My daughter has one of those nifty play kitchens in her room. Honestly, it’s been some of the best money we have ever been spent because this kitchen is one of those things that has actually been played with like crazy and it’s now been handed down to kid #3.
And when seen through the eyes of a child, it has become much more than a kitchen. My girls have showed me that if you remove the sink, it can be used as a washing machine, stuffing the laundry down inside what should be the refrigerator. If you pull it out from the wall and someone stands behind it, the kitchen is transformed to a drive-up bank window. The stove also doubles as a school desk. Who knew???
Did I yet mention it is a “Dora the Explorer” talking kitchen? Not my first choice, but we got an amazing deal on it at the time. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with Dora except for the fact that she YELLS ALL THE TIME!!! (Just like that.) Clearly, someone has not properly taught that child how to use her “inside voice.”
And the batteries are dying. So Dora has been behaving especially erratically. And I never think about changing her batteries until around 2:30 am, because that’s when Dora delivers an impromptu cooking lesson… “LET’S MAKE BANAAAAANA NUT CAAAAAKE! YOU NEED BUUUUUTTTEEEEER! MAAAANTEQUIIIIILLLLA!… and so on and so forth. I have it memorized by now and quite frankly, I don’t think her recipe would make a very good banana nut cake.
However, dead-battery Dora has taught me a thing or two. Sometimes, I just need to take some time to recharge my batteries. When my juice is low, my behavior can be just as erratic and off-the-wall.
Recipe for Recharge.
1. Grab a cup of coffee.
2. Go here: The Prayer Garden. (Take some time and click on everything. Every page holds hidden treasures… and make sure your sound is turned up. You won’t want to leave…)
(For future reference, The Prayer Garden link can also be found on the left-hand side of this page under “Happy Places.”)
“God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.“
Isaiah 40.29-31 (The Message)