Inside Outside

Greetings from Alabama in the Sweltering South! It’s been a hot summer with a good bit of rain around here lately for which we are grateful. My blog posts have been less frequent than I like and I do indeed apologize. This summer has been interesting and a time of restoration, acceptance, adjustments and accommodations and returning strength. Issues with my feet and spinal discs have been like a plague over the past few years but seem to be stabilizing. Thank You Lord! 🙌. As my strength is returning, I find that physical adjustments and accommodations are keeping me occupied. But then, life is full of adjustments; some just take more effort than others. Regardless, I am grateful for the goodness and mercy of God and Him always helping me.

One of our adjustments has been related to cooking meals because honestly, I’ve not been cooking much over the past several months. I like to cook and I’m ready to cook more but now we have no reliable oven and that means no cornbread or biscuits! Not good! Biscuits and cornbread are almost a staple in Alabama! Our oven has been a good worker for us but is now sadly on her last leg with no replacement part available.

So, I started researching the internet for options, availability and sales; especially the sales! Being a bit under the weather with my asthma, I didn’t feel like doing much more than reading anyway so I hit the internet. There is a ton of information and I just have to say that there are some fascinating ovens in the world these days. Some of these ovens even communicate with the barcode on a product box, like a frozen food, then cook the item when you place it in the oven! I had no idea of such things! Sounds like a great idea, if you have the internet; and if you like appliances with brains 🤓; and if you can get that replacement computer brain when in need … which we can’t. It’s really ridiculous that I have to rely on a computer to cook cornbread!

One particularly appealing oven photo caught my attention. It was the most beautiful oven I’ve ever seen. A glorious white double oven with beautiful brass handles and brass detailing. Oh, she is so pretty and would be lovely in the kitchen! She called out to me from that photo telling me to just go ahead and tap that purchase button. She would soon arrive and grace our kitchen with her beauty. Then I stopped. The madness in my brain stopped with a good, practical thought, “Her outside won’t be worth much if her insides can’t do the job at hand.” And thus the spell was broken. It’s a good thing the spell was broken because we don’t even have a place to put a double oven, nor do we even need a double oven! (The internet sure can be tricky! 😳)

That entire episode then reminded me of the verses throughout the Bible about our inward selves being more important than our outward selves. One of my all time favorite verses is really applicable here …

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Proverbs 31: 30

I hope to be that Proverbs 31 woman! I want to be a woman who loves the Lord, does the best she can with what she has, makes the most of her time and resources … the list goes on and on when you really study Proverbs 31.

This year I am having to adjust. I have to rethink how to do things that I’ve never had to think about before. I’ve also had to stop worrying about what folks think when they see me limp or use my trusty walking stick. Sometimes I have to use ankle support braces that require frustrating, to say the least, adjustments to my clothing and shoes. I have to ask my hubby to carry, climb and clean much more these days, bless him 🥰. In facing these changes, we know that accommodations are necessary in our lives now. These are not complaints; they are just life as we know it now.

Unlike the “beautiful” oven, my outside may not look or work so well but I can always keep working on my inside and strive to be that Proverbs 31 Woman … a woman who fears the Lord. Focusing on the inside woman who loves the Lord and wants to be like Him and be pleasing to Him will make me a better woman for everyone … my husband, my family, my friends and others. I will be a better witness for the Lord and all He has done for me and all He can do for others!

I really don’t know if that beautiful oven can cook worth a flip. I admire and love beauty in many things and that’s ok. But I mostly admire and love the “inside” beauty. I don’t want to be allured by appearances. The inside is always more important than the outside … like a good, work horse of an oven that can bake some good cornbread and biscuits… a great oven on the inside … kinda like that Proverbs 31 Woman. 🙂

Thanks so much for reading this somewhat rambling post today. I really appreciate you following along with Hope and A Dash of Humor! 🥰

Have a lovely day blessed by the Lord!

Kim 💕🙂

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