“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” — 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
My Granny Hester lives on through her family in many ways and this is pretty amazing. First of all, her girls look like her and while Mama was alive she looked like her too. As she got older, she looked even more like her. I also know that her cooking legacy was passed on to her girls, too. Our Mama was our Granny Hester cook and our Aunt Agnes has always carried on the cooking legacy too. But, even more than looks or food the entire Hill and Lancaster families have always been close. They inherited her nature of being sweet and kind to everyone. Granny Hester had many grandchildren that were not grandchildren by blood but her adopted ones.
Growing up, our family had a standard day of going to Granny Hester’s house on Thursday of each week and I can say we all looked forward to our day with our Granny Hester. I miss those days but what I miss even more is the love our family had for so many years. It seems that we have all grown up and moved on to other things, but we are reminded once a year at the Thanksgiving Day”family get together of the love that is shared in our family.
It is so important for us to build each other up. As you or someone you know becomes a Christian or is already a Christian, I know God is smiling down on you when you lift them up, support them and don’t make them feel less than a good Christian. Always remember to not be shaken by words. God is your strength and your Savior and with Him there is nothing that you can’t do. So, let God’s love flow through you and pass that love on to others because it might bring courage to someone else to take the first step to live for God each day and accept His love as well. Remember that we fall and make mistakes. We may be hurt but we are alive. We are not perfect and God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. We should always be thankful for another day to get it right.
O God, when others hurt us, it is easy to react out of our flesh. However, not responding to those who hurt you is a sign of strength. Jesus, you were oppressed and afflicted, yet you did not open your mouth. I pray that you bless us with your strength and peace. Help us to honor you by forgiving and not reacting out of our pain, in Jesus name, amen.
Do you show love and not anger to others?
Cook beef and noodles, combine everything with the beef leaving half the cheese for topping adding some pasta water to the mix. Cook in a 375 degree oven, cover for 20 minutes and uncover for 10 minutes (Source: Old fashioned recipes).
Janice Sasser, of Goldsboro, is the daughter of Ruby Hicks, who wrote weekly columns for the Mount Olive Messenger for six years.
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