Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Get Ready for Dinner at 3:15

I have friends who are in another country seeking to lead people to Jesus. A few months ago they wrote a letter saying that their team had recently studied the Parable of the Seed together. In this parable, the farmer casts his seed onto the soil and at the end of his work day, he goes to bed. One morning he wakes up and the seed has sprouted. He doesn't understand how this has happened, but the seed growing in the soil eventually produces a crop which can be harvested. (See Mark 4:26-29)

As a group they decided to set an alarm on their cell phones for 4:26 in the afternoon to ask that they have and be aware of opportunities to "cast" the seed of the Word of God. They want to share their witness using the Bible and see God use His Word to sprout and grow it in the lives of people to eventually see a harvest of souls. They asked those who pray for them if they would be willing to set their phone alarms to go off at 4:26 every day and pray for them in this way as well.

Since then my alarm has gone off every afternoon at 4:26 and I have prayed for not only them but for me to be telling the Word of God to people wherever I go, and that God would cause the growth.

As I was thinking about this the other day I realized this kind of daily prayer keeps this idea in mind, which helps produce the answer.

Recently, I've been watching my two year old granddaughter sometimes near mealtime. This makes me wonder how I ever got dinner on the table with four kids at home!

What does one have to do with the other?

The thought occurred to me that moms (or dads if they make dinner) could set an alarm on their phone to remind them to pray for peace as they near the dinner hour--what some call the witching hour--so that they can make dinner and everyone can still like each other by the time they sit down together.

That brought to mind Colossians 3:15.

A quarter past three is a great time to start thinking about dinner on many levels. So I am suggesting that mom, especially ones with littles, set their phone alarms for 3:15 on weekdays to:

  • Pray for God to help you allow the peace of Christ to rule in your heart, especially during that last hour before dinner, and to help your kids be calm and at peace as well. And give thanks for your family and that you have enough food to eat.
  • Snack on some protein. This goes for you as well as your kids. A bit of protein--a few almonds, a piece of cheese, a couple carrot sticks with hummus--can make all the difference in how everyone feels between five and six. Blood sugars will be leveled and hunger staved off.
  • Think about what you will make for dinner, if you haven't already done this, and check your recipe if you are following one. 
    • Do you need to put something in the microwave to help it defrost? 
    • Does something need to start marinading?
    • Is there something that is supposed to be at room temperature when you start cooking?
    • How about butter that should be softened?
    • What about gathering all the ingredients now while you have a moment to think?
    • Recipes generally tell you how long to expect to spend hands on and how long you need for cooking. But the hands on time doesn't include peeling, chopping, dicing, and slicing. So if you have a free minute now, why not get that started instead of doing it during the last minute rush.
I realize that in a perfect world you could calmly do this every day. In the real world, your baby will probably be needing her diaper changed about then and your toddler will wake up from her nap crying like it is the end of the world and your preschooler will want to tell you a long involved story about bathtub rocket ships and flying elephants and your second grader will need to be picked up at school and taken to his soccer practice. But you can find a time to set an alarm in the afternoon that will remind you to pray and then be part of the answer to your own prayer by preparing your mind and your children's stomachs.

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This week's hack comes from Sarah:

We meal plan for the week. Precook ground beef and freeze in 2 1/2 cup portions which is a pound. Even pre-make taco meat. We freeze chicken and turkey leftovers in 2 -4 cup portions to make a la king or tetrazzini up fast. Or enchiladas. We often plan a Sunday meal with leftover meat to make into one of these casseroles to freeze. Our tip is having a deep freeze. And mom taught us find a few meals you are good at and make those company meals.

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  1. Very sound advice. I would add that you should not feel that you have to have time to take a break and pray or sit down and pray. Sometimes when overwhelmed in a moment the best prayer I have ever made was short quick and heartfelt. And who knows what I was doing while I prayed it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful advice.

    1. Oh, I agree! I think a deep breath and 30 seconds of concentrated prayer would be the ideal, but praying while wiping a runny nose or calming a sibling dispute works too!

  2. Love, love, love this! Would you be interested in doing this as a guest post? I am expecting a baby in June and I am trying to line up some posts :(



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