dill pickles

You have granted me life and mercy, and your care has preserved my spirit.

Job 10:12

When there is adversity in our lives we often feel weak and vulnerable. Fear can arise that we might be losing ground: losing our courage, endurance, or even hope. According to this passage, God actually takes the time to preserve our spirit. If something is preserved, it means it is kept so it won’t spoil; the goodness of it is protected.

I am grateful my maternal grandmother taught me how to preserve the (abundant) foods grown in her garden. Gram was always in the kitchen canning during the summer & fall months. Green & yellow beans, carrots, tomatoes, strawberry and grape jellies, applesauce and her famous….pickles!

Several varieties to boot!

But my all-time favorite were her dill pickles.

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a hymn

The day is filled with splendor

when God brings light from light,

and all renewed creation

Rejoices in his sight.

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budding sleuths

Here’s to all the (unsung) heroes at our thanksgiving banquets…

the brave taste-tester(s)!

No matter hesitant or eager

we the cooks & the bakers are so verily


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