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Kathi lives with Roger and a bunch of chickens in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. There they host writer retreats, and Kathi writes about how to do life with God a little closer today than yesterday. She’s a best-selling author and absolutely loves her Clutter Free Community on Facebook.

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  1. When the mixing bowl, cookie sheet or cake pan are in our drainer my husband asks ” Who are we spoiling now?” Usually it’s a friend in need or an event at church in need of baked goods. It’s my love language to others. Fairly recently I realized I need my answer to my husband’s question to be “just us”. While we don’t need the sugar & extra calories we do need the physical kindness to remind us of God’s spoiling us all the time! That in turn energizes us to pass it to others.

  2. Thanks for the reminder that it is better to DO something, even if it is small, than to just think about the great things that we never seem to get done. May we all look for someone today that we can share some “soup” with, either literally or by blessing them with words or actions. Thank you for this good word!

  3. Kathi,

    Food has always been my go to in helping others. Years ago a friend & I were both dealing with aging parents. While my dad was in rehab I learned she had both dad & step dad in hospital & at same time a neighbor lost her son. We were going to KFC & I decided to get food for my friend & her hubby–as well as my neighbor. Back in 2017 both my in-laws were put in hospital on same day. After that I decided to cook for them more. Each month our church would assist in “Feed the Multitude”-feed homeless or less fortunate. I would get an extra casserole, fruit & a few desserts to take to them. I also took some to my neighbor as she was not doing well either. I also started cooking meals as a birthday gift for MIL. My way of saying I love you don’t bother cooking-do what you have to.

    Three years ago my pastor’s wife was moving her mom down here. I quickly made a chicken pot pie & cranberry orange bread for them to enjoy. Trying to ease the burden while moving furniture around & traveling 5 hrs. one way to get mom.

    It’s my way of showing God’s love to others.

    Blessings ::)

  4. Hello !

    Thank You for these Beloved
    Words ! We lost our Precious
    Dog suddenly on last Friday.
    Actually it is our daughters dog
    And she got her 11 years ago
    At a stray rescue. She lost her
    Husband 15 yrs ago & her twin
    Girls 20 yrs ago.
    I’m thankful for all of you who are helping others as we go through life!

    • Oh precious geriatric puppy. Celebrating the joy he brought your family and feeling your pain! Sending ((((hugs)))) since soup would totally mess up the key board!

  5. I love this! My love language is definitely giving and doing for others. I, too, have been guilty of thinking I can’t do something though because I can’t do it GRAND. February 17 is Random Act of Kindness Day and that week is RAK week. This devotion is so timely. I am going to take your lead and prepare soup and take to a friend. It is so true that meeting a physical need opens the door for spiritual needs. Thank you for this wonderful writing and encouragement.

  6. I love making and sharing soup! My Dad loved soup and made a great corn chowder. I always joke that I have “the soup gene”.
    I like how you pointed out that others might have a different type of “soup” to share. I had a neighbor that offered to fix our sprinklers after our son was killed and it was 107 out. So much going on but he stepped up. This was the greatest gift at such a
    difficult time. After my husband passed away he asked for my to do list and did yard work or house repairs. His “soup” was much

  7. Thank you, I sometimes feel
    Like just soup/meal is not enough so I do something bigger at the expense of time with family. I am blessed by your thoughtfulness in interpreting the Word more completely.