Bethankit. It's a Scots word meaning "God be thanked." I've used it often in my novel, KINDRED. I'm using it today to express my gratitude for the many blessings I've been given.
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name." Psalm 100:4
For a warm house, and food, and clothing, bethankit.
For my husband, a man after your own heart, bethankit.
For a friend who went into hospital last week, looking at possible open heart surgery, who yesterday, after much prayer on her behalf, and many tests and dire predictions, has been given a sudden clean bill of health, bethankit.
For getting in contact with the photographer whose image so captures the heart and soul of KINDRED, and being able to order my very own copy to put by my desk while I work, bethankit.
For finishing up the edit on KINDRED today, and reaching a word count of 158K and change, bethankit!
I hope you all have many blessings to count and recount to the Lord, the giver of all good things, this season. Blessings big and small. Blessings in hard times. Blessings in plenty. Feel free to share some here!
Here's a new holiday recipe. I've tried it once this autumn and will no doubt make it again before the New Year rolls around:
Easy Cranberry Cobbler
3 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup butter, melted
Place cranberries in a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish; sprinkle with walnuts and 1/2 cup sugar. Set aside. Combine egg and remaining 1/4 cup sugar; beat at high speed of electric mixer until smooth and slightly thickened. Add flour and butter; beat at low speed until smooth. Spoon batter over berry mixture; bake at 325 oven for 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve cobbler warm; top each serving with a scoop of ice cream. Yield: 6 servings.
(top photo by ecpark, Flickr)