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As we enter the Thanksgiving Holiday,  let’s count our BLESSINGS!

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

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  •  Thankful for the man I married 33 years ago.
  • Thankful for the children God blessed us with. 
  • Thankful for our son-in-law.
  • Thankful for my church!
  • Thankful for our Sons and Daughters-in-the-Gospel! 
  • Thankful for friends!
  • Thankful that I live in America! 
  • Thankful I have a warm place to sleep tonight.
  • Thankful there’s food in my cupboard!
  • Thankful  I have served the Lord for 45 years!  I don’t regret one day I have loved Him.
  • Thankful for The Truth! 

          I am just….THANKFUL! 

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    Flowers

    Count your blessings instead of your crosses;

    Count your gains instead of your losses.

    Count your joys instead of your woes;

    Count your friends instead of your foes.

    Count your smiles instead of your tears;

    Count your courage instead of your fears.

    Count your full years instead of your lean;

    Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

    Count your health instead of your wealth;

    Count on God instead of yourself.

    “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I Thessalonians 5:18

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    Thank you all for praying for my mother-in-law.  She is doing very well and will be coming home from the hospital in about an hour.  I am fixing them a pot of stew and cornbread for her welcome home dinner.  I hope she feels like eating. 🙂  At least it will smell good when they walk into the house. 🙂

    When Nathan and I went up to see her yesterday she was in very good spirits, talking and having fun.  She is quite a character and had us all laughing. 🙂  I’m thankful that all went well and I know that it is due to the prayers of the faithful saints of God.  The many phone calls has meant so much to my father-in-law.  He said he didn’t know how many calls he received yesterday from all over the country.  Thank you also, to those in this area that went up to see mom and pray with her.  It really meant alot to her.  I wouldn’t trade the family of God for anything in this world.  You are the BEST!

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    “Lord, You are so amazing.  …And I cannot imagine what my life would be without you”.   

    Those are a few of the words to one of my favorite songs.  I cannot sing that and not be touched and my hands drawn up in worship.  I somehow cannot get over God’s amazing love for me.   How can someone love so unconditionally?  The song goes on to say, “I know I would be hopeless.  I’m a wretch undone without you.  That’s why I can’t be without you.  I won’t last without you.  I Need You.  I’m so lost without you.  I know that I would fail alone.  I need You.”  Do you ever stop and think, what would I be without Him?  Where would I be without Him?  I cannot imagine what my life would be without the Lord.  I don’t even want to know.  “Lord, I’m amazed by you!  Lord, I’m amazed by You, how You love me!”   “Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound…”  What a mighty, great and loving God we serve.  His ways are far above ours.  I just wanted to pause today and say once again, Thank You Lord,  for how amazing You are. 

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    Can you believe we are already in Thanksgiving Week? 

    There are many things to be thankful for.  I hope all of you have a blessed week.

     

    Be Thankful
    Be thankful that you don’t already have
    everything you desire.  If you did,
    what would there be to look forward to?
    Be thankful when you don’t know something,
    for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

    Be thankful for the difficult times.
    During those times you grow.
    Be thankful for your limitations,
    because they give you opportunities for improvement.
    Be thankful for each new challenge,
    because it will build your strength and character.

    Be thankful for your mistakes.
    They will teach you valuable lessons.
    Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
    because it means you’ve made a difference.

    It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
    A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
    are also thankful for the setbacks.
    Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
    Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
    and they can become your blessings.

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    Turkey Leftover?

    • Here’s a couple of ideas for your leftover turkey. 

    COUNTRY-STYLE TURKEY POT PIE
    4 servings; Prep Time: 10 minutes; Cook Time: 35  minutes     

    BISCUITS:
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. baking soda
    1 stick butter or margarine
    2/3 cup buttermilk

    TURKEY FILLING:
    2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
    2 large carrots, chopped
    2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
    1 medium sweet onion, chopped
    3/4 cup water
    3/4 cup milk
    1 package Turkey gravy mix
    1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce (optional)
    3 cups cubed cooked turkey (about 1 lb.)

    Preheat oven to 425°.
     
    For Biscuits, in large bowl, blend flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. With pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture is size of coarse crumbs. Gradually drizzle in buttermilk, then stir until just moistened; set aside.
     
    For Turkey Filling, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, melt Spread over medium-high heat and cook carrots, celery and onion, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in water, milk, Gravy Mix and cranberry sauce. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, 3 minutes. Stir in turkey and heat through. Spoon into 2-quart casserole. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls on turkey filling. Bake 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

    TURKEY TORTILLA SOUP
    About 6 servings; Prep Time: 10 minutes ; Cook Time: 30 minutes

    4 tablespoons olive oil
    1 medium onion, roughly chopped
    3 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped
    1 tablespoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon dried cumin
    2 mashed chipotles in adobo, or to taste
    1 (28-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
    3 cups shredded cooked turkey
    Few dashes Worcestershire sauce
    8 cups chicken stock
    1 lime
    Kosher salt
    1 bag yellow corn tortilla chips, for garnish
    1 bag blue corn tortilla chips, for garnish
    Sour cream, for garnish
    Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
    Diced avocado, for garnish
    Sliced limes, for garnish

    Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add dried spices and chipotles. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant and aromatic. Add tomatoes, turkey carcass, Worcestershire, and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes. Skim any foam that comes to the surface and discard. Remove and discard carcass.
    Add shredded cooked turkey. Cut the lime in half, squeeze juice into the pot, and then add the juiced halves as well. Simmer until turkey is warm, about 2 – 3 minutes.
    Season, to taste, with salt. Ladle into bowls and garnish with tortilla chips, sour cream, cilantro, avocado, limes.

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