Does God Even Care?

I mentioned a couple posts back that I am building a new brand focusing on my passion for helping people get into their kitchens and use it as a place to bless others. My heart and mind can't stop dreaming of all the small and big ways I can work to make this happen for people. 

I have been working with Brigette Turner on my branding and can I just say, I have been moved to tears, squeals, and nerve-induced stomach aches because of her ability to just GET ME and the heart of my brand. I cannot wait to show you some sneak peaks soon...so be sure to follow me over on Instagram for all the details. 

It has been so incredibly important that I know for sure that God cares about the stuff that my brand and business is about. I have all these dreamy thoughts that set my heart on fire, but I had a moment of uncertainty recently where I really wondered -- does God even care? Does He care about getting food on people's tables in a meaningful and joyful way? Does He concern Himself with the mom who is struggling for inspiration in the kitchen? Does He care about a simpler and more relationship-filled life? What I found in the Bible has been sooo encouraging and affirming. Here's a small snapshot:

* God is a creator, and has given me creativity as He designed me in His image (this was really important for me to understand, and root in my heart. Watch Tim Keller for more)

* He cares about inviting strangers into our homes:

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in"

(Matthew 25:35)

* He cares about encouraging others (2 Cor. 7:13)

* He cares about refreshing company (Romans 15:321 Cor. 16:18)

* Investing in relationships is more significant to Jesus than the preparations that go into hospitality (Luke 10:38-42)

* God intended food to be enjoyed freely, but because of the brokenness of this world, we must work hard for it. 

* Food is a provision from the Lord that brings joy (Acts 14:17)

* Food does not bring us near to God (1 Cor. 8:8)

* All of this Romans 12:9-13

* Jesus eats with the lowly and outcast (Matthew 9:9-13)

* Jesus is radically welcoming -- He cared most about the hurting, weak, children, and the sick. 

* In the end there will be a marriage supper, a feast with all God's people rejoicing around the table. 

* "On this mountain the Lord  Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and the finest of wines." (Isaiah 25:6 )