T’Shuvah and Oatmeal

One of my favorite people in the world is my friend Jenni Morgan.  She’s a parenting mentor to many and a dear friend.

She told me recently that when life starts to feel like it’s spiraling out of control that she goes back to basics.  She figures out what she needs to do to survive and then slowly adds things in from there.

She makes a way to have an evening with no plans, everyone at home, the house in semi order.  A deep breath, normal evening, a restart of sorts.

Spending time doing the things that remind us of who we are and what we’re truly doing here.  Holding little hands and sharing a deep love that doesn’t originate in us.

Today is one of those days.  It will start with my favorite, simple, famous oatmeal and end with elemental, hearty beef stew and quiet moments with bubble baths and pumpkin candles.  Also a few load of laundry, let’s be real here.

I always use the Hebrew word T’shuva for days like these, seasons like this one.  t’shuvah can be defined as aligning ones practices with the Torah  

The concept is old, the idea of repenting and returning to the created order of things.  Getting back to the way God designed us to be.

And so today we eat oatmeal, we stay home, we reflect and remember.  We allow this created purpose to refresh and remind us.

Would you like to T’shuva along with me?  I’ll even share my oatmeal recipe.  It’s fall and sharing food with friends is one of my favorite practices in the world.  And totally biblical by the way.

Penny Oatmeal (Serves 2 -3, can be doubled easily)

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil on the stove

As you do so stir in 1 tsp of vanilla and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon

When the water is boiling add in the oatmeal and stir it around.  Wait for the oat, water mixture to bubble.  Remove from heat, cover, allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Now it’s tender and old fashioned perfect.  Enjoy, feel pioneer and more whole form the oats and the simplicity of it all.

(In the water stage it’s fabulous to stir in apple, dried fruit, pumpkin, and spices.  After it’s done it’s lovely to stir in peanut butter, bananas, nuts or berries.)

This morning we are enjoying pumpkin spice oatmeal, because I’m a pumpkin-aholic.

Shalom and Amen.

  • Lisa K

    What great ideas. Both in restarting and in adding vanilla and cinnamon to your oatmeal. Genius.

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Thanks, I am an Oatmeal expert!