Crock Pot Chicken And Dressing

As we make preparations for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, there is so much I am grateful for. My family and friends, the church and most of all for a Savior who is loving and kind. So many times, I fall short, but He is faithful and showers me with His forgiveness and mercy when I ask Him to. (I promise there is a recipe at the bottom…just had to share some thoughts as well!)

Psalm 107 tells of this love and mercy, as well as His provision.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever!

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,

whom he has redeemed from trouble

and gathered in from the lands,

from the east and from the west,

from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes,

finding no way to a city to dwell in;

hungry and thirsty,

their soul fainted within them.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.

He led them by a straight way

till they reached a city to dwell in.

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wondrous works to the children of man!

For he satisfies the longing soul,

and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

10  Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,

prisoners in affliction and in irons,

11  for they had rebelled against the words of God,

and spurned the counsel of the Most High.

12  So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;

they fell down, with none to help.

13  Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.

14  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,

and burst their bonds apart.

15  Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wondrous works to the children of man!

16  For he shatters the doors of bronze

and cuts in two the bars of iron.

As the psalmist describes in v. 10-16, I have been in some dark places in my life, brought there by rebellious choices. But in His steadfast love, He delivered me when I cried out to Him. He has brought good things out of the worst times of my life, and touched my heart in ways that leave me forever changed. 

Even as in v. 9, He satisfies our hungry and longing souls with good things, so also He provides for the physical need we have. Out of His abundance, He meets our needs, way above what is even necessary. Especially here in America, where there is excess. We need to remember our brothers and sisters in foreign lands, who face poverty and persecution. He loves them just as much as He loves us. And through their great need, they learn to rely on Him for everything. We can learn a lot from our Christian brothers and sisters living in hard places. Their faith is amazing, grown through times of calling out to the Lord in desperation. May we all recognize our need for Him, even with abundance all around us.

As we make plans for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, provided by Him, let us consider reaching out to those all around us who may not have as much. To the lonely and the ones who may not be able to afford a Thanksgiving meal. And if we are able to help, let us do so. We can lift them up in prayer and maybe even see that physical needs are met to give them a happy Thanksgiving!

If you are having a crowd over, here is a good recipe for chicken and dressing that feeds a bunch of people. We can use any resource God has given us to reach out to people, and sharing food will bless you as well as the ones you share it with. So, whether it’s just you and your family gathering to give thanks or if you choose to feed the neighborhood, sharing a meal warms the heart!

This is a simple recipe you can mix up the night before and throw it in the crock pot the next morning. Add some turkey or ham and green beans, and there’s your Thanksgiving meal! Enjoy!

 

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