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We are all a Messy Kitchen

February 6, 2012

We stand in a messy kitchen with the dishwasher, ran for the second time that day and more to go, thumping away with a Jumanji beat….

and the Presence of God fills the kitchen.


Soup bowls fill the sink and cookie crumbs line the counters
and He gathers right in the center on my cork floors.
Toddlers make a chipy mess while they use my stools for trapeze antics
and He smiles from our midst while we line the perimeter of my cork floors.
A large tv room is collecting kids as they watch a movie
but He gathers in tightly on the cork floors…with us…to hear us celebrate Him.
Babies fuss against teeth and mamas sway
He stands right there and offers comfort to us all
Children, used to being in His presence come by for a drink of water
He looks at us and offers us all Living Water…the ultimate Parent.


an impromptu Communion and no one even argues
no one argues that two of the people have already taken it twice at their own church today.
no one argues that they need to be at football parties.
no one argues that it is getting late…or a school night…or “don’t we need a pastor”, someone more “led”

Cups come out and are filled to the brim
a box of crackers appear.
I ask are we going to take the long communion or short.
Long it is… and we gather in a circle and ask what do we identify with…cup or bread?
some feel broken like bread …waiting for a journey to end and destination given….some weary with lifes travels.
as they are led, one or two have insight…verses given…showing lies a Truth…you are not abandoned in the journey.
Some feel inadequate and identify with the cup…needing it to cover so much of where they feel unworthy.


The Spirit braids around us and He stands in our midst even though the kitchen is a mess and we are even more broken… and when the Truth comes out of your mouth you know it is not you…
you feel the Power that is not yours… and when you look around you see each were given Royal heritage.
and you know that Communion should be approached with fear and trembling and you see, you often took it like a shot at a local bar.
As the Truth sets in you and the darkness flees….
You take your cup and cracker and you look around to see His Children… and Him, standing there in the center of all this mess
and you nod…”I celebrate that”

because...You Are what you Celebrate.


So Thankful …let me share a few:
1.) My two oldest back safe and sound, and a little more tan, from the trip down south.
2.)Hearing a wise man speak on chickens and eagles… how often are we as eagles lied to and told we are nothing more then chickens.
3.)Turkey chili and abundant food lining my kitchen.
4.)Food to feed… everyone leaves fed (in so many ways)
5.)People gathering around the kitchen nearly everyday..paints chocolates poured out.
6.)January is.over….not too bad this year!
7.)that people are willing to stop time and space to take communion in a messy kitchen
8.)a husband who is my teammate as we clean and talk (and laugh) about how a wreck this kitchen is…was it ever more a mess then tonight? lol
9.)Time to break out the seed catalogs!!!!!!
10.) my brother has a teaching job opportunities…(say a prayer, please)

23 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2012 11:34 am

    Beautiful, as always! I said a prayer for your brother. Your writing leaves me with the feeling that I would so love to spend time with you and your children in your kitchen, complete with hot cocoa and paints! (And, no, I’m not a scary stalker… your posts just radiate such a wonderful warmth, it is hard not to feel drawn in.)

    • February 6, 2012 3:19 pm

      I hadn’t even asked myself the question…:)
      I love what you said.. you have a beautiful heart.
      I want to encourage you to try it…once a month? in your own home…. just the gathering… the safety.
      let it evolve organically.
      that is really I did…nothing anyone else couldn’t mimic.

  2. Jessie Aitken permalink
    February 6, 2012 12:40 pm

    I’ll not forget yesterday as long as I live.

  3. Kristi permalink
    February 6, 2012 1:17 pm

    I found you on These Five of Mine…

    Your post was beautiful and very encouraging! I love how God desires to be present in the midst of our messes. I’m so thankful that you were able to turn it into something beautiful!

  4. February 6, 2012 1:28 pm

    I love sweet fellowship…the ones that are not planned by us but by the Holy Spirit…and how it awakens us to see Him everywhere…at any moment…
    great post…
    have a great day…

    • February 6, 2012 3:21 pm

      thank you friend…
      (Still been trying to comment on your blog but it stops me…:(

      • February 6, 2012 4:36 pm

        Hey T…i looked for your email and could not find it…so I will have to ask here. Can you tell me what is happening when you try to post and do you have trouble posting on others who are using blogger as well? Just trying to figure out what is happening…I am sooooo limited in this area.

      • February 6, 2012 4:40 pm

        yeah I don’t know either…was there an update at blogger? My sister got the new comments section on hers and i have no problem.
        But anyone with the older comments section is now stopping me…
        I can type in all the security stuff.. but it always says I typed in the wrong “gibberish” word…
        it’s not just your blog…it is the same problem most places.
        I have tried it iPad or my desktop…no difference.
        I just don’t want you to think I am not reading..because I am 🙂

      • February 6, 2012 5:41 pm

        hey can you do me a favor…I took off the verification thingy…when you have a moment…could you try to see if you can leave a comment…thanks

  5. February 6, 2012 2:45 pm

    stopping by from a holy experience. “you are what you celebrate”. beautiful!

  6. February 6, 2012 3:17 pm

    community and communion……. beautiful.

  7. February 6, 2012 3:43 pm

    ooh, “communion and community”. but that’s really it, isn’t it?! it’s all been done in the communion and it’s been done for the community. simple as that. yet so, profound. i was blessed just hearing about this. thanks for your obedient heart, T.

  8. February 6, 2012 5:05 pm

    loved being apart and yes I thought as I tried to stack the paint pallets that sheesh this place is a wreck! so strange…but it was still so peaceful…thanks for having us

    • February 6, 2012 5:15 pm

      LOL..I know what happened?
      There wasn’t an extra lot of people..the food wasn’t complex and multi coursed..
      But holy cow you let that dishwasher get behind and the whole place starts to fall apart. 🙂
      I think it all happened for a reason…as I got this whole post during the communion…I looked around and thought what.a.mess…how can we have communion with all this mess….
      but ahhh, how can we not.
      I mean look at those counters… why in the heck are there apple cores? who did that?
      go figure!

      • February 7, 2012 7:56 am

        oh I can think of a few diapered ones that are responsible (or newly potty trained) that are responsible for those apples…oh well…we have an extra whole bag waiting to be eaten

  9. February 8, 2012 11:45 am

    This community sounds so amazingly beautiful. I wanted to be right there in the center of it all. But, I never thought of identifying with the bread or the cup and you have given me much to ponder. I want to think more deeply about those 2 things that I consume each week at church – this bread, this cup.

    • February 8, 2012 3:14 pm

      I would love for you to stop by…:)
      if you have any communion questions I can go into more depth…it is very interesting.

  10. February 9, 2012 12:11 pm

    You just made me want to hang out in my kitchen more. Lovely post.

  11. February 12, 2012 5:20 am

    I just want you to know I am leaving here inspired this morning! Inspired to slow down so that I might stop missing all these little opportunities to grow my family with the Lord. Inspired to live life like love is all that matters. Inspired to leave my kitchen messy while I allow God to cleanse my heart! Thank you!!!!

    • February 12, 2012 11:53 am

      thank you.
      I don’t have any other words …
      I will hold this in my heart.
      thank you.

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