Living Hand to Mouth on the Words of God

I was just a child the first time I heard it said that a good woman could throw more out the back door than a good man could bring in through the front. For the life of me, I couldn’t imagine why the man’s wife wanted to throw all of their stuff in the back yard.  Years later I realized that the front door/back door visual was a way of saying that the woman was being wasteful. I got that.


I was raised by people who believed in conserving and preserving, and I wasn’t always a fan of the practices we employed. Conservation isn’t so attractive when you’re the youngest of three little tomboys and you hear your mother reminding your sisters to “Save the bath water!” Let me be clear. I envied Cyndie getting to take that first sparkling clean dip.

You probably have similar stories. We’ve all been told to “Waste not, want not,” and we’ve been cautioned that “A penny saved is a penny earned.” This from well-meaning people hoping to teach us that we could get ahead instead of scraping by, if only we’d be careful to save what we had in hand. Scrimping and saving is great economic advice, my friends, but I’m here to tell you that we need to reprogram our thinking where it concerns our walk with Christ. Let me explain.

Every wonderful thing this Jesus is has been given to us and we can claim all we want if we’ll continue to come back to Him to receive. Come and receive, come and receive, it’s the only way we can experience the abundant life that is Christ in us, living through us.  We can’t use the graces of Christ economically and make them last. We can’t stockpile Who He Is and parse Him out. If we try to find the goodness, mercy, grace, patience, forgiveness, faithfulness, and kindness of Christ in us, we’ll always be sorely disappointed.  These gifts are in Him.

My name is Shellie and I’m a spiritual pauper. I have to live hand to mouth on the words of God.

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My Partner is Out of This World

Some of you may remember my talking about the rainbows in my herb garden. It was about this time last year when I first mentioned it. Allow me to sketch a quick back story in case you missed it because it’s back on my mind.

I have a spot in my back yard, above my herb garden, where I can create a rainbow at will. I discovered this by accident one morning. As I was watering my herbs I noticed God’s promise to man forming above the water spraying from the garden hose. It was a little slice of heaven and I enjoyed it, though I thought it was an isolated incident. Then it happened again, and again, until I finally realized the conditions in that little square of earth were perfectly suited for rainbow making. At the time, I remember sharing with y’all how it challenged me to keep asking God to open my eyes and help me see more and more of the evidence of Himself that He has written into nature.

Well, with the weather warming up, I’ve been back in my herb garden creating rainbows and mulling over the truth I find in them.


The phenomenon of the rainbow remains above my pay grade. All I know is that God designed it and I get to partner with Him to create one.

So, too, the mysterious process of new birth that a soul undergoes when it turns to Christ. There’s a mystery above all of our pay grades, but God has deemed to use our dusty frames in sharing His good news. The Hope of Glory lives in us and invites us to partner with Him in that supernatural creation of a new life. Like my rainbow making in the herb garden, we can choose whether to engage in His plans for those around us, or not. As believers we don’t manufacture the living water that flows from us and we don’t own the results, but in some way, it’s our hand on the faucet. Let’s turn it on wide open and full blast.

Hugs, Shellie

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My All Things Southern Comeback Sauce

Hey folks, and welcome back to the All Things Southern kitchen. We’re making comeback sauce today.  Comeback sauce is a highly favored southern condiment that is also crazy versatile. You can dress salads or pastas with it, or use it as a dip for seafood and French fries but however you try it, you’ll come back for more, which is exactly how it got its name. Most every southern cook or restaurant has their own version of this southern condiment and while they all begin with a similar base, it’s wide open after that. I’m here to walk you through my All Things Southern Comeback Sauce.


“All Things Southern Comeback Sauce”

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup ketchup
1 cup Wesson oil
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire
1 small onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon horseradish
Juice of one lemon
Dash of hot sauce
Salt to taste


We’ll grab a big bowl and start with my base, one cup mayonnaise, one cup of ketchup, and one cup Wesson oil. We’ll add the juice of one lemon, a dash of hot sauce, and a clove of minced garlic. Then we’ll add one teaspoon each of yellow mustard, black pepper, and Worcestershire and — here’s one of my favorite twists– a 1/2 teaspoon of horseradish. That’ll kick it up. Yes sir.

Here’s another secret. Most people use raw onion. I like to take a small white onion, mince it and sauté’ it in a tablespoon of butter before adding it to my sauce. Comeback sauce will keep in the refrigerator if you put it in an air-tight container.

Friends, the other night, I cleaned some big fine Gulf shrimp. Then I dried ‘em and dredged ‘em in flour to give ‘em a little more  body.  I seasoned ‘em really well with a cajun seasoning and placed ‘em on a hot buttered grill I had preheated in my oven. I cooked ‘em about five minutes at 400 degrees before layering ‘em over a fresh green salad and drizzling ‘em with this amazing sauce. Have mercy! It was all that! Enjoy my All Things Southern comeback sauce, y’all. It’s good eating from my kitchen to yours.


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