Better Together (Angel in the Kitchen)

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Ever notice how certain foods work really well together? Like bread and butter. Rice and beans. Cream and sugar. Biscuits and gravy. Peaches and cream. Salt and pepper. Lettuce and tomatoes. Mac and cheese. Peanut butter and jelly. We call these delectable duos “palatable pairings”! We’ve only listed a few, but our list could on and on. And we’ve probably started you thinking about a few of your own favorite culinary couplings.

We can do this if we work together! We can unite to make an awesome snack!

Although any of the items listed above can stand alone, although each one has individual value and can fill a need all by itself, bringing two of them together greatly increases the appeal and value. Peanut butter is a good source of protein, but it can be a little dry and a little blah. Jelly is fruity and sweet, but it’s not very filling. Either one works well as a sandwich spread, but just ask any kid: mix the two and you have a nutritional sandwich that tastes like a snack! Because these two foodstuffs are BETTER TOGETHER!

Bet you already guessed this kitchen wisdom: there are tons of examples of things in life that work well together. Spices, such as brown sugar and cinnamon. Foods, such as apple pie and vanilla ice cream. Comedy teams, such as Abbot and Costello, or Laurel and Hardy.  Musical duos, such as Donny and Marie, the Righteous Brothers, or Simon and Garfunkel. (And by the way, did Art Garfunkel ever do anything noteworthy while he was on his own? Just curious.) And PEOPLE can work together to do great things. You, us, and them, too.

No one is an island. God created people to be relational beings: to have interaction with Him, obviously, but also to interact with those around us. “…The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone.'” (Genesis 2:18 HCSB) Although this verse relates to marriage, the first institution God created (which we’ll examine in a future post), its wisdom applies to ALL relationships.

Let’s spice things up!

The Bible is full of relationships. Actually, it’s all about relationships. And it’s THE Book of God’s relationship to us! God knows us better than anyone, and what He knows is that WE NEED RELATIONSHIPS. Every human being has a basic need and desitre to love and be loved, to share, to communicate, to socialize. Even the grumpiest, seemingly most unapproachable person needs to talk to someone! Perhaps that’s why social media is so popular today.

Two people working together are better able to achieve their goals and realize their dreams, because there is power in two people who are mutually supportive and accountable; two people who can encourage and assist each other. That’s what the “buddy system” is all about. That’s why there are support groups such as AA, and mentoring groups such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. That’s why a prayer partner can help keep us tuned in to God. And why corporations hope you have a “best friend” at work. Such connections make work more bearable, and life more enjoyable.

Please don’t face life alone. “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 NLT)

“…One person (can) chase a thousand … (but) two people put ten
thousand to flight….” 
(Deuteronomy 32:30 NLT)

So find a friend, whether online, on the job, at church, or next door. And never forget that the Lord also longs to partner with you in every endeavor. He’s “… a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24 NIV)

Please join us in prayer for the healing of our nation. Take part in Prayer March 2020 on Saturday, September 26th, Noon to 2 PM, in Washington, D.C. Go to PrayerMarch2020.com for details. Also on September 26th in D.C.: The Return (Prayer) at 9 AM and 6 PM. Go to TheReturn.org for details.

“Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land.” (2 Samuel 24:25 NASB)
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Knock, Knock (Angel in the Kitchen)

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The Doors standing in front of the doors. Will the real set of swingers please sit DOWN?

In our latest serving of wit and wisdom, as communicated through the sights, sounds and aromas of the average kitchen, we pay tribute to the Doors. No, not the Vietnam War-era rock group. We don’t need Jim Morrison to “Light My Fire”! (When we do need a flame we have our trustworthy gas range, Sparky, one of the many “angels” in our kitchen.) We mean the doors, those swinging elements of hip architectural design — upon which great things hinge. (Uh, get it? Hinge?doors? Oh, never mind.)

Our own kitchen couldn’t make the photo shoot, so we hired a model!

Doors help divide various areas, while still offering easy access. Doors can be used either to keep something out or to allow something in. Cool, right? “Ah,” you wonder, “but what sort of wisdom can plain old doors teach us? And regarding the average kitchen, where exactly do they come into the picture?”

These multitalented swingers actually have a very special message for our readers. And we find them everywhere in the kitchen, doing their part to make our lives wonderful. The door on the microwave keeps us from getting nuked along with the popcorn. The door on the refrigerator keeps cold air in and hot air out; and the oven door does just the opposite. Big deal? Well, remove any of these doors and you’ll quickly learn just how big!

There are cabinet doors, hiding the clutter of canned goods above the counter, and the boxes and bottles of cleaning products below! And in our own kitchen, we have this adorable little door on the front of our appliance garage. He rolls up whenever we need the services of those kitchen avengers, the mighty Thor (a powerful blender) and our “talking” toaster (able to brown four slices of bread in a single bound — er, push).

angelic-pop-up-toaster-smiling-with-wings-and-halo-emoji-102714While we’re gushing about doors, we’ll point out that our kitchen at Woodhaven is surrounded by doors on every side. We previously stated that the kitchen is the “heart” of the home, the center of life-sustaining activity lovingly expressed through the meals flowing forth to the entire household. (Wow, that’s poetic!)

At Woodhaven, however, our kitchen is literally at the heart of things. It’s located in the middle of several other downstairs rooms: on one side are the foyer (separated by double doors) and the dining room (separated by swinging doors); on the opposite side are French doors opening onto a meager porch; at one end is a breezeway, again separated by a door, which leads to a powder room and the laundry; and finally, at the opposite is our library with a good solid door to keep out kitchen smells. Yes, our kitchen is a square — but all of our doors are swingers!

Having a library adjacent to the kitchen may seem odd, but both rooms are key hangouts at Woodhaven. One supplies food for the soul, the other food for thought. And when we’re writing in the library, we like having easy access to our Fridgey — who holds the blessings of cold drinks, leftover pizza, and ice cream bars! But in order to get to the kitchen, the heart of our home, we need a door! And unless we can pass through solid walls like Casper the Friendly Ghost, we need to OPEN that door!

There’s another kind of door we all have. We can’t see it, but it works either to keep things out or to let things in. It’s the door to the human heart — and its proper use hinges upon our own free will. Only we can open this door.

Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20 NLT) God wants to enter into the “kitchen” of your life: your heart. Have you given Him easy access by opening the invisible spiritual door? When you do, you’ll enjoy the blessings of an intimate relationship with your Heavenly Father, as well as eternal life.

If you’re still shut away from God, then please open the door and invite Him in. Don’t try to figure out all the hows, whys, and wherefores of God, and don’t put it off — or you’ll probably forget! Besides, do you really want to leave the Creator of the Universe waiting at the door!

Throw out the “Welcome” mat!

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NLT) “…Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” (Romans 10:13 NLT)

And once you’ve opened the door to Christ, don’t confine Him to the “kitchen”! Let Him have the run of the house (every area of your life); and He’ll help you clean out those messy closets. Spend quality time with God through prayer, worship, and Bible study. You’ll get to know Him better, and you’ll grow spiritually. Shh! Hear that? Someone’s at the door!

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