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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: In The Kitchen - deadline 7-19-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/12/12)

TITLE: Packet Mix Christianity
By Lizzy Ainsworth


Iím aí cooking and my husband isnít home for another half hour and I can throw just about anything I like into my wok that is drowning in cabbage and bits of chicken that were fried but somehow became steamed and white as a wedding gown.
When my husband is home, he likes to supervise my cooking and for good reason, too, after he suffered from a soup in which I had deposited a kilogram of garlic, while cleaning out the freezer, instead of a single bulb! We greatly increased our carbon footprint through methane release that night; the sleeping bag inflated around our ears with toxic gas.

You see, I have declared war on packet mixes, not that they arenít helpful and quick and easy, just they are full of stuff that I donít really like, such as preservatives, colours and other nasty stuff masquerading as food. They can be helpful, somewhat nutritious and delicious, just I prefer the more organic stuff, like throwing every vege and fruit in the fridge into the wok; bananas, apples, wombok, pak choy, onion, can of lentils, left over rice, corn, soy sauce, maybe not the fermented grape juice . . . (hmm need to work out how to use that one up)

While I was cooking this cocktail of delight, the thought occurred to me that sometimes we have a packet mix version of Christianity. It is so much easier to read a book than the Bible. It is so neatly packaged and easy to prepare and digest.
It can seem rather difficult to chew over a Bible verse, rather like a lump of bread with cheese than that delicious spaghetti sauce from the packet or jar.

Not that Iím against Christian books; I devour many regularly and with enthusiasm. We must on our guard and check the label for those hidden nasties and keep tabs on our spiritual health. Books must be read with deep discernment, or they can throw you into a bowl of mushroom sauce. Iím sure you know the feeling of clinging to the macaroni while wading to the edge of the bowl, using a carrot stick and climbing out dripping with stringy tendrils of mozzarella.

So while packet mix Christianity is an option, I encourage everyone to dig deep into the Word and throw some verses together for a truly organic lentil soup or smoothie.

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C D Swanson 07/19/12
An all together clever and amusing story that brings the topic to the forefront in a powerful way. I really enjoyed your story, and agree with reading the Bible. It is God's love letter to His children. If we follow it and digest the word each day...we will eat like kings and never be hungry again.

Great job with this piece!
God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/19/12
I enjoyed this devotion. I smiled at the beginning and laughed out loud at the fermented juice line. I think this is on topic, yet still creative and interesting. Good job.
Hiram Claudio07/23/12
A wonderful message with a light hearted tone. In the beginning, I found that many of the sentences may have been easier to read of they were shorter, perhaps broken up into two.

I enjoyed the comparison of reading Christian books and reading the Bible - a powerful truth and lesson for us all for sure. Nice work!
Genia Gilbert07/24/12
Guilty of using some packaged mixes for cooking! Yet, when it comes to directions and help for real life, I know it has to come from God's Word. Good job on the comparison.
Leola Ogle 07/25/12
Hmmm, package mixes. I am guilty there, but do love to cook and bake from scratch too. Thanks for the great reminder to dig into God's Word! God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/26/12
Congratulations for placing 6th in level three!