Jesus, help us to be thankful…
Thankfulness is the best way to combat holiday stress. Start with Jesus. He’s your strongest ally, a friend closer than a brother, and the best answer to anything that troubles or challenges you today.
“Jesus, help us to be thankful. It is a privilege to pray -a wonder just to be able to talk to You daily. Thank you, Jesus. We are so blessed to be trusted to serve You. Thank You for trusting us. Help us to always be faithful to You. Amen.”
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7
HICKORY SMOKED TURKEY & GRAVY
The Grill Sergeant at our house is my husband and this is his simple, but delicious, recipe for smoking turkey. The gravy has a slightly smoky flavor and is really wonderful too.
Our oldest son had turkey assignment for he and his buddies’ annual BrosGiving dinner, so we officially handed these recipes down to the next generation. They are a a sure-fire way to transform any turkey novice into a turkey hero. Trust me, the folks you feed will be thankful!
HICKORY SMOKED GRAVY
Food for Thought
“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” –Cicero
Aww, Acker Bilk passed away. Stranger on the Shore is one of my fav ‘oldies’. It’s always brought to mind an image of an old-time radio playing in an old-fashioned kitchen with gingham curtains moving to a gentle breeze and a woman in an apron listening as she works. The ‘simpler times’ feel is what appeals to me. Give it a listen and see what you think… Mr. Acker Bilk – Stranger On The Shore – 1961 – 45 RPM
Years ago my dear southern cook extraordinaire mother-in-law, Mary Alice, typed out all her favorite recipes and assembled cookbooks for her family and dearest friends. She was a southern lady in the truest sense and had hostess skills on par with her cooking acumen. Her grandchildren lovingly called her, “Mama Sugar,” because she called everyone she loved, “Sugar,” and said it as she said everything else, in her lovely, distinctive Chattanooga, Tennessee dialect which she never lost despite living most of her adult life elsewhere.
When my husband and sons request fried chicken there is only one place I go for the recipe. Mama Sugar’s cookbook. She recorded several versions, but this is her classic which she soaked in buttermilk all day.
Mama Sugar’s Southern Fried Chicken
My guys like the crispy style for the crunch, in which case I go a little heavier on the salt for a salty-crunchy combo. However, those who love their meat particularly moist and tender may want to try the covered version. The frying and the lid both lock in moisture -just don’t over bake. Rule of thumb for doneness is 160°F white meat/165°F dark meat. Mary Alice usually baked her fried chicken covered. I love it both ways and let my mood or my guys dictate which way we go.
Food for Thought
“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot, and a mom.”
Barbara Costikyan, Food Critic, New York Magazine
Verse 8. Set the Lord always before you as—
- I. Your protector.
- II. Your leader.
- III. Your example.
- IV. Your observer.
TITLE. MICHTAM OF DAVID. This is usually understood to mean THE GOLDEN PSALM, and such a title is most appropriate, for the matter is as the most fine gold. Ainsworth calls it “David’s jewel, or notable song.” Dr. Hawker, who is always alive to passages full of savour, devoutly cries, “Some have rendered it precious, othersgolden, and others, precious jewel; and as the Holy Ghost, by the apostles Peter and Paul, hath shown us that it is all about the Lord Jesus Christ, what is here said of him is precious, is golden, is a jewel indeed!” We have not met with the term Michtam before, but if spared to write upon Psalms 56, 57, 58, 59, and 60, we shall see it again, and shall observe that like the present these psalms, although they begin with prayer, and imply trouble, abound in holy confidence and close with songs of assurance as to ultimate safety and joy. Dr. Alexander, whose notes are peculiarly valuable, thinks that the word is most probably a simple derivative of a word signifying tohide, and signifies a secret or mystery, and indicates the depth of doctrinal and spiritual import in these sacred compositions. If this be the true interpretation it well accords with the other, and when the two are put together, they make up a name which every reader will remember, and which will bring the precious subject at once to mind. THE PSALM OF THE PRECIOUS SECRET.
What Are Worthwhile Thoughts?
Scripture According to Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
That’s quite a wide berth, but considering what is -and is not, ‘worthwhile’ IS a worthwhile thought to ponder.