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What I Learned This Spring

Joining up with Emily's community to write about what I learned this Spring!

It’s that time again! These posts are just a bit of fun and reflection. Here are a few things in no particular order that I learned this past spring:

  1. Sometimes the sweetest of people have been through the toughest of seasons.

    I met some dear ladies at an event I was helping a good friend out with, at a church I had never been to yet, and the blessing was all mine as I was intercepted over and over by women so in tune to building and connecting and wanting to know if my story echoed theirs.
    They were the sweetest gals with the most powerful stories of overcoming and persevering, tears emerging, showing battle scars, and offering friendship and solidarity… and I left feeling poured into and with their words of “Don’t give up, Sister!” rolling around in my heart and soul.
    And I was just the volunteer manning the book table that day!

  2. ┬áIt’s never all up to me to change or connect better with my family. It’s actually based on the sufficiency of Christ and a lot of grace.

    So I found myself on the launch team this spring of the most wonderful and heartfelt book by Gary Morland called “A Family Shaped By Grace“, which comes out today! And if there’s one book I would recommend every family read this summer, it’s this one. Filled with amazing tools and testimony from Gary that will shower grace and encouragement for everyone looking to belong and get a long with all the people we are family with, this could change how we see each other and ourselves in simple yet powerful ways!

    Gary Morland's new book A Family Shaped By Grace! How to get along with the people who matter most.

  3. You will always miss your family’s four-legged best friend.

    But also the lack of barking, dog hair, muddy paw prints, and grass returning to your small yard for the first time in thirteen years is actually a nice development. We said goodbye to our Rally girl a few months back now, and still have moments where we forget she’s not at the door or that’s not her groaning in her sleep, and she will be in our hearts forever. Just not in our kitchen leaving soggy tsunamis of drinking water/drool in a giant line from bowl to door. Amen.

    image by c.duncan

  4. That you can dip just about anything in Tzatziki and it will make your heart sing and {to quote a certain Ree Drummond } make your skirts fly up.

    I’m sure my family is wary of just how many things I will make all summer with this nectar of heaven, but listen people, I’m just getting started!
    I already stared making my gyros with chicken on the grill as soon as it was warm enough to do so, but now I just grab the carton of tzatziki and pretty much dip anything from fresh veggies, cheese, and leftover grilled meats, to pitas and crackers and toast-points (WHY are toast-points SO much fun?)
    Easy Gyros? Marinate chicken breasts in a ready-made greek seasoning combined with a cup of water, 1/3 cup of olive oil, a liberal squirt of lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of vinegar for kick. Or if you get your feta cheese fresh in the container with it’s brine, add the brine instead of vinegar. Marinate 3 hours or overnight, and grill.
    Grill slightly warmed whole wheat naan bread or pitas, fill with chicken shredded or sliced, top with cucumber, radish, red onion, tzatziki and crumbly feta.
    Done like dinner.

  5. That when God says He’s about to do a new thing in you, He will always back it up with His own provision and equipping. Always.

    I’m literally in the beginning of three different projects He’s dropped in my life, and I’m watching as He is supplying every aspect in His timing, in the most amazing ways. And the equipping comes with stretching, and the supplying comes with blind faith, and in each instance, all He asked is that my yes to these three projects be based on total surrender, total trust, and that I’d simply remain the vessel He’d fill at His own will.
    Don’t misunderstand me. There are still hurdles and roadblocks and doubts that surface. But each time, He reveals His answer to all of the things that would try to threaten His plans. He’s just been looking for the right hearts to say yes, and accept His invitation to be used. He does the rest.
    And one day soon, I will get to reveal a little more, but for now, He’s at work.
    He's just been looking for the right hearts to say yes, and accept His invitation to be used. Click To Tweet

    Well, there you go. A few things I learned this spring, and so totally random at that! Now I’m looking forward to a summer of new things to learn, adventures to be had, and holy provisions to be made. How about you? What did you learn this past spring?

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  1. Sweet reflections, Christine! Praising the Lord for the invitations He’s given you, your “yeses” and your testimony to His faithfulness in providing. What a wonderful Savior we have that we can RELY on Him for all things!

    • Christine Duncan

      June 9, 2017 at 11:56 AM

      Aw, thanks friend!!! We need to have a gab-fest soon so I can tell you all the things that He’s begun, lol. He is that exactly, a wonderful Savior! xxoo

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