Thursday, July 3, 2014

Day 184- A Tasty First

Yesterday I spent most the day with Joel fishing and hiking. Today I spend most of the day with Hannah Grace.  We did not go fishing or hiking.  We went to town and visited the shops in Bryson City. Supper time this week has been wonderful for most of us except Hannah Grace.  So, we went to Anthony's Italian restaurant and had pizza.  Then, we went to a bakery and Hannah Grace had a croissant that was drizzled on the top with chocolate plus was stuffed with chocolate. I had a piece of peanut butter and chocolate pie.  My goodness, that was a good place.  She also found a T-shirt that had one of her favorite Bible verses (Jeremiah 29:11) on it in a pretty blue color that she bought.  To top the shopping experience off, we went to the chocolate factory (OK, we had been earlier in the day but just got one piece each) and bought some fancy chocolates.  Today, I ate pizza at Anthony's, sweets at the La Dolce Bakery, and went to the chocolate shoppe for my "first." You can tell the chocolate shoppe is fancy because it has 2 p's and an e on the end.

While we were at Anthony's, Hannah Grace did not like the lemon they put in her water.  She put her lemon in my glass.  After a few minutes, she asked me what lemon rind tasted like. I told her that I did not think it would taste good at all.  She thought about it for a minute and decided to try the lemon rind.  She took a bite (much to my surprise) and declared it pretty good. She then tried another bite or two.  You know where this is headed, right?  "Daddy, why don't you try a bite?"  So, I tried a bite and declared it horrible much to Hannah Grace's delight.  Hannah Grace's "first" was to eat a lemon rind and I guess you could include that in mine as well.  We had a lot of fun together today.

Tasting the lemon rind

Pretty good


Do you think she likes the chocolate shop?

Fancy chocolates

Hannah Grace found a place to climb near the cabin

Hannah Grace would not have enjoyed fishing and hiking."  Joel would have been OK with the pizza but walking around town looking in shops (or shoppes) would not have been his thing.  God made us all unique.  The Bible says in Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go,
even when he is old he will not depart from it."  There are some ways that each child should go.  Ways like:
  • Loving Jesus
  • Honesty
  • Faithfulness
  • Compassionate
  • Caring for the widows and orphans
Then there are unique ways that each child should go. Each child has unique talents and desires.  Examples of these would be:
  • Music
  • Writing
  • Building
  • Fixing things
  • Reading
  • Sports
If we can help a child discover their unique giftedness and desires and see how to glorify God with that, we will have done a great thing. This is also true of you and me. God has made each of us unique.  There are some things that you can do better than anyone else and if you don't do them, they probably will not get done very well. If you are married, there is no one that should be able to love your spouse like you can. There are some special needs in their life that only you can meet. If you have parents that are still living, you can touch them in ways that nobody else can.  There are people that you meet each day that you can touch in a unique way for Jesus.  Go ahead, give it a try. Be who God made you and touch someone with Jesus' love.

Uniquely enjoying the abundant life

3 things I thank God for today
1. Hannah Grace's smile
2. Expensive chocolates
3. Unique things about each person I meet

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