It’s almost time for my favorite holiday of the year! Whether you have little or much, here is a poem that helps to keep it in the right perspective.
HOW TO OBSERVE THANKSGIVING
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.
Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. Although my father passed away 16 years ago, I’m thankful for him and the influence he had in my life.
I’m very grateful for my husband, the father of our children. Pete, you have been a wonderful dad, and I’m so thankful that you have been a strong spiritual leader, a mentor and a faithful provider. God has blessed our lives greatly through you.
Most of all, I’m thankful for Jesus Christ, my heavenly Father. He truly is a loving and good Father. I’m so glad that He not only blesses me but is there to correct me when I need it or turn me around if I start heading in the wrong direction. That’s love!!
Although we are not planning on going to a Memorial Day service, or visiting a national cemetery or seeing a parade, I have been thinking a lot about the men and women that have fought and sacrficed their lives that we might have the privileges we have today in our country. If you are reading this blog and have a loved one that gave their life in service to our country, I offer a big, heartfelt THANK YOU. May we never forget those who layed down their lives to benefit so many.
Each item represents how Jesus’ body was prepared for burial.
Cans of Crescent Rolls
1. Open can of crescent rolls and separate into triangles. The rolls
represent the linen wrapping used in covering the dead.
2. Dip and roll one marshmallow – representing Jesus’ body – into melted
butter. The butter represents the oils used in anointing the dead body.
3. Roll the marshmallow in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. The mixture
represents the spices used in burials.
4. Place the marshmallow in the center of the crescent triangle. Fold and
pinch the edges tight. Put each crescent-wrapped marshmallow on a
slightly greased cookie sheet. To make clean-up easier, line cookie sheet
with aluminum foil before slightly greasing.
5. Bake the rolls as directed on the package. The oven represents the
When cooked, the marshmallow melts leaving only the puffed crescent
This demonstrates how Jesus rose from the dead. All that remained in the
empty tomb were the linen wrappings.
Don’t have a lot of dough to buy Valentine gifts? Me neither. Here’s an easy cookie recipe that requires only a few common ingredients. I hope all of you will have a wonderful Valentine’s Day by letting your family and friends know that you love and appreciate them.
1 cup sugar
¾ cup shortening (part margarine or butter softened)
1 tsp. Vanilla or ½ tsp. Lemon extract
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Salt
Mix sugar, shortening, eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour. Heat oven to 400. Roll out dough about 1/8 inch thick and cut into assorted shapes with heart shaped cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, and bake until light brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet; cool. Decorate with creamy frosting.
1 cup powdered sugar
½ tsp. Vanilla
¼ tsp. Salt
About 1 tbsp. Water or 1 to 2 tbsps. Half and half
Assorted food colors
Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Beat in water until smooth and of spreading consistency. Tint frosting with red food coloring as desired. Decorate even more with colored sugars, sprinkles and cinnamon candies if desired.
Christmas comes again.
Wonder fills my soul anew.
Babe in a manger,
Mystery of godliness;
God in fragile form.
Yearly I recall
the fullness of time has come.
Made under the law,
a virgin chosen, carries
the God who will save her soul.
1Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,