Wednesday, January 9, 2008

the transformation

Oh how much I would love to hug whoever came up with THE FOOD NETWORK concept! I think my husband and children would share that sentiment with me. Over the past 25 years of marriage I have cooked. Good, home cooked meals. But with very little variety in the dinner menu. Food Network changed all that! Do you watch any of the shows? My daughter Ashley and I were watching Rachael Ray in her 30 Minute Meals show last evening. We both commented on how much we admire how she conducts her show, which is really a lesson. She starts out by grabbing our attention and then grabs all the ingredients. Even the gathering of her ingredients from the fridge and shelf looks like fun, piling things all into her "garbage bowl" to carry it over to the counter. She then sets out with such intensity in heating the pan, dropping in some "EVOO", and dicing up the onions, garlic, or other vegetable. She grasps her knife with great zeal and begins to cut up a chicken breast, all the while telling us alternative ingredients we can use. It is this intensity and zeal that is so contagious. And always true to her shows name, a delicious meal is all plated and ready to eat in "just 30 minutes".
I think it is her attentiveness to her audience and their busy life that makes this show so successful. For although the purpose of the show may be to demonstrate how to change simple staples into a wonderful meal, the real beauty is that she has changed simple viewers into cooks. All this because she tells us we can and then shows us how. Replacing thoughts like "there is nothing to cook" with "there is something here I can put together". Substituting feelings of inadequacy at the stove top with knowledge of how to whip up a great dish in no time. That is empowerment! You just gotta love a gal like that.

What Rachael has managed to do for lowly kitchen slaves like me, our God has been doing since time began for all men. Transforming the lives of lowly sinners into people who live and serve and become ever more like HIM.
Philippians 3:21"who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body."
Who replaces thoughts of "I'll never be good enough" with the truth that HE alone is good enough!
Romans 8:1-3"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering"
Who substitutes the wages of my filth and sin with the willing sacrifice of His precious atoning blood. Blood spilled for me. For us.
1 Peter 1: 18-19:"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect."
You just gotta love a God like that!
Praise HIM!


Angie said...

Praise God for Jesus, the perfect sacrifice. I'm reading all the Levitical law right now which details the many forms of sacrifices and the minutia involved with each ordinance prescribed for every sin. I think many would agree that it's tiring to follow it all. It impresses me even more of Jesus' complete sacrifice. What transformation is available through His perfect atoning blood. Glory!

And yes, Liv and I know the Food Network very well. It's one of our fav things to watch. I'll never measure up to Sandra's Semi-Homemade style though. I much prefer Rachel's laid back attitude.

Gardener Greg said...

I love that show and love God as well. I find myself getting stronger each day that I follow his instructions. Rachel can do some amazing things but not as amazing as our God. Praise God.

Kim S in SC said...

Angie: How true, His sacrifice covered it all for all time. Amazing, isn't it!

inspired said...

o The Soul made up of The Mind the Will and the emotions invisible until
manifest . bless the LORD o my soul ;o]

Kim S in SC said...

Greg: Amen!!

Inspired: Glory to His Name! Thanks so much for visiting!

Barbara said...

Brilliant Kim. Both the cooking and the word you got from it.

Ashley said...

Kim - thanks for commenting on our blog. What a blessing you are! Thank you for praying with us on getting our son home! May the Lord bless you and keep you - may He make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you! To God be the glory!

Kim S in SC said...

Barbara: God is good!

Ashley: Thank you for visiting! I love your testimony about God's provision! I'll be praying for you!


I am so thankful that I did not have to be good enough because Jesus died for all and He was the perfect One without sin and He took my sin on Himself. Thank the Lord for loving me and All.

I love the cooking shows. I have to be careful though, because it cause me to want to cook every good thing that I see. NOt Thanks for the post and for your visits to my blog. connie from Texas

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Yes, our God is all about making something new. Awesome.

About the cooking, I'm in a bit of a rut and thought about taking a cooking class, but with time and expenses limited, maybe I should just turn on the TV. :)

Kim S in SC said...

Connie: So glad to see you back! I agree with you on cooking EVERYTHING! :)Susan: Sometimes there are some things worth watching! I must admit, the crock pot is my best friend especially on busy days!

Barbara said...

I will look forward to seeing your immediate neighbourhood.
Thanks for dropping by.

Lisa said...

I linkedover form Mrs Connie's Blog. I enjoyed reading your post.Blessings.Lisa

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