Thursday, May 15, 2014

Community and Pork Soup For My Soul

I've been dealing with a sickness for about three weeks now, the doctor, nor I, knowing what it was.
I went to the doctor and he put me on medicine for a week and things felt like they were better while the drugs were in effect, but as soon as they started to wear off, the pain in my throat would come back. The pain was sooo intense. I could barely swallow a few drops of water or my own spit, for that matter! It felt like a I had a huge lump in my throat. My meds were finished so I had to see how things would go. The day after they were done, I started to experience that super painful swallowing again along with a bad headache and neck ache, going up the back of my head and down my back.
It was BRUTAL. I didn't even know what to do with myself. I was crying, couldn't sleep, aaaalll that.

So...all that said to get to glorify God in how He uses his people. 

I should preface this part with the fact that my husband is a man who truly needs his sleep. He's kind of a total beast when he's tired and he has a hard time recouping the next day. 

He went to the store to get me medicine at 4:30 am.
He brought back sippy baby food bags of fruit and veggies so that I could eat something.
He brought Gatorade and jello.
He got me a wet washcloth to put over my face. He rubbed my back until I finally fell asleep for a little while.
He stayed up with the TV on while I slept because he didn't want to move for fear of waking me up.
He got me up to go see the doctor, got the kids ready, ended up taking me to the ER, finding childcare, going back to the ER to stay with me, back to the doc, picked up prescriptions, picked up kids, picked up a late lunch, to the doc again, waited, and picked me up a tea at Starbucks,
and then took care of me at home the rest of the day.....

ALL the while...he was spreading the word to his pastor groupme, who then spread the news to some other friends from church. They, within the morning, planned for us to have dinners for the rest of the week (some lunches) and were calling and praying the whole time.I was in too much pain to think too much about all of that, but was appreciating it as much as I could. 

At the hospital, the pain finally started to go away a little, very slowly, with the help of painkillers...ahhhhhhh...clarity in my miiiind. It only got better from there.

Once I got home, and had rested for a while, feeling like I came out of a horrible dream, my sister surprised us and dropped by with a basket of get well goodies like tea, some really good honey, crackers and gatorade and a hot pot full of the best "chicken" noodle soup I have EVER had...SERIOUSLY...because it was PORK noodle soup! The recipe is down the page.
You WILL thank me later...and I'll pass it on to my sweet sister who made it!!

After a bit, I got to go to the bar in our kitchen and watch my husband make pancakes and bacon for our kids and talk to him for a while. 

All I could say to him over and over was HOW FILLED UP I felt by experiencing how God had loved me all day through the love of His people....His church...our community. I had been shown His love through the love and care of my husband all night and day. The whole day, I had NO worries about the kids or what would happen if I had to stay at the hospital. He was taking care of everything. 
One of our dear friends, Julie, took care of our kids most of the morning and some afternoon, completely spur of the moment (cancelling her pedicure, I found out later!! For a momma of a newborn, this was a huge sacrifice! Thank you, my sweet friend!!). She dropped what she was doing and actively loved us. Our friends called and left me messages and texts saying that they loved me and were praying. The thing is...I KNOW these people were praying and were concerned. They love God and they are genuine in their love for Him and others. 

The Body
My community that God has given me, given our family, rose up and loved as Christ loved...dying to themselves and serving. 
I thank you all Logos Community family from the deepest part of my heart for loving like Jesus! He was glorified through you and may he be glorified in me next time one of you is hurting. I love you, family!

If you don't have a church family, you are missing out on experiencing some of the love of God...
a HUUUGE part of the love of God! He loves the church, His bride, and he cherishes her and takes care of her. 
29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body.   Ephesians 5:29-30
I encourage you. Find a church body to be a part of. Get involved. Love others in Jesus name. He will nourish and cherish you.

AND NOW...for the best Pork Noodle Soup EVER!
Ooooo!...make some and throw it in the freezer in case you or someone else gets sick!!

Recipe: Courtesy of Audrey Huston:)

1 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. diced carrot
1/2 c. diced onion
1/2 c. diced celery
1 pinch salt
2 qrts. organic, no msg, chicken broth
4 oz. uncooked wide egg noodles
1/4 of a large cooked boneless pork loin, shredded
1 pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) (she didn't use any, but it sounds good for someone who's not sick)
Basil leaves (to taste)
Some dried, red pepper flakes
1 pinch turmeric
1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

1. Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Stir in carrot, onion, celery, salt, and fresh
    basil leaves. Cook and stir until the onions turn soft and translucent, 5 to 6 minutes.

2. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil.

3. Season to taste with salt, if necessary; stir in egg noodles and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

4. Stir in cooked pork loin meat and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes. Season with
    cayenne pepper, turmeric, dried red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper to taste.

Eat Up!!


  1. Hey Ashley, Do you shred the pork meat?

  2. Hi! You do shred the pork loin. Btw...I accidentally put 2 to 3 pork loins, but just changed it to 1/4 of a large pork loin. I was thinking cutlets, I suppose. Oops!