Category: Serve Others

Why Should We Gather?

Why Should We Gather?

Happy first day of summer!  This warmer weather has me thinking about all of the backyard barbecues, family dinners, impromptu swimming parties down at the pool… all the gatherings.  I can smell the grill now!

 

One of my biggest prayers for our family is that we would be an inviting family.  I want our house to be filled with people gathering in the kitchen or around the grill… seated at the table and sharing a meal.  I want our boys to grow up hearing stories from all different kinds of people.  I want them to know that we are a family that loves ALL people, and that we love to share in their stories.

 

But you know, I don’t want it to just be about food.  While I love to eat, gathering is about so much more.   In fact, Scripture has a lot to say about gathering … both as a body of believers, and as human beings.

 

Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house.  They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude, praising God and having favor with all the people.  And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved.  ~ Acts 2:46-47

 

Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2

 

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! ~ Psalm 133:1

 

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. ~ Hebrews 10:24-25

 

What then is the conclusion, brothers?  Whenever you come together each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation, another language, or an interpretation.  All things must be done for edification.  ~ 1 Corinthians 14:26

 

Gathering together is Biblical for so many reasons….

*We honor God when we act in unity as one body of believers.

*We encourage each other toward good as we do Kingdom work.

*We praise Him with our thanks for His goodness.

*We support each other as we carry the load together.

*We create a larger body as we each bring our own skills, stories, and gifts to the table.

 

What's so important about gathering together?  What should it look like in a media-filled society with so many walls and barriers?

 

When we gather together, we are opening our homes, our hearts, our lives to each other.  In this social media driven society, sitting across the table from each other is almost a foreign concept.  Our garage doors stay closed and porch lights stay off.  How many of us have intentionally rushed inside to avoid being caught by *that* neighbor?

 

What would happen if we started inviting instead of shutting?  What would happen if we listened instead of avoided?  What would happen if we poured coffee instead of judgment?   The answer isn’t scary.  Stories would be shared.  Food would be eaten.   Friendships would be formed.  Seeds of the Gospel would be planted.

 

My friends, I want to be a family that plants seeds.  I want to be part of a community of women that encourages their families to do the same.  Will you join me in that mission?

 

The Gather & Dwell Facebook group is officially live.  I would LOVE for you to join us.  We will share simple tools for gathering around the table with your family.  We will share ideas for gathering with your neighbors and friends.  We will share resources for dwelling in His Word as we intentionally grow as daughters of the King.  Let’s gather together as we live on mission!

 

Are you ready?  If so, hop on over to Gather & Dwell and let’s connect!  I can’t wait to chat over coffee!

 

 

Menu Plan Monday {May 28, 2018}

Menu Plan Monday {May 28, 2018}

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Whew… I don’t know about your family, but for us, the month of May is exhausting!   The school year is coming to a close and that means wrapping everything up and trying to finalize things.  In particular, we are switching school districts this year, so we have an added level of finality and new beginnings.  Exciting, but exhausting.

 

There are some weeks when I plan a menu that I feel like it’s just … okay.  There’s nothing too exciting.  This week, however, I’m looking forward to the meals I’ve planned.  Knowing that I’ll have a little longer to linger in the kitchen during the days allows me to plan different meals than I can on rushed, busy nights.  It’s also getting HOT here in Texas, which means we need to squeeze in a few more patio dinners and dig into some summertime dishes!

 

Here’s what’s on the menu for this week!

Join us around the table for dinner this week!

 

Monday

Mushroom Bacon Quiche

(Can Opener Gourmet)

Warm Goat Cheese Salad

(Trader Joe’s Vegetarian)

Tuesday

Teriyaki Chicken

Carrots Glazed in Ginger-Lime Butter

(Can Opener Gourmet)

Fried Rice

Wednesday

Tomatillo Sauce Over Baked Potatoes

(Forks Over Knives Family)

Black Beans & Corn

Thursday

Taco Night!

Friday

Chicken Croissants

Green Beans

Saturday

Family Dinner Out

Snacks & Extras

Fabulous French Toast ~ First Day of Summer Vacay Breakfast

(Peas and Thank You)

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chickpeas ~ munchy snack

(Peas and Thank You)

 

We’re linking up at I’m an Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday, so stop by over there to check out all of the menus!

 

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Menu Plan Monday ~ 4/16/18

Hey, hey friends!  So today I am bringing you one of my favorite ways to serve my family … food!  I LOVE planning menus, grocery shopping, and preparing meals each night.  I firmly believe that family time spent around a dinner table is some of the most connecting time there is.  We all have busy schedules and sometimes it’s hard to make time to spend as a whole family.

Menu Plan Monday  ~ A real menu from a real mom for real families

For our family, my husband and I decided that dinner time is non-negotiable.  That’s not to say that we don’t have nights where one person is gone, but we make an intentional effort to keep those nights as few and far between as possible.  When we are all at home, dinner together is a thing.  We all eat dinner sitting at the table together and enjoying conversation.  
It should also be noted that I am NOT a food blogger.  You will not find posts with beautiful food photography and perfectly plated dinners.  I do not create these recipes on my own.  I am a big nerd and have a process for how we work through recipes… I am not a chef.  I simply love to serve my family through intentional preparation.  My process is another blog post in and of itself, but for now, I’ll let you know that we cook through a cookbook each year, so many of my recipes come from that.  I also go back and try “in progress” recipes that we liked, but weren’t quite perfect for our family.  I also have a few tried and true favorites that I don’t remember where they came from!  
With all that said, here’s what’s on the menu this week!  I’ll try to link to the cookbook or blog where the recipes can be found!  And just an FYI, some links may be affiliate links.
Sunday
Chili-Rubbed Steak
Barbecue Onions
Scalloped Potatoes
Monday
Tuna with Asian Flavors
(The original recipe is swordfish, but we switched it to grilled tuna steaks)
Fried Rice
Stir-Fry Veggies
Tuesday
Frozen Casserole
(Tuesday is my Bible Study night with my women’s group.  The boys sometimes go grab something, but generally prefer something they can just pull from the freezer)
Wednesday
Tokyo Bowls
Thursday
Chick-Fil-A Night!
Friday
Chicken Alfredo Rollups
Green Salad
Saturday
Teriyaki Chicken
Asian Rainbow Salad
Brown Rice
(The chicken is just marinated in a teriyaki sauce, but the salad comes from Forks Over Knives Family)
So there you have it!  What’s on your menu this week?
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