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Just another sacred Sunday in the South!!!

Acts 16:5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

 

Shenandoah explains it best with their song Sunday in the South.  Here are the lyrics to refresh your memory!

Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QL450Qz0jM

Sunday in the South

Shenandoah

Millworker houses lined up in a row
Another southern Sunday’s morning glow
Beneath the steeple all the people have begun
Shaking hands with the man who grips the gospel gun

While the quiet prayer, the smell of dinner on the ground
Fills up the morning air, ain’t nothing sweeter around

I can almost hear my mama pray
Oh Lord forgive us when we doubt
Another sacred Sunday in the south, alright
A ragged rebecflagl flag flies high above it all
Popping the wind like an angry cannon ball
Now the holes of history are cold and still
But they still smell the powder burning, and they probably always will

And on the old town square, under the barber shop pole
They sit me up in the chair, when I was four years old

I can almost hear my papa say
Won’t you hold still, son, stop squirming around
Another southern Sunday’s comin’ down

I can almost hear the old folks say
You made it big, one day you’ll leave this town
Some other lazy Sunday, you’ll be back around

I can feel the evening sun go down
And all the lights in the houses one by one go out
Softly in the distance, nothing stirs about
And the night is filled with the sound of a whippoorwill
Want a Sunday in the south, alright

Just another Sunday in the south
Oh, another sacred Sunday in the south
How I miss them old sweet Sundays in the south
I can hear my mama calling, in the south, alright
Oh-oh-oh
In the south

 

Most of my childhood consisted of going to church with my Grandmother, whether it be on a Sunday or any given night of the week.  As a child I thought me and my cousins were just going to church with Grandmother.  But she had a totally different thought in her mind.  She was concerned about our souls!!! She knew the importance of us hearing God’s word.  She knew the importance of us being saved, being born-again Christians!!  We as children, however, looked at it as an opportunity to play with our cousins.

Many times my Aunt Jean (God rest her soul) would tag along.  I have so many fond memories of me and my cousin Manessa (whom is Aunt Jean’s daughter) singing church hymns at the top of our lungs from the back seat.  I’ll Fly Away, Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand, He Set Me Free, When the Roll is Called up Yonder, just to name a few!  My how we must have gotten on their nerves!  But they never told us to hush!

Grandmother always had Sunday dinner ready when we walked in the door after service, and on occasion, we had dinner on the grounds at church.  Grandmother always had a big basket of food that she had prepared for the dinner.  Back then we didn’t eat from paper or foam plates, folks would bring their own plates and silverware.  Grandmother always had real plates from home for us to eat from, and she always brought extra just in case someone needed a plate or forgot theirs.

I thank God for my Grandmother and those sacred Sundays from my childhood.  Especially that one special sacred Sunday that God convicted my heart and showed me what a lost, wretched, sinner I was! Praise God I can say that Blessed Jesus Holds My Hand because He Set Me Free and one day When the Roll is Called up Yonder, I’ll Fly Away and I will be in heaven with my Grandmother, Aunt Jean and all those that have gone on before me.  And yes, one day, Manessa and I will be singing, not from the back seat of a car, but in God’s Choir!

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God Bless America,

Dana

US ….. On TV!!!!

Okay, so we have become local celebrities!  Not really, but we like to think so in our minds!

I thought I would be nervous ……. I thought would stumble over my words or even worse …… not be able to speak at all!!  However, Laura Rogers and Chris Allen (basically the entire staff) has a way of making us feel at ease.

wbko1 We have a lot of fun when we go visit with the wonderful folks at WBKO.  From the moment we walked in the studio we were not treated as strangers.  Laura Rogers spoke and talked with us as if she had known us for years.  Which really helps to make us feel more comfortable in front of the camera.  She is real, she is genuine, and just as sweet as sugar poured over strawberries!  We enjoy it so much we are hoping to make this a monthly event.

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You can watch our segment via the link below or you can go to YouTube and search Southern Gals Cook.

Our Mission Statement and Guiding Principles

Psalms 31:3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Psalms 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

Psalms 73:24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

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Mission Statement

Our goal at Southern Gals Cook is to provide friendly, caring service to our clients. We strive to serve high quality food using only the freshest ingredients prepared with passion and love.

 

Guiding principles

• To always keep God as our leader
• To always remember we are never as good as we must become and our search for excellence is never ending
• To give our client more than they expect; under promise, over deliver
• To provide excellent service and great food with outstanding results at a fair price
• To set ambitious goals with high expectations and always meet and exceed our commitments
• To be an asset to our community through our generosity and involvement by “giving back” as much as we can

 

When hiring a caterer it’s important to ask if they are licensed, insured and have a passing health inspection.  Here is our proof:

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Merry CHRISTmas

Luke 2:8-14

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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While we are visiting with family, filling our bellies with great food and opening presents lets not forget to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, giving HIM thanks for everything.

HE IS THE REAL REASON FOR THE SEASON!!!

We at Southern Gals Cook want to wish everyone very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

What am I preparing today, you ask?

Deep Fried Turkey (actually hubby did this), mashed potatoes, corn, dumplins, fresh homemade yeast rolls and peanut butter fudge.

What’s going on your table today?

GOD BLESS

SGC

 

 

The Amish Way: Poems, Quotes and Words of Wisdom

The Amish WayWhile shopping at my favorite Amish Grocery I happened across this little book.  My curiosity got the best of me and I had to buy it.  Much to my delight I found way more than canning recipes and home remedies.

Tucked away in the pages of this little book I found poems, quotes and words of wisdom from some very smart and wise Amish Ladies!

My favorite saying from the Amish Sayings and Quotes collection would be the first one listed because it is soooooo true!  It’s kinda of like the old saying, “If I knew then what I know now!”

My favorite poem would be Bless this Mess because it gives me insight on how Amish ladies face the same challenges as me on a daily basis!  I guess I just somehow figured the Amish ladies had it all together and figured out that they don’t stress over laundry, dishes, dirty windows, etc!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy these as much as I did and please let me know which ones are your favorite and why they are your favorite.  I will be interesting see how differently we all see things.

 
           AMISH SAYINGS AND QUOTES
 
– It is less painful to learn in our youth,
  than it is to be ignorant in our old age!
 
– You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar,
  but who wants a bunch of flies?
                     An Amish friend
                     Lobelville, TN
 
 
– If a rooster crows before goin’ to bed, he’s sure to wake up with a wed head! (rain)
                                                                                          Mrs. Robert Gingerich
                                                                                         East Rochester, OH
 
 
– Love is patient, Love is kind.
  Love bears all things, hopes all things and endures all things!
 
– A whistlin’ woman and a crowin’ hen are sure to come to some bad end!
  Always forgive your enemies.  It sure aggravates them!
 
– Any housewife, no matter how large her family,
  can always get some time alone by doing the dishes!
 
– A peck of common sense is worth a bushel of learning.
 
 
– God is great, God is good
  By His had, we are fed.
  Give us Lord, our daily bread!
 
 
– Sometimes you get discouraged, because I am so small.
  I always leave my fingerprints on the furniture and walls.
  But everyday I’m growing, I’ll be all grown up someday,
  and all these tiny fingerprints will surely fade away!
 
        
     AMISH POEMS AND WORDS OF WISDOM

        The Farmer’s Love Letter

My sweet potato, do you carrot all for me?  
You are the apple of my eye.
With radish hair and your turnip nose,
My heart beets for you
My love for you is strong as onions.
If we cantaloupe, lettuce marry,
and we will be a happy pear!
              Mrs. Robert Gingerich
              East Rochester, OH
 
 
 
      A LITTLE AMISH POEM
 
Come, let’s clean our the garden,
carry in everything that we find.
Stuff everything in jars,
with shapes of every kind.
 
When winter comes a howling,
along the shelves we’ll snoop,
and serve our hungry family,
with vegetables and soup.
 
 
       AN AMISH POEM
 
Weary mother mixing dough,
don’t you wish the food would grow?
Your lips would smile, I know, to see,
a cookie bush or donut tree!
 
 
               BLESS THIS MESS
 
I look in the kitchen, and what do I see?
But a great pile of dishes, just waiting for me.
I glance through the window, my view is all bleary.
The prints of small children, make it look very smeary.
 
My glance falls on laundry, hanging over chairs,
some of it folded, and some at me stares.
With a basket of ironing, and another of mending,
I find that my tasks, are almost unending.
 
But the toys of the floor, and the rugs disarranged,
show healthy children in this house have played.
And the dishes and laundry, are proof that we’re blessed,
with food and with rainment, so why get distressed?
 
I’ve health and I’m privileged, to work with my best.
So up and at, Thank God for this mess!
                                                 An Amish friend,
                                                Sugarcreek, OH
 
 
         AN AMISH POEM
I would rather have a little rose,
from the garden of a friend,
than flowers strewn around my casket,
when my days on earth are ended.
 
I would rather have a loving smile,
from one I know is true,
than tears shed ’round my casket,
when the world I bid adieu.
 
Bring me all my flowers today,
and the true smile as I said, now!
I’d rather have a smile or rose,
than a truckload when I’m dead!
 
 
          TABLE RULES
In silence I must take my seat,
and give God thanks before I eat.
Must for my food, in patience wait,
till I am asked to hand my plate.
 
I must not scold, nor whine, nor pout,
nor move my chair or plate about.
With knife or fork or napkin ring,
I must not play nor must I sing.
 
I must not speak a useless word,
For children must be seen, not heard!
I must not talk about my food,
nor fret if I don’t think it’s good.
 
I must not say, “The bread is cold,”
“The tea is hot,” “The coffee cold.”
I must not cry for this or that,
nor murmur if my meat is fat.
 
My mouth with food, I must not crowd,
nor while I’m eating, speak aloud.
Must turn my head to cough or sneeze,
and when I ask, say “If you please.”
 
The tablecloth, I must not spoil,
nor with my food, my fingers soil.
Must keep my seat till I am done,
nor round the table, sport and run.
 
When told to rise, then I must put
my chair away with noiseless foot.
And lift my heart to God above,
in praise for all His wondrous love.
                         An Amish friend
 
 
      HOW TO PRESERVE A HUSBAND
 
Some insist on keeping them in a pickle,
while others are constantly them in hot water.
Even the poor varieties can be made sweet and tender
by garnishing with patience; well sweetened with smiles and flavored
with kisses.  Wrap well in a mantle of charity and keep warm with
steady fire of devotion.  Thus prepared, they’ll keep for years!
 
 
        
       RECIPE FOR LIFE
 
One cup full of good thoughts
1 cup of kind deeds
1 cup consideration for others
2 cups well beaten faults
3 cups forgiveness
 
Mix thoroughly and add tears of joy, sorrow and sympathy for others.
Fold in 4 cups of prayer and faith to lighten other ingredients, and let
rise to great heights of Christian living.
 
After pouring all of this into your family life, bake well with warmth and human kindness.
Serve with a smile.
Lydia Ann Schwartz
Berne, IN
 
 
A COMMUNITY GARDEN
 
Three rows squash
1.  Squash grudges
2.  Squash criticism
3.  Squash gossip
 
Four rows of turnips
1.  Turn up for visits
2.  Turn up with a smile
3.  Turn up with a helping hand
4.  Turn up on time
 
Five rows of lettuce
1.  Let us love one another
2.  Let us welcome strangers
3.  Let us be faithful to God’s duty
4.  Let us worship God together
5.  Let us pray often for one another
                    Mrs. Robert Gingerich

 

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did!

Dana

Help, we need somebody! Help, not just anybody! Help, you know we need someone, help!

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Do the altered lyrics in our title for this post sound familiar?

Yep, you guessed it!

The Beatles, HELP, released July 1965!

Okay, enough trivia!

 

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READY, SET, GO …………

The Purity of a Virtuous Woman

The Purity of a Virtous Woman- SouthernGalsCook.com

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Titus 2The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

I apologize for this post being later than I had hoped.

For those of you who have ever played a large role in a Vacation Bible School, I’m sure you can understand why I took a little break.

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And all my VBS peeps said, “Amen!”

This past week, our church was having our annual VBS with the theme of “The Virtuous Woman”. Each night, we discussed a characteristic found in Proverbs 31 and used a woman in the bible that exhibited those characteristics.

We talked about:

The Faith of a Virtuous Woman

The Wisdom of a Virtuous Woman

The Compassion of a Virtuous Woman

The Courage of a Virtuous Woman

For our last virtue, we talked about purity.

We all know that purity means clean; without contamination.

We also know that physical purity is important and discussed in the bible.

I don’t want to get off on this tangent, but I feel that I need to point this out: this is something that has been tossed aside in our society. The idea that a person’s sexual purity is disposable, unnecessary, and a curse, has crawled its way into many of our homes.

Our children can’t see a commercial or hear a song without some sort of sexual insinuation, which, if left ignored, will desensitize them to impropriety.

The world is astonished at the notion of having a relationship without physical intimacy until marriage. “What’s the big deal?!” The big deal is that God intended for your body to belong to the person you marry, when you are married, and to no one else at any other time– and that goes for ladies AND gentlemen.

I told my daughter the other day that the reason I dislike “new country music” is because southern women are portrayed as promiscuous, immodest, drunken girls with a love of drunk boys in pick-ups. Remember when being a southern lady meant having a sense of propriety and values, loving Jesus, and being loyal to family?

I know I sound like an 80-year-old grandma with a wagging finger, but I can’t help it. I have a daughter to raise and I want my son to learn to value women, to be a protector of these virtues, and posses them himself. However, it seems that everywhere we look, women are showing their bodies and men are praising them for it. On the other hand, we have aggressive women throwing themselves at men who want to do the right thing.

Please understand that this rambling of mine isn’t about legalism. If we depended on our actions for God’s mercy, we’d all be doomed.

God’s word, if we have been saved, should cause us to examine ourselves and convict us of our wrong doings. I can’t help but do that every time I study the Proverbs 31 woman. It reveals in me my impure thoughts and actions. I am a sinner saved by grace– but I’m still a sinner and will be until I lay this body down. This is why God’s grace is so needful and wonderful.

It’s also why we need to extend grace to others.

We cannot be perfect. None of us can. It baffles me that people think they can be good enough to go to heaven. Scripture teaches us plainly that no one can be good enough. God compares us to Jesus. Can any of us measure up to Jesus’s purity? No. Not one. When God looks at us, He sees a people who have sinned against Him and His Son– but if He sees the blood of His Son on our hearts, He sees us as His children.

If my kids have had a bad day and had gotten in trouble, I tell them that best thing about tomorrow is that it’s a fresh start with no mistakes. Isn’t it nice to know that it’s the same with God?

Lamentations 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.22 It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

I hope that we all realize we must strive for holiness. Not just our bodies– but our eyes, ears, and mind need to be guarded. Do we protect our thoughts? Do we guard our hearts? Virtue is something that requires great effort and I pray that God will grant us the strength and perseverance to achieve such things for His honor, His glory, and to the furthering of His kingdom.

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