Episode #112: The Possibilities of Simple Feasting
"Mama, What's for dinner? I'm hungry!"
Oh, not again. Can it already be time to eat, again!
Sometimes when we hear more ideals from others, instead of feeling inspired, we feel a failure. All of us who serve others in our home become weary from time to time amidst all the work. Life has little and big ones who become ill, small and big crisis, holidays, too many activities. And yet still we need to eat!
Bringing influence through the shared moments of our table is not about having fancy or elaborate meals, but about conducting the beauty that extends the grace of God within overwhelming times. Practicing endurance and sustainability through different seasons gives me the capacity to better deal with future stress, which indeed will always come.
The more I practice taking steps of endurance, the more capable I am at handling my whole life.
The table is central to the everyday moments of our lives, even when we are busy, or find ourselves stretched in the midst of seasons that require much from us. Feasting goes on! It is also the anchor to much of our milestones and family celebrations. In this episode, Sally and Kristen discuss Chapters 7 and 8 of the Life Giving Table and offer their own tips for how to create for simple feasts when life is overwhelming or we are short on time. They also share how each of their families create traditions with food and fellowship to mark life's special moments, birthdays, loving through seasons of life.
Here the story of how one who was doubting her faith was encouraged at table to find encouragement to keep going forward.
What we Talk about:
-Living Well in the midst of daily choas and real life
-How we can train ourselves to see God's gentle hand of provision in our lives
-How to live sustainably in pressured seasons
-How to bear weariness that comes from what God is calling you to do
-The ways we each add beauty to our homes to encourage our hearts (and those of our families)
-How to stop waiting for the ideal and learn to enjoy the moment.
-Our favorite staples, recipes and tricks for feasting simply or when we have little time.
-Our family traditions and celebration rituals
-Birthdays in the life of the Clarkson & Kill Family
-How to create a blessing celebration in your own family
-Purposing to verbalize blessing and affirmation
-The way God blesses us through words of affirmation, and how we can do the same with those at our table
-The power and necessity of creating a home of belonging
"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." -Author unknown
Mark 6:31 "Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat."
Table-Discipleship Principle: A wise discipler must make space for rest and beauty in the midst of life.
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
-J. R. R. Tolkien
Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you; And be gracious to you;The Lord lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace."