With Thanksgiving fast approaching, my posts this past week, not surprisingly, tended to focus on food. Hopefully, you will all be joining family and friends for the holiday this week. If you’re the one hosting, my advice is to have fun, do as much prep beforehand as possible, don’t sweat the details, let others help you and BREATHE! It will be fine and you can host and still have fun!
To help you out, I posted all my Thanksgiving favorites in two posts. First up, Thanksgiving to Make a Pilgrim Proud Part 1 includes the way I do my turkey, gravy and stuffing. Thanksgiving to Make a Pilgrim Proud Part 2 includes my favorite, easy side dishes and a non-pie dessert! (hint, hint, it’s a Cheesecake Factory recipe!!)
I also posted my Homemade Chicken Soup recipe (with a secret ingredient) which is perfect to use with your leftover turkey frame, meat and gravy because honestly, for me, turkey soup is what I really get excited about! I love roast turkey but knowing I’m going to have a big pot of turkey soup bubbling on the stove this weekend makes me incredibly happy!
Tomorrow, I’m sharing my new favorite, the most amazing, spicy crispy Gingersnaps recipe. It’s super easy to make and if you like crisp cookies, you will flip over this recipe! Because of the holiday, I won’t be posting much this week but I’ll pick up next week with a roundup of my favorite Christmas cookies and treats!
And now, a word about Umbrellas & Grace.
It Never Runs Out. Never. It’s still pouring down from the cross, drenching our lives as we walk around parched and dry. He’s no longer on the cross but what He undertook there still speaks, still drips grace.
We travel blind, believing we’re in some sort of desert when everywhere springs and streams and waterfalls gush and flow. Grace rains down in a torrent. We rush headlong into our days barely glancing at the one offering buckets of cool, refreshing grace.
- Grace for the stress.
- Grace for the heartache.
- Grace for the failure, the imperfection, the pain.
- Grace for me, for you, because He loves us so.
Because grace, like love, is His very nature and He can’t not give it.
His grace pours down and we, in our fear or guilt or unbelief, put up our umbrellas. We block the flow, put a stop to His grace, say no, we don’t deserve it.
And we wonder why life is so dry.
Have you ever stood in the rain, face up, feeling the splash of raindrops soft and cool on your face, tingling on your tongue?
Have you let the rain wet your hair, your clothes, drenching right through to your skin?
There’s glorious freedom in grace, in putting our umbrellas down and letting it soak and seep into our souls and spirits. He paid a heavy price to give us the glorious gift of grace.
He gave it then and He gives it today to all of us, each one of us undeserving.
Oh to throw our umbrellas away, run and dance in the rain, unafraid, fearless and free!
Run to Him today, because He never, ever runs out of grace.