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Thursday, March 31, 2016

As I sit here, feeling blessed and secure; because I have a freezer full of goodness, and a well stocked pantry and trying not to overeat. emoticon I started thinking of the reason I have such a stash. Am I a hoarder? Perhaps a bit. Growing up poor and living eating from hunting meat and growing gardens, and occasionally receiving commodities, I associate a full pantry with love and security. If we had to I could probably find something to fix for quite a few months. I know that I am comfortable with Give us this day our Daily Bread. That would be providing for our needs and not necessarily our wants.

Do I need this much food in the house? Well lets see, when I saw a request on Freecycle for groceries for a family of 10, I was able to pull out meals from my pantry & freezer and we delivered enough food for a week. That blessed both the family and us. So that was good.

My freezer is stocked because I buy my meat in bulk. Chicken breast $1.29 lb, Salmon $6,99 lb, Ground Turkey $ 1,89 lb. I am a Carnivore!! I also buy veggies in bulk either frozen or prep and freeze fresh ones. I could go to the store for everything, but I save about $150 a month using this method. So in my mind ,I have justified having the storehouse.

When we receive gift cards we give them to our church's food basket, because life isn't always about just the edibles. There are diapers, formula and we really don't need anything at this point in our lives. Sharing these enables others to take care of their families needs.

I find that by filling my heart and helping others, I don't feel the need to snack or binge. So if I make something special for hubby I just make enough for 2 servings and then the rest is gifted.

emoticon Food speaks to people. People of every race and nationality. There is just something about FOOD that can bring people together…and bring comfort at the same time. Food is my love language. It’s how I show love to others…and it’s how others show love to me. I am learning to show love to myself in other ways. But if I want to show hubs how much he means to me, nothing says loving like something from the oven.

After the birth of 2nd son, we received an abundant outpouring of love from friends and family in the form of food. At 3 weeks in, I still hadn’t touched ANY of my freezer meals. But, this wasn’t always the case. After one of my births, we were at a different place in life and hardly received anything – I felt all alone and on my own.

And I’ve seen that same sentiment shown from others on Social networks when I talk/read about giving food in times of need:

-No one ever brings me anything.

-I was all alone after my birth and had to do it all myself

-No one sends sympathy gifts any more

-People are too busy to help

I’m issuing a challenge to you all – let’s see how many people this year that we can bless with food.

Yeah, you heard me…food. Everyone needs food. It’s a universal need and mostly a universal love.

Reasons to send meals:

Why might you want to send a meal to someone? There are tons of reasons!

A new baby
Sickness in their family
Death in the family
An extended illness or hospital stay
Financial burdens
A shut in or sick neighbor

You won’t really need to LOOK for reasons to send food-they’ll just come to you.

But what about allergies?!

I think people with allergies may need love the most. Why? Because people are scared to send them food. Allergies are scary things, man. I understand the intimidation. I have several friends with allergies, and it’s hard for me to sometimes think of sending them food – but everyone else is thinking the same thing!

Don’t leave those with allergies out…think about them, consider what they CAN eat, and deliver that. Even if it means you just send them some fruit.

Even if you are a terrible cook!

You know, it doesn’t always have to be about meals of lasagna, soup, and casseroles. You can deliver all sorts of things:

breakfast foods
I hardly ever drop off a conventional meal, unless it’s requested.

But I’m not local!!!

Don’t let the fact that you’re not local, keep you from sending meals to someone. If they live too far away you can sent a gift card or ship something from Amazon. Cards can let someone you are thinking about them, but a gift of food is a gift of love.

I didn't send chocolate Easter bunnies with the ears bitten off to the Grandchildren. They get excited about a tin of popped corn or homemade cookies. If I have them I can send them the Girl Scout cookies!

I share my bi-weekly Bountiful baskets with my neighbors. Two people can't always eat enough to keep it from spoiling.

Now, go forth and bless others with food. Look for ways to serve others with brownies, soups, and muffins.
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    We did this. A man we know went out of state and came home to find a pipe had burst and it flooded the downstairs of his home. It took contractors a long time to fix everything. His son and his girlfriend moved in with him after it had been remodeled. I had a lot of food that I couldn't eat on Dr. Westman's low carb high fat way of eating. We had canned soups and canned fruit, pasta and frozen bags of vegetables, things with sugar in them that we gave to him. He came over to our house and we went through cabinets and he said, Yes or No, as to whether he wanted something. We didn't cook it for him, but he said he felt like he had gone to a food bank. I told him he had, The Food Bank of God's Provision.
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    I love this blog! You are my kind of friend and a true sister in Christ.

    The team that I am a leader on Seeking the Right Path to Succeed has a thread where we share ideas how to give to others in a secret way. There have been so many good ideas. I have been practicing some of them too. Had it makes my heart sing!!!!!!
    I added you as a friend, hope you do me.
    1843 days ago
    I accept your challenge and will report back. Thank you for being an inspiration!
    1843 days ago
    I believe that spreading kindness to others is the best way to find happiness and contentment within yourself, and you prove that perfectly. Bless you Sunny!
    1844 days ago
    What a nice blog...and you are sharing this with us..giving to others! I enjoy giving, because it helps me, too! Knowing I can help someone, helps me also, and is so rewarding! Thanks so much for sharing this!
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    Sunny, Beutiful blog. I love your points about food and sharing and keeping plenty in the house. I love a full pantry. It add to my security and I have plenty to share. Keep writing girl. You have an amazing talent.
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    1844 days ago
    That is definitely a wonderful idea! I like the idea of having more than you need so that you can help others when they need help. Sometimes that can be a really good thing as you have experienced!
    1844 days ago
    What a beautiful attitude and spirit, Sunny! See, you do have a reason to keep the pantry and freezer stocked! And it's a good one...

    Hugs to you, my dear! Happy April!
    1844 days ago
    I like this blog. It's about being grateful and giving, two things I am always trying to include more of.
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  • FITJEN48
    I already have somebody I'm about to bless. Thanks for the inspiration. You are a blessing and encouragement to me, and from the sound of it, to a ton of other people. Thanks for reminding us all how to live!
    1844 days ago
    What wonderful uplifting thoughts! Thank you!
    1844 days ago
    What a wonderful thought and blog. Thanks
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    This was just wonderful !!!!
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    Beautiful !!! well written thought provoking blog, full of ideas. Especially loved the gifting of gift cards. Your just THE BEST. Thanks.
    1845 days ago
    You are absolutely right, and a good reminder for us!
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    I don't think a stocked pantry is a bad thing, and showing you care via food can also be a very good thing. You can also show love by giving your time to someone. You could offer to house clean for a new Mom or a shut in. You could run errands for someone who is sick and can't get out or babysit for a stressed out Mom who just needs a little time to herself, etc.

    Your generosity is inspiring.

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    Comment edited on: 4/1/2016 7:17:27 AM
    Food is something we tend to have an abundance of.
    1845 days ago
    Love it! And I'm the same way! My pantry and deep freeze stay full, it makes me feel secure. I remember being down to two cans of food and having another week to go till payday! That was a long time ago, but I still freak out if we use up all the stuff in the pantry and freezer.
    And part of the reason that I'm learning to bake bread is to bless others! I love to bake things and then take them to people, I just love it! I still have a ways to go on being able to do that with my sourdough, but I'll get there!
    1845 days ago
    I love this blog! When I visited my daughter in Ohio, I stayed with her and her boyfriend, who were living at his Grandma's house. Money was a bit tight for everyone, so I went to the grocery store and stocked the kitchen with a ton of groceries. Not only that, but I planned for and cooked a few meals, made cookies for my daughter because they reminded her of home, and since there was no dishwasher, made sure to wash the dishes after each meal. Not only did I feel like I was a big help, but I was thanked and told how much it was appreciated. That's the greatest feeling!

    I love to bake but I don't like the temptation of having the goodies around, so I often bake cupcakes, cakes, etc.,. and bring them to work. College students living away from home really appreciate the homemade goodies.

    Your generosity is inspiring!

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  • MSHEL7
    You're one of God's great servants, bless you! I love your blogs!
    1845 days ago
    What a beautiful, thoughtful blog, Sunny!
    I was thinking that it's nice to even send a "I care package" of things a person or persons can easily make themselves such as pasta and sauce, soup, peanut butter & jelly with bread, tuna with mayo & bread, ingredients for a one pot meal...attach a recipe and give the ingredients (tuna noodle casserole)! It's a caring and kind thing to do and means so much to the person that goes beyond their physical hunger to their hunger for being cared for!
    Blessings to you, Sunny!
    Love & Hugs,
    1845 days ago
    Nice post! We shared our Easter bounty with our elderly neighbors and they were so excited. Thanks for the ideas to keep us sharing all year!
    1845 days ago
    SMOOCH! ;o)
    1845 days ago
    You are a wonderful, I love your ideas.
    1845 days ago
    How wonderful.
    1845 days ago
    You are so right about food!

    What a blessing to be able to share food with others!
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