This is the month of Thanksgiving. For me it’s also a time of honoring others over a cup of tea or a sent card to those miles away.
As I’m writing this post, I’m also preparing for a Bible Study tea hosted here at my home tomorrow. Like brewing a pot of tea, my post must be made early and given time to steep before serving.
Tomorrow’s tea is to show esteem for our faithful Bible study leader and have sweet fellowship with the other ladies in the class. The gift of the Word lasts a life time and can make eternal life changes.
When our daughter was four years old, I went to my first Bible study. I slipped into the back pew. The lady at the lectern had a friendly smile. Her welcome and wit made me relax as I listened to her stories and list of expectations from the study. As she began teaching us from the book of Corinthians, she gave “newbies” like me plenty of time to go to the table of contents to find the page number for chapter one and verse one. There was no rush. I felt she wasn’t there to impress.
However, she did! I can’t remember that first lesson. Yet her key words changed my life.
“With bowed heads; eyes closed; if you would like to invite the Lord Jesus Christ into your life, raise your hand.” She said these words with a gentle voice and a comfortable pause before she continued, “If you would die tonight, would you like to know without a shadow of a doubt that you would be with God forever? Then prayerfully ask Jesus Christ, God’s Son into your heart.”
“If you’ve prayed this prayer, raise your hand while our heads are still bowed.” The sincerity of her heart awakened many of us.
“I see that hand. I see that hand and that one.”
Silence, silence, silence then I heard, “I see that hand in the back of the room.”
A tear escaped from my closed eyes as my hand came back down to my lap. I was changed that day by a Bible study leader. I was steeped in peace in that moment.
I’ll mail a card to honor her with gratefulness when the apple bread loafs comes out of the oven.
Thankfully, I have an opportunity to show appreciation to two Bible study leaders this month. It’s also a delight to share two simple recipes with you to help you serve your family, friends and leaders this month of Thanksgiving.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15: 57-58
Simple make ahead recipes for easy holiday serving:
Easy Muffin Crab Melts
(Can freeze and pull out small amounts when needed)
6 English muffins
1/2 c. butter
2 T. salad dressing
1/4 t. garlic power
1/4 t. dried dill or parsley (opt.)
1 (6 1/2 – 7 oz) can crabmeat *
1 (5 oz) jar Old English Sharp Cheddar
Arrange split muffins on a cookie sheet. Mix remaining ingredients in a medium size bowl. Spread mixture on English muffin halves. Slice halves into quarters. At this point, wedges can be frozen and stored in a zip lock freezer bag for serving later. When ready to use, place pieces on a cookie sheet. Broil until bubbly and lightly golden brown.
* Can substitute crabmeat for cooked chicken or tuna
Make Ahead Apple Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour 3 cups (4 med.) apples, shredded
1 teaspoon baking soda 3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt 2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon 2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon allspice 3/4 cup walnuts, chopped (opt.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two loaf pans with cooking spray. Set aside. In a large bowl combine first six dry ingredients.
In a second bowl, mix together remaining ingredients well. Add apple mixture to flour bowl and stir to moisten.
Pour batter into the two loaf pans. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes.
Cool shortly before removing loafs to a wire rack for complete cooling. Wrap in foil when completely cool. Let rest for one to two days before serving for best flavor. Freezes well too.