““What we think about when we are free to think about what we will – that is what we are or will soon become.” ― A.W. Tozer”
This table is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in the house. It has now become more than a place to share a meal. We have also laughed, entertained guests, schooled, and made many memories around this table. The children have grown up before my eyes here.
When we first bought the table some 14 years ago, the wood was softer than I thought it would be, so as the children did their schoolwork it would leave an indention. When I first discovered the softness of the wood, I have to admit I was a little upset, but now I would not trade those marks for anything. Over the years, I have even discovered their names carved into what they thought was a secret place along the edge.
There is something very special about gathering around a table. God Himself will gather His children around a table for supper one day.
Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” Revelation 19:9
May I take a moment to encourage the generation who is coming after me to make supper a priority in your home. If possible, protect this time. I know it can be hard with church and school activities. But with planning and preparation, whether supper is at four in the afternoon, or eight in the evening, it can be a wonderful memory maker for your family. Has your table become just a place to dump stuff? If so, may I encourage you to clear it off, and begin making memories around it. And please turn off the TV, cell phone, iPod and talk to one another.
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And if you need a little help planning mealtime try emeals. I have been using it for a couple of years and love it…
Kim ~ littlesanctuary.com
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My goal is not to raise children who conform to my hopes, wishes, dreams, or standards; my goal is to raise children who walk in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). Hence, my reproof must always be geared toward leading them Christward. ~ Voddie Baucham
Kim W. ~littlesanctuary.com