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3 Gifts of Verse

Continuing our month of giving thanks intentionally…

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November 10: 3 thing read in the Bible

1 Corinthians 10:30-31

30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

I turn on the Today Show. How can I give thanks when half a world away a projected 10,000 people are dead from a typhoon? When every time I turn on the TV I am met with tragedy, and  senseless violence? So many things that I feel are out of my control. My little list means nothing in the grand scheme of the hurt of the world. Is it “right” of me to think that coffee is something to be thankful for when people pray that they have a blanket to cover themselves tonight? My head hurts and just because of the news.

Ecclesiastes 3:10-12

10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

And, what can His plan be for the suffering? What is beautiful about the bad news seen every day? How can I be happy with so much hurt in the world? Some days it is so hard to be happy. I am not in a happy mood today.  I have been suffering with severe allergies for two days (and nights) straight. I am in no mood to write down any thing I am thankful for. The TV is too loud. It makes my head hurt more. My head is going to explode…give thanks in that?

Genesis 3-5

“In the days you eat from it your eyes will be open…”

From the beginning, Adam and Eve were not thankful for all they had. They let Satan deceive them into thinking that to eat the fruit is to see the truth. When in reality to eat the fruit is to be blinded. So blinded by all that is bad and wrong in the world. Blinded that they (we) don’t see the good. Blinded so much that we don’t give thanks for the little, happy things.

The first sin in the history of mankind was ungratefulness.

Adam and Eve where ungrateful for what was given to them by God. They tasted the forbidden fruit and wanted more. They didn’t see what they had because they saw everything, good and bad. Satan side tracked them.He filled their head with lies.  I don’t want to pull an Adam and Eve. I want to be grateful…even if it is for my little cup of morning coffee. I push on in spite of my headache.

These 3 verses were read today in unexpected places; when I wasn’t looking for verses. God can be funny that way.

Sometimes thankfulness comes when you least expect it…and in a time when you most need it.

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I am also thankful that I could go back to bed this morning for an hour…for little pink allergy pills that finally took my screaming headache away…the ability to shop at a grocery store (I went to 3 different stores today! *Insert eye-roll here*)…and that my old mini van took me there.

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November Joy: Let the holiday baking begin!

It’s that time of the year. Time to pull out baking recipes that you haven’t whipped up since last November/December. Time to try something new. Hubby and I are making a trip over to my old office tomorrow to pay a visit and to show off the Charger. So, I thought I would make them some treats to get them through working Thanksgiving week.

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First up, Chocolate Peanut Butter & Pretzel Truffles (from Eating Well, Diabetic appropriate, low carb)

  • 1/2 c crunchy natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 c finely chopped salted pretzels
  • 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips, meted (the recipe calls for milk chocolate, but I prefer semi-sweet)

Use good chocolate like Ghiradelli. Combine peanut butter and chopped salted pretzels in a small bowl. Chill in freezer until firm, about 15 minutes. Roll the peanut butter mixture into 20 balls (about 1 tsp each). Place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Roll frozen balls in melted chocolate. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 30 minutes. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Yum! Note to self: I got a little carried away when rolling the balls and made them too large!

Chocolate Bailey® Truffles (this is an old recipe that I used to make every Christmas)

  • one, 12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (Ghiradelli is best)
  • 1/3 c whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp Baileys (or use extract of choice such as, vanilla, mint, almond)
  • melted white chocolate Quickcandy to drizzle
  • whole almonds, dipped in Quickcandy
  • optional: years ago I would roll the truffles in ground almonds or walnuts instead of doing the Quickcandy drizzle. This drizzle/almond this is a new idea I had to decorate the truffles.

In double boiler combine 12 ounce chocolate chips and whipping cream. Stir constantly, keep on low heat so that you do not burn the chocolate. When melted remove from heat and let cool slightly, then add Baileys or extract. Beat chocolate mixture until smooth. Put in refrigerator to chill completely, about 20 minutes. Drop by teaspoons onto prepared wax paper on baking sheet. Chill in freezer until firm enough to handle and roll into balls, about 10 minutes. Shape chocolate mixture into balls (if you chill too long, like I did, and can’t shape into balls, just let them sit out until easy to shape).

*Meanwhile, melt Quickcandy and dip half of the almonds, set aside on wax paper to set. (I had a little chocolate leftover from the above truffles so I double dipped the almonds.) Remove chocolate balls, drizzle with Quickcandy, add dipped almond to top of truffle. Let set. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Suggested to let truffle sit at room temp before serving, but honestly, who can wait that long? *Now, if you don’t want to do the drizzle thing roll the truffles in ground nuts and place in airtight container.

Christmas Amaryllis starting to peek through

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Give Thanks Project

Every year we create a project to “give thanks” in November. Not that we aren’t thankful all year long. But, November is a good time to reflect and be mindful of what we have before the “I wants” of the holiday season begin.

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Using small gifts bags, decorate with stickers, bling and ribbon. (“Be Thankful” stickers and coordinating “Give Thanks” banner from Michael’s.)

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Hang in a prominent area of your home. If I had a fireplace these would be hung on the hearth. Instead, we hung this in the dining room where the kids usually hang their artwork from school.

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Cut leaf shapes from cardstock in autumn colors. Every day in the month of November write something you are thankful for. The autumn moon, the warm weather, Grandma coming to visit…there is so much to be thankful for.

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Shhhh, don’t tell anyone what you wrote. Then, put the “thankful leaves” in your bag. On Thanksgiving open your bag and read out loud all that you were thankful for this month.

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November Joy

november joyIn my email inbox was a post from Women Who Believe:

Joy.  Nehemiah 8:10 suggests that the “joy of the Lord is our strength”.  Strength is what we need to get us through these cold days of winter, with our lives often swinging back and forth between the brightness of sunshine and the dredge of those storms we know far too well.”

These women of faith are looking at November as a season of reflection and joy.

This got me thinking about “joy” and what it really means in my life.

But first I have to ask: What exactly is Joy?

Joy (v) to experience great pleasure or delight. [rejoice]

I am not one of those people who are happy and joyful all the time (you know the kind of people I am talking about). I envy those people because I have to search out joy. I need to actively look for it. I don’t walk around being a grouch either. But, sometimes it is hard to find true joy. Sometimes the “storms” in my head get in the way.

The other night the girls were play-wrestling around on the living room floor.

Oddly, this was pure joy to watch. This is not normal behavior. Normally, these two sisters are fighting; saying nasty and hurtful things to one another. That always breaks my heart.

But this night they were wrestling and giggling. They were laughing so hard they were almost crying. It was all play-wrestling. No one got hurt…until Daddy got involved in the playing. Then the joy was over.

It was a joy to watch my girls playing together and laughing the way sisters should.

So, what’s your joy? Keep your eyes open the month of November. You never know when you may experience pure joy.

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