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“Chicken Fried Steak” Psalm 51:21

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“Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”  Psalm 51:2

A Real Mess

A Real Mess

Look at that stove.  How did I ever get myself into this mess?  Just three hours ago if you walked into our home the fragrance of pine floated through the air but now if you sniff, you are greeted by the greasy scent of a country diner.   This lovely odor is entirely  my fault.  After I lost my mind this morning with a mysterious desire to clean the house, including the stove messy from a weekend of pancakes and bacon, my  “Suzy Homemaker” mode somehow continued.

As my husband entered the back door home from a hard day at work, I asked the dumbest question of all, “What do you want for supper?” You have to understand that I don’t cook that often. I mean really cook. I might grill outside, or gather stuff from the local grocery store, even warm something in the microwave on occasion, but that’s it.

I  decided when our youngest son headed off to college, cooking was entirely overrated. I can’t deny it, the only time I really cook is when we have guests or the kids come home for a visit. So you can imagine how taken aback my husband was by my inquiry. Totally shocked, my sweetheart meekly asked, “What are the chances of chicken fried steak?” I now reverted back to my normal self and responded, “Chicken fried steak,” three of the dirtiest and most dreaded words in the dictionary of any sane cook.” You’ve got to be kidding. The kids aren’t coming home so what possible reason do I have to cook that greasy, stinky concoction? It’s a mess and besides it’s Monday and my kitchen is sparkling clean.”

At some moment in time I vaguely remembered my Bible verse for the day, “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” That morning, not being a Bible scholar, I looked up the definition of “iniquity.” Well believe it or not it means “sin or transgression, something done to hurt another.” So I rethought my actions, rephrased my words and said,  “What was I thinking, there’s nothing I’d rather do that cook chicken fried steak for you.” Crazy words for sure, but I certainly am glad when God looks at me some days and sees a mess He says, “Bring me some water and I’ll wash her clean AGAIN!”  And I am so thankful that He doesn’t say, “Not tonight, I can’t deal with a mess now, after all it’s Monday.”

Just in case you want to get messy here’s my recipe for Chicken Fried Steak…

You’ll need: cube steak, flour, salt, pepper, an egg,  milk and the most important ingredient, oil.  Pour the oil into the skillet and let it get sizzling  hot. Salt and pepper the meat, roll it in flour, dip it in the egg and milk mixture and roll it in the flour again.  Then place it in the hot grease.  When it’s brown and rising to the surface and the kitchen smells really tasty, you’ll know it’s time to take it out and get ready to chow down.  The most important thing to do after this is to offer a prayer of thanks that you didn’t burn down the kitchen.  Everything else is just gravy.

Points to Ponder:

1. What have you cooked lately? Did it warm your soul?

2.  Do your Bible lessons stay with you throughout your days?  What keeps them close to your heart?

3. Do you ever feel like a spiritual mess?  Why?

 

Pray with me:

To the Real Mr. Clean,

Thank you for being with us to wash us and clean up our messes.  We don’t always have to ask, because you know our hearts and a gentle reminder is enough.

I’m busy degreasing my life.

 

Misplaced

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“Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” Job 8:7New year 2013

It was Baby Jesus time, and with a houseful of company soon to arrive, once again I slipped through a crack in the stable and couldn’t seem to find my way back to Him.  Thankfully it was just a crack, not a big front door.  After two hours in the grocery store, and $485.96 of Christmas groceries on the kitchen counter, the fence repairman calling my name from the backyard, the chime of a UPS delivery, and the sound of a fax ringing in my ear, my phone decided to go missing in action.  I desperately needed it to cancel an appointment that I just couldn’t squish into my crazy day.  I had done it again.  I lost my cell phone.  It was right there a minute ago, and then it disappeared.  The last time I misplaced what should be referred to as my “fifth appendage”, my phone went for a swim in the potty while I was doing my weekly janitorial duties.  Don’t ask how…. But today, I had chicken boiling on the stove for my family’s favorite chicken spaghetti, a reception to attend, coats to hand out at Everybody’s Christmas at church, and presents to wrap before our precious Mister Miles arrived at dede and Doc’s.  Man, oh, man!  I had lost it.  Not just my phone, it was really Him that I began to think I had lost AGAIN, or had I?

“Somehow” I made it through, and there I was taking down the Christmas decorations, and the day that “I lost it” came to mind.  Once again I thought the same thing, “I’m going to really live Christmas next year.  Go to every concert, meditate, and experience Jesus’ coming.”  It’s interesting that I have to wait until I’m packing up the nativity set to become aware that I have slipped away from Jesus.  But then I have to ponder, have I really?  As I looked at the “beginnings” for the new year, the ways I honor my Lord seem to pale to those that are available to me.  My beginnings each year are humble, but as the year progresses, my Lord prospers me by opening my eyes in so many new ways to see His grace, His love, His hope, and His glory.  Did I lose Him?  Not really.  I just think I misplaced Him.  Misplaced the time I spend sitting with Him in the morning, misplaced my time for night prayers, and misplaced feeling His presence in preparation for His season.  As I go humbly before my Lord, I’m looking forward to having a year of prosperous living; one where I don’t misplace phones or my precious Savior.  In the meantime, I’m off to buy a Go-phone.  Anyone who can’t save her fancy phone by throwing it a life preserver when it goes swimming doesn’t deserve it.  Blessings for a great 2013!!!

Points to Ponder:

1. How were you “prospered” during the Christmas celebrations?

2. What do you misplace most often? What happens for you to realize it’s missing?

3. What is your most treasured possession?

Pray with Me

Holy One,

As I live and breathe this year ahead, I know you are with me and want only the best for me. May I realize that as long as I am attached to You I will prosper as I grow in faith, love and wisdom.

Clinging tight to You