when “Count your blessings” doesn’t go far enough

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:18 I have noticed something about myself that needs attention. This is not unusual for a writer, as self examination is a natural part of the process, but this particular observation is - currently - uniquely challenging. I have been …

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Hamburgers, freedom, and the uniquely American flavor of Thanksgiving

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - "the other" Thanksgiving food It is Thanksgiving morning. I pray that your day will be defined by love, light, grace, joy, promise, good food, and - most importantly - hearts filled to overflowing with gratitude. Why …

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When every meal together is a special time of thanksgiving – three simple recipes

- North Carolina writer Derek Maul It has been a while since I wrote anything under the "Foodie" post label. Not that Rebekah and I have failed to eat with our usual enthusiasm, so much as that I have not had the available time to cook with the necessary level of concentration and creativity. This …

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Pressed down, shaken together, running over

- Tyler Run tree trying its best... "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that can’t be shaken, let’s continue to express our gratitude. With this gratitude, let’s serve in a way that is pleasing to God with respect and awe..."Hebrews 12:28 - NC writer Derek Maul Today I am getting a little impatient for …

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The aroma of blessing: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, and more…

The blessings, of course, are simply those things that remind me of how grateful I am. And sometimes it takes little more than the aroma of English Thyme when I'm sitting on the deck with a cup of tea and a curious camera....