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. The branches are bent low, nine-months-pregnant heavy, full of crimson fruit. I sigh, thinking of all the work those bushels of apples will be. How should I prepare and preserve them?



As the dishes dry, 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:

     apple sauce, apple jam, apple jelly, apple butter;

and recipes, only a click away on the internet:

     apple cider, caramel apples, apple fritters.


Should I 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 experienced these extremes, too, and learned how to deal with them.

 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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:12,13   NIV

I sigh again, this time with whispers of “Thank you” and “Give me strength.”

I know what it is to have plenty.

I think I’ll bake an apple pie, and while it’s still warm I’ll get the vanilla ice cream out of the freezer for those who like it à la mode.

But my slice? I’ll have a scoop of contentment, please, maybe two.

post first published September, 2013

Posted on August 27, 2015, in Devotional and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Beautiful pictures. Beautiful message. Constance, may I please have a scoop of both contentment and ice-cream on my piece of apple pie?
    Blessings as you bake ~ Wendy

  2. Great post, Connie! I so often look around and feel discontent over what I don’t have instead of contentment with all that I do have…thanks for the reminder. You’ve made me hungry for apple dumplings – one of our favorite things to make with apples! ~Robyn

  3. What a beautiful way to share this. I’ve loved the apples for years and years. When I was fairly young, I would climb the trees in Tacoma and grab some and eat them before I climbed down. DUH! Anyhow, they make me smile. Rarely do I see them on trees here in Omaha, etc., but, when out in the NW area again, which has been very often for nearly 20 years, I’d see them frequently and I always smiled. Thank you for sharing this! Made me smile.

  4. Our apple trees are bending low and I’ve been having the same thoughts! You must have a Betty Crocker cookbook too? The photo looks familiar…happy appling!

  5. Gorgeous pictures and beautiful words to accompany them. I wish I didn’t get sucked into worldly thinking so often that I am never satisfied but it is so easy to do. I would love that scoop of contentment too. Blessed to be your neighbor at Give Me Grace. Sunday blessings!

    • Thanks, Mary! I know what you mean when you talk about never being satisfied. I like to rephrase Mark 9:24: I’m thankful, but help my ungratefulness. I’m content, but help my discontent. I’m grateful, but help my ingratitude.
      Thanks for visiting today and for your kind comment.

  6. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Weekend Whispers.

  7. For me, it’s tomatoes and potatoes! I’d love to trade for some of your apples!

  8. Wow. I cannot believe how delicious your apples look! And how there are so many! Did ya grow the tree yourself?

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