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Lynn’s Homemade Meatballs






Lynn’s Homemade Meatballs

2 lbs of lean hamburger meat

Garlic salt

2 T Worchestershire

3/4 cup chopped onion

2 T. Ketchup

2 T BBQ Sauce

1 cup instant oatmeal

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

Mix together and roll into balls. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, Remove balls to a new dish

Mix 1 bottle BBQ Sauce and 1/2 cup Grape Jelly and pour over meatballs and heat in microwave

Serve and enjoy.

Best Mother/Daughters-in-law Relationships By Nagwa Abdou

Best Mother/Daughters-in-law Relationships By Nagwa Abdou

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

For thousands of years, parents controlled their children’s marital affairs. They helped their children find the suitable bride that the family and the child would learn to love (Abraham sent his servant to the city of Nahor to find a suitable daughter–in-law for his son Isaac). Also the parents had the last word and if they thought this union wasn’t in the family’s best interest, the child had to agree with their decision.

Then came the idea of independence and free will and that the children should be able to make their own choices including whom to marry. Then unity between two different families who are different in culture and social life started to merge.

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

Without doubt, this moment is the happiest and the hardest moment for the in-laws’ lives, when they know in this moment they have to release and let go of their children to someone else (like a hard farewell) so they can establish their own life together.

The reality is, marriage is not between two people but rather it is the unity between two different families. We need to realize that being different is not a bad thing for despite cultured and social differences, it does not mean that one is the right way and the other is the wrong way. Instead they should learn to adapt themselves and learn to embrace whom God has brought into their lives.

Entreat me not to leave you or turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (Ruth 1:16).



Loving the Other Mother by Liz Curtis Higgs

This is an article I received in an email from Proverbs 31 Ministries. This is a must read.


“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

The truth? I am not what my mother-in-law prayed for. She would have been happy with Mary or Martha as a wife for her godly son. Instead, she got Rahab. That is to say, a former bad girl, slightly tattered around the edges, continually grateful for God’s grace.

Because I lost my own mother to emphysema in my twenties, the idea of getting to know my husband’s mother was both thrilling and intimidating. Given time, I hoped we might become mother-daughter close. But as each year went by, I became less certain of my place in her heart.

Did Mary Lee Higgs love me for making her son happy and giving her two brilliant grandchildren? Yes, absolutely.

But did she like me as a person? Approve of me as a daughter-in-law? I wasn’t entirely sure, and so I emotionally held her at arm’s length, guarding my still-tender heart.

Yes, I did all the right things, especially on Mother’s Day — greeting cards, fresh flowers, dinners out, nice gifts. But I wasn’t fully invested in her happiness the other 364 days of the year, in part because I had no idea what might please her most.

Then I became a mother-in-law. Oh.

I quickly began making amends with Mary Lee, finally understanding the one thing she needed from me — unconditional love, expressed in as many ways as possible. Because of God’s kindness (and her patience), our last five years together were sweeter than all the years that came before them combined.

If you have a mother-in-law, it’s never too late to strengthen or rebuild your one-of-a-kind relationship. Which of these practical ideas might work best for you?

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