Posted: 12:14 pm Thursday, December 15th, 2016
By Staff Writer
Living in Grace sounds like a beautiful life, but it can be a challenge for each of us, especially if we grew up in a family where gossip and criticism of others was almost an Olympic sport!
I have shortcomings in this area myself. Do you?
Through study and self-examination, I’ve come to realize that living in grace is about acceptance of others through acceptance of self.
It is recognizing that you have no clue what someone else has been through, or why they’ve made the choices they have.
Even if you think you know someone’s situation and circumstance, the truth is, you really don’t. God has shown me grace ten bazillion times in my life!
Oftentimes, it’s jealousy that brings out the critical you. Resentment that someone has something that you do not, even though you might feel you are more deserving.
Instead of being harsh or critical or envious, let’s look for the good in others and celebrate their successes. To the aunt that drives you crazy, or brother that voted for a candidate you wouldn’t have chosen, let’s not judge, but instead show grace. To the neighbor who has more, let’s celebrate and show grace.
Instead of living in a land of contempt and coldheartedness, let us Live in Grace. It’s the holiday season, after all.
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12 Stockings of Christmas Sweepstakes
Would you like one of my 12 stockings? Would you? Well ENTER the sweepstakes by clicking the image below! So many wonders await. Great music, (most Christmas, some not,) an instant camera, a turkey fryer, beauty products, and candy… my sock is stuffed and hung by the fireplace with care waiting, waiting to be shared!
Dash on over to Delilah.com for a full list of prizes and fabulous shopping ideas.
A little sampling of my stocking’s stash:
a Pentatonix Christmas CD | Pentatonix
I adore this fresh fun a cappella group, and I know you will too! Their first holiday album, That’s Christmas to Me, is a favorite of mine, and I was so excited to hear they were putting out a second, a Pentatonix Christmas. The album features tracks like, O Come All Ye Faithful, White Christmas – with Manhattan Transfer, and their huge hit, Hallelujah. You MUST add this to your Christmas play list! Available at Amazon.
Acoustic Christmas CD | Neil Diamond
From the inimitable Neil Diamond comes Acoustic Christmas. Do You Hear What I Hear, Go Tell It On The Mountain, and Christmas in Killarney are only a few of the 10 tracks on this beautiful acoustic album. This new release is welcomed by a Neil Diamond fan from waaaaay back and I know it will be enjoyed just as much by new listeners! Pick up your copy today! Multiple options to Purchase.
Almond Roca | Brown & Haley
This candy in it’s pink tin was a favorite of my mom’s and something all of her kids could afford – so she received a lot each Christmas. So much that she didn’t mind the numerous pieces that went missing… Or maybe she just understood that the best thing about this delicious chocolate almond coated brittle was sharing!
Get yours at local retailers or shop on-line Here.
Borden Cheese | Crispy Mashed Potato Puffs
These delicious mouth-watering little puffs of love are brought to you by our friends at Borden Cheese.
I know Bridget and Blessing are going to have a blast making them, and Delilah Jr. will have to get in on the action too!
Of course, I’ll have to play my part by being the taste tester! Crispy Mashed Potato Puffs are the perfect addition to your next holiday gathering!
• ¾ cup sour cream, divided
• 1 tsp. finely chopped chives or green onions, plus more for garnish
• 8 oz. Borden® Cheese Medium Cheddar Chunk, divided
• 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped, about 1 lb.
• 2 tbsp. Borden® Butter
• ??? tsp. garlic powder
• ??? tsp. seasoned salt
• ??? tsp. dry mustard
• ¼ tsp. salt
• 15 bacon strips, cooked crisp and crumbled
• 1 cup beer batter dry mix
• oil as needed for frying
• Chive Cream:
1. MIX ½ cup sour cream and chopped chives or onions together in a small bowl. Refrigerate.
• Cheddar Crisps:
1. PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Shred ½ of cheese to make about 1 cup of shreds. Divide shreds into 8 piles, about 2 inches apart, on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake about 5 minutes or until cheese melts and becomes crisp. Let cool 5 minutes and remove from baking sheet.
2. Reduce oven temperature to 180°F
• Potato Puffs:
1. PLACE potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Heat over medium-high heat and boil potatoes until they are tender; drain. Beat the potatoes with the butter in an electric mixer bowl fitted with a paddle on medium-low speed until smooth, then add ¼ cup sour cream and all seasonings. Stir in the crumbled bacon.
2. CUT the remaining 4 oz. cheese into 8 ½-inch cubes. Form balls of mashed potato mixture using an ice cream scoop. Make a small hole in center of each potato ball and fill with one cube cheese. Cover with additional mashed potato so cheese is hidden inside. Refrigerate until ready to fry.
3. HEAT oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat to 375°F. Prepare beer batter according to package directions; dip each mashed potato ball into batter and deep-fry for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel. Reheat oil to 375°F between batches. Keep potato puffs warm in the holding oven.
4. PLACE potato puff on a plate; top with dollop of chive cream, a few chives and the cheddar crisp. Serve immediately.
Porcelain Teacup Candles
My daughter, Lonika, also a producer of my show, got her craft on for the annual staff Christmas party. She made beautiful candles with porcelain teacups purchased at the thrift store and gave them to co-workers and friends. Want to try it?
• Porcelain teacups from thrift shop
• Candle wax (soy wax will burn without smoke) or use old candle stubs.
• Wax wicks
• Wooden skewers or popsicle sticks
• Coffee can or other similar tin inside large pot of water.
1. Place a wax wick inside each of the teacups with metal disk on the bottom of the cup.
2. Lay a wooden skewer or popsicle stick across the top of the cup in the center.
3. Wrap excess wick around the skewer or stick – tape to secure.
4. Place wax in a can set within a larger pot of water, heat on medium-high. If wax is in pieces it will melt faster and more evenly.
5. Pour melted wax into teacups, leaving about a ½ inch of space from the top. Cool completely then trim wicks to 1 inch in length.
Everyone will enjoy getting these thoughtful and beautiful candles as gifts!
I heard someone say the other day that the reason there is so much bitterness after the elections is that many people feel morally or intellectually superior to others; they do not want to show grace. Let’s not be that person.
Let’s try to be kind and considerate, show patience, live in grace, and…