You know, there are some simple pleasures in life I so often take for granted, like eating an apple.
For instance, it's June. Apples are ripe in the fall, not in June, but we are so blessed in this day of blessings to have apples all year round. They are preserved by being lightly coated in wax, and stored in controlled temperatures and such and they taste fresh. How wonderful is that? Do we ever even think about it? Do we thank Heavenly Father for apples in June?
We have so many things to be thankful for right now, today.
When was the last time we thanked our Heavenly Father for gasoline? Hmmm-- it's been a while for me, but think about it, if we had none...
Are we grateful for our husbands, wives, children? Let's tell them we love them today.
God intended our families and the love we share, to be eternal
1 Co. 11:11 "Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord."
"Marriage between a man and a woman IS ordained of God"
I know this is truth. My heart tells me it is. My mind tells me it is. The warmth of the Holy Spirit tells me it is so...
The world would have us think otherwise. The world would tell us how cruel and 'unChristian' we are if we dare to think marriage should only be between a woman and a man. But it is no matter how much the world tries to persuade us to cross the line to their way of thinking... Does it mean we don't love those who think otherwise, of course not. We want them to be eternally happy. What the world calls 'happiness' is fleeting. It is a charade, a play, it is not Eternal joy.
Are we thankful for our little ones? They are an heritage of the Lord
They grow up in the blink of an eye and they leave the nest... we have Baccalauriate tonight for our third child and graduation on Wednesday... where has the time gone?
Make sure you spend LOTS of fun times with them. Hug them, play with them, color pictures, teach them to love others and to love God, take them on walks, take them to Church, teach them to take care of a garden, to sweep a porch, to sew on a button...
(In the photo, the son there is on a mission now in Wyoming. The little girl in the purple shirt is graduating, and the baby there is going into 8th grade and that lady... well, she is gonna be a grandma and I swear we just took that photo a couple of years ago!
Do we love our neighbors, are we helping them, praying for them, telling them how much we care for them by our actions? How wonderful that we are here and we have the means to bless the lives of others in so many ways.
Speaking of blessing our literal neighbors, how about baking some bread tomorrow and taking a loaf to the sweet family down the street, or to the lady who helped you the other day? This is GOOD bread!!!
Bev's Even Easier Wheat Bread
3 Tbsp of active dry yeast
2 3/4 c warm water (110 F) or so 6 cups unbleached white flour,
1 cup wheat flour
3 TBsp honey
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
Sprinkle yeast on water in a large bowl, and stir till blended. Set aside for 5 minutes. Add 3 cups white flour and 1 cup wheat flour, honey, salt and olive oil. Slowly add 3 more cups flour and mix by hand.
When mixed together turn out onto floured counter and knead with hands, pound it, knead it, mix it, beat on it (!) for 5 minutes. Place back in an oiled bowl, turn it over in the oil, then put in a warm place and let double in size. (about 45 mins)
Knead again, beating down and kneading with hands for several more minutes, adding a little more flour if needed so dough becomes smooth and elastic.
Cut bread into 3 loaves, and perhaps a couple of smaller ones too! I always seem to get more bread out of my recipes than similar amounts in other recipes!
Place in greased (I use veg. spray) bread pans. Place in warm place again and let rise till doubled. (45 mins) Remove from oven and heat oven to 375 degrees. Then bake in a 375 F oven till light brown and done- about 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and spread a little butter on the top of each loaf.
This tastes incredibly good, sliced and served with:
HONEY BUTTER... 1/2 cup soft butter mixed with 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
Go out and make it a wonderful week! HUG THE ONES YOU LOVE!
Doctrine and Covenants 18:10 "Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;"