"Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin; but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." Romans 6:12-13
What a storm we had on Nov. 17! We were still in church, just enjoying the fellowship after lunch, when it hit. I wasn't really aware how bad it was. Most certainly, I didn't realize what a mess it was causing.
Oh, I knew it was windy and raining and the hail was pelting loudly against the windows, but tornado did not enter into my thinking domain.
We really have a lot to be thankful for. And since this is the time of year in which we generally celebrate thankfulness, we want to give it extra thought.
Of course, I'm always especially thankful for Jesus, who bled and died on the cross so that we could be free. That's a given. And that the grave could not hold him. He is alive and will return.
But I tend to also be very thankful for the mundane things, creature-comfort things — indoor plumbing, body lotion, scented soaps, toothpaste, and the list goes on ...
The other week, we had quite a bit of wind. Nothing unusual in that, but we woke up in the night; it sounded like someone either came in or went out. Scary, huh?
Dear, brave hubby gets up to check things out. The storm door on the north side was banging. It hadn't been latched properly, again! Who was responsible for that lapse? Not me?
He pulled it shut. After that, it wouldn't latch unless you gave it a good, hard (Amish!) slam. That lasted for a couple of days, then it gave up the ghost and wouldn't latch at all.
I'm not sure why, but the closures were both really bent out of shape. (I know the feeling!) Anyway, that was the second door and at least the second or third time.
The last time it was almost pulled off the hinges and had broken my mom's motion light. It still swings and dangles drunkenly from one cord (the light, not the door!), doing what it's supposed to mostly.
The door? I got my mom to help me and we took it off and toted it out to the shed. So there! Thus ends the saga of the storm door.
It seems we just have a lot of wind out here on the open prairie. Especially on Saturdays when I need to bike.
So far, I've managed and survived! Actually, I usually have one direction that it is fairly easy or at least only medium hard.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, I had quite the day trying to get my cleaning job done. To start with, we were out late Friday evening. We went to the Christmas auction that was held at Otto Center.
A very interesting auction with lots of good stuff, but we didn't buy anything. Not that I wouldn't have wanted to, but ...
I was quite late when we got home. I knew in a few short hours I had to head back to Arthur.
Anyway, it wasn't too bad cleaning, but I had to stay out of the way of the guys chasing ducks in the attic.
No, wait! They said they were "running ductwork" in the attic. There would be a slight difference. How was I to know? What with all the noise and dust they raised, they could have been chasing ducks!
Seriously though, it all worked out OK. I managed to stay out of their way. I had to change my routine, but it wasn't a big deal.
That didn't hurt me; it's just that I'm a very routine-oriented person.
The best part was coming home, knowing I had done my best and I could flop on the couch and mostly vegetate for the rest of the day because our house was also clean.
In closing, our goodness will not suffice; God's goodness within us will win the prize.
Try this pudding — a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving feast.
CARAMEL-APPLE PUDDING WITH GINGER-SNAP CRUST
2 cups crushed ginger-snap cookies (about 40 cookies)
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 package cream cheese, softened (8 ounces)
1/4 cup sugar
3 1/4 cups cold milk, divided
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
2 packages, 3.4 ounces each, instant butterscotch pudding mix
1/2 cup hot caramel ice cream topping, divided
2 medium apples, chopped
1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped
In a small bowl, mix crushed cookies and butter until blended; press into 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and quarter-cup milk until smooth. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping; spread over crust.
In a large bowl, whisk the remaining milk and pudding mixing for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Stir in a quarter-cup of caramel topping. Spoon over cream cheese layer. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Spread remaining whipped topping over top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until filling is firm. Just before serving, top with apples and drizzle with remaining caramel topping. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.
Any chopped nuts work fine, or none, if you prefer. Also, if you don't like butterscotch that much, sub in a box of vanilla pudding.