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Friday, July 6, 2007

Do Over!

Last weekend my daughter and I made peach cobbler together. No not an exciting detail to mention yet it was extraordinary in my life.

You see, I serve the King of “Do Over.”

Some of you may be aware I worked in the corporate world of finance for 23 years. I began as a teller, I retired three years ago after working in many capacities as commercial lender and manager.

Five years ago, while absorbed in my corporate persona, had you told me I would be making peach cobbler, from peaches grown in my back yard, I would have said you were crazy. I told everyone I knew back then I did not have a domestic bone in my body. --Ask my mother, she can attest to this statement.

Every time I made this pompus remark my Great King looked down upon my life. He knew I needed a “do over.” Boy, did I ever get one. (It’s all good!)

I went from Nine West to Payless, from designer suits to Wal-Mart sweats. My power lunches morphed into a McDonald’s break after school with my tuckered out little girl. I left the fast-paced world of finance and discovered a new pace. I discovered an entirely new life. I am a stay-at-home mom and having the time of my life!

God in His infinite wisdom gave me the opportunity to live a different life. He knew I was missing some of the greatest gifts this life offers. He wanted me to experience facets of life on earth I didn't know were possible.

I began to take an active part in my daughter’s day and school. I began to write and to read more. I grew tomatoes and canned them all by myself. I learned to cook and I love it. I clean my own house. I am good at it too. I can pick peaches, blanch them and make homemade cobbler from scratch, okay Bisquick, close enough!

Last weekend as I sat in the kitchen pealing the skin from the juicy, rip peaches, I looked up and smiled. My heart was overflowing with gratitude and wonder. With peach juice dripping from my elbow and splashing on the floor, I thanked God for His wisdom. I am a new woman. A woman with more than a domestic bone in her body, I have a new heart and a new life.

I am humbled to my knees when I meet others whose lives were also changed by a God sized do over. God meets our deepest needs even when we are blind and unable to recognize them ourselves.

We serve a brilliant, magnificent, holy, God!

Now it’s your turn. My daughter and I invite you to make peach cobbler. The recipe follows. When you are peeling your peaches sometime this week, remember to raise a smile and a prayer of thanks to the God of fantastic do-overs. Peach Cobbler:

1 c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon
4 tsp. cornstarch
6 c. sliced fresh peaches
12 c. milk
2 tbsp. sugar
2 c. Bisquick
1. tsp lemon rind

Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch in saucepan. Add peaches and toss to coat. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until boiling and thick. Reduce heat and cook 2 minutes longer. Set aside.

Combine Bisquick, sugar, lemon rind. Add milk. Stir with fork until moistened. Return peaches to a boil. Pour into 2-quart oblong baking dish. Drop batter of top. Bake at 400 degrees fro 20-25 minutes. Serve with sauce.

Lemon Sauce:

Mix ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 ¼ cup milk in saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until it comes to a boil and thickens. Reduce heat and cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in 2 tablespoons butter, t teaspoon lemon rind, 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Serve warm over cobbler.

I am a do over. Are you? I would love to hear your story.

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Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

'Do Over' does not even begin to describe the work of God in my life. It is more like a total demolition and reconstruction..:))

This was a wonderful reflection and that recipe at the end?? Heaven.

Blessings on you, Lynn!


July 6, 2007 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger JEANNIE said...

Oh My gosh Lynn, You are a sweet angel sent to me from GOD, Not only have your prayers and the reaching out of your hands to me have been a blessing but your post today is so great, its crazy but just yesterday I bought a bunch of peaches, 1: they were not on my grocery list 2: couldnt resist it being 76cents a pound so I bought a bunch,3: you have this wonderful article to peach cobbler and the LORD of DO OVERS!!

July 6, 2007 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Last summer, fresh peaches prompted me to post, too! I'm so glad you have found contentment in your situation now. It really shines through every thing you write. There is a tangible peace that seems to come through my screen!

July 6, 2007 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

Ha! I love this! I totally understand the "Do Over". God is just so good. My dear hippie of a hubby taught me how to garden and can veggies. Fortunately I had a great grandma who taught me how to cook. It always makes me wonder what all God is doing in the spiritual when he totally turns our lives upside down.


July 6, 2007 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

You truly bless my heart and soul. Thanks for the yummy recipe, love you dear one.

July 6, 2007 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Bunny Trails said...

It's funny what God does with us. The running joke between hubby & I was that when we had kids, he'd be the one to stay home. After all, he was a better housekeeper and it wasn't a big deal to him not to go work at a job. I, on the other hand, couldn't imagine not working.

I've been home with the boys for 10 1/2 years now and have NEVER missed corporate America, nor have I EVER had any desire to go work and be away from them. Praise God!! :D

July 6, 2007 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Some days I feel like I'm such a
"do-over" that I'm queen of the refinery. :) Lovely, lovely post, Lynn. What a great reminder for me to seek gratitude in the exact spot I'm in, whatever that may be. xxxooogretchen

July 6, 2007 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger Dineen A. Miller said...

Sounds yummy! Great post, Lynn.

July 7, 2007 at 1:20 AM  
Blogger eph2810 said...

Lynn - I think I really need a huge
'Do-Over' from our Lord. What a blessing He has bestowed on you and your family. Your life sounds awesome, my sweet friend.
Thank you for sharing.

Blessings to you and yours...

PS: The peach cobbler sounds yummy.

July 7, 2007 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Laurel Wreath said...


I love "do-overs!!"


July 9, 2007 at 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey girlfriend!!! I thought you were pretty wonderful at the bank, and I so enjoyed working with you!
Praise Him! So wonderful to hear all He is doing in you and through you!!! I also can rejoice in the Lord's sweet do-over. When we totally surrender our SELF confidence for confidence in Him, that's when we make it to the sweet spot and "life" truly begins.
Thanks for sharing your article.
Mary Ann

July 15, 2007 at 11:00 PM  

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