Thursday, January 26, 2017

Table Talk

We just finished months of holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years Day. Let’s not forget about all the football games in between. During all these activities, I bet your kitchen/dining room table got a lot of use. I know mine did.

My table, as I am sure most of yours is the center of your home. This also means it is the center of my life. I have fed friends and family, created sewing master pieces, folded laundry, decorated Christmas cookies and prayed at my table. My table has had laughter and tears spilled on it. Happiness and disagreements have happened at my table. All my grandchildren have set at my table with me and given me great pleasure and entertainment.

I had a tea party on this table that lasted almost 8 hours. Friends who had so much to share and held our friendships so dear, we didn’t want to stop visiting.

My Table
When I purchased this table it was new, shinny and had no marks on it. This same table has lived with me in four different homes in two different states. Today my table has marks, scratches, nicks and dents. There are places on it that I can see writing. Where my grand children were working hard on their homework and pushed down on their pencils with such intensity that it left the letters they were practicing.

It really doesn’t matter what kind of table you have, it matters what you do with your table. I love my scared up table because it tells the story of my life for the last 20 years that I have had it. It is just like me, worn and scared.

There are many times the Bible talks about breaking bread with others. Sometimes it is referring to the Lord’s Supper and other simply sharing a meal. 

Acts 2:46

So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart.

What kind of story does your table tell? Are you creating memories around your table at home?

May God Bless

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy New Year

Yup, another year has gone by us. If you are reading this then you are blessed, you survived.

Our world is in turmoil, but it has been since the beginning of time. The Bible is filled with war stories and challenges that are similar to the ones we face today. It is a New Year, a new day and new opportunities are in front of us. So let’s move on to the good stuff. 

New beginnings are so refreshing and invigorating aren’t they?

  • The new born baby that gives meaning to life.
  • Blank pages of an unwritten book.
  • A change in eating habits that will bring us to a healthier life.
  • Starting a new hobby that we have been putting off.
  • Finally landing the job that will start us off in a new career. 

All new and exciting times in a person’s life; fresh and unblemished.

I haven’t written all my goals yet for this year and I’m OK with that. I have a list of items that I am working on and tweaking so that they are reasonable and obtainable.

Books tell us to take baby steps when setting goals, small goals that are reasonable and reachable so that we reach the main goal at the end.

Last year I didn’t fully complete any of my goals. But that’s OK because I did better than I would have if I hadn’t set any goals. That within itself is an improvement.

Improvement is the one thing that I believe we should be looking at in our lives. Are you better today than you were yesterday, last week, last month or last year? If you can answer yes to that, guess what, you are a success. You may not have succeeded in every area you wanted to, but you did succeed in some.

So today I want you to give yourself a pat on the back. I mean literally reach that arm over and give yourself the one-two good job pat on the back. Tell yourself you did a good job and keep up the good work. 

Isn’t that what you would like your boss to do once in a while? Well, you are your own boss - the boss of your life. So be kind to yourself at the beginning of this fresh New Year.

May God bless each of you.
Lillian Humphries