Friday, July 18, 2014

Comfort Food

Comfort food for the belly.
Today is a dreary day in North Alabama with record-tying cool temperatures, and drizzle.  In mid-July we are more likely to have mid 90's than high 60's.  But, today that is what we have, and it is the day that the LORD has made, my job is to rejoice and be glad in it.

So, I heated up some left over potato-gnocchi soup.  In the South, we call it potato dumplings, but either way, it is comfort food.  It started with vidalia onions cooked to caramelization, then some chicken flavored seasonings, some smokey paprika, lots of water, then the Idaho potatoes cut into bite-size pieces.

When the potato bites were mushy (a culinary term) and fork tender, in go the gnocchi (dumplings) for a few minutes.  This is the point when I really have to watch my step because the resident canine has olfactory overload and is underfoot with pleading eyes, and watching every move of my hand with hopeful expectation. (Yes, he is spoiled, what can I say?)  I also had some leftover biscuits, so they were cut into tiny cubes, sprinkled with garlic salt and toasted in the oven while the gnocchi cooked.  (Don't tell my husband they were leftovers.)  Take a deep breath, can you smell it? Doesn't it just make your mouth water?

Comfort food for the soul.
Comfort food satisfies on a hungy-belly level, but real comfort only comes from being filled with the Comforter. that is how we can rejoice even on a rainy, dreary day.   Paul referred to God as "the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2Corinthians1:4" 

Did you get that? What is one reason that He provides us with comfort? SO THAT we may be able to comfort others.

This is the day which the LORD has made, rejoice and be glad in it, even if it causes you discomfort. My precious brothers and sisters, you have access to the source of all comfort, and He wants you to not only use it, but share it today!

May we hunger and thirst after His righteousness today, at the feet of the Comforter, pleading to be filled to overflowing - a may we be a blessing to those around us.

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