It's hard to believe it's JUNE! Time flies, doesn't it? It's time for summer and all that comes with it. We still have some school to complete over the summer at our house, but we'll be taking plenty of time for lazing around the pool, seeing some new summer movies, spending some time with friends, and whatever fun we can find!
Speaking of fun... is mealtime fun in your home? When we were building our house, we wrote scripture verses on the framing of the walls before they were sheet-rocked and textured. We wanted God's word to be part of the very foundation and structure of this home. The verse I chose for the wall in the kitchen, where our table would be, was Proverbs 17:1~
"Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife."
What that says to me is that it doesn't really matter if I plan creative and wonderful meals if they are served around a table characterized by conflict, discord, or quarreling. Who wants to show up for that dinner? It would be better to eat crusts of bread in harmony and peace than to feast amid strife.
Elizabeth George, in her wonderful book A Woman After God's Own Heart, says this:
"...to have a happy home, be sure to make mealtime fun... We can learn a lesson from how and when our resurrected Lord spoke to Peter, the disciple who had three times denied knowing Him. Rather than confronting Peter before or during the meal, Jesus waited until after the meal. He let the meal be a time for physical refreshment and pleasant fellowship (John 21:15). Are we doing the same in our home?"
Mealtime is often such a struggle. I can remember when mine were younger, just getting them to sit still or eat their vegetables created "strife." Now that they are older, it's tempting to want to settle issues during that time, especially since Dad is home and we're all together at the end of the day. But these wise words remind me to model Jesus and choose a more appropriate time to tackle certain issues, letting mealtime be a positive time.
Okay, so here's our menu for the week. My cute husband is traveling until Wednesday night, so it's tempting to not cook. Recently I realized that 75% of us are still here when he's out of town (duh!) We still need to eat! Now that our daughter is back, I'm looking forward to cooking for her and making some of her favorite "comfort foods."
Monday: chicken pot pie
Tuesday: pasta with cream sauce, green beans, garlic bread, caesar salad
Thursday: Crock Pot chicken tacos with all the fixin's, corn, black beans
Friday: baked potato soup, crusty bread, salad
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Have a blessed week!