Posted: 10:34 am Thursday, December 8th, 2016
By Staff Writer
‘Tis the Season! Of glad tidings and joy, of shopping and sipping, of gathering and gifts… of stress and hardships too. Life does not take a break for the holidays and many are still struggling as the Christmas tunes blare over the mall speakers.
Let’s help one another.
One of the best things I ever read was a teeny tiny little book by Merlin Carothers, entitled Power in Praise, that God lead me to years ago and it changed my thinking.
Simply stated, the book showed me that the more gratitude I have in any given situation, the better that situation will be and the more joy I will have in my life.
It’s EASY to be grateful and thankful when life is good, when your football team is winning and you’ve lost that 10 extra pounds and your husband or boyfriend adores you and your kids are getting good grades in school… It is not so easy when you have been fired, when you lose your house to foreclosure, or other hardships and trials affect your life.
I’ve learned that in the midst of my pain and sorrow or frustrations and anger, that God is still good and I still have much to be grateful for. I learned to write down the things I have to be grateful for, because otherwise it’s easy to loose site of those things.
This holiday season I will reaffirm my Attitude of Gratitude and ask you to as well. Make a gratitude list each day and try not to write the same thing twice. For instance if on Monday night you write “My children,” then you don’t use that again.
The first week is easy, by week two or three you’ll be challenged to take note of the little miracles that happen around us each and every day!
Share your lists with me. Email D@Delilah.com!
12 Stockings of Christmas Sweepstakes
My annual 12 Stockings of Christmas Sweepstakes continues through December 23rd! Click the image below to enter to win one of 12 stockings overstuffed with 12 fantastic gifts!
Here’s just a few of the 12 prizes you could win by entering the sweepstakes. For a full list, skate on over to Delilah.com!
The Indoor Electric Butterball Turkey Fryer from Masterbuilt! I absolutely LOVE mine, hand delivered by John and Tonya McLemore, owners of Masterbuilt. They showed me how it’s done by injecting a delicious marinade and then coating the bird with savory seasonings. That 17lb turkey cooked in my kitchen with no smell and no mess in 68 minutes! That’s Dadgum Good! Visit Masterbuilt today!
BEHOLD A Christmas Collection CD by Lauren Daigle: A lovely holiday collection of soft jazz arrangements including “What Child Is This,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Little Drummer Boy.” Behold also includes a new song “Light of the World,” which was written by co-producers Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram. Behold is Daigle’s first Christmas album and truly exemplifies the reason for the season. Available via iTunes!
In The Now CD by Barry Gibb: The legacy continues after the loss of 2 beloved Gibb brothers. In The Now with Barry and his two sons, Stephen and Ashley Gibb, is Barry’s second solo album (the first in 1984) but the first with all new material since the BeeGee’s last studio album. Barry said it was written with the three of them, just like he and his brother’s used to do it, with great feeling and love. Get it at iTunes!
If any or all of these look like they’d be the perfect gift for someone on your list, follow the links provided to get your shopping completed!
December Book Club | Uninvited
Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely
by Lysa TerKeurst
A MUST read: Get it HERE!
Uninvited, Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely, by Lysa TerKeurst, is my book club pick for December. I chose this particular book because it is a beautiful, biblical, honest, and witty look at how we process rejection.
Whether it’s being snubbed at a club, given the cold shoulder by a co-worker, abandoned by a parent, left by a spouse… we’ve all felt the pain of rejection.
With chapters like “There’s a Lady at the Gym Who Hates Me”, “Why Does Rejection Hurt So Much?” and “Miracles in the Mess,” Lysa walks us through her own deeply personal experiences of rejection, examining the roots of rejection as well as rejection’s ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God.
“God isn’t afraid
of your sharp edges
that may seem
risky to others
He doesn’t pull back.
He pulls you close.”
Uninvited reminds us we are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken, or taken – a love that does not reject or uninvite.
Written in down-to-earth prose and containing many pages of beautiful affirming quotes and scripture, this is a book anyone who has ever struggled with the pain of rejection and the resulting insecurities it can cause should read. In other words, everyone should read this book!
Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, a wife and mother of five grown children.
Uninvited is available to purchase via Amazon.
Copper Chef|Beef Stew
Here’s another fabulous recipe from my friends at Copper Chef! Perfect for those cold winter days when you want something warm and hearty in your tummy.
There’s a bit of prep work involved, but then you can sit down and read a good book while everything in simmering in the pan (How ’bout my December Book Club pick, Uninvited?) and when it’s done you’ve got a full meal. Just serve up a bowl with some crusty bread and watch your family tuck in! Mmmmm.
Get your All-Around Square Pan at Copper Chef today!
• 3 lb. beef, top round, cubed
• salt and pepper, to season beef
• 2 cups flour
• 3 tbsp. olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
• 1 onion, peeled and diced
• 2 stalks celery, diced
• 2 carrots, peeled and diced
• 10 baby potatoes, quartered
• 1 cup beer, amber
• 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
• 3 cups beef stock
• 1 bay leaf
• 2 sprigs thyme
• 1 sprig rosemary
• 1/2 tsp. sea salt
• 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
• 1 cup peas, frozen
1. Place the Copper Chef pan on high heat. When the pan is hot add the olive oil.
2. Salt and pepper the beef. Dust the meat with flour. Brown in the Copper Chef.
3. Add the garlic and saute for 3 minutes.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients except the peas.
5. Cover. Lower the heat and simmer for about 1-1 1/2 hours.
6. After one hour of cooking, add the peas.
7. Serve when meat is tender.
Are you struggling? If so, I am sorry. I know this time of year can be especially challenging for some.
Join me in practicing being grateful in the midst of trying situations, thanking God for the trials that make us stronger and the difficulties that make us wiser. It’s not always easy, and I often fail, but let’s continue to practice and to learn together.
This Christmas and all the year through, I wish the same for you. May you be blessed and your heart filled with gratitude!