I just returned yesterday, from a 10 day holy land study tour in Israel. What a trip! I encourage every believer to experience what it was like to walk where Jesus and those before us walked. Everyday, our foundation, the bible came to life. You can’t help but reflect in grateful admiration, the selfless journey of our sweet Lord, which eventually led him to calvary.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” –Psalm 118: 1-4
Tomorrow, we celebrate Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday! Let us reflect on all we are grateful for. I encourage you to take time and specifically and verbally thank God for his many blessings, even the things we take for granted. This should be a daily pattern of keeping a grateful heart with right attitudes. I am so thankful for my salvation, his great sacrifice, living as a free American, for my family, for my health, for security, protection, provision and the list goes on. I am thankful for you. My readers that encourage me every week.
My family has a tradition that I love. As we are sitting around our table before Thanksgiving dinner, we go around as each person shares what they are thankful for. It can be a wonderful time of reflection. There is also a family dessert favorite that my mama whips up a few times a year. Here is the recipe, from our home to yours:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 packet of unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
In small saucepan combine sugar, gelatin and water. Let stand 4-5 minutes. Place over medium heat, bring to boil while constantly stirring. Remove from heat. Add whipping cream. In a bowl combine, yogurt and vanilla. Gradually add, sugar mixture and blend well. Pour all into a mold or serving bowl. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours. Optional: garnish with sliced peaches and cinnamon or strawberries.
Happy Thanksgiving loved ones! May your home be filled with love, sweet memories and feasting.