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Give Thanks

Give Thanks . . . It’s Good for What Ails Ya’

Though some have been known to consume more calories on Thanksgiving Day than would be absolutely necessary for daily sustenance (I won’t mention any names here, but I’ve heard of people like that), here’s an idea that won’t leave you with indigestion or a hangover.

A recent Harvard study found that expressing gratitude actually improves people’s health, helps them deal more effectively with adversity, and enhances their relationships.

Surprised?

Give it a try:

Keep a gratitude journal noting things for which you are most thankful.

Write a thank you note to someone who has had a positive impact on your life.

Count your blessings.  Pick a time each week to make a list of, say, five things you most appreciate.

Thank God!  After all, Thanksgiving Day was originally founded in this country as a day to express thanks to the Almighty, and the Holy Scriptures tell us that “Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven . . . from God, the Creator.”

Spiced Nuts

Spiced Nuts

 

Bake at 350 about 20 minutes

 

  • 1 egg white
  • 5 cups pecans
  • ½ cup each brown & white sugar
  • 1 teas. cinnamon
  • ¼ teas. allspice & nutmeg
  • A few shakes of cayenne, chili powder and Hot Shot (that is black & red pepper blend)

 

Grease a cookie sheet. In a large bowl beat the egg white with 1 teas. water, using a fork. Add the nuts and toss and coat well. In small bowl combine sugars and spices…sprinkle over nuts and toss well to coat them all. Spread out in the pan and bake.

When you take out of oven…turn out onto waxed paper and break into pieces. Store in cool place in an air-tight container.                                ENJOY!

Mary Z.

A Thought For Today

Sometimes It’s the Little Things . . . 

In an interview on Good Morning America, Lisa Beamer, wife of Todd Beamer, the 9/11 hero who helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania as it headed for Washington, DC, said it’s the little things that she misses most about Todd.  Things like hearing the garage door open when he came home, and watching her children run to meet him.

Lisa recalled this story:

I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack.  About a week after his death, she shared some of her insights with a classroom of students. 

As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the windows and class was nearly over, the teacher moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there.

With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, “Class is over.  I would like to share with all of you a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important.”  She went on to remind us that each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate, and give of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment.

Perhaps this is God’s way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day. Her eyes were beginning to water, but she went on, “I would like you all to make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice.

“It doesn’t have to be something you see, it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone’s house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it
falls gently to the ground. Please look for these things, and cherish them. For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the ‘stuff’ of life, the little things we are put here on earth to enjoy.  The things we often take for granted.”

The class was completely quiet. Then we all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had during that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.

So take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today. Go barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice cream cone. For as we get older, it is not the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn’t do.

REMEMBER:  Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!  And may GOD Bless you every day of your life.

Mary Z.

 

From One Pumpkin to Another

A woman was asked by a coworker, “What is it like to be a Christian?”
The coworker replied, “It is like being a pumpkin.  God picks you from
the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off from you. Then He
cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the
seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling
face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to
see.”