March 1, 2005    

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
Is 55:10


The Promise of Spring
by Janice LaQuiere

It's winter. Today, according to the forecast we'll be receiving 5"of snow. Blah! We've had snow on the ground for the entire month of February, unusual for Metro-Detroit. The excitement of snow cream and hot chocolate has worn off. I'm much more interested now in walking the trails of Metropark and looking for migratory birds.

Sometimes our lives feel much the same way. Our 'winters' represent troubled relationships, illness, financial problems, or just spiritual stagnation. The days are gray, our prayers are repetitive, without much heart because we've said them so often. It is the promise of spring though, that keeps us striving toward our goals. Even though it's March first, and the snow is falling, I remind myself of God's promise to mankind: "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease." I know that through the snow the tulip leaves will start to poke through.

Likewise, the mind of the believer must cling to the promise in Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Even though we can only see one pixel of the entire picture, we must keep our mind and heart centered on Him, trusting that all things will work out to His glory, and for our good, and the promise of spring will blossom in our hearts.

Is. 55:10-13 Mt. 28:20, Prov 13:12, Ps. 57:5

On This Day in History:

March 1, 1932 – The Lindbergh Baby is kidnapped
March 2,1836 – Texas proclaimed its independence
March 3, 1945 – Finland declares war on Germany
March 4, 1933 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt inaugurated
March 5, 1777 – The Boston Massacre (5 colonists were killed, 3 injured)
March 6, 1475 – Michelangelo is born
March 7, 1923 – Robert Frost's "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy evening" is published
March 8, 1957 – Egypt opens Suez Canal
March 9, 1862 – Battle of the Ironclads
March 10, 1876 – Speech is transmitted through the telephone
March 11, 1861 – The Confederate Constitution is adopted
March 12, 1888 – A blizzard hit New York dropping 40" of snow
March 13, 1781 – William Hershel discovers Uranus
March 14, 1879 – Albert Einstein is born
March 15, 1767 – Andrew Jackson (Old Hickory) was born
March 16, 1903 – Old west Judge Roy Bean dies
March 17, 1762 – First Saint Patrick's Day Parade in New York
March 18, 1852 – Wells Fargo and Company established
March 19, 1831 – America's first recorded bank robbery at City Bank in downtown N.Y.
March 20, 1854 – Republican Party founded
March 21, -- --  – This day in history was pretty boring
March 22, 1945 – Arab League Formed
March 23, 1775 – Patrick Henry speaks out against British policy
March 24, 1603 – Queen Elizabeth I, dies
March 25, 1634 – St. Mary's is the first settlement in Maryland
March 26, 1953 – Polio vaccine is announced by Dr. Salk
March 27, 1952 – Singing in the Rain opens
March 28, 1979 – Nuclear accident at Three-Mile Island
March 29, 1795 – Beethoven debuts as pianist in Vienna
March 30, 1858 - Pencil with attached eraser patented (Hyman L Lipman of Philadelphia)
March 31, 1889 – Eiffel Tower commemorating the French revolution officially opens


Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

~Martin Luther~





This Day in History

Potato Soup



Janice's own Cream of Potato Soup

6 Large potatoes
10 cups milk
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1 large onion
1 leek
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup Chablis
1 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 cubes beef bullion
Salt and pepper to taste


Peel and chop potatoes. In large soup kettle boil in salted water until tender, drain.
Sautι chopped onion, leek and minced garlic for 10 minutes. Deglaze the pan with Chablis.
Add vegetables to potatoes. Add milk, cream, and hot sauce. In sautι pan, melt butter and mix in flour and beef bullion, simmer until singed. Add to the potatoes. Bring soup to a boil, stirring continuously  until thickened.



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