Manna From Heaven

Okay, so it was really chicken, and it was from down the road, but I know Who it is that really sent it.

My sweet friend Stephanie--chief cheerleader and prayer warrior for so many and busy mom of four and ever-willing hands and feet of Jesus--popped in Tuesday with a 9" x 13" casserole of which I got not. one. bite. I never even saw any of it. You can see it here, though this photo is from the repeat, made for the whole family, made on the day I'm taking away from hospital duty to catch up a bit around here. (No surprise, it was deemed not quite as good when I made it. That little "je-ne-sais-quois" is understandably missing!)
C and I were, um, enjoying our hospital cafeteria delight in the next city over when the call came: were we going to eat at home, or not?

Turns out the 16-year-old was hoping to mop up the few tidbits he'd remembered to leave for us without having to feel guilty about it.

I hear it was delicious. For one 115-pound girl and one 150-pound boy to eat every THE WHOLE THING in one sitting, it must have been.

The animation is almost as short as the recipe!
Here's the recipe that I got over the phone the next day.  Steph's sister had pinned it and shared it with her. It's more directions than a recipe, but don't let that stop you. It will take you only slightly longer to make it than it will for you to watch the slide show.

Steph's One-Dish Chicken Casserole
  1. Place bite-sized pieces of boneless, skinless chicken pieces in the middle of a 9" x 13" casserole. I used six thighs, but Steph used breasts. You choose.
  2. Open a can of green beans and pour on one side of the chicken. 
  3. Slice a few sliced red potatoes and put them on the other side. I used six potatoes.
  4. Sprinkle a packet of dry Italian Seasoning mix evenly over everything.
  5. Drizzle a 1/2 stick of butter over all. (I didn't take time to melt the butter, so I dotted the top with slices. It seemed to work.)
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. 
I highly suggest Steph's seventh step: share it with someone.

We've had a tough few years, a difficult few days, but so many folks have texted, called, Face-Booked and otherwise reached out to us that how can we do anything but rest in the evidences of God's care for us? We are hurting but not frantic. God is in control, and he is faithful to fulfill His promises toward us.

And I look at it this way:
What is a timely chicken casserole 
but Psalms 68:6 
served up in a Pyrex dish?

THIS is why food is ministry. It is more than calories that showed up at my door. (The kids were getting plenty of those in paper wrappers.) The food? It's just the messenger.

Steph? This is for you:

"Every time I think of you--and I think of you often!--I thank God for your life of free and open access to God given by Jesus. 
There's no end to what has happened in you--
it's beyond speech, beyond knowledge. 
The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your life!"
1 Corinthians 1:4-6, The Message

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