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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chicken soup every day

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What if we got chicken soup every day...

How would that feel?

My family got blindsided by the nasty stomach flu this past weekend. I dug my heels in as each member of  my family (except for my daughter) "dropped" with the stomach bug. I started feeling overwhelmed by being needed by everyone at once. And then... I GOT SICK! I was struggling to keep things going while nursing myself to health. Thankfully my husband helped me sleep most of this past Tuesday way.

Today as I was making the best husband in the world chicken soup made from corn, broth of slow cooked chicken breasts boiled again with new bone in chicken, rice cake that was cooked in the broth so long it tasted like chicken and rice only added at the last second so that it didn't get mushy. I added organic ginger and organic tumeric to the broth for added medicinal properties. The funny thing is-- no one tasted those mystery ingredients. They only tasted my L.O.V.E. and C.A.R.E.!

And, again for dinner I made another soup of deluxe ramen noodles with shitake mushrooms, swai and eggs swirled just right. Two meals in one day I was comforted by a meal of soup. And, we just happened to be sick. It was my first food since yesterday when all I had was a sweet potato and apple. I felt cared for (by myself) and warmed from the inside. I imagined my husband feeling the comfort as well.

That's when it hit me: why do we only spoil each other with chicken soup when we're sick or down and out? Aren't we all in some sort of pain or discomfort most of the time? What would it feel like to get chicken soup every day... that special care that says that despite how crappy you feel, you feel the "know that I love you... that I'm here for you" feeling. Now, that's the stuff! 

Pastor Jimmy Evans (of Marriage Today Ministries)  has a sermon where he does proposes "reality vows" and he refers to the bride and groom as sick and messed up people who are vowing to clean each others' bed pans for the rest of their lives to put it crudely (my metaphor). The white worn by the bride is just a facade as well as the clean pressed tuxedo that was merely rented. I suggest that you watch that, married and singles out there. =)

So tonight I wonder what the world would be like if we all served each other chicken soup every day (or regularly) for the rest of our lives. What would you serve your loved ones to communicate love and comfort? Please share when you comment below.

Thank you so much for reading! Many blessings to you~

#tbt #throwbackthursday #chickensoup

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