Today, I am cooking Jamaican chicken soup.
Soup has been a favorite of mine for, forever.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t enjoy devouring a bowl of rich deliciousness on the weekend.
You must know that Jamaicans cook soup every weekend, and my mom was no exception. Mrs. Fyffe could cook! I enjoyed beef soup, pumpkin soup, peas soup with pigtail and gungo peas soup. But, my ultimate favorite was chicken soup.
I remembered the first time I cooked my own pot of soup. Sigh!
Not, my kiddies version with only Grace cock soup and dumplings as I used to when I attended primary school. But the one with everything in there. Dumplings, pumpkin, seasonings, chocho, potato, yam, corn, Maggi soup mix, carrots, thyme, scallion, and pepper. That day, my family came home and they were utterly flabbergasted, because, well, I never cooked anything this elaborate before. However, that day proved to both them and me, that whatever I loved I could cook. 🙂
It’s kind of one of the reasons I like reminding people that “anything is possible with God, just ask.” He will help you to learn and get things done, which you never thought you could accomplish.
26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matt 19:26 NKJV
Eating Jamaican chicken soup is my own bit of therapy.
The experience is utterly divine. It’s like being wrapped in your mother’s hug tight, tight. There is nothing like it.
Now that I am far from home. I find myself cooking soup every chance I get.
It is what gives me comfort when I am stressed about bills, my job, fitting into a new country and culture or just feeling alone in the world. Soup and prayer have helped me out more times than I can count. You see it is good to have something that can take you back to the happy places – memories of your childhood or just being at home with your mother and sampling her cooking.
When we grow up and are adults, we have to become a man and put away childish things. But, it is the memories that sustain us – yes and our faith in God.
So, today, I shall enjoy a good pot of Jamaican chicken soup and not let myself become overwhelmed by things I cannot control.
I encourage you to find that thing which takes you to a happy place.
Pair it with your faith in God and use it to help you overcome the challenges of life.
For some people that is writing. 😉
But with each, all 7 billion or more of us, have a thing that helps to center us and give us inner peace. The more we incorporate these things in life, the better your days will be. You will be more productive, happy, healthy and wise.
About the writer:
Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 30 books and writer for over ten years. She is a General and Copy Writer for online publications such as Revealing the Christian Life, Jamaica Rose, Entertainment Trail, My Trending Stories, The Island Journal, Express Writers, among others.
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