Some of us wouldn’t mind it, some of us would even encourage it, but there are a number of women that are terrified of it - men in our kitchens. In my household, I absolutely love it. It is one of the things I love about my husband. It actually is an aphrodisiac to me. There’s nothing better than a man that knows his way around the kitchen.
Tony, my husband, actually likes to cook. He may not always show it, but in his heart, I think he loves to get fussed over about his cooking. Tony’s parents were separated when he was sixteen and he had stayed with his father. My husband learned to grocery shop and cook to help his dad around the house. I knew who I was marrying. A man that could not only provide and love me, but a man who could help me in my dominion.
Now, granted, these are not three course meals. It’s more his special Daddy Burgers and his secret recipe for Tony’s Taco Pizza. And, for some reason, no one can make French Fries like him. What really matters is that he is using his talents and gifts God has given him. Not only do we delight in it, but God does also.
People might say that a man in the kitchen has only been in the last few decades. Before that it was always women in their place, the kitchen. A man cooking in the kitchen was barely heard of unless he had no family.
Believe it or not, men in the kitchen has been dated clear back in the beginning of time.
Genesis 19:3 (NLT) But Lot insisted, so at last they went home with him. He set a great feast before them, complete with fresh bread made without yeast.
Wow, not only did Lot cook a feast, but he made homemade bread! That’s more than some of us women do. Another thing that stuck out to me is that he had the gift of hospitality. Without going into too much of a bible lesson, Lot had at first invited the two angels in, but when they had declined to come into his home, he insisted. He was adamant to not only feed them but to give them protection from the people of Sodom. Shouldn’t we have hospitality within our kitchens? Do we not have a glint of hospitality when we ask everyone to come to our table and eat the feast we prepared? The answer is yes, on both accounts. We could learn a lot from Lot. (No pun intended)
Lot used his gifts and talents that God had provided him. He also was a faithful servant. He had to be embarrassed by having angels from heaven into an environment that displeased the Lord. Lot had to bring them in and feed them, it was whom God made him.
We need to give our husbands the chance to use and share their gifts and talents. Whether it is cooking, or bringing people into a safe haven. God wants us to be His faithful servants, even in the kitchen.
Read more articles by Rochelle Valasek or search for articles on the same topic or others.