The Mighty Thor! (Angel in the Kitchen)


On Monday we humorously divulged that our appliances seem to have their own personalities; and we’ve given them names. So,  continuing on that note….

Marvel’s hero Thor calls down the power!

On our kitchen countertop, Thor relaxes after his latest victory. He truly is the god of thunder, his red cape proudly displayed for all to see. No, we’re not describing the flying, hammer-wielding character from the Avengers movies. Do you think we’re crazy or something? Why would a resident of mythical Asgard — especially the son of Odin — be hanging out in our kitchen? Give us a break!  No, we’re discussing our new blender. A legend among household appliances! A superhero to the teeming masses of weaker food processors!

A hero is born: We love making smoothies — a splash of skim milk and a cup of frozen strawberries and blackberries. (The blackberries actually grow wild in the woods behind our home.) And sometimes we toss a scoop of protein powder into our smoothies. But we encountered a big problem while making our favorite shake. Our other blender is too mild-mannered to accomplish the task of grinding and mixing the icy fruit and other ingredients. Actually, we’re being kind: it was downright wimpy. It grumbled at us every time it had to make a smoothie. Its motor even whined! So we retired “Wimpy” to the garage, with the promise we’d bring him out once in awhile, for easier jobs, like blending a chocolate malt. Then we put in a call for help, and Thor arrived — via UPS — to save the day!

Thor is a rather impressive, even imposing, blender. He pulverizes frozen strawberries and other fruits. When he whirls his hammer — uh, blades — he creates a whirlpool of delicious smoothie! Until …

One day — gasp! — Thor stopped working! He’d been fine the previous morning, but when we pulled him out the appliance garage (Thor likes to call it Avengers Tower), tossed in some fruit, and punched the button … nothing! No action. No hearty battlecry. Nothing. “Thor,” we lamented, “Call down the lightning and make our smoothie!” Nothing.

Thor the Blender! Legendary among our kitchen appliances.

Fear not! Thor is alive and well; and whipping smoothies into delicious submission. But on that particular morning, when we pulled him from the appliance garage, we accidentally unplugged his power cord. Doh! Thor couldn’t get the job done because he was no longer connected to the power source. Once he was plugged back in, he was again able to call down the thunder and rescue us from … er … being hungry!

Lesson learned: You can have the world’s greatest kitchen appliances, but if they’re not plugged in to the source of power, they’ll never do the jobs they were created for. Betcha know what’s coming next.

God created each of us for a special purpose. We each have great value and a particular set of talents and abilities bestowed upon us by our Heavenly Father. And part of the joy of life is discovering His purpose and plan for each of us. But it’s no great mystery. We were created in His image and set upon earth to make a positive contribution: specifically, to help those around us — especially, to point the way to salvation through Christ — and to bring glory to God. In other words, we were designed to reflect God’s character to the world. “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 NIV)

But we need to be plugged in! If we’re going to “call down the lightning”; if we’re going to tap into God’s Holy Spirit power and anointing (His divine, supernatural influence which is necessary to accomplish His will and impact the world for His eternal purposes), then we need to maintain an unbroken connection to THE POWER. First, we do our utmost NOT to impede the flow of current. Sin separates us from God. So when we fail, we must run to Him, confess our weaknesses, and ask Him to cleanse us — of anything that could drive a wedge between the relationship we have with the God of the Universe. Sin, by the way, is not a list of DON’Ts. Sin is anything that separates YOU from God. “…If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us … and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 John 1:9 NLT)

The TRUE God of Thunder: “Listen carefully to the thunder of God’s voice…. It rolls across the heavens, and his lightning flashes in every direction.” (Job 37:2-3 NLT)

Second, we never cut the lines of communication. To the contrary, we must remain vigilant over everything we do. We must stay in constant touch with our Lord, through daily prayer and Bible reading. Prayer is a fancy word for talking to our Lord: sharing your thoughts, your concerns, your problems; telling Him how much you appreciate the things He’s accomplished for you (including salvation); and reminding Him (and yourself) exactly how exceedingly perfect and wonderful He is! “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7 ESV)

Third, we need to stay in fellowship with other believers, encouraging and strengthening one another. There’s great strength in numbers, folks. “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together … but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
(Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT)

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Our Toaster Talks! (Angel in the Kitchen)


Note: “Our Toaster Talks!” served as an introduction to our ANGEL IN THE KITCHEN series. The best of these articles were published in 2016 and are available here:


A Toaster can talk? No! Of course not! Well … actually … sort of … in a manner of speaking. Ahem, please just read the post.

toaster-recovered-300x300Our house seemingly lies still at night, but all is not at rest. Down in the kitchen it’s easy to imagine a party is in full swing. The clock on the range occasionally flashes and keeps time to the whispers, winks and furtive glances made by our appliances. No, we haven’t lost it. Although we may have overactive imaginations. Sometimes we just get inspired.

There’s an old Disney movie we enjoy, about a gang of appliances left behind in a summer cottage. When these anthropomorphic gadgets realize they’ve been long forgotten, they set out to find their master.  Think Disney’s The Incredible Journey, only instead of two dogs and a Siamese cat, this time our heroes are a loudmouthed radio, a whiny electric blanket, a fairly bright desk lamp, a tough vacuum cleaner (named Kirby); and their intrepid leader, the eponymous hero of The Brave Little Toaster !

Before we knew it, we were naming all our appliances! We have a large antique-style radio we dubbed Orson, in honor of the early contributions made to the medium by Mr. Welles (famed writer/director/star of “the broadcast that shocked America,” The War of the Worlds); the kitchen range is “Sparky” (when we switch on one of his gas burners, he snaps at us and sparks to life); “Luke” and “Nuke” (twin microwave ovens that allow us to cook two frozen dinners at the same time!); and then there’s “Fridgie.”

We live in the woods, in a house we named Woodhaven, and we love the peace and quiet. Outside, our days amid the trees are filled only with the sounds of birds, our nights punctuated by the lonely calls of a whippoorwill. Inside, things are just a bit more lively: our computer hums softly to himself (Thats “Hal”; remember 2001: A Space Odyssey?); the printer (“Flash”) clicks and whirs; all to the accompaniment of the ticking, murmuring, gurgling and, sometimes, even groaning sounds of the appliances. All these sounds become far more noticeable at night. That’s usually the time when a house really starts to talk.

When we first got our new refrigerator, before we got used to what he wanted to tell us, we’d often awaken from a deep sleep thinking that someone was downstairs raiding the kitchen: Fridgie calls out to us like a distant foghorn shrouded in the night mist, gently reassuring us that he’s protecting our food from spoiling. Periodically he alerts us that there’s plenty of ice ahead (crescents, not bergs) for a glass of tea or soda, by periodically sounding off with an encouraging ker-chunk!  Now, whenever we hear Fidgie talking in the middle of night, we just go back to sleep. We’ve come to recognize the sound of his voice!

Apart from learning just how silly we can be, you can glean another lesson from this story. Each day our appliances let us know exactly “what they’re about” as they go through their routines. All of our kitchen friends have discovered their voice!  We all need to do the same.

Most of us have heard that writers are frequently admonished to “find your own voice.” Until they do, they tend to imitate the style of some other writer. Then, one day, everything finally seems to click, and a writer discovers his or her own unique voice! But we all need to find our voice, not just writers. That’s what makes life so wonderful: we’re not trying to be you, you’re not trying to be her, etc.

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Apple innovator Steve Jobs once stated, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. …Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” 

When we sing, we each have our own key! We know who we are and what we’re about. We each discover our own, God-given voice. Thank You [God] for making (each of us) so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous….” (Psalm 139:14 NLT)