Apple Pie with a Scoop of Discontent

As I wash the copper-bottomed saucepan in the warm, soapy water in the kitchen sink, I gaze out the window  at the apple trees in the back yard. DSC_0035 The branches are bent low, nine-months-pregnant heavy, full of crimson fruit.  I sigh, thinking of all the work I’m facing with those bushels of apples, the need to find ways to use or preserve them.

As the dishes are drying, I search cookbooks, with worn spines and splattered pages;

     Apple pie, baked apples, apple juice, apple dumplings,

faded, dog-eared, recipes on 3″ x 5″ index cards;

  apple cake, apple roll, apple bread,  dried apples, apple bars, pickled apples,

canning and freezing instruction booklets, bookmarked to favorites;cut apples 1

     apple sauce, apple jam, apple jelly, apple butter

and recipes, only a click away on the internet.

     apple cider, caramel apples, apple fritters

I sigh again, wondering if I should freeze or can or dry or bake . . . There are so many apples.

What I should do is be content and thankful for the bounty God has provided.  Usually I am discontented when I lack something, but today I am complaining about abundance.  Paul had experienced these extremes, too.

 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Philippians 4:12 NIV


photo by Barb Briggs

I sigh again, this time with a whisper of “Thank you.”

I know what it is to have plenty.

I’ll have my apple pie with a scoop of contentment, please.


Posted on September 7, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. How many versions of this can we produce? Today my overabundance of apples came in the shape of paint chips…sooo many choices, my head ached with them. Probably would have helped if I would have stopped long enough to breath a thank you. Sigh, I am a slow creature. Loved, but slow.

  2. You would think that we who have so many blessings would be so very grateful . . .
    I like that Paul said this was something he learned, so we can learn it, too.

  3. Loved meeting you over at my blog, Constance, and now seeing your lovely weaving of words as you ponder the apples and contentment.

  4. Thanks so much for your kind words!

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