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Monday, October 17, 2016

Sweet Potato Pie

     Most all my friends around "A Friendly Shade" know one of my weaknesses is my 'sweet tooth.'     I did try to resist, for just a little while, before satisfying my craving, but nothing I did could steer me away from digging out my cookbook to make my annual sweet potato pie. 
     Most reading this blog will say, "It's October!  The rage is pumpkin pie.  Why not pumpkin?"  I have to admit I have never liked pumpkin pie.  Growing up, I didn't like sweet potato pie either.  Yet, when I tried the following recipe from an old family friend, I fell in love with sweet potato pie. 
     For that reason, I have decided to share the recipe.  I hope anyone who decides to make it enjoys it too. 
     The funny thing about all this is that when I started typing the recipe, I suddenly realized that I left the cornstarch out of the pie yesterday.  I did wonder why it was not as firm as it should have been.   Hey,  it was still good and did satisfy my craving.  By the way, if you do not have cornstarch, you can substitute 3 tablespoons of flour.

                                            Sweet Potato Pie
2 tablespoons cornstarch                      
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 2/3 cups sugar                                     
2 eggs
1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes                                         
1/2 cup melted butter
3/4 cup evaporated milk                      
1/4 cup light corn syrup
pinch of salt
Mix together and pour into an unbaked pie shell and cook at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.
     Let the pie cool, then find yourself  "A Friendly Shade" surrounded by colorful fall leaves, and enjoy a big slice with a steaming cup of coffee.  Meditate on that first bite and give thanks to the God of Heavens for your abundant blessings. 


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Happiness - Day 3 continued...

     The pages of my book, The Be Happy Attitudes, written by Robert H. Schuller, are yellowed and fragile probably because I bought this book over 20 years ago.  I don't save a lot of books, but this is one I have not been able to discard or give away.  I purchased it at a time in my life when I was going through a bad situation and had lost my joy in life.  The book uses the Beautitudes to provide eight positive attitudes that can transform your life.
     I searched Amazon and found that The Be Happy Attitudes book is still available, and I do recommend it to anyone looking to maintain joy in their life.   I am not good with book reviews and could not do justice for all the valuable information provided.  However, I would like to share a few of his ideas.  First let me start out with the Beatitudes given by Jesus in His "Sermon on the Mount."

1. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
2. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
3. "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
4. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."
5. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."
6. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
7. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God."
8. "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Schuller tells us that "blessed literally means happy."  I particularly like one of his quotes, "What is the cross?  It is a minus turned into a plus!"  In his introduction, Schuller starts out by telling us that happiness is elusive.  "How often have you thought:  If only I had that car...then I'd be satisfied!  If only I could find someone truly to love me ...then I'd be happy!  If only I wasn't under so much financial stress...then I'd be content!  If only...If only..."  Then he states, "All the 'If only's' in the world- even if they all came true- still could not guarantee your happiness."  He quotes Karl Menninger, "Attitudes are more important than facts."

     Just sharing the first of this book has made me want to find a cozy, comfortable  corner in "A Friendly Shade" and read the book one more time.  I hope the pages do not fall apart from age.  If so, I will be forced to order a new one. 
     Below is an easy link to assess the book if you want some good solid advise on learning to be happy using 8 positive attitudes.  Trust me! the book is not boring.

Monday, October 3, 2016


     Yesterday I talked about the "Ten Things To Let Go Of To Be Happy" which I had found on a Facebook posting.  Today, I would like to share ten more things which I believe will help people find happiness, with number one taking priority.

1.  Accept Jesus as your Savior:  John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

2.  Pray daily:  1 Thessalonians 5:17-18  "Pray without ceasing.  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

3.  Read the Bible daily:  Psalms 18:30 "As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

4.  Show love to God and to one another: 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.   Love never fails."

5. Watch your words and also do not gossip:  Let your speech be kind:  Proverbs 15:23 "A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!"  Proverbs 18:8 "The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts." Proverbs 20:19 "A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much."

6.  Seek righteous behavior above worldly actions:  Romans 14:17 "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."

7.  Avoid the ways of unbelievers: Psalms 1:1-2 "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord.

8.  Let go of fear and worry:   Isaiah 41:10 "So do not fear, for I am with you: do not be dismayed, for I am I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."   Matthew 6:24-35 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

9.  Trust God with all things:  Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

10. Let your treasure be found in your heart, in God, not in earthly possessions:  Matthew 6:23 "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."

There is so much that can be found in the Bible regarding ways to be happy and joyful.  My next blog will continue with The Be Happy Attitudes ....










Sunday, October 2, 2016


     I don't know who wrote this, but I read a post on Facebook about "Ten Things To Let Go Of To Be Happy."  They were:
1.  Let go of toxic people in your life.
2.  Let go of regretting past mistakes.
3.  Let go of the need to be right.
4.  Let go of feeling sorry for yourself.
5.  Let go of negative self talk.
6.  Let go of the need to impress others.
7.  Let go of limiting beliefs.
8.  Let go of the need to please everyone.
9.  Let go of gossip and complaining.
10.Let go worrying about the future.

     Developing these above listed habits sound like a good plan on the road to being happy, and if we research them further they are probably derived from biblical instructions.  Below are just a few of the scriptures I found that might go along with each one. 

1.  Toxic people:  Proverbs 18:1-2  "An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.  Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions."  Proverbs 18:24 "One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."   Psalm 26:9  "Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men."

2.  Past mistakes:  Hebrews 8:12 "For I will be merciful to their righteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.  Romans 3:25 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."  Roman 4:7 "Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

3. Need to be right: 2 Corinthians 13:11 "Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you."  Matthew 6:15 " But if  ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

4.  Feeling sorry for self: James 1:2-3  "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience."

5.  Negative self talk:  Philippians 4:8-9 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."

6.  Need to impress: Psalms 1:1-2 "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of  the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."  1 Timothy 2:9-10  " In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;  But with good works."

7. Limiting beliefs:  Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

8.  Need to please:  Isaiah 51:7 "Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings."  Colossians 3:23 "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"

9.  Gossip and complaining:  Proverbs 20:19 "A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much."  Romans 1:29 "They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,"   Proverbs 26:22 "The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts."

10. Worrying about the future:  Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Although difficult at times, being happy is a part of the Christian life.  We are given a hope, a promise, and the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us even in our darkest moments.  We should rejoice in God. 

Happiness to be continued in my next blog.... 








Saturday, October 1, 2016

Who is the Son of Man?

     In Matthew 16:13-18 Jesus asked:  “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”  
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 
"But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.  And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
     As I sat in "A Friendly Shade" and read these verses I asked myself who Jesus was.  My answer from A to Z is the following:

Bread of Life
Everlasting Father
Father of All
God of the Universe
Holy Ghost
King of Kings
Lamb of God
Only Begotten Son
Prince of Peace
Quiet Voice of Truth 
Unchanging God
Vine of Strength
Word of Life

Most of all, Jesus is alive! He is always available. 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fear What God Can Do

     I am in the process of a Bible study, Joy of Living, on the Prophecy in the Book of Daniel.  Often, I am like Daniel was when he saw visions and received some explanations on what was going to happen at the end of the times.  The study leaves me disturbed and perflexed.   Yet, as I read about the end times, the anti-Christ, his control, and the plight of the Christians, I am comforted by Matthew 10:28.  "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.  Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."
     As a reminder of this scripture, I decided to write the following prose:

Fear What God Can Do  
Only fear what God can do!
Not the evil where sin has grew,
Not the persecution done;
Dwell upon the life we've won.
Count on what God can do.
Not the troubles that we've drew,
Not man's injury and pain;
Rather, walk the life-giving lane.
Fear your God and what He can do!
Not the cruel words delivered, and you knew,
Not the hazards of the land;
Hold to promises God has planned.
 Fear what God can do!
Not man's earthly view,
Not the world or social control;
Only God can kill the soul!
His heart is where we need to dwell
To keep us from the fires of hell. 
                            Mary Crisp Jameson

Thursday, September 22, 2016


     I have been intending to write about love for the past week, but have not taken the time to sit in "A Friendly Shade" and decide how to get started.   Love takes so many different directions.  I believe love has to be developed.  To have love we need forgiveness even without being asked, we need to develop an intent not to hurt others, and we need to eliminate self pride.  So I knew that to talk about love, there was no way to cover every aspect that needed to be considered.
     Then as I was watching a video on Facebook about a farmer's presentation to the Shark Tank, I realized how his heart changed the perspective of the Tank members.  He was full of humbleness and genuine caring for the farmers in the area where he lived.  He was demonstrating a love which was coming from his heart.  If we don't have true love it simple cannot flow from our heart.  For this reason, I think I can truthfully say the heart and love are connected.  
     In Proverbs 4:23 we are told "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."  Therefore, we cannot put love on a shelf and just take it down occasionally like a trinket, dust it off, and expect to use it from time to time and see results.   Others, who we are around every day, see how we use love; they recognize us for who we really are.  Matthew 15: 18 shows us this.  "But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them." 
     If we don't have love in our hearts, what does that make us?  I think we can find the answer in 1 Corinthians 13, "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."
     How should we handle love?  In Proverbs 3:3 we find, "Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart."  From this I find love to be tender and we strenghen it by protecting it.  We endeavor to keep it safe, stored away in our heart so we keep our love growing for others. 
     Who should we show love to and how?  Matthew 22:39 answers that question, "And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"
     I realize it is hard to love those who are unlovable, but what more does the scripture have to say:    Take a look at what Luke 6:32 says, "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.  You see, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13)
     Finally, but certainly not least,  is the commandment on who we should love the most.  "Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'" And another scripture cautions to beware of where we place our treasure:  "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."   Where is our love, our treasure?  Are we willing to set pride aside to give love to others?