For every house is built by someone,

but the builder of all things is God.

Hebrews 3:4

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Meal Time at the Smith House

"And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."
Deuteronomy 6:6-7
An opportunity for discipleship is waiting at our meal time table. We combine a home cooked meal, a beautifully set table and our dear family members and we have a recipe for a rich time of discipleship and fellowship. Feeding our physical bodies is not all that happens as we take this precious time to sit together. Theology, politics, relationships, church, Entrepreneurship, character flaws (ouch!), raising children, gardening, marriage are few of the subjects openly discussed at the Smith house. The hearts of our children are expressed and heard. Most important however, the Word of God is taught, thus, making disciples and teaching all to observe all that God commands.
A Home Cooked Meal
Why a home-cooked meal at our house? For our family, meal preparation is not just about putting food on the table. It encompasses a time of teaching our daughters how to cook and serve others. They learn to pay attention to the favorite meals of their father and brother which prepares them to do the same for their future husband. Add nutrition, math, scheduling, organizing and many other skills that are naturally learned along the way.
An Inviting Table
Candles, flowers and fancy table coverings are not necessary for everyday dining especially if you have wee ones under foot. However, making the table inviting for your family is important because it communicates that this is a cherished time of the day. What I think is fitting for my family table make look different than what is fitting for yours. The goal is for the table to be inviting to your husband and children. I know a family who has a world map under glass in the middle their table so that when current events, world history, politics, missions...are discussed, they have a map as a visual aid. Not only are they talking and learning about these important subjects, they are learning Geography together as a family.
The Whole Family Together
The goal here is to make sure that our whole family is together. Making sure we are not involved any activities that take the place of or interfere is of high priority. When one of our family members is missing for one meal, they are greatly missed.
What's Happening at your meal time table?
~ Christa ~

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