Ephesians 4:12

"A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken." Ephesians 4:12 NLT

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bountiful Baskets and other random thoughts

Dave:  I hope that you had a good day!  (He is still in the Philippines....it was Sunday morning when he Skyped last night.  I was tired, but encouraged by his call.)  What did you do during the day?

(Honestly, I didn't remember much.  I had just fallen asleep on the couch waiting for our Skype date.)

Beth (to Dave): Look what we got at Bountiful Baskets yesterday!  I'm know that you think I'm crazy, but I'm so excited that we got leeks!  I'm making some soup!  Rachael Ray's website has great recipes that use leeks and potatoes.  I also think I'm going to make some sweet and sour stir fry with the pineapple and the bell pepper.  Oh, the possibilities!

Dave & Beth: One of our favorite things to do on Saturdays is to wake up really early (like 5 am) and go to volunteer at Bountiful Baskets.  We've gone to several location sites to volunteer, but we've basically landed at the one in Star, Idaho.  It's one of the starting sites in our area.  We started going there because it was convenient with our schedule.  We could go and get our basket early and then have the rest of the day free.  But it's become more than that.  We also wanted to get to know people in our community.  Now Star isn't really our community, but the people at the Star Bountiful Basket site are becoming part of "our" community.  We brought candy canes at Christmas and gave them to all the volunteers (well, actually all December; we celebrate for the whole month).  And we are slowly getting to know everyone.  Dave's so much better with names than I am.

Beth: The last two weeks I've gone alone.  I've gone more for the people than the produce.  I like the variety of the produce and I've been able to give some of it away since I can't eat it all by myself.  But I was reminded of community of people yesterday morning when our site coordinator helped me get my things to my car and he told me to tell Dave that they missed him.

We got to Skype again this morning....I'm awake (Beth); Dave is really tired (It's 11 pm there and they are getting up at 3 am to go to Manilla)  We were talking about where we want to spend our time, especially time as a couple.  We've decided, again, to spend it on people.

What do you do as a couple to invest in other people?  Do you invest in the people at your church?  At your workplace?  In the community?  We'd love to hear how you invest in people.   Please comment.

"We love each other because he first loved us.  If someone says, "I love God," but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; if we don't love people we can see, how can we love God whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters." 1 John 4:19-21 NLT

"Jesus replied, "'You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.  And second is equally important, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"" Matthew 22:37-39 NLT

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