As a homeschooling family, much time is spent gathered around our dinner table. It is the place where we eat, yes, but it is so much more than that.
Our dinner table is the place where we do school, make crafts – even messy ones, the place where my kids get to help cook different meals, the place where we read and paint.
Our dinner table is the place where many of our family memories are being made.
Our table is scratched, stained with different colors of oil paint and it is okay with us. We realize this is just a season in our lives. Someday, we may have a new table with zero scratches and perfectly looking wood. However, the fact that my table is the way it is signifies that it is loved by a group of people. I would not have it any other way.
As we spend even more time around the table, I am going to delve into Sally Clarkson’s new book, The Life Giving Table. She is such a candid, well-spoken, sincere woman. I look forward to her new book and learning more ways about to make my table more Giving than it already is.
Sally Clarkson’s book, The Life Giving Table, is an inspiration to make the most of the time we spend gathered around this wooden table. Her book is inspiring us to grow, to connect, and to invest our time during meals into more than eating food, but to be together as a family where many of our memories are being made.
Her book also comes with a companion book to help digest the content of her book into applicable lessons.
The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith through Feasting,The Lifegiving Table Experience: A Guided Journey
In some ways, my dining table makes me think of the book The Giving Tree. Our table gives, gives, and gives. This is the place where gather to make memories, to pray, to read our Bibles, where we have conversations, where we work hard to edify one another. Our table is the place where we put our phones away to just be with one another.
As we enjoy meals, read books, take pictures, spend time together, our table is the place where our fondest memories are being made to last a lifetime. Research also shows that families that eat together are healthier and closer. Children who have a healthy experience around the table are also healthier adults later on in life.
The table is a place to cherish one another, build each other up, engage in conversation, hear jokes, hear about each other’s day, ask questions, answer questions.
The table is the place to be together.
The table is the place to be united.
The table is the place to grow in love.
The table is the place to grow closer together as a family and closer to God. The maker of all things.
What is your Life Giving Table like? Will you be reading Sally Clarkson’s new book? Let me know in the comments.