Thursday, August 16, 2012

Picnic Under the Sheltering Tree

God gives us grace – and when that overflows from our lives, it comes out as thanksgiving and gratitude. ~unknown


One day a week finds me at my son-in-law's office paying bills, printing checks, entering receipts--all the things necessary to a business.  It's also the day there's a picnic at Mawmaw's desk.  I try to make sure we have a mixture of healthy and fun (a.k.a. not-so-healthy). 

School will be starting soon, and since this was the last week the boys would get to picnic with me, we celebrated with Micky D's.  Little Master Camron was just so totally happy with his milkshake and food.  The older grands all took turns talking while dipping chicken nuggets in ranch dressing and crunching their apple slices.  

My heart was so happy to hear their excitement about a coming vacation, 4 wheeler expeditions, going to work with Daddy, and new girly dresses.  And their enthusiastic "thank yous" were a sweet ending to our picnic.

It reminds me of the times God invites me to picnic with Him. This picnic isn't in an ordinary venue.  It's a picnic by the lake--tucked under a sheltering tree.

Daily meals are nutritious.  Plates filled with the law--how I should live, forgive, and be like Christ. So necessary.  Picnic foods are filled with the fun foods of grace.  

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, 

and you will delight in the richest of fare. 

As I picnic by the lake, I find my soul restored and my cup running over.  From the depths of my heart praises rise.  To think that my God cares enough to prepare a picnic just for me!  Even in my praise, I taste the grace.  

I know tomorrow I'm back to "school." As Pastor Scott said a few weeks ago, "Without the law, we don't need grace." And how true that is.  Learning, studying and living the law is good, nutritious food.  But today, I'm feasting on picnic food and delighting in grace.

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28 comments:

Susan B said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, and leaving a comment. It is so nice to find your blog. Your post was lovely, and your grandchildren are adorable! I hope you have an enjoyable day! :)

Lorraine said...

Sweet faces, sweet moments and sweet memories!

I keep my recipes on a private blog titled "The Richest of Fare." Love that Bible verse.

Nell said...

What a great reminder, and such an eloquent way of putting it.
Blessings to you
Nell

Lisa notes... said...

Your words and pictures captured that feeling of delight, Pamela. Love the fun you have with your grands. I'm sure they think you're the best!

Joe Pote said...

What sweet pic's of grandchildren!

And what a beautiful illustration of how we delight in our fellowship with God while receiving spiritual nourishment from Him!

Thanks for sharing!

Sylvia R said...

This was lovely. Hoping for a good chunk of picnicking with God today. I'll be thinking of this sweet piece! :)

joy said...

you have lovely adorable grandchildren. You are blessed having them around you. Yes, sister, it is good having picnic with God everyday:)

Barbara said...

How close to the Lord are the children! We have only to become like them to be welcomed by God to His picnic. Thanks for sharing your wonderful 'God Moment.'

Denise said...

Sweet post.

elizabeth said...

I really appreciated your comment today! I enjoyed your post today. I can tell you love being a Nana like I do!

Sharon Evans said...

As you treasure the moments with your grandchildren they will be treasuring the moments with you, just as God treasures the moments he has with us.

Kaye Swain said...

Awww - such sweet encouragment - for your family and for us as we see the adorable pix and read your lovely words of inspiration. Blessings.

Sarah (Nikki) said...

a picnic with God...like the sound of that and something I need right now...time alone with Him....breathing in the strength and hope and peace that He gives best. Wishing you a beautiful Sonday

Michelle DeRusha said...

It's these small gifts that delight so much - thanks for sharing them with Graceful Summer, Pamela!

MrsP said...

So good to find you Pamela, and what a lovely day to remember. Thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

Looks like you have a comedian in your grandchildren circle also!:>)
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. We ARE both blessed with these wonderful grandchildren and of course the children who made them possible.;>)
Your grandchildren are adorable too and I think it's wonderful that you have been able to picnic with them.
I like how you tied it in with our relationship with God---a cool perspective.

Joy said...

Hey thanks for commenting and following my blog! Love the post and the pictures accompanied with it too! God bless ya! :D

Charlotte said...

Thank you for sharing these awesome moments with us. I like picnics. I like the way you likened it to "picnicking' with the Lord.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Such a beautiful post, Pamela! Thank you so much for sharing the fact that God lovingly provides such a picnic for us.

Ruth said...

I so enjoyed going picnicking with you! The analogy between the daily meals of law and the fun picnic foods of grace is a nice picture of the truth and grace that's found in Jesus. I'll look for both categories of food in my next meal with him.
Blessings.

Farida said...

Having a personal relationship with Christ is a great change in my life. I am still struggling to have frequent "picnics" with Him and not just on Sundays more so, walking a Christian life daily though I am tempted to veer away many times.

Thank you for this profound yet meaningful entry :) God bless!

Joyful said...

Enjoyed reading about your sweet grandchildren and your thoughts on law and grace. Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me with your comment ;-)

Denise said...

Beautiful words written; love the pictures!

Our daily nourishment and strength can only come from "picnicking" with Him; love the analogy in your post!

Blessings and love,
Denise

Leslie Frances said...

Thank you for sharing and linking up with Simply Better. You wrote so well about a beautiful moment with God. I never know when he will reveal himself but its usually unexpected. :)

Alene said...

Just beautiful - and those pics of the kids are precious! Love your bloggy world here.

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Shoregirl said...

You must be the "world's most wonderful grandmother!" Did you know I "tuck" these nuggets away in the back of my mind to pull out one day when I experience the "grand" in "grandmothering?" Some of them I use now in mothering my daughter -- and we already have so many wonderful memories together!

The Dickinsons said...

Pam, Enjoyed reading this post and seeing the precious pics of your adorable grandkids. Melanie CAN'T deny these kids...they look EXACTLY like her! =)

(((HUGS))),
~Heather~

Jedidja said...

Sweet pictures and I love the last one! How are you now?

 
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