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Setting My Heart on Thanks and Giving


Began the day early this morning to help get my sweetheart out the door to work while it was still dark. Made him a smoothie to go and began baking as the sun came up warming the kitchen.

We’re headed to our soon to be son-in-law’s (son-in-love) parent’s home and are so excited as our daughter will be joining us too! It will be a house full…nine in all and two dogs!

I’ve been busy prepping…

A Cherry Pie

Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Oat Bars


Streusel Topped Pumpkin Loaves

Have a busy day ahead with a trip to Costco (trying to get there before the craziness), cleaning house, packing, shopping, and everything that needs to be done before leaving.

FYI….did the spell check on the word “streusel” and “stressful” came up!

I laughed, because isn’t that what this time of years holds...if we allow it?

And what if it doesn’t all get done?

What if the cranberry sauce is too tart

or the pie crust not flaky enough?

I’m reminding myself that it’s OK.

Because the most important thing is I focus on this…

“Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.[a]
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

~Psalm 103

…and my heart is filled with thanks and giving… no matter what the day holds.


2 thoughts on “Setting My Heart on Thanks and Giving

  1. i’m waiting for my 2nd pumpkin pie to bake (different recipe for each pie — fun to try new things).. as such i have a moment to peek in. ♥ i can smell the delicious aroma from all this way… intoxicating wonderfulness.

    the hubs and i will enjoy home on thanksgiving. we’ll roast a whole chicken, stuffing is ready for the oven tomorrow, a new recipe for sweet potato casserole that boasts crispy fried sage and thick bacon, rolls, a mess of green beans, and a good spoon of cranberry orange sauce. looking so forward.

    bless you and yours and the to-be-yours on this most lovely celebration of the season.

    i love you dearly.

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