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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


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
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!


God Bless America,


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.


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

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.


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.


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?





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.

– 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!

        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
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.
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
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!
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
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!


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



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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The Courage of a Virtuous Woman

The Courage of a Virtuous Woman- SouthernGalsCook.com


Deuteronomy 31:6Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.


This week, our church has had our annual Vacation Bible School. Each night we have talked about a few of the different character traits that are exhibited by the Proverbs 31 woman. We have discussed:

The Faith of a Virtuous Woman

The Wisdom of a Virtuous Woman

The Compassion of a Virtuous Woman

For our fourth lesson, we discussed the virtue of courage.

As a Christian there have been times when I needed to do something that probably should have been easy, but yet I found it difficult because I lacked the courage to put myself in a vulnerable position.

I have found myself to be the only Christian in a group discussion about faith, Christianity, and or/moral issues.

I’m sure you’ve been in the same boat.

What did you do?

I tried to stand up for my beliefs and share my testimony of salvation. I don’t feel like I was effective, but I will leave that up to the Lord.

Sometimes God leads us to do a work. When that work means a life change, we can get nervous or scared. It may be your spouse that has been called to the mission field and it means moving the family hundreds or thousands of miles away. You may be called to leave your jobs and stay home with your children– losing an income is scary.

No matter what the transition, change is hard on most everyone but as children of the Great I Am, we have to be willing to go when He says go.

But do not fret.

We never go alone.

He’s there with us.

Why should we fear when our help comes from the Lord?

I had a talk with someone close to me not long ago. We were discussing something that needed to be done because the Lord was leading our hearts in a direction that meant change was/is in the near future. I had already had time to get used to the idea, but my friend was struggling. I told them that I was afraid that they would be so focused on the storm {of change and of the unknown} that they would be too afraid to get out of the boat {comfort zone}.

When the Lord is calling us out of the boat, we can find our courage in Him. We must keep our focus on Him and pay no mind to the storm. When He is ready, He will still the waters and the winds. The winds and seas obey Him.

Why should we fear?

It’s a comfort to know that when fear starts to bleed into the corners of our minds, we can ask God for courage and He will give it.

We are never alone.

We have no reason to fear.

Whether you are witnessing to an unbeliever, leaving your comfort zone to work for the Lord, becoming a parent, getting married, starting a new school, whatever it is: If the Lord has led you in the direction that you are headed–

Have. No. Fear!

Be of good courage.

The Master of the Wind and Seas will go with you.

He will not fail you.

And He will not forsake you.

The Compassion of a Virtuous Woman

The Compassion of a Virtuous Woman- SouthernGalsCook.com

♥Proverbs 31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

♥John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

♥1 Corinthians 13:1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

I’m ashamed.

Not because I lack compassion. There’s enough compassion in this ol’ heart to share.

I’m ashamed because I have allowed the fraud of others to tarnish my idea of charity.

Do you know what I mean?

You hear of non-profits profiting heavily off of the kindness of others.

Our government assistant programs are being taken advantage of by people who are healthy enough to work, they just choose not to.

These situations maybe rare, but they are all you hear about.

So, even though compassion exists among God’s people, wouldn’t you agree that our compassion as become callused?

Well… shame on us!

Shame on me!

Shame on me for allowing the exception to become the rule.

What a wonderful opportunity we miss out on for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Before there were food stamps, free health care, and government housing, there were churches that fed and clothed the poor. If you needed money, they would find something for you to do so you could earn a few dollars. And because there were real people {not agencies} reaching out, it was very rare for the ‘needy’ to continue taking advantage of the compassion of others. As soon as they were on their feet, they were not only providing for themselves, but they were paying forward the compassion shown to them.

In that process, the love of Christ was shining brightly in the hearts of the givers.

I wonder how many souls were saved through the living testimonies of those that reached their hands out to the needy.

Where is it today?

The more I write, the angrier I become at myself.

Compassion and charity are all just extensions of love.

Should it be so difficult to love our fellow man? Especially if we have the love of Christ in us?

I was talking to Dana the other day about adoption. We, as Christians are called out to take care of the widows and the orphans, yet how many of us consider adoption?

I have family members that have adopted. What a wonderful gift it is. I cannot even begin to describe how much our family has loved and been loved through that process.

There are so many children that need to know the love of a family.

Do you know how many 17 year olds feel doomed because on their next birthday they will be pushed out of the system? They will no longer be eligible for adoption because they will be a legal adult– an adult with no one to call them on their birthday. No where to go for the holidays.

My heart is breaking.

What if you could be that one family; the one that could give that child {or children} a soft place to fall when they are disappointed? What about when they are sick and they have no one that loves them enough to fix them a special bed on the couch, pop in their favorite movie, keep their cup filled with ice-cold Sprite and snuggle with them until their fever breaks? What about when they want to know what happens when they die, and there is no one to tell them about the love of Jesus and heaven?

I hope no one comes in here. I’m pretty sure the snot and tears would freak them out.

You know what the problem is?

Our society has taken on this idea that children are an inconvenience.

Women are told not to consider having families until they are well established. “Wait until you have your degree and your career going. A child will just slow you down.”

Children are blessing.


Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

I’m not saying that they aren’t a huge responsibility. I’m not saying that your life won’t change.

It will!

It has to!

But I’m telling you it is worth it.

It is worth it.

It is worth it.

It. Is. Worth it.

Every less dollar amount. Every sleepless night. Every spit up stained shirt. Every car seat in the mini-van. Every “what is that smell?!” Every “GET THAT OUT OF YOUR MOUTH!”. Every frantic trip to the ER. Every time you have to answer “why?”…

I wouldn’t trade a nanosecond of that for anything you could offer.

If you have ever entertained the idea of adopting, PLEASE pray about it until you have exhausted all avenues.

We need more compassionate women to say YES to children with no families.

We need more compassionate women to reach their hands toward the needy without hesitancy.

We need more compassionate hearts living out the gospel.

By “we”, I mean “me”… and “you”… and “us”. All of us. I know I can’t be the only one.

Without our actions, our words are just sounds… sounds that mean nothing. Just noise.

I don’t want to be “just noise”.

The compassion of a Virtuous Woman…her words would sound like the song of angels. Her actions would be like a cool breeze on a hot, humid, Kentucky summer day– bringing comfort, and beauty, and relief.

No noise. Just love.

May we all inch closer to being a Proverbs 31 woman by living the way Jesus said… having love one to another.



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