A Message of Strength and a Recipe For Cream Broccoli Cheese Soup

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After being down for three weeks, I got the concept of depending on someone to help me. 

I broke a bone in the top of my foot (don’t know how I did it) but it was for sure I was in severe pain. After asking a friend to take me to the foot doctor, I realized I needed someone’s help. I thought to myself not me; I don’t ask for help. I’m the one who always gives it. But I learned real fast that I did need help. The pain that was in my foot was something I had never felt before, and walking was impossible so I needed someone to guide me. 

For three weeks, my 17-year-old son was my saving grace. He waited on me hand and foot, cooking my meals, helping me to get to where I needed to go, fixing my meals, and never complaining about it. I never want to feel that helpless again, although I’m sure that I will. It’s sure not where I want to be. 

Just for the short time that I was down, I found myself crying, depressed, and begging God to make me better so that I could get up and clean my house, do my laundry, and cook for myself. 

I told my husband I’m supposed to do for others, not others do for me, but that changed real fast. I prayed and asked God to give me the strength and for me not to be depressed. My prayers were answered. 

Although we have to ask others for help, that doesn’t make us a weak person. I believe God puts us in different situations to test us. Although my foot is healing I still need help. 

Remember: asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength.


The verse for this week is Nehemiah 8:10. It says, “Do not grieve for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

The recipe of the week is “Cream Broccoli Cheese Soup”.

Cream Broccoli Cheese Soup

1 stick butter 

1 large sweet onion (diced)

1 carrot (shaved)

2 small cans chicken broth

4 large Broccoli florets (shaved). Don’t use stems

2 teaspoons flour (to thicken)

2 cans evaporated milk

2 cups regular milk

1/2 block velveeta cheese

Put butter, onions, and carrots in a pot to soften. Then add chicken broth and broccoli. Let cook until tender. Then add evaporated milk and regular milk. Lastly, add cheese in small amounts . Make sure milk is hot enough to melt cheese or it will clump. Turn fire to low and cook for 15 minutes. 

Serve with crackers. 

From my blog to your kitchen, God bless and happy dishes.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and God Bless. 

Stay tuned for more homemade recipes and blessings from my table to yours.


In addition to providing delicious recipes on her Faith and Food blog, Tina Rucker is a proud mom to her 17 year old son, happy wife to her husband Joel of six years, and the spearhead of the Five Loaves Food Pantry ministry in her local church, open twice a month. 

Tina has worked in the food industry for over 25 years, and has a heart and a passion to serve, feed, and provide for those in need.

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