Friday, April 17, 2015

Yummy Cherry Jelly~

Homemade Cherry Jelly~ 

PSALM 34:8 

 8O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

I love to buy jelly and jam from My Amish Friends~it is oh so good. Last year I started making my own. My neighbor brought us some wild cherries. Oh this recipe is so good and simple. ENJOY!

I did pit mine because they had worms and I wanted to make sure we had no worm jelly~tehe!

3 1/2 c. cherry juice (about 3 lb. or 2 qt. boxes sour cherries and 1/2 c. water)
1 pkg. powdered pectin
4 1/2 c. sugar

To prepare juice. Select fully ripe cherries. Soft; wash and remove stems. Do not pit. Crush cherries, add water and cover. Bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Extract juice.To make jelly: measure juice into a kettle. Add pectin and stir well. Place on high heat and stir constantly. Bring quickly to a boil that cannot be stirred down. Add sugar, continue stirring and heat again to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute. Remove from heat; skim off foam from top quickly. Pour jelly immediately into hot containers and seal. Makes about 6 (8 ounce) glasses.

Have a blessed day~

Have You Been Thrown From Your Boat Of Life?

This morning I sent a message to a friend who is in the middle of a gigantic storm. My word ~ we sometimes are just living life and fighting the good fight and out of nowhere we are thrown from the boat of life and feel like we are drowning. We have all been there a time or two and as long as we continue on this sea of life it will be that way.

King David ~ whom God calls the apple of His eye~ knew a little about this. He was God's special child ~ a King~ a warrior and still he was thrown from his boat of life.  We remember when he royally messed us with the bathing beauty ( still makes me mad at him) but there was a time when the storm  hit and it wasn't his fault. It was when King Saul backed by his army was on the hunt for him. He wanted him dead. In the verses below are King David's words as he cried out to God while hiding in that cave.

Are you in the midst of a storm? Are the seas around you rolling out of control? Do you feel like you are drowning? If so read King David's words. He knew where to seek shelter from those that wanted to harm him.


57 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

There will be times in life when the troubles and trials come. But God can and will take the evil that others meant for harm and turn it for good. We only have to allow Him to keep working in the midst of the storm. I am so thankful to our God ~ He never wastes pain. He has a plan and a purpose to give us a future and a hope. Now that is reason enough to celebrate on this fabulous Friday. 



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