As You Prepare Your Table…

We’re coming up to Thanksgiving, and many of us will prepare our “table” for the big feast. However, I think it’s safe to say we won’t be inviting our enemies (well, maybe there’s just that one family member…). I wish I could see your fall table decorations and taste your favorite savory side dish, but I’d love to hear about them in the comments (I’m including our favorite easy pie recipe below). I pray your day will be blessed, even if there are those at your table who aren’t your favorite dish (wink).

The 23rd Psalm tells us our Shepherd “prepares a table” for us. Did you ever wonder exactly what that means, and why David would use this word picture?ย  I mean, did David have an actual table out in the fields where he tended his sheep? Furthermore, the Psalm tells us the Shepherd prepares this table “in the presence of [his] enemies.” Perhaps David had a few enemies at his table. He had seen God protect and defend him time and again. He had found comfort in the Shepherd, even when David wasn’t exactly acting like a “man after God’s heart” (ahem), and even when he had to be sheared. He knew the Shepherd would care for him and never leave him. That’s how good the Good Shepherd is when we are His sheep–goodness and mercy follow us throughout this life and into the next.

We go into all of this and explain it further on our latest podcast, Seeds of Hope with Del and Penny. I told you about Part 1 in my last post, and I am including the links to Part 2 and Part 3 in this one (as well as Part 1 again). I hope hearing about how our Good Shepherd cares for us, his sheeple, will bless you and help you trust Him even more than you do now.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any comments, questions, or prayer requests. You can comment below or you can hit the contact button above if you’d like to be more private.

Also, I’d love to learn what you know about the 23rd Psalm that we didn’t cover in our episodes. And/or, when has the Shepherd prepared a table for you in the presence of enemies? Please share with us in the comments.

Well, I’ll let you go now so you can continue to prepare your table–while you’re listening to our podcast, of course.ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Seeds of Hope in the 23rd Psalm, Part 3 of 3

Seeds of Hope in the 23rd Psalm, Part 2 of 3

Seeds of Hope in the 23rd Psalm, Part 1 of 3

Thank you so much for stopping by. I really do appreciate your visit!

Blessed Thanksgiving to you,


Penny’s family’s favorite pie (Quick, easy and no bake!)

Cream Cheese Cherry Pie

1 Graham cracker crust (I use gluten free or make my own gluten free using Honey Nut Cheerios (crushed) instead of graham crackers (I like them better than gluten free graham crackers).

8 oz. cream cheese

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 can cherry pie filling

Beat together room temperature cream cheese and lemon juice til smooth (no more lumps)

Add can of sweetened condensed milk, beat til blended well

Add vanilla til blended.

Pour into pie shell. Top with as much of the cherry pie filling as you want on it. Chill several hours (over night is best). (I make this for 4th of July and use blueberry pie filling as well as cherry.)


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  1. JeannieWaters on November 11, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Penny, I love your writing. Your love and appreciation for our Shepherd shines through your words, and the bits of humor add just the right amount of spice. Iโ€™m off to listen to listen to Seeds of Hope parts 2 & 3.

  2. Penny Cooke on November 11, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    Aww, thank you, Jeannie! You are so sweet and supportive. I can’t wait to read your book and support it! Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! xo

  3. Lee Ann Mancini on November 11, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you, Penny, for your wisdom and your talent! I love to read whatever is upon your heart!
    Happy Thanksgiving, sweet sister!

  4. Penny Cooke on November 11, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks so much, Lee Ann. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! xo

  5. Judy Mitchell on November 23, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Penny, ever since I was little and living across the street from you, your ways and words have always comforted me and gave me security. I think God knew how much I needed a strong, influential, safe and God-loving person in my life. He has given me years of your friendship and I feel so blessed for it.
    I love your blogsโ€ฆ always! You donโ€™t always hear from me or get comments from me but Iโ€™m always looking and listening.
    Love you always my very good friend ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’•

  6. Judy Mitchell on November 23, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Ps- thank you sooooo much for the quick and easy pie recipe!! Iโ€™ll be trying that out this thanksgiving! Yum! ๐Ÿ˜‹

  7. Judy on November 23, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Ps- thank you sooooo much for the quick and easy pie recipe!! Iโ€™ll be trying that out this thanksgiving! Yum! ๐Ÿ˜‹

  8. Penny Cooke on November 23, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    AWWWW…you’ve blessed me so much. Thank you for such encouraging words, Judy. Sometimes you wonder if anyone is listening. If it were only you, it would be enough. Thank you my sweet friend!
    And enjoy the pie!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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