Health and Wellness – A Friendship Soup

While I do not know the original source of this Friendship Soup recipe, I was able to pick it up at a MOPS [Moms of Pre-Schoolers] group meeting yesterday. It is intended to be made up as a holiday gift in a jar. Each person was able to take home some of the ingredients… later to add more ingredients and to cook up the soup.

I hope to try this soon and may give some of these away as gifts for Christmas. River Run may make this soup for one of our free community fellowship meals, having enough ingredients for folks to take home some to make the soup for later. Enjoy.

Here are the ingredients and directions.

Ingredients:
• ½ cup dry split peas
• 1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
• ¼ cup pearl barley
• ½ cup lentils
• ¼ dry onion flakes
• 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasonings
• ½ cup uncooked long-grain white rice
• 2 bay leaves
• ½ cup uncooked alphabet pasta

Directions:
In a 1 ½ pint jar (or Ziploc bag), layer the split peas, bouillon, barley, lentils, onion flakes, Italian seasoning, rice, and bay leaves. Wrap the pasta (or place in another Ziploc bag) and place in the jar. Seal tightly.

Additional Ingredients:
1 pound of ground beef, black pepper to taste, garlic powder to taste, 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes – undrained, 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste, and 3 quarts water. TO PREPARE SOUP: Remove pasta from top of jar and set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, brown beef with pepper and garlic; drain excess fat. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and soup mix. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Stir in the pasta, cover, and simmer 15-20 minutes, or until pasta, peas, lentils, and barley are tender.

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The Gospels – Matthew 7

12/6/2014

Many words of wisdom are expressed in Matthew 7.
• We will be judged by the same standard that we judge others, so maybe we better clean up our own act before thinking about criticizing others.
• God desires to do only good things for us. He wants to give to those who ask wisely, to give to those who are searching for truth, and open the doors to His kingdom to those who truly desire to enter in.
• Let us not be deceived by those who “talk the talk” but do not “walk the walk.”
• Build a life upon a solid foundation, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, not on the shifting sand of an uncertain world.

https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.7

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The Gospels – Matthew 6

12/5/2014

Matthew 6 is about some DOs and DON’Ts. Do give to the needy, but do not announce it to others. Do pray for people, but not because others will see or hear you pray and think you are righteous. Do focus upon God through sacrifices and fasting, but do so quietly and humbly. Be good stewards of all that God has given you; do not squander your money or other resources. God is a great provider. Do not worry about your needs – today or into the future.  Be blessed.

https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.6

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The Gospels – Matthew 5

12/4/2014

Want to be blessed? To learn biblically how to do so, read Matthew 5. If we do the things that Jesus described, we will be blessed. If we do the things that Jesus described, we will shed His light in a darkened world. May we be the change that Jesus would like to see… in the hearts, minds, and souls of all people. May we practice and teach the commands, both in letter and the spirit, as set forth by Jesus in Matthew 5.

https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.5

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The Gospels – Matthew 4

12/3/2014

Have you ever been tested? Jesus was! Testing has a way of helping us decide what is important; it helps us set priorities. Meeting the challenges of daily living and “passing the tests” can make us stronger. May we realize there is more to life than food; more to life than power; more to life than possessions. May we reflect on what is truly important during this Christmas season – our relationship with God, our relationship with others, and our becoming more Christlike disciples.

https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.4

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The Gospels – Matthew 3

12/2/2014

Do you hear the voice of one calling? In Matthew 3, John the Baptist is preparing the way for Jesus Christ – His message and His ministry. We entered the advent season last Sunday. Advent is a time of preparation. We are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We are also to prepare for the return of Jesus Christ. Are you prepared? May His kingdom come. May His will be done. May we be blessed with His daily provision. May we be prepared to spend eternal life with Him.

https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.3

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The Gospels – Matthew 2

In Matthew 2, we see how God would speak to Joseph in his dreams. It is interesting that Joseph did not question if it was really God speaking to him, he just listened and then obeyed. May we clearly hear when God speaks to us. May we be quick to respond to His words and instructions.

https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/Matt.2

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