Wednesday, November 27, 2013

President Lincoln's Words About Thanksgiving~

1 Chronicles 16:8

King James Version (KJV)
Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

This morning I read a devotion by Fresh Manna and Tim the author writes~   

A poem on Thanksgiving from a child in school today might read like this:

 It is so very true. It seems there is a movement trying to silence Christians~ from our schools to our court rooms. Everyone has freedom of speech but those who choose to live by Biblical principles. I am here to tell you I will not be silent about my Almighty God whom I am so very thankful to because He saved my soul and made me whole. Every good and perfect gift in my life~ He gave me and I am thankful.

Abraham Lincoln~ one of the greatest leaders our country has ever known was not silent either. 

Here are the words of Abraham Lincoln~ April 30, 1863.

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, the many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self- sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
With this attitude, may we plan something with those we love, to give bold repentance and thanksgiving to our God who has blessed our great nation and is the only one who can put it back on track!” – President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863 

Amen and Amen President Lincoln!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Shindorf family to you and yours!

(Repost from November 2012)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thoughts For Thanksgiving Week

"Even if something is left undone, 
everyone must take time to sit still 
and watch the leaves turn."

-   Elizabeth Lawrence

"I am rich today with autumn's gold,
All that my covetous hands can hold;

Frost-painted leaves and goldenrod,
A goldfinch on a milkweed pod,
Huge golden pumpkins in the field
With heaps of corn from a bounteous yield,
Golden apples heavy on the trees
Rivaling those of Hesperides,
Golden rays of balmy sunshine spread
Over all like butter on warm bread;
And the harvest moon will this night unfold
The streams running full of molten gold.
Oh, who could find a dearth of bliss
With autumn glory such as this!"

-   Gladys Harp

"Over the river and through the wood,
To grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh,
Through the white and drifted snow."

Lydia Maria Child, Thanksgiving Day, 1845 
"Over the river and through the wood
Oh, how the wind does blow!

It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.
Over the river and through the wood
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!"
-   Linda Maria Child, Over the River

My ~oh ~my ~
Ready or not here comes Thanksgiving! 

Colossians 4:2 

 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Hebrews 13:15 
 By him therefore let us offer the
 sacrifice of praise to God continually,
 that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name

Billy Graham wrote, "Ingratitude is a sin, just as surely as is lying or stealing or immorality or any other sin condemned by the Bible." He then quoted Romans 1:21, one of the Bible's indictments against rebellious humanity. Then Dr. Graham added, "Nothing turns us into bitter, selfish, dissatisfied people more quickly than an ungrateful heart. And nothing will do more to restore contentment and the joy of our salvation than a true spirit of thankfulness."

I have to admit my calender looks like a scribbled up mess. It is such a busy time of year. I am on my way to spend the week with my Washington babies~ all of them! But we must slow down and think about all we have to be thankful for in the busyness of it all!

Hope you all have fun in the journey as you prepare for a busy week! I will be back soon! I have babies to smooch and cooking to do! 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Oil

You will never notice that there are no hydrogenated oils in this recipe. I fluffed the flour first and leveled it off when measuring. These cookies are wonderful. I am so excited! Enjoy!

2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2  teaspoon salt
1  cup oil ( I used light olive oil.)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir together dry ingredients~ set aside.

Mix together oil, brown sugar, white sugar and mix until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Then, stir in vanilla and almond extract. Mix dry ingredients in and last fold in chips.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet. Take out while still a little doughy. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet about 5 minutes before removing.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Fabulous Friday's Question of the Day~ Are You Becoming Tough Or Tender?

Pastor Gary Williams  often said, "As we grow older~we tend to grow self absorbed." What is self-absorbed? Well it is just plain old being wrapped up in self~selfish.  Oh~I don't want to be like this!

Jesus served others. I want to be a servant. This old world has a way of making us tough instead of tender. Maybe it is time to do a reality check~ Am I becoming more tough around the edges rather than tender?   I think the true test would be to listen to the words that come out of our mouth today. 

  Jesus wants his disciples to be servants. When He was training his 12 disciples they were of some notion that being His followers would make them great.  Yet~ Jesus quickly set them straight. He makes it real clear ~they were to become servants. 

Mark 10:42-43 

 42But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
 43But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

He was training them to serve others~

Mark 10:44

 44And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

If Jesus Christ~ the Son of God~ taught his disciples not only by words but deed that we are to serve others~ what makes me think I am not to be a servant too?
What are you going to do today to be a servant to those that are in your path?

Vintage Monograms

This my prayer for today!

Make me a servant
Humble and meek
LORD let me lift up those who are weak
And may the prayer of my heart
Always be
Make me a servant
Make me a servant
Make me a

Country Faith~ Book Review

Wow~ what a great quality book. The pictures are bright and glossy and just down right beautiful. This book is a collection of Country Singers who share their favorite verses and a short testimony how the verse has helped them in their personal lives. It includes the singers from today but also those from days gone by. It has been really neat to read each singer's testimony of faith. 

 The book says "Once A Day"  implying it is a devotional but I would call it more of a testimonial of each of the artist. 

The book is beautifully done. It has 56 reflections from singers and contains 112 pages. The book's goal is to inspire you to ponder on the question~ What is your favorite life's verse? At the end it shares the Gospel of Mark and reminds us of the most important thing in life~ the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It inspires you to spread the Good News which is what Once-A Day Country Faith is all about. 

I rate this book 5 stars. This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. 

Book Description

Pour yourself a fresh, cold glass of sweet tea and ease into your favorite chair with a copy of the Once-A-Day Country Faith. You’ll enjoy a front row seat to an intimate look at your favorite country stars as they discuss the personal significance of their favorite Bible passage. With contributions from 56 of today’s top country artists, the Once-A-Day Country Faith includes the Bible passage that tops each of their charts as well as the reasons why this part of scripture is so valuable to them. After reading Country Faith, you’ll be inspired to identify the Bible passage that’s most meaningful to you. You’ll also listen to your favorite country artists in a whole new way.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Biblical Names of Christ Ornament Set~ Review

Sometimes you just have a heard time finding the perfect gift~ this is gift that will  be cherished each and every Christmas to come. I love these little ornaments. Each one displays a different name of the Messiah.

They are boxed in a wonderful gift box. I was very impressed with the packaging.

 I had planned on giving mine as a gift but decided I just had to keep them myself. Guess I will be ordering another set. Honestly~ these are a bargain at $14.95!

Click here to order a set.

Product Description

Create a Christ-focused holiday tradition as you review the sacred names of the Savior. Display these antique pewter-finish ornaments on the tree, as gift tags, or adorning a wreath on the front door. A list of scripture references is included, perfect for a "Twelve Days of Christmas" countdown. 12-piece set. Ornament size: 3¼" x 3¼". *Hooks & twine NOT included.

About the Author

Zions Mercantile is a gathering of gifts and d├ęcor inspired by our unique Latter-day Saint heritage — whether it be from Palmyra, Nauvoo, Salt Lake City or anywhere in the world. Offering quality products in a variety of price points, Zions Mercantile is a place you can find meaningful items that enhance your home and reflect your values.
Zions Mercantile – available at Deseret Book stores and at

I was provided these ornaments in exchange for my honest review.

Christmas From Heaven Review~

"From little things come big things. "~ Berlin Candy Bomber

The true spirit of Christmas is found in this remarkable true story. Gail Halvorsen was a young pilot in the US Army. He was assigned as a cargo pilot to the war torn county of Berlin. Berlin at the time had been blocked by the Soviet. 

On Christmas Eve, 1948 he was to deliver 20,000 pounds of flour. The Berlin children were more interested in hearing from the pilot and about his freedom than the flour. For almost an hour he answered their questions. As he left he wished he had more to give. The children were so thankful for what they were given. They had very little to eat let along a piece of candy. He reached into his pocket to find two sticks of gum. He divided it in little pieces and gave it to the children. They passed them around and pressed them to their noses to smell the minty smell. Their faces were filled with joy and wonder like he had never seen. 

He wanted to do more...... and the rest became history. He became know as the Berlin Candy Bomber. 
 What a remarkable story and so worth reading. This is a Christmas coffee table book for sure. 

You will not want to miss the rest of the story. 

The book comes along with a DVD that brings the story to life ~ narrated by Tom Brokow the famed broadcast and journalist.

This book set was provided to me in exchange for my honest review from Shadow Mountain.

You may purchase the book here~



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