Sliding into Home Base ~ Around the Table

Sliding into Home Base ~ Around the Table

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Psalm 23:5

Sweetly wake and then scoot! A day in my home begins with waking up the children, the golden ten minutes of family time, and then scooting out the door with clean clothes (hopefully) on, lunches in hand, and backpacks (with completed homework – hopefully) in tow!

{If I had it all together the day before, the laundry would be finished, there would be food for lunches in the fridge, and a meal in the crock pot. But let’s be honest, in this fast-paced world, that is not always the case!}

We leave for school, spend the day at school, and then return home for homework and a flurry of after-school activities which range from gymnastics, to lacrosse, to music, to tennis…and then we slide into home base together at the table.

Sometimes I have time to make favorite meals, and sometimes I rely on take-out.

Time at the table is about physical nourishment and so much more…

The best conversations happen around the table.

The table is where conversations begin and connections are made.
The table is where manners are taught and where relationships are established.
The table is where I can look into the eyes of my husband and see how long his day was, and where I can see my children and listen to their stories.
The table is a time to be in the presence of those we love.
The table is a place to be counter-cultural.

The best conversations happen around the table.

The Psalmist David knew God prepared a table for him.  The table God prepared was a flat land full of lush grass for grazing.  The shepherd went ahead of his sheep to pick the poisonous weeds. He used his rod to kill the snakes in the path.

Regardless of who or what was coming against them, the table was prepared, protection was provided, and the shepherd was intentional about getting his sheep to the flat land.  He gently guided them there with his staff.

The shepherd knew his sheep would be safe, and they would thrive in His presence at the table.

In this fast-paced culture our kids need our presence.  Naturally sitting around the table does not happen anymore.  When I asked my students how many of them actually have meals around the table, the percentage was very low.

Take-out could be eaten in the car, or we could eat in front of the television, but then we would miss out on the golden few minutes of conversation we have with our children.

To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today. Anonymous

Moms, In order to get our family around the table WE have to be intentional.

1. Prepare ahead of time.  Crock-pot, home cooked meal from scratch, or take-out – it’s the time together that counts.
2. Set a time.  Establishing a set time means that dad leaves work in time to join the family and children are all home from practices and games. It doesn’t have to be the same every day… Sometimes we eat earlier, or later, depending on the schedule.
3. Eliminate distractions. Distractions of the world are our enemy. Constant “busyness” keeps the family unit from coming together as one.  Toys are not allowed at the table – when the children were younger that would mean toys cars, trucks, or dolls.  Today that means electronics.
4. Listen and ask questions.  Children need to be heard.  They need to learn how to have conversations with adults and this begins in the home with their parents.  Be patient. Sometimes the conversation is great, and sometimes it’s really difficult.  Don’t give up!
5.  Give thanks.  When it all comes together and you all slide into home base – give thanks.  Give thanks to Him for the food and for the precious moments of time He has provided for you to share together.

Each night is not going to be perfect, and it’s not practical to expect to eat around the table seven nights a week.  However, we have to start somewhere.  Set expectations. Pray and prepare ahead of time.

If you let the culture command your schedule, you will never get there.  The pace of our culture tears families apart.

Time around the table brings families together as one.

As we thrive when we are in God’s presence, your children thrive when they are in your presence.

The best conversations happen around the table. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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