We make choices every day. A choice is defined as a decision to choose one thing, person, or course of action in preference to others. We know in our hearts the right thing to do. Yes we do, but it is so tempting to do the opposite because it sounds like so much more fun.
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
Do not be sad and gloomy if a card you do not get.
The truth is I am busy and have no time to sit
But thoughts of you regale me with prayers for one and all
So consider your are Christmas’ed right here on my blogging wall.
Christmas love to all -Brenda Wood
Enjoy your little ones. They will be big before you know it. Appreciate what you have before it turns into what you had.
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3a, NIV)
The doctor asked me not to drive until after some tests were completed. The tests were expected to take anywhere from two weeks to two months. It wasn’t the doctor’s fault, really. It is a government guideline, but that didn’t help my head much. I gave myself the Peter disease.
UGH!! Not drive? What was she thinking? How would I get to where I needed to go? How would I get to the grocery store or a doctor appointment? I’d have to beg the kids for a ride. I’d have to sell my home and go live in my kids’ basement. What about my car? What would I do with it?
In minutes, I’d worked myself into hysteria. Then I called friends and family and shared the disease. Some of them refused to take it on. They offered calm; they offered rides; they offered compassion… BUT I DIDN’T WANT ANY OF IT! I WANTED TO DRIVE MY OWN SELF IN MY OWN CAR!!!
But I had no choice, or so I thought.
I forgot to remember Peter, who forgot to remember Jesus
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. (Matthew 11:28a, AMP)
Prayer – Father, forgive us for forgetting, rePETERly, again and again, what you tell us. Amen
Hate public functions? Try to avoid them, hide in a corner if you are forced into attendance?
Think of how you feel when you are ‘out there.’ That is exactly how everyone else feels, but they are just pretending harder then you are!!
Now I can!! I laughed out loud when the Auberge MacDonald Guest Inn ( Iroquois Falls, ON), devotional showed up on everydaychristian.com. You see I write those devotionals months ahead and this one showed up the day before I was leaving for the same spot one more time!!
Yes, Grandson Dan, Grandaughter Lorisa and I headed for the lovely little town of Iroquios Falls the very next day. Coincidence you might say, but definitely encouraging to me as we made the long trek. Did I mention that Iroquios Falls is made ever more beautiful by the presence of the three other Grands and their parents?
Had a great visit and we ate the best ever chocolate caramel cake. If you ask, I will share the recipe. If not? It is ours forever to salivate over.
Many fellow grief sufferers offer me encouragement. Here is a note from my new friend, Gina, who reads my daily devotionals at everydaychristian.com
I am a mid-fifties Christian, grandmother, cotton-farmer in West Texas. I graduated from Texas Tech University. I’ve been a widow for nearly 12 years. It is still so fresh everyday to see how God carries me and my family through this. My weekly column “Making a Difference” runs in several Texas newspapers. And making a difference is what I want my life to always be about.
I wrote this about a month after Mike died. I wavered so often between absolute terror and peace. In the end, peace usually won out.
The closeness I had to God after Mike was gone continues to be one of my most precious memories. I hope that it doesn’t take another tragedy for me to continue to follow God so easily.I thought perhaps God wanted me to share it with you. I know a bit about what you are going through. Know that you are in my prayers daily.
I hope others can be blessed by this. Thank you so much for what you do and for being my very first read nearly every morning!
Proverbs 3:5-6- Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (KJV)..
He shall direct my path…
Well, you know God this is not the path I wanted.
I would never have ever chosen this path, but this is where I am.
You have to know, God that while this is not the path I wanted
This is the path where you have placed me. It is the path where You are.
And I find that I want to be nowhere else but with You.
As we walk the path upon which You have placed us,
We look with eyes wide open and eyes wide with wonder
At what You have before us. And there is a calm.
To others, this path looks hard, and it is. It looks difficult to travel, and it is.
But to me God, it has become a joyous of journey of watching You work.
A journey full of faith and miracles.
As I watch my Father map it out, it becomes a journey full of bright hope
A journey full of amazement at the goodness of my God.
“Oh Father, Keep my eyes wide open. Keep my ears tuned to You.
Keep my feet moving securely For I want to miss no part of this journey that is ours.”
Gina Kelly Ellis email@example.com
All I can add to this is….me too. Amen