“The heavens tell of the glory of God; And their expanse declares the work of His hands.”

— Psalms 19:1 (NASB)

Many years ago my husband and I had an opportunity to work in our community soup kitchen. What a blessing that was. It was a pure joy.

Let me tell you something, those people work hard, but it is a rewarding job.

The first day when we got there they put me to work washing dishes, then when lunch was ready my job was to serve tea. I was truly amazed. Not only did they have soup, but they had a long table full of food. We served over 100 people each day, and everybody was so nice and appreciated it so much.

It is amazing how God can take something like that and turn it into such a blessing. You know He does that all of the time. He blesses us in so many ways I just can’t even tell you how many times. He is busy all of the time blessing us, and I don’t know about anybody else, but I appreciate it very much.

If we had been a little bit younger, we probably would have volunteered longer to work in the soup kitchen on a regular basis, but we were getting up in age, and my husband had a lot of heart problems. I am so thankful for that experience. My husband enjoyed it too. It turned out to be a blessing, and I will never forget it.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for making bad things good, thank you for allowing us to work in the soup kitchen, thank you for all of your blessings, and thank you for your love. Amen.

Thought for the day: What if God did not bless us? I am so thankful that He does.

Prayer focus: Soup kitchen workers


(Nancy Lewis Sanders)

3 eggs

1 ¼ cup oil

3 cups diced apples

1 cups chopped nuts

2 cups sugar

3 cups self-rising flour

1 tblsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix sugar and oil. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each. Add dry ingredients. Fold in apples and nuts last. Bake in 9x13-inch pan or tube pan, well greased and floured. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 ¼ hours, till golden brown and center springs back.