Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I'm a little bit like a pomegranate.

 One of my favorite wintry treats, is frozen pomegranate seeds.  They are so yummy and un-calorie-laden!  (Seriously try it.) Anyway, the other day I remembered, that I'd forgotten how much I loved this treat, so as I rounded the produce aisle of my supermarket, I snatched one of the reddish fruits.  As I perused the store picking up the other items that were actually on my list, as opposed to making it up as I go along, which of course I never do, (heh, heh)  I found myself dreaming of slicing it open and sinking my teeth into each little crimson nugget of sweetness, flavors bursting on my tongue.
 And then I got it home.

I spent the next hour working my fingers into the tiny crags of each pomegranate section, carefully pulling each seed from its pulp, inadvertently flinging seeds all over my kitchen, forever staining a dishcloth, and pretty much being tired of the whole process before I was finished.
 And that's when it hit me.  I'm a little bit like a pomegranate.  At the starting line of the holiday season, I've got some good intentions in my heart, I do!  I intend to spend daily time with Jesus, setting my heart on what's truly important, giving Him the first of my time.  I intend to eat healthy food and take good care of myself in the hurry and scurry of the holiday season.  I intend to keep my budget in check and only buy what I need and can afford.  I intend to reach out to friends, family, and the needy, shuffling my priorities to let them know they are loved.  I intend to carve out time to be a blessing to my man.  I intend to shower my children with meaningful bedtime conversations and solve world problems with them each day.  I intend to live each precious moment, savor the fleeting memories, think only about today's worries, and thank God for everything.

Yeah....  But then the "pulp of life" crowds around all those good and sweet intentions, making them a pain to get to, and suddenly the unimportant or unexpected fillers in life become my life and it's January 1st, and I'm standing in my kitchen going, "What happened?"
 If you think eating a pomegranate is deep, you don't even want to see where I go with a watermelon.

The point is this.  If you don't set out to do it differently, you'll do what you've always done.  This is pretty much true for all of life.  I want mine to look different, so each moment must be an intentional choice. So, I hereby choose to kick December's butt.
 Cause let me just say, the reward is very sweet when you put in the time and effort.

Wanna join me? 

P.S.  I'm giving all of you sweet readers free shipping on all my remaining Etsy items for the month of December!  Enter the coupon code, "freeholidayshipping" when you check out, and the shipping's on me! (Domestic orders only.)


  1. I follow your blog daily and have been so inspired and driven by your sharing... but today's (or tonight's) really hits home ! I too have many intend to.. probably as many as seeds in a pomegranate. And yes it takes time and effort to peel and seed the fruit but soooo worth it. I ,too ,am worth it. Thank you ! LOL I will never look at a pomegranate the same.

  2. Loved your post! A quick tip to making pomegranate eating MUCH easier ;-) Fill a mixing bowl 1/2 full of lukewarm water (the temp doesn't really matter, its more about what's comfortable). Slice open your pomegranate, and place the first half into your water. Open the seeds! (under the water). The white pieces of skin/flesh will rise to the surface, your seeds will sink, and there will be absolutely zero mess!

    After you're done getting the seeds out (this method will cut your hour down to 10 minutes), pour the seeds into a strainer, and wa-la! You have yummy seeds to eat!

  3. Love your resolution to kick December's butt! Beautiful pictures, too:). I like the underwater tip and another great one is to slice the Pom in half, place the cut side down on a cutting board, and give that thing some solid whacks with a wooden spoon. Most of your seeds will fall right out!

  4. Love this!! I am definitely going to try. December is so overwhelming (in many different ways).

  5. I'm with you! I keep doing the same things over and over and getting the same not-so-satisfactory results. I've been stalling and stuck for days but I am ready to kick December's booty too. In fact, I think I'm going to get a jump start today. Thank you!

    Hello! I have been reading your blog daily but I don't think I have ever left a comment (bad blogger!) But I just wanted to say thank you for this post. I too have been saying that I am going to make this Christmas season DIFFERENT-meaningful, intentional, focused on Christ- I needed your post to kick my rear and REALLY change. So thank you!
    And I will stop being a closet reader and say hello now and then. :)
    Blessings to you!

  7. I've heard of your blog before but never made it over here. Today I looked over OurVintageHomeLove's blogroll and decided to come check it out. I'm in love. Just reading your last 3 posts has inspired me, brought tears to my eyes, and made me laugh. (also feel a twinge of jealousy, but I'm working on that problem;) I'll be following from now on. Thanks for taking the time to write such wonderful things and for sharing your heart and your home!!

  8. Oh girlie, this post hits home with me too. Thanks so much for your daily inspiration, I am so grateful to have "met" you. :)

  9. I really like this. I must say I'm so so very thankful for grace that covers... Even my well intended short-comings. Must try a fresh pomegranate ASAP.

  10. I have never eaten a Pomegranate but I would like to also declare I'm going to KICK DECEMBER'S BUTT.


  11. Sasha,
    I always get refreshed when I come to your blog....and sometimes you are so transparent with us like today that I get convicted.
    I too have many intend to's,but will joing you in "kicking December's butt." Thanks for the accountability gilrie. : )
    (p.s. so many great tips on how to peel and seed a pomergranite.)

  12. I am now craving a pomegranate...thanks for the lovely message and the life like pictures!
    Your blog has been one of my favorites for a few months, and I love your home.
    You might want to try to deal with your pom. like Martha Stewart, it is much easier- no stains. lol
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. gotta get on that pomegranate train. sounds heavenly. i love how you find the meaning in every little thing. LOVE THAT about you!! so good to chat it up with you yesterday sweet friend. have a good one:)

  14. "If you think eating a pomegranate is deep, you don't even want to see where I go with a watermelon." - I love that! You are too funny :) And I know exactly what you mean about the Christmas season. I felt like I had it down last year but I am starting to feel stressed with activities, obligations, etc.. I need to re-focus on Jesus and what exactly His coming to earth meant. Thanks for sharing and blessing to you and your family this season!

    Kind Regards,

  15. Heavens girl.... you really, really make me realize how much *I* have to be thankful for. I tend to only look for those big-tag blessings (life, salvation, roof over my head). I also am grateful for orange! And pecan pie! Thanks... God bless! ~Tam