Sunday Scriptures — Gratitude Not Unforgiveness

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Thanksgiving is only a few days away.

With the day often comes family and friends. For some that is a good thing. For others it isn’t.

While some folks celebrate the day with gratitude and thankfulness, some folks spend the time together in unforgiveness rehashing past transgressions, wounds and hurts.

When I taught elementary school one thing I liked to do as a pre-Thanksgiving craft was have each child spread out the fingers of their hand and trace around them.

If you use your imagination, this looks like a turkey. Construction paper feathers of multiple colors were glued to the four fingers. An eye was drawn on the thumb, or turkey’s face. On each feather was written a different thing the child was thankful for. These turkeys were presented to family members on Thanksgiving Day.

Might I suggest instead of coming to Thanksgiving with thoughts of unforgiveness in our hearts, we make hand turkeys and fill them with thoughts of gratitude to distribute to those we’ll spend Thursday with?

Is there a special way you show your gratitude to those in your life?

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Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:12-13 (NLT)

I wish you well.


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Gluten-free Garlic and Chili Powder Chex Mix Recipe

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA One of the food items I like to prepare when Pilot and I go on road trips, or when we are watching football, or even welcoming in the New Year, is Gluten-free Garlic and Chili Powder Chex Mix.

Growing up, I loved the original recipe with Worcestershire sauce. Yum.

This new version replaces the Worcestershire, with grated Parmesan, garlic powder and chili powder.

While this snack is totally delicious to Pilot and my way of thinking, I would suggest you not serve it when you will be up close and personal with others until you know them well. The garlic and chili powders have the potential to be a bit overpowering. 😉

Also, this recipe contains Cheerios, which contain Wheat Starch as one of its ingredients. I do not have Celiac Disease, so it is not a problem for me. If you cannot tolerate Cheerios, substitute additional gluten-free Chex cereals.

  • 2 1/2 Cup Corn Chex
  • 2 1/2 Cup Rice Chex
  • 2 1/2 Cup Cheerios
  • 1 1/2 Cup Gluten-free pretzels, broken into small pieces (I use Glutino pretzels)
  • 1 Cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

Heat oven to 300 degrees F. In a very large bowl, mix cereal, pretzels, and peanuts. Drizzle with oil. Toss until evenly coated.

In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Sprinkle over cereal mixture. Toss until evenly coated. Spread cereal mixture in ungreased, large, flat pan. (I use a cookie sheet with 1 inch sides.)

Bake uncovered 8 minutes. Stir. Bake an additional 8 minutes.

Store in airtight container.


I wish you well.


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