Posted: 2:55 pm Monday, February 6th, 2017
Hello February. Hello month of L.O.V.E.
February is welcomed here like the Mother Ship returning to the outpost with fresh supplies and news from home. (Pardon, so many of my children are sci-fi fans, I’ve begun to speak their language!)
The Delilah show is ALL about love, peace, and acceptance; every hour, every day, every single month of the year! But if it’s possible I’m going to be talking about love even MORE during February. Romantic love, of course, and eternal love. The love between family members, friends, and our communities…
In today’s monthly, I’m going to start at the beginning: SELF.
Self-love? Isn’t that narcissistic? No. That would be self-worship. Self-love is all about inner peace and acceptance.
Accepting yourself the way you are, where you are, who you are. Accepting your circumstances, and if they are unpleasant or unacceptable, channeling your energies into changing them.
Do you accept yourself?
It is hard, no impossible, to accept others if you do not accept yourself. If your inner-dialogue is constantly chanting “not good enough, not smart enough, not capable enough, not pretty or thin enough…” that negativity radiates outward. How in the world can you accept others when you are so critical?
You can change. Speak to yourself kindly, change the tone and the words of your inner-dialogs; like you’d want a friend to talk to you. Remind yourself that you ARE smart and capable. Look to your strengths, and the things you find beautiful about yourself and acknowledge them.
If you’ve been looking for answers in self-destructive choices, habits, or addictions, you won’t find them there. Seek help for patterns that put you back in unpleasant situations. Join AA, AlAnon, NarcAnon… all are free, all WORK!
Wonderful things happen when you have reached a level of acceptance of self. You are at peace, you exude that something that people find hard to define, but often call a “glow,” a “spark,” a “strength.” It is love.
Accept who you are Right.This.Minute. then move forward and spread the love and acceptance to others.
February Book Club | The Shack
My February Book Club pick is a New York Times best selling novel many of you may be familiar with, The Shack, by William P. Young.
It’s one of my FAVORITE books and has been adapted into a major motion picture coming out on March 3rd. Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer star in the movie, which also features my friend Tim McGraw. Since the movie will be here soon, I decided it was a great time to pick it up and give it another read.
It was just as thought provoking and fantastic as the first (several) times I read it! Did I mention it was one of my favorite books, ever?!
At the center of the story is Mack Phillips who has experienced a tragic loss. A deep depression ensues and he finds himself questioning the very basis of his existence, his purpose, and experiencing a profound crisis of faith.
Led to an abandoned shack enveloped within the towering coniferous forests of Oregon’s Cascade wilderness by a letter that appears 4 years after the tragedy, Mack has doubts but decides to make the journey. There, he meets a woman with the odd name of “Papa” and two more strangers that initially leave him filled with even more confusion.
Yet through the experience Mack not only rediscovers himself, but takes to heart lessons of love, loss, and forgiveness, leaving with an understanding of how to live again after the unspeakable happened; walking out of the gloom and into the light.
Tim and Faith lend their voices to the soundtrack with “Keep Your Eyes On Me” written and performed by this beautiful couple. Listen to the song and watch the movie trailer HERE.
Pick it up, give it a read, then go see the movie when it comes out on March 3rd!
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:13
Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
Nothing in my family says LOVE like biscuits and gravy! Eating them transports me back to my grandma’s breakfast table, or to her sisters, my grand “Aint Eunice” who often made cocoa gravy to go with them.
Show some love this Valentine’s morning by making an old-fashioned breakfast treat, and while your at it, cut the biscuits into heart shapes and watch the surprised smiles!
• 8-10 buttermilk biscuits cut into heart shapes with cookie cutter (use your favorite recipe or a roll of pre-made jumbo buttermilk biscuits)
• 1 (9.6 ounce) package Pork Sausage
• 1/4 cup flour
• 2 1/2 cups milk
• Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1. Bake biscuits until golden brown.
2. Meanwhile, cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat 5-6 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently.
3. Stir in flour.
4. Gradually add milk; cook until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, stirring constantly.
5. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Season to taste with salt and pepper (We love a LOT of pepper in ours, but do several taste-tests before adding more.)
6. Split biscuits in half. Place 2 halves on plate; top with about 1/3 cup gravy.
7. Great with some fresh red, ripe, strawberries on the side!
The sharing of love, peace, and acceptance… that’s the mission of the Delilah radio program. Judging by how many of you tune in night after night, allowing me into your cars, your homes, and your lives, it’s a welcome gesture.
YOU are valuable, you are smart, strong, and you are loved so very much, don’t be shy about spreading a little around – start with yourself!
Outpost to Mother Ship: Welcome!