family table

We always have dinner at the table.

We wait till everyone is there and seated before we start.

We hold hands and have family prayer. Dad starts, then each of us gives thanks or praise for something that happened during our day.

Then we can eat.

We talk or play a game,  usually charades or the ungame. Some days we continue the game after dinner.

Then you ask to be excused.

You push your chair in and take  your plate to the sink.

Dinner is over.

 

 

At our house, I like to think of dinner as a time for getting to really just relax and communicate.  Not “how was your day son?” and the typical teen response “fine.” Wow.  Learned a ton about him there. No, I mean more like “Hey, that new game you got, how are  you doing at it? I saw you really ringing up the points! Looked hard really hard to me!!” Then let him try to answer “fine” because I will just keep pulling more out till you are having a conversation with me!  I can really listen to my kids and find out what they are really interested in, a new video game, a new song, a craft they found they would like to try, or cookies they might want to create this weekend. My husband and I sit across from each other. This gives 2 kiddos his ear and 2 kiddos mine. They feel heard on many levels. Some days we just have fun and bond together. We play silly games that do not require pieces just maybe a card to read. Questions like: What color reminds you of the person on your left and why?

Here is one of the  silly games we play at our table. We have a little pail of questions that we pull out randomly then we all have to answer.

Here are some of the questions in our pail:

Why do you think God loves us so much?

What is your favorite joke?

Can you describe the most beautiful place you have ever visited?

When  you think of God, how do you picture Him?

Is there anything  you are afraid to try or do, and if so, what are your fears?

What have we done in the past that you would like to do again?

If you were given one chance to travel back in time, what event would you like to see?

What is one thing you prayed about today?

If  you had a robot, what would you have him do and why?

If  you could change 3 things about yourself, what would they be?

Is there anybody in history that you have read about that you would like to meet?

Where should mom and dad go for their next “date”?

 

 

I never really thought about how different everyone’s dinner routines are.  I was learning that some of my friends thought it was odd that I insist when guests come for dinner I have them included in the prayers.  I make sure kiddos set the table. Everyone participates from conception till completion at our dinner table. I just figured that was the norm.

My friends homes had rules not at all like mine. Some , the rule at their home is to have the kids be silent and only mom and dad can talk. Some didn’t think that manners were important at all (oh in my house they are!!). Some of them only have family dinner for Christmas and Easter. So many different families with so many different styles for dinner.

Who knew something as simple as a dinner table had so many various norms?

 

It struck me that it is kind of like being a Christian isn’t it? We all practice and have the same basic “table” or bible but we all treat ours differently. Some just “eat” there on Sunday, holidays, or with appropriate company. Others sit there at the table but use it only for themselves, they never invite others over to “dine” with them. I have seen the homes where the table is just there to look pretty. We need our homes to have tables that are openly used and have plentiful “food”.   God’s Word is manna, or food, for the soul. It is through daily feeding on the Bread of Life that we obtain the strength that we need for the trials ahead. It is by having God’s Word in our hearts that we keep from sinning against Him. Jeremiah said “Thy words were found and I did eat them: and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jeremiah 15:16)  The bible also says in Deuteronomy 8:3 ” Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”  It is also  written in Romans 10:17 that
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.  Putting that all together to me means that we should not only consume the Word of God, but we need to share it with each other, have a welcoming and well used “table” in our homes.

 

There is no better place to start, than at our own family table.

 

 

Have a blessed day friend!! Hope you have a wonderful day at your family table!

Just me?

I am just throwing this out there.

I am one of those people who takes notes at church. I underline my bible and put notes in the columns. I have bible tracts in my purse and in my car. I have cd’s of sermons in my house and in my car, some days I have them in my purse too. I write down some of the things I have learned and do all of this just in case…

In case of what?

In case I die.

I want to leave all I have learned for my kids or future grandkids. I want them to know so much more than I do about Jesus. I want them to be that much further in their walk with Him than I am at. I want there to be no question when I go to eternity that I am in love with Jesus. I want them to know where I was at in my studies and all I have learned. I want to go deeper and teach them all that my heart has gained knowledge of. Hopefully they will want to read it!

Not trying to be morbid…just…planning ahead?

I also figure that if the rapture comes and I go back home to the Lord, whoever may be left behind might find their way to the Lord through the things that I have accumulated.

Yup. I said it. Prepping for the rapture.

Thought I was the only one who did that until Friday when  a friend of mine confessed that she does that too.

We are not alone!!

At least there are 2 of us in the world…unless…  you are one too?

??? Maybe???

If you are are a “Prepper”, what do you do?

Beautiful Family

566325_4090536017268_162974282_nHere is a beautiful family you should meet.

The Herren Family.

They began as a couple in love who wanted to start their own family.

They were blessed with their young son Kyler through adoption first.

Later, a spunky little Charlie came home,  giving him a little sister.

Just last year, sweet Faith became a member of their family as their 3rd adoptive child.

God is so good!

He has blessed them with such stunning children. Inside and out these children are amazing!

The Herren’s just received news that their eldest, Kyler, has a biological sister who will be born very soon. The parents would love to place her with the Herren family to be raised with her brother. The Herren’s are open to this and excited!!

You should really read all of this off of Ashlynn’s blog:

Herren Highlights

I know I love to find ways to help families like this one.

If you do to she has a way right here:

Go fund me

As of today, she has $1230.00 toward her goal of $5000.00.

Do you know anyone who has done this to help fund their adoption?

What were some of the things they tried?

Just hoping you have a wonderful day friend!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Little Love Note Challenge Finale

Oh my gosh!!

This was just such a great thing for our marriage!!

This little challenge of writing him love notes and sticking them all over was fun and it meaningful.

The kids got into helping me with it, my little ones see how much I love their daddy, he got affirmations constantly for even the littlest of things!!

It was just a win, win thing to do!!

Here are some of my final love notes that I fit into his lunch before I took him out for the evening.

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I have no idea how I did this, but I got a big box of candy stuffed into the top of his box too!!036

Then when he came home I had this out on the dresser.040We had to hurry because he had tons of traffic that day and got home later than usual.

We dressed up nice and met some of our friends for a night of fun.

Here is the silly picture we took to remember the day.

028The banquet hall was decorated with twinkling lights everywhere!!

Romantic!!

006Sorry, I tried to get a picture of the comic who was performing…way to many lights up there.

The food was good… I had chicken and my husband got steak.

I forgot to take a picture of it though.

Bummer.

The desert was insane!!

That I did get a picture of.

007Yes, it tasted even  better than it looks!!

It was such a great evening!

We hung out with friends, ate good food, had comedy, a little bit of worship and a beautiful message on marriage by Pastor George.

Perfect way to end?

Nope :)

We got a coupon from Rebecca for a buy one get one free coffee from Starbucks!

So since they were only good that day…

021…our date night continued with some late night chit chat in the car.

Just like when we had no little munchkins.

Side note: we were the only couple all day that used this coupon correctly at our local Starbucks. One coupon meant you got $1 off one drink. 2 coupons meant, buy one drink get one free. I had 2 coupons!! Whoo hoo for me!!

Free Mocha latte with extra whipped cream for me please!!

We got home late.

We were so tired.

It was such a wonderful way to end 14 days of letting my wonderful husband know just how much he means to my heart.

I love you husband.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

English Standard Version (ESV)

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Here is my prayer for you.

Lord,

Thank you for this man.

He is good. He is strong. He is exactly who I need him to be. He loves you God. He includes You in our marriage. It is true that 3 cords are so much stronger than one or two. To make our marriage work in this world, we can only do it with  You. We need each other and we need You. We need Your guidance, Your mercy, Your strength, Your wisdom, Your grace, Your compassion, we need You to complete our union. Make our marriage into what You need it to be Lord. May I continue to honor him and treat him with the love and respect he deserves. May I put his needs before my own Lord God and honor You as I do. May I be the Proverbs 31 wife he deserves. May we together use our marriage to glorify You and may others know Your goodness and mercy through us. Lord, please continue to do wonderful works within my husband. May he continue to grow and be the man You have created him to be. He is a miraculously wonderful creation of Yours. I am honored to be a part of his life. He is what made my heart start to blossom and grow. For this blessing, I thank You Lord with my whole soul.

I love  you Lord.

In your name I humbly offer up this prayer.

Amen.

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Little Love Notes~ Day 12

I have posted so many notes now!!

The post-it note company must love me!!

Her are the notes from his lunch.

007 009It is getting harder to be corny.

I did have some cute little ones to share from around the house.

014 015 016 019 020Had to change it up a little with the window marker instead.

Can’t have it be to boring for my husband!!

Here is the prayer I have for him.

Heavenly Father,

May my husband always look to You first. May he have strong faith in the plan You have for him. That his path will be made clear and he will not stray. Lord God, may he find peace in trusting in Your direction instead of his own. Keep my handsome man in the Jesus bubble. Keep him safe.

Thank you Lord.

In Your name I humbly pray,

Amen.

Today I was inspired by one of my favorite verses,

Jeremiah 29:11

New Living Translation (NLT)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

 

We are getting to the end of the challenge.

Let’s end it with SPARKLE!!

Have a blessed day friend!!