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The Chocolate Chip Pie That Saved the Neighbors

There is something about a warm, homemade, chocolate chip cookie. But when you make it a chocolate chip cookie pie in a homemade crust, it takes the cookie to a whole new level.

In the past, I have made chocolate chip pies for my neighbors. My husband would tell people, “It is a pie that is so good it saves people.”

One day we returned home from grocery shopping. As we carried in the groceries, my neighbor came over and said she needed to talk. My husband said, “Sure.” She kindly said, “I don’t want to interrupt getting your groceries in.” We assured her it was okay. My husband spoke with her as I put the groceries in the cabinets and refrigerator.

As I listened, the lady became emotional and said she had been thinking about her life and realized she had never prayed and asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior. My husband shared John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” He told her all she needed to do was believe in Jesus.

I finished putting the perishable items in the refrigerator and then I joined the conversation. She prayed to receive Jesus that evening. As she left, she apologized for interrupting our evening and we told her this decision was more important than any groceries.

You see, we had already been building a relationship with her and her parents who lived across the street. We had reached out in kindness to these neighbors and took food when they were ill or in the hospital. One time we had taken a chocolate chip pie. They constantly reminded us that it was the best pie they ever put in their mouths. The acts of kindness we shared with their family spoke more than our words.

I encourage you to plan this week to make or buy a treat to take to your neighbor. Your act of kindness might just have a life changing impact!

My Chocolate Chip Pie Recipe:
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled
1 cup of pecans or walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 unbaked pie shell

Mix eggs until foamy. Beat in flour, sugars, and butter. Add vanilla, nuts, chocolate chips. Mix well and spread in the unbaked pie shell. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Adria Wilkins is a member at First Baptist Church Woodbridge.

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