Sunday, January 13, 2019

Joy in January

May the Lord's loving-grace bloom within you today. 
        Holiday cheer has been put away. The colored lights are boxed and stashed in a dim memory. The gray clouds of winter have settled in. Depression tries to chill us like a cold breeze squeezing through a window. 

         If we don’t take action, we’ll be encased like a snowman who can’t move or speak. The holidays in November and December had us doing, singing, and fellowshipping. We created joy that warmed hearts as we focused on celebrating with thanksgiving the birth of Christ. 

These activities ignited delights. Why leave the contentment of holiday cheer stored away in a closet? Why leave celebrating and thankfulness just for a few days? We can blow out the pity-party candle of depression that tries to creep into the cold gray days of winter. 

January would be a perfect time to blow out that candle and offer simple hospitality to brighten the gray gloomy days of winter. 

      We can create an intimate moment in a cozy corner with a friend or two. To offer time, encouragement, and acceptance creates a sweet moment tastier than a slice of pecan pie. Box cookies will do! 

Joy in January begins with an invitation of friendship. Bleak days turn into colorful occasions over decorative teacups, a treat, and a shining smile. It’s togetherness in remembering Christ in everyday living that turns dreariness into cheerfulness.  

Be a joy giver who continues to point to the Light of the world after the holidays. Offer a dear one or two a cup of time,encouragement, and acceptance as a difference maker who doesn’t let depression settle in when the Christmas lights are stashed away. Serve on!

Serve others with simple hospitality that brings joy any day. 
Uplifting blessings,


Saturday, December 29, 2018

Be Blessed in 2019

May you be filled with the favor of our Lord Jesus Christ throughout 2019.
Uplifting blessings, Carolyn Knefely. 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Scandinavian Almond Cake | Easy & Tasty

Unwrap your gift in the pages of the Bible today. Uplifting Blessings always. 

Scandinavian Almond Cake

1 1/4 cup sugar
Taste and see that the Lord is good!    Ps.34:8
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
2/3 cup milk
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup sliced almonds
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat cake pan with cooking spray and dust with flour.  Set aside.

Beat together sugar, eggs, almond extract, and milk.  
Add flour, baking powder, and melted butter.  Mix well. 
Pour mixture into cake pan. *
Bake 45 to 50 minutes.  Cool and dust with powdered sugar.  

Option: may serve with fruit and whip topping
* choices: load pan, bunt pan, or muffin tin
(I double the recipe and fill two pans -- one to serve right away and the other to freeze.)

The Lord will be your everlasting Light. 

Merry Christmas 
May you be filled with
the Lord’s favor in 2019!