20/20 physical vision is a precious blessing from our Creator, but clear spiritual vision is even more valuable.

After being out in the cold and walking into the warm kitchen smelling the aroma of fresh cooking soup waiting for you is unbelievable. Preparing the slow cooker or the soup pot the night before makes dinnertime less stressful. The comments from the crowd let you know the effort was well wor…

Hank Williams, Sr. passed away in the early morning hours of January 1,1953, outside of Oak HILL, West Virginia, discovered by his chauffeur, en route to a concert, at the young age of 29. Hank would be 96 years old today and what a loss to the world but lives on today via recordings, movies…

Another year has passed and did you keep last years resolutions? Since I do “not” make resolutions any more I simply move in to the New Year. My only resolution is hoping my COUNTRY COOKING column continues to please my readers! I am always open to suggestions and any recipes you want to sha…

In 2019, there has been loss and gain for everyone. Many have lost family, friends, pets, possessions, investments, opportunities, etc. Then there are some who have gained all of these and more. Our existence ebbs and tides with loss and gain. As we enter 2020, we would be wise to consider t…

My favorite piece of scripture about Jesus’s birth can be found in the gospel according to Luke 2:1-20. If you decide to read it for yourself, you will probably notice part of it from Linus’ speech at the end of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Just a few days left and Christmas will be here. My mom always made lots of pies for Thanksgiving but would make a couple of cakes for Christmas dinner and for visitors to enjoy with coffee or a fresh glass of milk.Christmas candy is always abundant everywhere — mom had some beautiful candy …

As years pass by, we often realize long after the fact the most wonderful gifts are not the wrapped items under an ornamented tree, but those significant treasures we share through the years.

Homemade candies make great Christmas gifts appreciated by young and old alike. You need to dedicate one day for the candy making. Recently I went shopping for the baking supplies needed. That is very important to have a successful baking day — nothing like finding not enough baking needs to…

Fine weather on the opening day of Maryland’s deer hunting firearm season helped produce a 29% increase in harvest over last year, according to a press release by the Department of Natural Resources. Hunters reported taking 8,061 deer on opening day. Poor weather with high winds and rain on …

During the observance of our holidays, many of us strongly emphasize travel, fellowship, abundant feasting, decorations, dress, and gift giving. Just please don’t forget Jesus. The apostle Paul wrote, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of G…

I trusted the Lord to be my Savior as a young man in college. I did not understand much about the Bible or what the Christian life would be like. I just knew that if I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and save me, He would. (Rom 10:9-10) It is the most important decision that I have ever made.

Get those cookie cutters, cookie sheets, containers and favorite recipes out — cookie-baking time has arrived. First step is to determine which cookies to make. Second step is to prepare the shopping list for supplies. Third step is to choose the big day, better known as “baking day.” This d…

On Nov. 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B programs.

Greetings and blessings in the awesome name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We’ve made the shift from daylight savings time to standard time. Slow down, take a deep breath, the blossoms of summer have been replaced with the golden colors of fall. The beauty expressed in both truly speak…

The smells coming from the kitchen are so tantalizing to all who come inside. Just a few hours now and the table will be laden with delicious foods. Today let’s do some last-minute side dishes that are quick and tasty. Most cooks tend to stick with the all-time favorite dishes that we use ye…

Let us not forget God. The blessings and providence of God is the cornerstone of our representative democracy. The Bible tells us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)

Thanksgiving dinner festivities are only eight days away! Time flies when you are having fun. I love everything about Thanksgiving dinner — the rushing around gathering the foods to be cooked, the actual cooking and the guests arriving to the delicious smells throughout the house. Most impor…

The first sermon I ever wrote was based on Jeremiah, 1:4-5, which reads: The word of the Lord came to me, saying,“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”