Posted: 11:42 am Thursday, April 6th, 2017
By Staff Writer
“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”
~ Emily Dickenson
Do you keep your soul ajar? Do you leave room in your soul and your heart and your life to welcome the ecstatic experience?
Or, are you so controlled, so controlling, so neat and tidy, so organized, so diplomatic, so right, so rigid, that you can’t leave your soul open, just a little, to welcome an experience that will change you, will re-arrange you, will open your eyes and your heart to possibilities?
Possibilities you never dreamed or imagined.
I think most of us fall somewhere in the middle. Open, to a degree, but somewhat cynical and protective because of the world we live in and the people that we care for.
I love that quote by the brilliant and emotive Ms. Dickenson, and I think spring is the perfect time to contemplate such a thing as checking the soul to make sure it is not shut tight to the universe.
I also want to remind you that MY door is always open. I want to be your safe place, your quiet in the storm, your rainbow after a rain shower.
Come to me when you feel like smiling, laughing, or crying. When the day’s gone great, not so great, or absolutely horribly, turn to me and let me love you through it!
Join me nightly, for great music, great stories, much love, laughter, and ponderings of the mind as we slip out of our work shoes and into the evenings.
Come home to Delilah.
April Book Club | Love Does
by Bob Goff, non-fiction
Available through Amazon.
You know all those memes with The Most Interesting Guy in the World? I think they have the image wrong. The face that should be familiar to everyone belongs to Bob Goff. Goff is the author of my April Book Club pick, Love Does – Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World.
This is a man that spent 16 days bobbing atop the Pacific Ocean with 5 other college students and a case of canned meat. He is someone that took his kids on a world ice cream sampling tour. A man that pursues his passions regardless of status or opinions on whether or not he has the credentials or where-with-all to succeed. Yet succeed he does.
Or rather, Love Does.
One of my favorite quotes from the book sums up a belief and mind-set that Goff and I share:
“Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget. Their dreams become one of those “we’ll go there next time” deferrals. The sad thing is, for many there is no “next time” because passing on the chance to cross over is an overall attitude toward life, rather than a single decision.”
This is the kind of attitude that brought an unbelievable career to a small town girl with few talents but a whole lot of determination. It’s the attitude that gave me my big, beautiful, incredible family. It took me to Africa where I was called to help the helpless, and it’s the same attitude that carries me down wooded paths with my youngest daughter looking for signs of faeries. It compelled Goff to spend three long years pursuing his wife before she’d even consent to go out with him and got him into law school when he in no way (on paper) met the acceptance criteria.
Chock-full of nearly unbelievable stories from a very believable guy, Bob Goff. The premise of Love Does is that you can’t just feel it or talk about it, you must DO it! And when love does… beautiful things happen. It’s love in action!
Light, funny, real, and inspirational, Love Does is waiting for you. Consider it a step-by-step guide to living the incredible life you’ve always dreamed of. Pick up your copy today!
For more great reads, stroll through the book aisle at Delilah.com!
New Movie | THE CASE FOR CHRIST
Watch THE CASE FOR CHRIST Trailer HERE
As you all know, my Christian faith leads me to every choice I make, but this wasn’t always so. I was not raised in a faith-based home. While my father taught us never to take the Lords name in vain (and I never heard him do so) and oft’ backed up his viewpoints with the words, “that’s what the Good Book says,” we never attended church as a family, read the bible, or studied the teachings of Christ.
I came to know the Lord as my Savior in my late 20’s while looking for purpose and direction after some devastating losses; I’ll happily share my testimony with anyone I can get an audience with. Many are receptive, but many are decidedly not, and at the time of my acceptance of Him into my heart, several very close to me even seemed personally offended. I can therefore understand Lee Strobel’s consternation when his wife, Leslie, became a believer in Christ.
Lee, whose journalistic acumen had just earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune, set out to disprove the claims of Christianity, thinking doing so would stabilize his faltering marriage. His research led him down a path he would have never expected it to…
THE CASE FOR CHRIST, is based on Strobel’s award-winning bestselling book. It stars Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, the inimitable Faye Dunaway, and Robert Forester. Opening in theaters on April 7, it’s perfect for Easter-season and anyone who has ever wondered if there is a God, and if so, how giving themselves over to His will would change their lives.
Make a date with your family, friends, church, or BINGO buddies, and take in THE CASE FOR CHRIST this April!
Werther’s Original | Classic Caramel Apples
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Portions: 4 apples
Check out more delicious recipes that we can try with our families HERE.
Happy National Caramel Day!!!
One of my favorite caramel indulgences is Caramel Apples. Not those with a bunch of crazy toppings or other superfluous flavors, just pure, buttery, classic caramel over a crisp delicious apple. Makes memories come flooding back and my mouth water just thinking of it!
Werther’s Original uses real butter, fresh cream, white and brown sugars, a pinch of salt, and a lot of time to create their caramels – so you know you are getting the best taste for your apples and other caramel treats.
The Classic Caramel Apple; never need a reason, never out of season!
• 4 medium-size apples
• 4 caramel apple sticks
• 50 pieces (11 oz.) Werther’s Original Chewy Caramels, unwrapped
• 2 Tblsp. evaporated milk
1. Push sticks into top of 4 apples.
2. Place caramels and milk in 1-qt., microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high, stirring frequently until smooth, about 3 minutes.
3. Dip and swirl apples in melted caramel mixture, using a spoon to spread evenly.
4. Place on waxed paper until caramel sets or refrigerate 15 minutes for quicker results.
5. Eat and Enjoy!
For the nut-lovers out there:
Indulgent Caramel Nut Apples: Place chopped, salted skinless peanuts or toasted walnuts on waxed paper. Press bottom of caramel-dipped apple into nuts. Drizzle melted milk or semi-sweet chocolate over apples.
To celebrate National Caramel Day (April 5) my friends at Werther’s Original are asking caramel lovers nationwide (yep, me too) how they pronounce their favorite treat; is it “Ker-uh-muhl” or “Kar-muhl?”
Join the conversation and share your preferred pronunciation using hashtag #GreatCaramelDebate, #Werthers, and #NationalCaramelDay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
PLUS, if you are a residents of Carmel, Indiana, Werther’s Original is turning to you to cast the final vote on the debate!
The final decision will officially change the town’s name and pronunciation to Caramel (Ker-uh-muhl), Indiana, for the Werther’s Original National Caramel Day celebration!
Egg-straordinary Spring Crafts & Projects
I’m on the hunt for egg-citing, egg-static, egg-ceptional spring crafts and projects!
For me, for you, for our kids, for Friday Night Girls, and friendly gatherings of all kinds.
Please share your ideas with me HERE. I’m all ears and hopping about madly in anticipation!
Spring! Spring! Spring! It’s here. Really. Finally. Here.
Buds are bursting, baby goats are bleating, blooms are blossoming, and there are all kinds of experiences presenting themselves. New music and new movies for entertainment. Engagements, weddings and graduations…
I stinkin’ LOVE this time of year! I feel like anything, ANY thing is possible! The weather is better, the grass is greener, and my door is flung wide-open. Kids and dogs and friends and friends of friends of friends all come to visit and love on the critters.
Where ever you are, who ever you are, you are welcome too. It may be via your radio dial, your web browser, Facebook status, Instagram account, or Twitter feed, but please use all to Come Home to Delilah!
And always, always, always, Love Someone,