It seems we will believe anything today. The more absurd, the more we want to take it in as truth. I include here some of the old timers that we fell for and still swallow. Turkey does not make you fall asleep on Thanksgiving. It is sheer gluttony and over indulgence.
Chocolate does not give you pimples. (What a relief to find this out!) Apples are not a miracle cure for anything. Honey, sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, high fructose, etc. All have the same bodily effects. Autism is not caused by vaccinations.
Carrots don’t make your vision better. (Thank God, for I am not a fan of carrots!) Your brain cells aren’t stemmed by your age. Stuff your brain (not your stomach!) In spite of yogurt ads, yogurt can’t fix your stomach issues. Gum won’t clog your digestive system. What goes in, goes out.
Have I rocked your world? Challenged your common sense? Will you at least take Jesus’ word for it?
And Jesus called the people to Him and said to them, Listen and grasp and comprehend this: It is not what goes into the mouth of a man that makes him unclean and defiled, but what comes out of the mouth; this makes a man unclean and defiles him. (Matthew 15: 10-11, AMPC)
My dad used to call those bits before a meal as hor-dervies. He would have loved this recipe. Onions were his favorite food!
I gave you this recipe before but maybe you were foolish enough not to try it. Better luck this time!
Three ingredient Cheesy Onion Pie
Four cups of chopped onions
Four cups of grated cheese (I like Cheddar
Unbaked pie crust for a deep dish two-crust pie
Stir onions and cheese together. Pack into a deep pie plate lined with pastry. Add top crust, pierce it, and bake at 425 degrees F. for ten minutes, and then 350 degrees for another 30-35 minutes until onions are soft and crust is baked. Serve hot or cold.
For a larger crowd, use a 9×13 pan and a thinner layer of filling. Cut in squares to serve.
Just like my pie, some people find it hard to believe that Jesus, the Son of God, took human form, came to earth, was crucified for our sins and then was raised from the dead.
Are you willing to try my pie…and my Jesus?
But he was pie-rced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5, NIV).
We have already eaten a ton of our kids’ Halloween candy. Now the real trouble starts. Parties, teas, restaurant events and office showdowns are on the way.
I’m watching my weight, Lord.I’m careful not to botch it.
My life is a bore for I have to watch it.
Others are chewing and swallowing sugars and fats
But me, I am left with food tasting like hats
Oh when will it end? The season goes on
Valentines till it stops and my fear is all gone!
God says we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (From Philippians 4:13) Does he mean even when I have one arm in a sling….I think so!
Then I ask myself why I am still fighting that last ten pounds?
It is long after the Christmas season and I continue to struggle on. (Notice that I haven’t spent much time on that topic yet this year!)
Contrary to our opinion, the Bible actually says that we can be perfect. Thankfully the meaning is also complete and lacking nothing essential.’ Listen to this!
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. (James 1:4, AMP)
Possibly that last ten pounds is only our own lack of perseverance. Let’s face our own shortcomings and our own truth without blaming God for our lack-a-daisy attitude.
Prayer- Lord, let us meet next year with ten less pounds than this year. Amen.
I am surely speaking to an orderly crowd with no bad habits showing in any way. Unfortunately, you are reading a writer who has quite a few she is still trying to overcome.
Our bad habits are travel agents for guilt as we struggle with them and our failure to overcome them. The trouble is that we love our bad habits, don’t we?
Ice cream is one of my weaknesses. I like it way too much, way too much for comfort, weight loss, and common sense. I fail to control that bad ice cream habit when I purposely drive by my favorite store that sells my favorite flavor (with chocolate sauce on top!)
I could take another street to my destination but somehow I enjoy the torment of driving past (or into) what torments me.
I say enough is enough. What can we do today to help ourselves overcome the thing that we hate and yet that we continue to do?
Ice-cream and waffle thought they’d never connect. Oh they saw one another from a distance. They swooned and made googly eyes when the owners weren’t looking, but they thought their love affair was doomed. Their owners had concession booths next to one another at the 1904 St Louis World’s fair but the distance between them was just too great.
Then a miracle happened. The ice-cream man ran out of dishes and the waffle man rolled his waffles into a cone shape and the love affair began after all. It travelled all over the world and you might even find it at your local mall!
You see, you never know how the world will change when you help one another out, like those two concession stand owners did.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NIV)
Prayer – Lord, help us to be kind to and encourage one another, just because we can. Amen
It’s hard to pull a meal together when the oven is taken up with a big old fat turkey, isn’t it? I’m giving you this saving grace recipe now. Print it off and save it in case I forget to repeat it for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Cook the turkey the day before.
Carve the turkey into serving size slices.
Separate Romaine lettuce leaves.
Wash them and pat them dry.
Put a layer of Romaine lettuce in an aluminium pan or large roast pan.
Add a layer of turkey.
Repeat steps 5 and 6, ending with a layer of Romaine leaves.
Cover tightly with foil and put in fridge.
To heat the turkey, add about ¼ cup water to the pan.
Heat in 250ºF oven till turkey is at the desired serving temperature.
P.S. Here is God’s recipe for lettuce: Let Us Love One Another.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35, NIV)
Prayer – Lord we pray that you give us the strength to do just that. Amen