November 13, 2010

Favorites of the Week 1

Some of my favorite readings this week while blog browsing:

Two Women on a Plane posted by Whatever He Says
I'll be on several planes the next two months.  I long to be like the first woman, not the second.

The Book Blogger Balancing Act by Jennifer of Crazy for Books
Great suggestion just before the holiday season!  Speaking of holidays.....

The Thanksgiving Table: The Mashed Potatoes
by David Jeremiah from Today's Turning Point
Nevertheless . . . the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.Deuteronomy 23:5 

There’s nothing simple about mashed potatoes. A combination of soil, sun, and water produces an underground crop of tubers that are dug up, cleaned off, and cooked in a pot of boiling water. The heat and kinetic energy bursts the walls of the starch within the potatoes, which releases an enzyme named amylase that breaks down starch and creates a kind of sugar. These chemical interactions trap water, creating a glue that thickens the dish. Peering into the pot, we decide to add butter to the whole thing, and milk, maybe cream, probably salt and pepper, often cheese, perhaps some parsley . . . Well, you have your own recipe. But somehow these dirty underground roots become a beautiful, white, whipped addition to our dinner table.

Think of mashed potatoes as an example of God’s ability to whip blessings out of the daily, dirty tubers of life. He knows how to grind our circumstances in the potato masher of His providence, turn curses into blessings, and bring good out of bad. And that’s a perfect accompaniment to thanksgiving.

What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. A. A. Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh

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