In our household we cook once a month for our entire meals that month. That leaves easy meals in the freezer to make on days when I want to cook but don’t have time to prepare a nice meal. It also leaves meals that I can easily take to friends and family members when they are tired, ill, dealing with an emergency or just for fun. There have been several occasions recently when friends have emailed to say that they were having a family emergency they would like us to pray for. I have taken these opportunities not only to pray for them, but to be waiting at their door when they arrived home with a home cooked meal. You can imagine what a great look of relief we receive when we arrive with a meal to someone who has just spent the day at the hospital with a loved one; or to a mom who has been sick all day but whose family still needs to eat.
Do you regularly use your gift or love for cooking to bless other people? If not, I encourage you to think about doing so. Even in tough economic times, there are ways to do this quickly and easily, without spending a lot of money. Here are a few easy steps you can take to have meals prepared ahead of time.
4. Keep your eyes and ears open for need in your community. I have trained myself to listen closely to when people are in need. Whether it is that they are communicating that they are sick, have a busy week, or are experiencing a family emergency. When I hear the first sign of distress I mobilize my meals to the microwave or oven and contact them for a drop-off time.
So do your friends and family a favor and use your desire to cook to bless them the next time they are going through a hard time. It is a wonderful way to use the talents that you have been given.
Tricia recently had her first child and is getting used to her new career as a stay-at-home mom in Ohio, where her family resides. She and her co-author, Cortney, are trying to show others how to be good stewards of their time and their money while still providing wholesome and nutritious meal options to their families. Her website, http://www.onceamonthmom.com, is dedicated to “making daily chores monthly memories” by providing monthly meal plans, grocery lists, instructions, recipes and more for families curious about once-a-month cooking or baby food.