Friday, October 19, 2012

As planned...

Have you ever noticed things don't often go as planned?  Or how you build it up to go in your head?  I get so easily put out when that happens... but sometimes that turns out to be such a good thing, doesn't it?  I don't know about you, but I get very caught up in the planning of the future.  And then of course I naturally worry about what I've planned, thinking about the things that might go wrong, cause problems, or become bumps in the road of life. 

The other day I was doing this very thing.  In fact, I have the bags under my eyes to prove the amount of sleep I lost planning/worrying about the future.   As many of you know from previous posts Adrain is about to interview for a job within his company that is located in Ohio.  (His interview had to be re-scheduled for Monday morning, so of course I have to wait that much longer. Obviously, I didn't plan that!)  I had been thinking about all the angles. Adrain getting the job.  Adrain not getting the job.  Moving with kids.  Moving with a puppy.  Moving in winter.  Moving over Christmas.  Driving over mountain passes.  Selling a house.  Having a house not sell.  Finances. 

It goes on. 

And on. 

We cracked open our brightly colored "Jesus Calling " for kids devotional (by Sarah Young) and the words poured out over the edges of my heart like a hot apple cider on a cold day. Titled "You are Valuable," it grabbed the attention of my tear ducts immediately.  Something about being told I'm precious when I'm in a rut of anxiety always makes me cry.  It read, "Worry is the result of imagining a future without Me in it... Sometimes you do have to think about the future.  The key is how you think about it. If you only think about the things you must do to plan to be prepared, then you will start to worry.... when you must plan ahead... don't spend very much time thinking about the future.  The more you think about it, the easier it is to start worrying.  And second, always include Me in your thoughts.  Don't just imagine what you will do, imagine what I will do.  You can trust me to take care of you- today and in the future.  Remember how valuable you are to Me." 

"Consider the ravens; they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.  And how much more valuable you are than birds!"  Luke 12:24

 I can't tell you the number of times I have caught myself worrying about plans in the days following, and the thought that I was actually worrying because I was picturing a future without God in it.  Convicting.  
So today when this little guy had to stay home for a sick day with me and I had to toss out all my plans... I decided to share these words with you... you know, on the off chance that you're a planner/worrier like me.  He's got the future.  We can trust Him with it.

And to brighten your weekend, I want to leave you with these little pumpkin pie treats.  (Which my sick boy gobbled down in about two seconds.)

 JJ's Sick day pumpkin pies: 
Gluten Free Graham cracker crust: (substitute regular grahams for non-GF version)
1 1/2 cups s'moreable graham crackers
1/3 cup brown sugar
6 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
*Mix together and press down into 6, 4 oz  mason jars.

2 large eggs,
15 oz can pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
*Combine in a bowl until well mixed.  Ladle into mason jars evenly.  Bake 350 40-50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack and top with pie crust leaves or whipped cream. 

Pie crust leaf garnish: 
Use whatever kind of pie crust you prefer- I use the Gluten Free Pantry's version.  Roll out and use use leaf cutters.  Lay on parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Bake at 350 for approx 20-25 minutes until lightly golden brown.  (Baking time may vary depending on thickness of crust.)

Little pie crust leaf and acorn cutters can be found here. 
Brown Transferware plate, present from my man, found at an antique mall.
Tiny mason jars, here.
Bamboo utensils, here.


  1. Just checking in to see what happened today. God's still in charge my Friend. Will put "pray" on the calendar for Monday now! =) Keep us posted! ~Sally

  2. thinking about you, love the mini pies, they looks absolutely delicious!!

  3. Thank you for the words ...I am a planner/worrier and this is a nice reminder!

  4. OK, funny thing is, when I started reading this, I thought, "Oh I should suggest she read Jesus Calling from today". Ha! It spoke to me, too!

    Praying for you on Monday, and eager to hear the results.

  5. Thanks for sharing this post. I am also a planner/worrier, mostly in the middle of the night.

  6. I hear you on the "bags under the eyes" thing as a result of worrying....and I do take your post seriously, but all those pictures of food in the middle really made me hungry. :) thanks for the recipe. I think I'm making those for my first grader's fall festival! thanks for sharing and I'll move my "pray" time to Monday!

  7. Love that....I am a total planner/worrier too. It's not right, it's sin. I get STUCK there and the JOY of the Lord is GONE. Every. Single. Time.

    But, if we (I mean I) stop that we will see that we don't need to worry about what we will do or all of the what if's. Instead we will be remembering what He has already done and trusting what He is doing and will do. There's peace, there's joy, there's life, and there's REST. There's being a child of God.

    Hoping JJ gets better soon! Have a great weekend.

    God's got you whether you move or not. I'm glad to be able to be here to see what He is up to in the lives of such a great family!

  8. we are so prone to worry, aren't we?? but then on days when i actually let go, and let the Lord take care of things, and lift my burdens it's amazing how much easier it is to live. we make it so hard on ourselves, don't we! i'm praying for you. there are lots of details... He is the detail master, amen!

  9. I have been playing catch up with your posts. I had been working full-time and am so tired in the evenings. I just hadn't been catching up on my blogging, but all that has changed. I recently quit my job due to some health issues so I should be back to reading your posts daily. : )

    will be praying on Monday for Adrain. Love it when you lace your deep thought posts with beautiful food pics and your sweet hoodlums. : ) thanks for sharing the recipe. I have been wanting to make some of those cute pies in a jar.

    Sending you an email

  10. Seriously, just what I needed to hear. I've been so anxious and worried about the future and the what if's that I've been kind of in this funk. It's all perspective and apparently I needed a new one. One that involves God in the equation. Thanks for the reminder. I need it more often then I'd like to admit.

  11. Amen! I am a worrier and I have to remind myself these things all the time!

    Love the photos, recipes, sources...hope everyone's well :)

  12. oh friend, i am a worrier indeed.
    i roll around, in & out of great "stress free days" and think...oh boy, i bet a worry-day is coming soon. surely "i got it" this time ;)
    only to be disappointed....
    it's a conscious choice. laying it down. having a moldable spirit.
    you are such a great role model. you're real and you're moldable. i love that about you
    hope he's feeling better pretty mama

  13. Yes, life is full of major unplanned things rearranging our plans. We are control freaks and God is the only one in control. Hope JJ is feeling better and I love those brown and white dishes, are they vintage or available in a store. Rest in His best!

  14. Great post Sasha! Our GOD is fully trustworthy! Lifting up Adrian in prayer! May the favor of the LORD rest upon him as he goes for his interview. Praying GOD'S best for you and your precious family! Praying healing for you JJ!!

  15. again i say...wish you were my mom. hope he's feeling better. been thinking of you alot. alot!

  16. I see at the bottom of the post those dishes are special, you have a great guy!

  17. Love me some of those pies....great post and God never hands you more than you can handle. FYI , Ohio is my
    home !!!! Go Buckeyes !!!

  18. These look delicious!! This is my first time visiting and I just adore your blog! The photos are just beautiful! I don't really read blogs by email - is there any other way to follow you? I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    Jenn :)

  19. the mini pies look delicious! and the table looks beautiful! I am praying for you, hoping you get the answer you want about the job and the move! just remember, you will mkae your "home" wherever it may be! your house did not sell last time, because it wasn't meant to be~if it is meant to be, it will sell this time! XOXO

  20. I worry ALL THE TIME... it's really quite ridiculous! :) I just try to remember that this is God's story.... not mine. Takes the pressure off! Will be praying... we would LOVE to have you here in OH. Want to be my neighbor??? ;)

  21. Thanks for this post, Sasha, I'm a military wife, soon I won't be. My husband recently put in his retirement papers. I'm already going a little nuts. I, too, am a planner and I need to know stuff ahead of time, ie, where will we live, where will we look for a house, how big will it be (am currently doing some serious decluttering and reevaluating everything we own), where will I be graduating my sons (homeschool high school age boys, 15&16, so this one is a biggie), will we find a great church, will our lives be drastically different as "civilians"....ugh. I'm sure it'll get worse as my husband starts interviewing for jobs starting about Feb.

    I hope everything works out for you guys.


  22. yep...i am a planner worrier and it never occurred to me what i do when i worry until i read jesus has been THE most amazing tool for me.
    girl...your growin
    happy monday;)praying

  23. You and I are kindred spirits, my friend. I am wiping away the tears now. I have become such a worrier. I don't like that about myself. "Worry is the result of imagining a future without Me in it..." when will I get that!? Thanks for the post. Praying blessings for your future, wherever it may be. :)

  24. Oh how I love it when I'm on the same page with amazing women out YOU! I read the same devotion and shared it with my friend who is going through a divorce :( Talk about worrying about your future and lamenting the loss of your past.

    Your future is going to be AMAZING! And your boy has the most gorgeous eyes!

  25. My friend once sent me a quote I think you'll appreciate...
    "To teach us we can't control everything - God put hair on our heads!"

  26. My Friend you have done it again. I always know that if I have a feeling to click your blog to will always turn out to be just what I need. I haven't kept up on the blogs I follow lately.....but again, you always say what I need to hear. Thank you!! You are truly guided and are the angel in Lives you may not even know you touch!! THANK YOU! and May you be blessed for your Kind Spirit, Humble heart and Loving Words that flow through your blog.

    Much Love,


  27. the pictures are beautiful and the dessert looks like something I need to make right this very minute....

    praying all went well with the interview...waiting with you to see what God has in store for your sweet family.

  28. Hey Sasha - was wanting to text you & realized I don't have your #. Just wanted you to know I've been praying for you throughout the weekend and today. Don't want to see you go but totally understand the place you're in

  29. beautiful pictures, new to your blog and love your pictures (and your words).
    i'm the queen of worrying - even though i know that i'm not the one in control. oh, how we love trying to have control over our lives and the future. good luck with your husbands job opportunity!

  30. I've just been introduced to your blog. I love it! (And this recipe looks devine:)