Thursday, September 19, 2013

Around the Table: The Conference

Last Saturday I had the fun of joining the women at Oak Ridge Bible Chapel for a conference on 

Around the Table
Connecting with Your Family at Mealtimes

We had a great day--at least I did! Starting with a delicious breakfast enjoyed, you guessed it, around several tables.

We enjoyed some wonderful times of singing before each of the talks.

I gave three talks looking at how God prepares a place for us, makes it personal, and provides protection there and then seeing how we can do that at mealtimes with our children, extended family, and friends.

Some friends and I even did a skit--though thankfully there are no photos of that!

They provided plenty of food at snack time and then lunch, too. At lunch we had "Conversation Starter" questions at our tables and that got us talking about interesting things as well as enabling us to get to know each other. One woman at our table had been married 68 years!

And then we had a demonstration on how to make a simple centerpiece to enrich our tables.

I got some new ideas for my table--just wish I had those flowers in my garden!

We held a giveaway for the book and the woman who was there to translate my messages into the language of the Karen people of Burma (Myanmar) won!

I thoroughly enjoyed sharing stories of my life with these women and getting to hear their stories and learning to know them.

Thank you so much Oak Ridge Ladies' Conference for inviting me!

If you would like a talk that will inspire your ladies to work toward connecting with their families at mealtimes at your next ladies' gathering for breakfast, lunch, or an all day conference, contact me:
to see if we can work out a date. I'd love to meet you, too.

You can listen to the talks at the Oak Ridge Bible Chapel website.

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  1. I love that you are spreading the message about the importance of sitting together in fellowship and conversation with larger groups. Fabulous mission!

    1. I enjoy speaking to women's groups and the topic fit even though they weren't all women with children at home--we can connect with anyone we love around the table!

  2. This is so awesome! I wish I was able to go to something like this to share and fellowship with other women! Soon I pray the time will come. :). Following your blog now from Raising Imperfection. :)


  3. I love the idea of making a centerpiece of using mason jars. Clever and simple.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

    1. I love seeing what you'll comment on Lanaya!

  4. Those are beautiful center pieces.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

    1. I had my committee from church over with their families on Friday and used mason jars for our outdoor table decorations. The flowers still look great on my table. Glad I got the idea at the conference!

  5. I struggle around the table. When we do sit there, with the tv off, I find myself the only person trying to have a conversation. It's like pulling teeth! But thank you for sharing the importance, I'll keep trying!

    1. April, I'm sorry it's so hard for you to carry on a conversation. The secret to conversations are 1) a good question(s) and 2) listening without judgement. Search "conversation questions" in this blog and you'll find links to 50 questions and/or like my facebook page and get a question idea every weekday. Hope that helps!

  6. I'm so glad I found your site through Thrive @ Home! :) I love the topic of this conference, and I'm excited to check out the rest of your blog! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Kelsey, I'm glad you found this, too. I hope as you look around you find ideas you can put to use.



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