How fun to have my lovely daughters home with me this week. Over a coffee time today, I realized once again how profoundly strong they are at communication, thus the degree from Oxford and the PHD candidate who is aspiring to more new ideals. We did not have a perfect home, but there are some seeds that you plant that will indeed take root and so I realized today, it might be fun if you heard from them. So I hope you will enjoy our podcast today with the three of us.
And we had quite an experience today that has a story around these two photos--houses right next to each other with different signs. One house felt welcoming, the other gave us a fear to even walk on the sidewalk. What kind of atmosphere do you build in your home. Listen to the podcast and hear the rest of the story!
Your table can be the most influential place in our home for nurturing faith, building convictions, inspiring dreams, and crafting a foundation for morality.
But interestingly, the people at your table will not be able to hear or understand your messages if you are not skillful at communicating love, acceptance and an openness to receive them with grace through your basic communication skills.
We can have all the knowledge, the best intentions and even the perfect plan for how to welcome our family to the table, into our hearts and into discussions, but we can ruin it all if we don't know how to create an atmosphere that expresses love and belonging.
In this episode, Sally and Kristen give you skills to communicate effectively with your children, friends and husband by sharing the principles of Interpersonal communication, that will help you to develop the Art of Loving Well At Your Table. If you have the desire to communicate with love but never learned about friendship in your own home as a child, or perhaps feel caught in a swirl of chaos in your own family relationships, this podcast will encourage you, equip you and help you to establish patterns that will change your mealtimes and the lives of you and your children.
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT:
-The Four Principles of Interpersonal Communication
-Why what we don't say is sometimes more important than the words we speak
-Learning how to listen to the cues and non verbal communication of your children
-How to set boundaries on our speech and a guard upon our lips
-What it means to have our conversations seasoned with Salt
-The danger of guilt statements
-How to grow in maturity and become a leader of conversation
-The way love initiates and reaches out to others
-How to pursue peace
-The necessity of understanding motives vs. behavior in our children at all ages
-How to consistently move in the direction of your ideals but not be burdened by perfection
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
OUR 24 FAMILY WAYS- A FAMILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE BY CLAY CLARKSON
This book was written as a way to help families teach their children about 24 ways of walking through life together and with God. It is a great place to begin to understand how to live, serve, speak and love one another. We are giving away a copy of this for your leaving a comment of how you shared this post.
FUN GIVEAWAYS THIS MONTH!
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So many wonderful friends of our blog and podcast have entered into the spirit of celebration with me in launching my new book, The Lifegiving Table. This week,
Kara Helton with Fourteen18 Designs, an artist from North Carolina, has created us some special gifts that were made just for your table and for our book launch. Today, if you share this podcast/blog post anywhere or if you share about my book, leave us a comment and you will be entered in to win either a set of magnets for your fridge, or a chalk board to use at your own table to write a verse to read and review each week. We will be having fun giveaways each week before October 3 when we will have our online party with lots of fun gifts. Hope you win! You can find her website and more charming gifts @www.fourteen18designs.com. Thanks so much, Kara, for your generosity!