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Mar 27, 2013

At The Table

MaryAnn Gaver

It's not just about what's on the table that counts --- it's about who's around the table that's important...

Have you ever thought about the fact that every time your family gathers around the table you have a wonderful opportunity to teach? 

A table that's lovingly set, a smile, an approving nod -- these are simple ways to show our family how much we love them!  We can encourage our kids, build up their faith, and give them the sense of belonging and acceptance that every child longs to feel...

Meal time also provides an excellent opportunity to let each of our children know that they have a very special place in the family -- that they matter as individuals.      

I love what Charles Swindoll said in his book, Dropping Your Guard

"I accept you as you are."

"I believe you are valuable."

"I care when you hurt."

"I desire only what is best for you."

"I erase all offenses."

"We could call that the ABC's of love.  And I don't know of anybody who would turn his back on such magnetic, encouraging statements."

What would happen if we adopted these five statements, and used them in our home life today? 

Allow your kids to sense the deep love you have for them when you have dinner together. And, here's another idea... look across the table at your husband, lock eyes, and slip him a quick smile.  If your kids notice the exchange, well, good!  They'll realize how much you love him, and that's a great thing for our kids to see.

Remember -- what makes a gathering special is the person to your right and to your left at the table. 

When you have a moment, please check out my recent blog, Table Manners. Have a wonderful day. God bless you!