“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him-and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:11-19

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ~Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” ~John Milton


Has someone ever blessed you to the point that you are just not sure how on earth you will ever be able to express your gratitude to that person? I have had that humbling experience bestowed on me by a lovely family, so I am doing the only thing I know to do to show them how deeply grateful I am…I’m baking for them!

It seems such a humble offering, but with it, I give my heartfelt thanks and gratitude. It’s so sad, we live in a culture in which one could quite easily go out and buy any kind of baked goods you can imagine…and let me just say, I don’t blame anyone for turning to the convenience of store-bought. Lord knows, we are all busy and often overwhelmed by our hectic lives. However, there is just something about taking the time and the effort to make something with your own two hands from scratch that expresses something deeper than just an empty gesture. When you make something yourself, you can add something that the manufactured goods of the food industry just cannot squeeze into their production lines…that being your heart. Yes…butter, sugar, flour and eggs can express gratitude when combined with one’s heart.

So, here is my offering of gratitude…homemade and heartfelt…to a family on which I pray my Abba Father’s deepest, richest and most lavish blessings. My sincere and deepest thanks and gratitude to you and yours!



Thanks to Ina Garten for sharing her beauty, her talents and her passion for good food with novice cooks like myself. Here is her recipe for Lemon Yogurt Cake:



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