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Time Well Spent

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It was one of those weekends.

Yep, the kind I love because I had the opportunity to do something good. I was in Mexico for another Hands of Mercy project to build a small house for a very deserving family. A mom and dad along with their daughter will have a safe place to live, thanks to a group of men, women, and children who put their time and money toward loving their neighbor. It’s always fun, sometimes challenging, and very rewarding. Something changes in your heart as you work side-by-side with someone to serve others, it makes the world a little bit better place to live. Check out Hands of Mercy here or read my other posts For Goodness Sake and Hope Under Construction to learn more about this great organization.

One thing that always takes place. . .

on these weekends is good food, and this weekend was no exception. The kitchen at Rancho Casitas, our home away from home in Mexico, comes alive as the teams return from working in the surrounding community. Chopping, good conversation, and laughter happen around the kitchen island as stories of the day are shared. Before the evening is over, we gathered for a meal of something delicious. But not just stomachs were filled with goodness, hearts and souls also overflowed with satisfaction that comes from a day well spent.

We need worship for our spirit, fellowship for our soul and committed subservience for our body. ~ Larry Norman

 


 

Joy, our wonderful hostess, had us prepare a salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocados which rounded out our meal of hot Italian sub sandwiches. Oh man, was it ever good. I hope you find it yummy, too.

Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cucumber, sliced and halved
  • ½ medium red onion, sliced or diced
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Place tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, avocado, and cilantro in large bowl.
  2. Combine olive oil and lemon juice, and pour over vegetables. Toss gently to combine. Add salt and pepper. Toss.
  3. Enjoy!

Note: There are other possibilities for this basic salad. I am omitting the avocado and cilantro tonight and tossing in some feta cheese to go with our Greek inspired dinner.

Author:

Patty Schell will tell you she’s been writing since she could spell and string words together, but it hasn’t been until recent years she has been able to make it a regular practice. Her role as women’s leader in her local church provided a platform to teach, blog, and now, write. Her latest project, Living NOW series is one that was born from a desire to encourage the women she was teaching to know God through His Word, giving them a practical way to study the Bible for themselves. At present, Patty is a contributor to a variety of web-based publications including Refresh Magazine, Broken but Priceless Magazine, Life Letter Café, and SoCal Voice. In addition, she connects with her readers with regular posts on her two blogs, Girl on Adventure: Embracing the Journey Called Life and The Party’s in the Kitchen: Cooking Up Good Times in the Heart of the Home. Much of Patty’s writing is inspired by the full life she leads alongside her family and friends. She constantly looks for good reasons to gather people together, loves serving her community, and enjoys getting to know new places and cultures. Through these activities and others in life, God reveals His stories of faith, hope and love, and Patty means to tell others about them every chance she gets.

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