Monday, November 23, 2015

I've Never Eaten.......

As we head into Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to repost one of my favorite Thanksgiving posts.



We traditionally gather together with a large sampling of our family members.  Everyone under one roof is loud from the football games playing on the tv, kids playing games, and the rest of us reminiscing and catching up with each other.  Seeing cousins, uncles, and aunts, that you haven't seen in awhile is such a joy.  

The agenda for the event is simple.

Bring a dish.

Say a prayer of thanks.

Eat like tomorrow may not come.

We have a traditional southern Thanksgiving meal.  However, the other day I realized, there's some traditional items I've never enjoyed.  Some would say it's a tragedy but I would say, why add something new to the menu?  If you think I'm missing out, leave a comment and convince me to try something different.

Here we go.  I've never enjoyed.......

  • Pumpkin pie
    • Our tradition is to enjoy sweet potato pie.  My mom and aunt make the best pies I've ever tasted.  Pumpkin just wasn't in the cards I guess.

  • Green bean casserole
    • I'm just not big on the thought of cream of mushroom, green beans and french fried onions on top.  I prefer just a fresh green bean with a little meat in the pot for seasoning and great flavor.

  • Fresh cranberry sauce
    • The cranberry sauce is not a big component of our Thanksgiving meal.  I typically don't eat canned foods but if cranberry sauce is served, it's the kind that's right out of the can. If that makes you cringe, share a great recipe for me to try.

No matter what you eat on Thursday, take time to give thanks for your blessings.  If we allow ourselves, we would only focus on the things we don't have.  What about the things you do have?  

Shelter.  Food.  Family.  Education.  Water.  Finances.  Stability of mind and the ability to wake up and enjoy it all again the next day.  Most importantly, a loving God who longs to bless you with even more.  I leave you with this amazing promise from Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Happy Thanksgiving (Posted by Renee)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Prayers For Our World #prayforparis

Pray For Paris

The news around the world today is shocking as we learn more of the details of the shooting in a concert hall and soccer match.  Our world is unsettled, leadership has resolve to deal swiftly with this tragedy but people are still afraid.  

As the images play out across the National news, the stories of yesterday (ex. Starbucks red cup, political polls, etc.) don't seem as important, until the executors of this type of violence are found.  


God is the answer.  There is no other peace we can find outside of Him, nothing else will work.  I was reading a story of a father that was informed his daughter died.  He was with the "Teacher".  He was walking with the very One with the power to save his daughter, yet the report that came to this dad was, "she was dead".  Would he believe the report that just came to him about his daughter's medical update OR would he believe in the healing power of Jesus.

Jesus quickly said, "Do not be afraid, just trust me, she will be alright." ~Luke 9:50

Those same words encourage me today and I hope they encourage you as well - Do NOT be afraid, just believe in God! Those secure about their eternal life in heaven knows, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  (Posted by Roslyn)