Between Christmas and New Year’s…

I love year’s end!

Right now we’ve got snow drifted everywhere…enough that it completely blizzarded us in on Christmas day. Since Christmas dinner for the family was to be at “our place” we’ve got a lot of leftovers to enjoy! It’s a good thing we all love turkey…

So I have a couple of 2009 parting gifts for you…

First, here’s my favorite turkey soup recipe, dug up from the Weekend Kindness archives. Enjoy!

Wendy’s Pumpkin Soup

  1. Melt 2 TB butter or margarine in a large kettle
  2. Add 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper (optional) and 1 small chopped onion
  3. Saute bell pepper and onion in melted butter till soft, not brown
  4. Blend in 2 TB flour and 1 tsp salt
  5. Add 2 cups chicken stock, 1 15 oz can unsweetened pumpkin, 2 cups milk, 1/8 tsp thyme, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp parsley, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 1/2 cups precooked poultry (chicken or turkey), 1 cup precooked brown rice.
  6. Cook till heated through and enjoy!

And second, do any of you have any encouragement for the rest of us concerning your personal or family devotion time in 2009? If you remember, I posted a New Testament reading schedule a year ago, and I’m just a bit curious to know if any of you pursued that in any way. Here’s a funny…someone I don’t even know personally, but knows a friend of a friend, challenged her Sunday School students to read through the NT in 2009, supposedly after reading my blog post last year. Exciting! Happily, our family made it through the New Testament too. Now we just need to decide where we’re going to start in 2010! Everybody seems to have their own ideas on what we’re doing. We only have five days to figure it out!

In looking through past posts, I found this one that has some ideas in comments for how you guys fit time for God’s word into your day. It might be worth re-reading! I know it blessed me! It’s titled, “When you are cut, do you bleed the Bible?”

Here’s what Tommy Nelson says about the subject,

“Live life on purpose! Get up at 6 A.M., and get you an addictive substance.” (That would be coffee) “5 pages a day will get you through most Bibles in a year…”

Happy New Year, Everyone!

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