Stronger Strands, Stronger Stands

Welcome  Do you know every time you pray, you are taking a stand?  Whatever you bring to God in prayer, you are making a stand for that person, event, or situation. And the more people taking a stand, the more powerful the prayer movement.  Let’s talk about that today and also enjoy a recipe for chicken and waffles.  Thanks for joining me.  Note–I may receive a small compensation from advertisers or affiliate links seen on this blog.  For further information, please see my terms and disclosure page.

Food For Thought  Among the list of arts and crafts projects I like to do, counted-cross stitch is among them.  I was never good at sewing with a machine, quilting, knitting, or crocheting.  But I can cross stitch and do embroidery.  I think my success lies in the clustered threads, as opposed to a single strand.  The strength of 2, 3, or even 6 strands are such that I can pull hard and not worry about them breaking, which is good because sometimes I don’t even know my own strength!  You are also probably familiar with the wisdom of strands bound together are much stronger than one, or even two.  When materials come together, whether thread fibers, metals, or rock, they are stronger than individually.  The same principle can apply to our prayers.

A couple weeks ago our church had a prayer seminar and one of the points discussed was “prayer movements.”  One of the points addressed how entire nations can be changed based on large groups of people praying for the same things.  It’s a very powerful idea!   And I believe it!  I think it is possible to see a major change for good take place right here in our own country if we could just get masses of people praying for the same positive changes.  This is harder than it sounds, though.  We all bring our own agendas with us.  We want changes to affect us, the most.  But any time we want to see action, or miracles, take place, we need to rally the troops, so to speak.

Our church is working to put the lessons learned in that seminar into action.  A concern we have for our congregation right now is we are not growing, and therefore don’t feel as though we are serving the community to the best of our abilities.  This past Sunday cards were passed out with a prayer for our church and it was requested that every member say this prayer every day for the next two months leading into 2018.  We are praying for specific direction and guidance from God, wanting action steps for growth and service opportunities.  I think this is a great idea.  With all of us committing our daily prayer life to this request, we are coming together stronger, like the twisted strands of thread, leading us to a stronger stand, or change to take place.  Uniting together in prayers and beliefs can lead to amazing blessings.

Now that our church is working to apply these lessons, I believe I need to do some work in this area, too.  The first way I can strengthen my stands of prayer is to begin praying with my husband.  I pray for my husband daily, but we don’t spend time in prayer together (I’m not counting saying grace at dinner.)  When it comes to our marriage, home, child, health, and finances, we need to be like-minded and bring our concerns to God in joint prayer.  This will be a challenge for us, but the growth opportunities are great.  The second area I need to work on is bringing some of my personal prayers to others and ask them to pray for me and with me.  I ask people to pray for my friends and family, but very seldom do I ask others to just pray for me.  Another challenging task, but as much as I talk about prayer and its power and benefits, I certainly have ways I need to grow in this area.  Are you willing to join me in a prayer movement and build stronger relationships with one another, and more importantly, a stronger relationship with God?

Today’s Scriptures  There are many verses in the Bible that suggest, or flat out say, that we will be stronger when we bind together with others.  So please, don’t just hear my words and opinions on the matter, listen to God’s words as well.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12  “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.  If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!  Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.  But how can one keep warm alone?  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Matthew 18:19-20  “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

Acts 4:32  “All the believers were one in heart and mind.  No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.”

Romans 15:5-6  “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 1:10  “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

Today’s Recipe  I just love when things come together, especially people, in study, praise, and prayer.  But I also like when delicious flavors come together, like in my recipe today for Chicken and Waffles.  This really is a recipe that can be made in so many ways with variations of flavors to the waffles, chicken, and sauces.  The recipe I have today is what I call “the standard.”  It’s chicken and waffles on a basic level, but so comforting.  It’s a buttermilk waffle recipe and a mildly spicy fried chicken topped with the sweet flavor of honey or maple syrup.

Chicken and Waffles (serves 6-8)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 TBS baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • cooking spray
  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 2 TBS Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 TBS Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 TBS hot sauce (or more if you like it really hot)
  • 2-3 cups vegetable oil
  • Honey, maple syrup, honey mustard, and extra hot sauce for serving

Products that are very useful for making this recipe include a waffle maker, a cast iron skillet, and cooling racks.  Click the links below if interested in purchasing the products I used. 

For waffles, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.  In separate bowl combine eggs and 2 cups buttermilk.  Stir into flour mixture and slowly add melted butter until just combined.  Spray waffle iron with cooking spray and heat according to manufacturer’s directions.  When hot, add waffle batter in quarter-cup increments, careful to not overfill.  Watch closely while preparing other items.  When removing waffles, do not stack-this leads to soggy waffles.  Place individual waffles in single layer on cooling racks so they can maintain crispness.  For chicken, pound with smooth side of meat mallet until breasts are of even thickness.  Heat oil in cast iron skillet-the amount of oil will depend on the size of your skillet.  In shallow dish mix together flour, corn starch, Cajun seasoning, pepper, and salt.  In a second shallow dish whisk together egg, buttermilk and hot sauce.  For this chicken, I do a double batter, coating in flour mixture, then milk mixture, and then back to flour mixture before placing in hot oil (oil should be shimmery, but not smoking when ready.)  Cooking time for your chicken really depends on the thickness of the breasts.  Thinner chicken can usually be turned after 4-5 minutes.  Thicker chicken will need to cook 6-7 minutes before turning.  Chicken should have a golden crust before turning.  Chicken also cooks better if skillet is not over-crowded.  Cook in batches if necessary, but watch hot oil closely so it doesn’t burn…trust me on this one!  For serving, place one or two waffle squares on a plate.  Slice fried chicken breasts into 1-2 inch slices and place on top of waffles.  Serve with honey, syrup, honey mustard, and extra hot sauce.  I personally like to drizzle honey and hot sauce over the entire entrée for a sweet and spicy combination!