When my four children were growing up they thought my motto was “Don’t touch the centerpiece!” I’m not real sure why someone always felt it was necessary to fiddle with some piece of the table decorations, or why I was so concerned about it when they did. But I do know, that when we ate together, we did more than eat and worry about a candle or glass figurines. We laughed, joked, told stories, debated, played games, read the Bible, prayed, cried--in other words we connected!
For 27 years on two continents and three countries we ate together every day. Sports didn’t stop it. The telephone didn’t interrupt it. The television was not invited. We worked it in around ministry. It was the centerpiece of our family life.
Now my kids are grown. Three are married. The next generation has started. We try to get together as often as we can (though now one lives on another continent). Whenever we are together, we linger long at the table, talking, reading the Bible, praying, playing games. Mealtimes are still the centerpiece of that time of bonding and connecting.
So I guess it is fair to say that my motto is: Don’t touch the centerpiece!
I hope you'll take time to read on some more about me and look around at some of the links
to different posts in my blog
and that you will be inspired to
connect with your family at mealtimes!
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Just in case you want to know a little more about me:
Jim and I were married in 1982, fresh from college, curly Farah Fawcett hair and all. Two years later we moved to Lima, Peru where we learned Spanish and tried out a variety of ministries as we learned how God had gifted us. We had three children born there, so it was a time of many transitions.
Then, after 8 years there, we were unexpectedly invited to Bogota, Colombia to begin my husband’s dream ministry--an evening Bible school among our churches in the cool, green Andes mountains. We loved our 16 years there, adding our fourth child and exponential growth in our own lives and ministries.
Once again an unexpected invitation moved us, this time back to the U.S. where we are missionaries on loan to ECS Ministries, traveling the world to inspire, challenge, and encourage people to study the Bible, perhaps using the ECS Bible courses.
It’s been an amazing walk. It hasn’t been all easy and we have burdens we bear, but we walk with God and He satisfies us.
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