November 7th: Today I give thanks to the Lord for apples. Seriously, have you ever thought about how wonderful an apple is? That first bite into an apple is the true test of just how good the experience is going to be. Is it crisp enough? Is it nice and juicy? Does it have that “snap” effect when you bite? I love them! You can make so many awesome things: juice, cider, cake, muffins, pies, bread, and more! But nothing, and I mean nothing, surpasses the taste of a freshly made, nice and warm apple cinnamon sugar donut. I was reminded of this love today when my three-year old and I were out shopping, She actually wanted to be on her best behavior so she could stop by the apple farm on the way home to get a donut! She was the best behaved toddler around. All because of the apple! Thank you Lord for apples!
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. – Proverbs 22:9
This holiday season please take the time to give to your local food bank. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2014, an estimated 46.7 million people live in poverty in the United States. Interestingly, the two groups who are slowly falling into the poverty level are college educated and middle-class families. These demos may not qualify for government assistance. It is believed that one in five children are hungry. Can you imagine trying to concentrate in school when all you can think about is that one meal of the day you may get – the free lunch program at school? Give to a food bank and feel the blessing.
Next time you enjoy an apple, sing this song:
Oh, the Lord is good to me.
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need:
The sun and the rain and the apple seed;
The Lord is good to me.