With Thankful Hearts

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*I’ll be skipping my midweek post as we all celebrate Thanksgiving with our families. See you next Monday!

With Thanksgiving week upon us, everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays, whether with Thanksgiving dinner preparations or with Christmas shopping and decorating. As for me, I’m still busy (and will be for a good long while) caring for my husband as he recovers from the spinal fractures he sustained in his fall from a ladder.

But in our busyness, whatever it may entail, let’s not fail to experience true thanksgiving of the heart. I don’t know about you, but I have much to thank God for. He is worthy of all my thanks and praise. May this little poem help you express your heart to God today. Happy Thanksgiving!

With Thankful Hearts

With thankful hearts we come to you
With thankful hearts we bow,
You’ve blessed in double measure, Lord,
You keep giving even now.

Your goodness overwhelms us
Your love it doesn’t fail,
You walk with us through good and bad
Over every hill and vale.

And in return we give to you
Hearts filled with thanks and love,
And ask you, Lord, to pour them out
As gifts to others from above.

“let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” Hebrews 12:28b

*What are you especially grateful for this Thanksgiving week? I am beyond thankful that my husband can still walk after a serious spinal injury and am so thankful for the way God has been strengthening us and meeting our needs.

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Midweek Morsel: The Riches of God’s Children

145301371_80798ee47a_o(FYI, I missed my first-of-the-week post because my husband was in the hospital after falling from a ladder on the weekend. He sustained serious injuries so we’d sure appreciate your prayers. Will be a challenging time for both of us. May the verse and message below, written before the accident, speak to our hearts today!)

“. . . you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.” Psalm 73:23b-4

The riches we possess as children of God outshine anything the world has to offer. We could write a mile-long list of all the blessings that are ours as God’s dearly loved children, but notice how the short passage from Psalm 73 above seems to summarize most of our riches perfectly.

Just look what God does for his children:

1. He holds us by the hand—we are never alone, he is with us in every situation.

2. He guides us with his counsel—he shows us the way to go, we can depend on his wisdom.

3. He will take us to heaven after life here on earth is over for us—we will be with him in glory forever.

Ah, the riches of being a child of God! The world can’t come close to matching these awesome blessings of God, can it? Let’s start Thanksgiving early and shower our Father with thanks today!

“O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.” Psalm 30:12b

*Which of these blessings of God means the most to you in your current season of life?

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Midweek Morsel: Winner Plus Life-Filled Scriptures

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The day is finally here—time to announce the winner of my Life Notes Subscriber Appreciation Giveaway. Woohoo, huh?!

Remember, all subscribers were included in the draw, and for the past month I’ve been giving more people time to sign up for Life Notes, my free quarterly inspirational newsletter, so their names could be tossed in the hat, too. But now, with the help of RANDOM.ORG, we have a winner of the $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble, and that lucky Life Notes subscriber is Nancy D.! Congrats, Nancy, and enjoy!

Since all Life Notes subscribers can’t win the gift card today, allow me to bless you with some life-filled scriptures. After all, God’s Word is truly the more valuable gift, isn’t it? May these verses fill you with joy today as we remember that in Jesus we have light and life—eternal life!

“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” Psalm 36:9

“In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” John 1:4

“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

“he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12

“. . .Whoever is thirsty let him come; and whoever wishes let him take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17

*If you’ve not yet received the free gift of eternal life that Jesus offers us, why not call on him today? Ask him to forgive your sins and come into your life to be your Lord and Savior. You’ll be glad you did—for all eternity!

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An Autumn Gift: Mom’s Old Fashioned Dressing Recipe

Dinner waiting to happen

I don’t know what it is about autumn, but it always makes me want to share a recipe with you. Since I’m all about refreshing spirits and nourishing souls, recipes don’t take the stage here very often, but doggone it, a yummy dish of some sort can go a long way to refreshing our spirits, can’t it?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and with memories of my mom especially dear to me (we lost her one year ago on Oct. 21st), I’d like to share her Old Fashioned Dressing recipe with you. It definitely qualifies as comfort food for me because it reminds me so much of Mom. But for you, even without the memories, it will make a super delicious side dish for your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey.

So here’s an autumn gift from my mom to me to you—my mom’s recipe for dressing:

Old Fashioned Dressing (from the kitchen of Charlene Hoy)

3 1/2 C breadcrumbs
3 1/2 C cornbread crumbs
1 C chopped onion
2 C chopped celery (saute celery and onion)
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
2/3 C melted margarine
1 1/3 C milk
1 1/4 C turkey broth
2 eggs slightly beaten

Combine crumbs, onion, celery, and seasonings. Add margarine, milk, broth, and eggs tossing lightly to blend. Stuff loosely into turkey cavity or spread into greased casserole. Bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees. Yield stuffing for 12 pound turkey.

Hope you enjoy this gift handed down from Mom!

“‘Freely you have received, freely give.’” Matthew 10:8b

*What’s one of your favorite dishes for Thanksgiving?

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*The Life Notes Subscriber Appreciation Giveaway is underway. Details are in my Oct. 16 post and sign-up is to the right under “Free For You.” Deadline is 6 p.m. Nov. 12. Don’t miss out on the chance to win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble!

Midweek Morsel: Love Matters More

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The power of love is more than a clichéd phrase, isn’t it? What God does in our lives through the power of love is nothing short of astounding. In fact, when love enters the picture, everything can change.

Forgiveness is one of the most amazing and God-empowered expressions of love we can give or receive. Consider the following lines of verse from Jane Merchant:

“I do not say that there were no
Misunderstandings, discontents,
And hurts. I would it had been so . . .
But these we learned to live above.
I do not say there were no hurts.
I say they mattered less than love.”

And that’s the power of love—when hurts matter less and love matters more. May love reign supreme and be the rule in all of our lives!

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

*When have you seen love matter more?

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*The Life Notes Subscriber Appreciation Giveaway is underway. Details are in my Oct. 16 post and sign-up is to the right under “Free For You.” Deadline is 6 p.m. Nov. 12. Don’t miss out on the chance to win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble!