A word of kindness is better than a fat pie. ~Russian Pie
When we open our mouths to speak, we want our words to taste like juicy apple pie, not the burnt sugary mess in the bottom of my oven. Just the same, I believe every conversation should be filled with kindness.
Tears filled my eyes when I read that 160,000 children miss school each day because they fear what their peers will say about them. Doesn't reading this statistic make your heart just ache? It reminds me why I tried to instill the virtue of kindness in my daughters on a daily basis.
Solomon knew how important kind words were. He said, "Kind words are like honey -- sweet to the soul and healthy for the body." Once we taste the sweetness, we are spoiled for life. Because, not only can the person receiving the kind words taste the gift of bees, but we, too, can enjoy the sweetness that comes from bestowing the kindness blessing.
Blessing with kind words is not something we put on when we feel like it. It's a way of life. With practice it becomes who we are.
I'd like to challenge you to intentionally bless someone with kind words this week -- someone besides family and friends:
- Sales clerk
- Medical personnel
- Coffee shop server
By being intentional, you will begin a habit that will change the rest of your life. Again, it is Solomon who gives us the wisdom of kind words: "Gentle words are a tree of life." As you bless with kindness, you will be growing leaves on your own sheltering tree -- a tree of life. And that pie? No comparison, because kind words really are better than a fat pie.
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Mini Pecan Pies
|Pattern from: 1-2-3 Stitch|
1 lg. egg
1 1/4 cups brown sugar packed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mold pie crusts to mini muffin tins. Mix the eggs, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Stir in the pecans. Fill each crust 2/3 full. Bake 17 minutes. The shells will be light brown and the filling puffed up. Cool and remove from pan. Yield: 30 pies.