Hi! Linking up with Five Minute Friday this cold, but sunny day…

Yesterday we spent a comfortable, if not rowdy time with our children and grandchildren for a wonderful thanksgiving feast. Our daughter volunteered to cook the big stuff–turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy. (Her apartment is larger than ours). I love cooking and baking, but I’m finding while this takes the stress off me, it also makes me appreciate that my children want to make things easier for me, and want to carry on some family traditions as well.

Later when we enjoyed dessert, we had the company of our oldest and family. It warmed my heart that my oldest daughter made kolaches. Since we have been away the last two Christmases, I made no cookies at all. This was somewhat disturbing to some of my children, not wanting traditions to disappear.

The time spent together, and watching grandchildren grow is the real value of the holidays for me. I am so grateful that we are close in heart, nearby in location so that we can appreciate them, and be an example of faith to them.

The hugs and love given is the best reward. This is great value and I don’t take it for granted.



Coming to you today from Five Minute Friday…

Coffee in hand, I explored my email. I’m searching for a special one, which has not arrived. I find Five Minute Friday instead, and my head registers—it’s Friday already!

“The word this week is ONE,” I said to my husband. He immediately said:

                  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

Deut. 6:4.

I marvel at people who have such memories. If only I had the ability to memorize quickly, but learning and keeping has always been a struggle for me. Maybe I should learn word association.

But not only does God tell the people of Israel in the Old Testament, he repeats it in Mark 12:29. One of the teachers asked him of all the commandments, which is the most important?

 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

It may take me several times to memorize a verse, and then re-memorize it. But believing there is One True God, the basis of the verse will always stick with me.

He has proven himself to me, though he doesn’t have to.

Put your faith in the One True God and fears of this world will slip away.