(excerpt from THE PUMPKIN, John Greenleaf Whittier)
And the prayer...my mouth too full to express,
Swells my heart...for thy shadow to never be less,
...that the days of thy lot may be lengthened below,
And the fame of thy worth like a pumpkin-vine grow,
May thy life be as sweet...its last sunset sky
Golden-tinted and fair...as thy own Pumpkin pie!
WELCOME TO OUR DAY OF THANKS...
Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD
HYDRANGEAS STILL BLOOMING...
but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler
Before we ate, we prepared the plates for shut-in members and local jail inmates ...
"Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"
packing the final grouping of dessert plates for the 'carry outs'
Brother Ed shared a message and thanks for the Lord's providence...
1 Corinthians 9:23
"...for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings."
We still had LOTS of food even AFTER the carry outs were prepared...
Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor.
Their descendants will be known among the nations...their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed."
Eight decades from the first birthday til today...
All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots—all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.
After eating kids went outside and played some games...I took more pictures and found a local doggie enjoying the yard
The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there."
DD's full tummy and a warm car brought on a nap as we headed back to the house from church...
Deuteronomy 8:10When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God...!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Even though I'm still enduring this 'head cold' ... it's been busy around here today. We were blessed with such a BEAUTIFUL, sunshiny day. All the color and crispness can't be truly captured in ALL it's glory but maybe a few pictures will give you an idea of our participation in God's world. CLICK EACH PIC to get a LARGER VIEW :D
Hubby got busy with the blower, came in the house to get water and was 'pitiful' about needing help...
DD helped Chuckles rake and haul leaves to the compost and I mowed...you could almost hear the yard getting happier
I've enjoyed getting my new baby pansies planted in various locations...could not leave out the garage-door planter
The final few cabbages and pansies will be going into the cement urns sitting on the stoop of the front door
I swept the backporch and enjoyed visiting with my new birdhouse (from my recent mountain get-away-with-girlfriends trip)
...as well as my planter of perennials (from my recent trip to GrowersOutlet...I love dusty miller, it will get much bigger in the next month...
Praying your entry into Thanksgiving Week was as colorful as ours...we're very thankful for our little piece of His creation. What did you accomplish in His World today?
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sacrifice fellowship offerings there,
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
2. Have you ever had “buyer’s remorse” over anything? MY 1983 FOX-SILVER GREY, USED 280-ZX...I BOUGHT IT ON A WHIM AND REALLY 'MISSED' MY BRAND-NEW BUICK LE SABRE, BEIGE ON BEIGE VELOUR 60/40 FRONT SEAT, LEATHER LANDAU TOP... OVER THE YEARS I CAME TO LIKE MY Z CAR BUT IT NEVER REALLY REPLACED MY LE SABRE
3. What is something in your life that you are thankful for now that you didn't think you would be at the time of the event? PARENTS THAT WERE VERY PARTICULAR AND TIGHT ON RULES...I FELT VERY CONSTRAINED...BUT, LOOKING BACK, THEY WERE VERY PROTECTIVE AND CARING FOR ME
4. Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade every year? If so, do you have a favorite float or
5. Share a quote, scripture, poem or lyric which has been an inspiration to you lately.
I LONG TO ACCOMPLISH A GREAT AND
6. This is meant to be a fun question, and this is a G-rated blog, but please share a “guilty pleasure,” something that you enjoy that’s probably not the most edifying, time-worthy or healthy thing you
7. What Thanksgiving food are you looking forward to? CORNBREAD
8. What is your favorite book to read to children, or what was your favorite childhood
9. Do you collect anything? (Feel free to post a photo.)
10. Gift bags or wrapping paper? BAGS, FOR SURE
11. Share an after-school memory from when you were younger. What was your routine like on an average day?
12. True story: Once, in a job interview, I was asked this question and told there would be no clarifying; I simply had to answer the question: “When you’re fishing, do you feel for the fish?” So what about you? When you're fishing, do you feel for the fish?? MOST DEFINITELY...I USED TO FISH WITH MY FATHER...SOMETIMES WE'D FISH FROM THE SHORE, USING WORMS ON THE HOOK WHILE WE 'JIGGED' THE LINE UP AND DOWN WITH NO FLOAT...TO CATCH 'CRAPPY' ...YOUR POLE WILL JIGGLE WHEN THE FISH BITES AND YOU HAVE TO REACT QUICKLY AND PULL UP TO HAVE THE HOOK GRAB THE FISH. OTHER TIMES WE'D BE OUT IN THE BOAT USING RED AND WHITE FLOATS...WAITING TO SEE THE FLOAT DROP BELOW THE SURFACE, AND KNOWING THERE WAS A BITE AT THE END WITH THE WEIGHT...YOU COULD FEEL THE FISH PULL IF YOU MISSED THE FLOAT. ...I MISS FEELING THE FISH WITH DADDY
Monday, November 9, 2009
At the beginning of PrayerShare, these two were very busy...and certainly not paying any attention to my video camera. I'm having difficulty uploading the video, but the one shot also captures a teen's wonderful ability to ENJOY THE MOMENT and NOT HAVE A CARE IN THE WORLD WHILE THEY ENJOY EACH OTHER...
there's a lot to learn from teens, you know?!!
COME JOIN IN...LINDA @ 2ND CUP IS HOSTING THE FOURTH OF FIVE WEEKS OF FALL FAVORITES :D
THIS WEEK I'm sharing a recipe I make each year for our small-group Christmas-celebration breakfast...(we ladies love to share those recipes OUR HUSBANDS go GA'GA' OVER)...
BEING FROM THE SOUTH, a lot of my favorite recipes are directly from SOUTHERN LIVING magazine...I NEVER go wrong with them, they are tried and true and well-tested. Hope you enjoy it...
Garlic Shrimp and Grits
Prep: 20 min., Cook: 15 min.
1 pound unpeeled, medium-size fresh shrimp, cooked
(Leave the tails on a few of the shrimp--for a garnish/attractive presentation) Peel remainder of shrimp, and de-vein
3 cups water
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking grits, uncooked
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
Garnishes: chopped fresh chives, peeled and cooked shrimp, freshly ground black pepper
Bring 3 cups water, cream, butter, and salt to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and whisk in grits.
Cook, whisking constantly, 7 to 8 minutes or until mixture is smooth.
Stir in 1 pound shrimp, cheese, and garlic, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Garnish, if desired.
(I transfer these to a crockpot, set on 'low', when serving on a buffet...if it sits more than 30 minutes, you'll have to add a little hot water and remix...grits can become clumpy...but a little stirring after the hot water will smooth them right out again)
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
about 25 senior-hi students attended prayer share at our home, enjoying food, friends and Jesus...we also watched NOOMA-WHIRLWIND by Rob Bell, which reviews scripture from the Book of Job.
Life is sometimes hard...this video got me thinking about God's providence...when I might LIKE IT and when I MAY NOT.
My immediate reaction ...Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
WE'RE created to worship Him... Colossians 1:16 "For by him ALL things were created...all things were created by him and for him." ...for His purpose and Glory!
But...Questions are difficult throughout life:
why is there suffering; why is does it seem evil prevails sometimes? Speaking of questioning...People AROUND Job were questioning God.
Job, himself though, was steadfast in God's providence and plans. Our youth pastor CHALLENGED US TO STUDY IT FURTHER THROUGH SOME OF THE ONLINE COMMENTARIES...so, today I followed up with Mathew Henry :)
Mathew Henry's commentary shares these snippets...my responses are in ORANGE.
Job's patience DURING troubles: A GREAT EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW
Satan's malice started it...God restrained him though: GOD's LOVING CARE REITERATED
Job's restoration began in God's mercy, when he was praying for his
friends: GOD HONORS SINCERE CONCERN NOT MEAN DISPUTES.
God doubled Job's possessions: PATIENT SUFFERING BLESSED
Job's friends wronged God: JOB SPOKE GOD'S TRUTH
Job prayed/offered sacrifice for persecutors: JOB'S RENEWAL BEGAN
Quarrels with God ALWAYS begin on our part: MAKING PEACE BEGINS ON God's PART
Our prayers/services should be acceptable by Lord's standards; not for
praise of men: STRIVE TO PLEASE GOD, HE BLESSES OBEDIENCE.
JOB 42:12,16,17 The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first. ... After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. And so he died, old and full of years.
Humble faith and sincere obedience see farthest and best into the will of the Lord.
"If you're reading this, Allen...thanks for challenging us to DIG DEEPER!" There was definitely MORE to the STORY and JOB was blessed in the end!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009