix it and forget it:)

we have also found one of our favorite eating out places….fuzzy’s.  they have great queso and wonderful shredded beef tacos.  well. one day, we decided that we could recreate fuzzy’s tacos with our own shredded beef recipe.  the secret is the toppings on the taco…..

shredded beef tacos

  • 1 roast (i use whatever kind is on sale and big enough to feed the masses
  • 1 large onion, cut in quarters
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 jar salsa (we use Joe T. Garcia’s)
  • shredded cheese
  • crumbled feta cheese–THIS is the secret ingredient to copying fuzzy’s
  • chopped cilantro–this is the second secret ingredient
  • tortillas–either flour or corn (corn is our preference for this recipe)
  • thinly sliced purple onion
  • shredded lettuce
  • additional salsa–either jarred or homemade {see this post for my homemade version:)}
  • fuzzy’s style garlic sauce–recipe to follow:)

i put the onion, garlic and water in the crock pot and then lay the meat on top.  i cook on warm if we want it for dinner the next day….or low if we want it for lunch after church…..when the roast is tender, take it out and shred it.  dump the crock pot drippings out and put the roast back in with the jar of salsa.  mix well and cook until warmed.  meanwhile, i cook our corn tortillas in a skillet with a little olive oil.

to serve, we spread the garlic sauce on a hot tortilla and put the the meat in the tortilla and start adding your favorite toppings.

Creamy Garlic Sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tb. butter
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Sauté garlic in butter over low heat until golden (about 5 minutes).  Add garlic/butter to 1 cup mayo and blend.  Add pepper and garlic powder.  Put on your taco first thing and enjoy!!!

so yummy!!!

 

Dena in Oregon - February 10, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Thank you for directing me here from Kitchenlink for the Fuzzy’s Tacos Recipe. I am so excited to try this recipe. By the way beautiful family! Is it alright if I post this to my Pinterest Board??? If not, no problem.

Thank you for the recipe!!!!!!!!!
Dena in Oregon

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its fall, y’all

i wish i could say i have a really good reason for not blogging lately–or on a more regular basis.  and i am hoping to get some accountability in my writing, but until then…you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.  hehe…i have been wanting to say that all week.

we have been busy….my sweet hubby and i have both served at several ministry opportunities…some of them have been 3 and 4 days long….we have had 4 birthdays, school starting, schedules changing, kids leaving home which means rearranging rooms..then there are the clothes to get switched out….oh, and we had a small fire in the middle of the night a couple of weeks ago….after a hail storm and water leak had already had our home under construction to a degree…..

can i just say that i am glad fall is here…..a new season.  fall has to be my favorite season {if you take out allergies}….i have lots of fun recipes to share and was very faithful last year to take pictures of all of our holiday favorites…i will begin posting those next week.

until then…enjoy the color, enjoy the cool, enjoy all the great things god has given us this day!!!

 

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labels

I shared this with a special group of women this morning and know god told me to post it here, also.

i have been really struggling lately with who i am and what my purpose is.  i am reaching the season when my children don’t need me {as much} and while i love, love , LOVE being at home, i know i have a call on my life and i also know i need to help with the family income.  not necessarily on a regular basis, but for when things come up….and with my family, a birthday is always coming up 😉

i have been truly, abundantly blessed with the ability to do many things.  i have a heart to serve and work with women.  i have a heart to see and highlight beauty–whether through photography, the written word, the healing of a wounded heart, the light of recognition and peace in the eyes of a child who has been a bit rebellious…..through food, through laughter, through cups of coffee, through a beautiful room.

i have found myself questioning what i am to be ‘doing’.  what ‘my life call’ is.  just yesterday, i got a call from someone who wanted to talk to me about my resume that i had recently submitted.  i got all excited and as i hung up, i felt this overwhelming need to know if ‘this was it’…if THIS is what i have been called to.  i started crying out to God…..

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO??????  WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO???????

the next thing.

what?????

the next thing.  all i am asking you to do is the next thing.

this morning as i was waking up, i heard this phrase again…the next thing.  i asked–what does that mean?

you want a job, you want a name, you want a title, you want a label.  you want a plan…you want to know….i have no labels for you.  you are my child.  i have gifted you with what i want you to have for the reasons that only i know of.  rest in that.  be at peace.  know that i am leading you and as long as you are willing to follow, there are no mistakes.  there are no wasted days.

ok…i have to say here…i have felt feel that there are many days that i sit at home and read, listen to my worship music, look at pictures, talk to a friend.  and on those days, i feel i have wasted them.  i have to fight the lie that i am lazy–see my post on strongholds--(and for future reference: i will be posting about what to do once you realize you have believed a lie…..)

so to hear god speak that what i am doing is exactly what he has called me to do and that i am not wasting days is a HUGE brain twist.  now.  my heart so hears it and just sings to hear it….but the world….my tie to the world and what it might think of me really gets in the way…..

so, as i was reflecting on this truth, he brought back a post i did a ways back…..you can read it here…..and it brings it all back into perspective.

so, as i wrestle with who i am and what my job is, this picture came across my computer.  i love it.  it represents who i am in god’s eyes…..

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can’t see the forest

i have been wrestling lately with seeing the big picture.  i was talking to my kids about this and the word perspective came up 😉  i was explaining to them how when i am in the middle of a challenge that all i can see in front of me is the challenge…or the rejection or correction or mistake or, or, or….

that in these times i have to remember the trees.  trees for me take on many different personas and meanings, so i will explain this one….

when all i can see in front of me is the {ahem} challenge…..it seems so big, so not overcomable, so in front of your face.  to me, that is like being right in front of a tree, not seeing anything but the bark or the ants crawling on the bark. its pretty (in its own way) but not the picture i really want to see…..i have to back up….to get a better perspective on the situation…..to get God’s perspective on the situation.

its like standing in the forest and you can’t see where to go next, but if you were in a helicopter looking down, you would be able to see exactly where you were, where you were going and what to do next.  i don’t always get a good picture of all of that, but what happens when i ask to see things from his perspective, is that it all starts to make sense (even when it doesn’t, i know that it will) and it begins to flow…and i quit trying to study the bark and see the trail that winds between the trees to another place.

if i can keep his perspective, the whole picture changes……

….into something of beauty, order and that brings hope and the promise of  purpose.

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Pamela - September 22, 2011 - 9:41 am

What a fantastic reminder… God sees the big picture because He created it. It’s always comforting to know that God knows exactly where I am, all the time. It is important in those times of adversity to step back and see His perspective. He knows the path through the trees, if we ask, He’ll show it to us.

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