Good evening everyone! I hope that you have had a great weekend! Mine has been a mixed bag of everything; but I felt God in it all and that is what is most important…that we truly feel the presence of God walking right beside us…no matter what we face…good or bad.
I’ve got to tell you something…I had such fun Saturday afternoon…baking my Christmas cookies. I have one of those cookie presses and I hadn’t used it in such a long time; but I decided to get it out and make some spritz cookies, which are actually a butter cookie, for those of you, who may not know what a spritz cookie is. Anyways…the dough was chilled and ready to go. I loaded the cookie press and finally figured out how to get the cookies to come out of the press…and was ready to bake them. I looked at the recipe that I was using, which I had never used before and it said to put the cookies into a preheated 400 degree oven, for 8-10 minutes. Well…I have cooked and baked long enough, to know that this seemed like too hot of an oven…and too long to bake these smaller cookies. Even though I didn’t quite agree, I decided to follow the directions and just set the oven timer for about 8 min. Within a short time, I began to smell the cookies…but with a much different aroma; then what I had remembered. As I opened the oven door, the cookies were not only done but baked to a charcoal crisp…so the first batch left the pan, to enter the garbage. After thinking more on this recipe, I decided to bake them at 350 degrees, for only 5-6 minutes and they came out perfect! Now this is a prime example…to always go by your instincts and not always by the recipe.
After making spritz cookies and gingerbread cookies and fudge, I was ready to let the legs rest; so I got around for my evening and began to relax on the daybed in my office, while I came online, to check out what had been going on all afternoon. To make a long story short…the rest of the day went fine, after having dinner and watching a Christmas movie with my husband, which I always enjoy on my day off!
By the way…before I forget, I don’t know if you got a chance to check out my Sunday writing today, on one of my newest pages… “Sunday Inspiration,” but if you didn’t, you just may want to check that out because I have started some special Christmas writings; that I will do right thru Christmas Eve. Today’s writing was titled, “A Humble Birth that Brought Great Hope.” Also on that page, there is a Bible reading that goes along with the writing…music and a thought for the week; so if you haven’t checked that out…you can visit Sunday Inspiration here!
As I relax and prepare for another new week of serving God, I thank God for a good weekend! Even though there were moments of pain, I can truly say that I did everything, through a God who truly strengthened me.
There’s one thing that I have learned over the years and that is to never give into what is trying to take us down. God has given us so many precious words to live by in His word and if we only memorize them but never live them; then we are only putting ourselves through needless moments of suffering.
God never promised that this life would be a perfect one and He never promised that it would be free from pain and heartache; but He did promise to be with us and make the load lighter; so we could continue to press on.
If I had only one thing to say to you tonight; that would be to never give into your problems. Let God’s arms lift you up and be the strength you need; so you can walk thru these difficult times. God already knows how to help us…we just need to let Him do, what He is best at doing.
Well…time for me to go and enjoy some lunch and Scrooge. I hope you have a great night yourself! Take care and have a great Monday! Also…I hope you will come back tomorrow night, as I share the goodness of a mighty…loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings on your night!
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