Lettuce Turkey

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.

  1. Cook the turkey the day before.
  2. Carve the turkey into serving size slices.
  3. Separate Romaine lettuce leaves.
  4. Wash them and pat them dry.
  5. Put a layer of Romaine lettuce in an aluminium pan or large roast pan.
  6. Add a layer of turkey.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6, ending with a layer of Romaine leaves.
  8. Cover tightly with foil and put in fridge.
  9. To heat the turkey, add about ¼ cup water to the pan.
  10. 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

Living?

Life is for living fully, living it to its fullest, as it comes, whether good or bad. We won’t recognize the best right away. Sometimes we have to live with the person, circumstance, etc. to figure that out. Sometimes it will disappear before we understand how much we loved it/them.

Sometimes we don’t even understand that we’ve been missing something, till it shows up. Let Christ’s love grow in your heart so that you can share it for all to appreciate. Brighten someone’s day today by choosing to live your life to the fullest and confounding those who don’t or won’t.

“Men and women listened when I spoke, hung expectantly on my every word. After I spoke, they’d be quiet, taking it all in. They welcomed my counsel like spring rain, drinking it all in. When I smiled at them, they could hardly believe it; their faces lit up, their troubles took wing! I was their leader, establishing the mood and setting the pace by which they lived. Where I led, they followed.” (Job 29:21-25, MSG)

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”–Corrie Ten Boom

Prayer- Lord, surely we can summon enough of your strength to at least smile at someone today. Thanks, God. Amen.

50th wedding anniversary–March 2

March 2 was our 50th wedding anniversary and  God threw me a 50th wedding anniversary party! I went to the podium to speak at exactly -to the minute- 50 years after Ron and I were declared man and wife.
So on March 3rd…
 I just got home after a trying but touching event last night.where people laughed, cried and came to know Jesus… I was quite controlled and strong—in Christ of course…but I am crying my way through today which is perfectly fine!
We were on our honeymoon and ordered pancakes one morning. My Ron was eating his way through a stack of them and looked up and said to me–When we get married, you will have to make me pancakes!
So I bought an order of them on the way home and ate every morsel with sausage and bacon and even syrup with never a thought of carbs, fat or dress size…

How Long Should I/You Grieve….

How Long Should I Grieve? (from Memory Bears by Bonnie. Follow Link below)

How long should you grieve is complicated if you read ten different opinions in ten different books. It is complicated if you listen to well-meaning family and friends.

The answer to the question of how long one should grieve is as numerous as there are hearts that are broken by personal loss.

Grief, like love, will last your lifetime. It will be intense in the beginning, then as each day turns into weeks, then months, your grief will find a place in your life. As long as you live, you will remember your loved one…and you will grieve. (Bonnie)

http://memorybearsbybonnie.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/how-long-should-i-grieve-2/

—As I see it, I need not be ashamed of loving Ron so much that the grief doesn’t ever stop. I am not weak because I still cry. I am not a failure because I still love. And neither are you… Brenda J Wood

 

You Can

You can . . (compliments of my friend,Fern Boldt)
You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all he left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he’s gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

you can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn back, or you can do what he would want:  smile,
open your eyes, love and go on.

Author Unknown

How Do I Love Thee?

You brought food. You cut our grass. You shaved Ron because he couldn’t do it himself (and because I only do legs.) You covered for me at work.

You left sweet messages on the phone. “Don’t worry about calling back. Just wanted to tell you that we love you.” You sent cards with encouraging Bible verses. You helped me lift and turn Ron so that he would be a bit more comfortable.

You picked up perscriptions, and shopped for essentials. You brought flowers to cheer us. You delivered  all kinds of medical equipment to make Ron’s last days more bearable.

You brought your guitars and sang us songs of joy and comfort.

You lowered the flag in our yard to half-mast.

You visited and shared funny stories. You encouraged us. You prayed with us and for us.

“What is that you have in your hand, ” asks God?

And you answered him with your talents of giving, baking, writing , thoughtness, encouragement and more.

You gave us time. The things you did let me spend every minute with Ron. I didn’t have to cook or think about house upkeep or shopping trips. You were Jesus with skin.  You didn’t just talk the talk, you walked the walk.

You cared about us more than you cared about yourself. You took the gift God gave you and you gave it to us.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways? For us, they are beyond measure.

Brenda J Wood

http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com

 

Happy Birthday Ronald

Valiant Warrior, Ronald Melvin Wood joined his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on August 22, 2011.

We invite you to wear John Deere colours  as we celebrate this momentous  occasion at Barrie Free Methodist Church, 284 Cundles Road E, Barrie,  Sunday, August 28, 1:30 p.m.

Instead of flowers, donations in Ron’s memory are appreciated at Barrie Free Methodist Church or the cancer unit at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie

Special thanks to the Saint Elizabeth Health Care nurses, friends and family whose many loving kindnesses allowed Ron to be at home.

Happy Birthday, Ronald

Brenda J. Wood,

Phil & Judith Barratt Dan and Lorisa

Charles & Tabetha Wood, Kaia, Quinn and Corran