Friday, June 10, 2011

The Family Meal Table

I was so blessed to receive a copy of The Family Meal Table with Nancy Campbell (from Above Rubies), by Franklin Springs, to review. I sat down to watch it yesterday, and my Madelyn watched it, by her own choice, with me (and I am so glad she did!). From the opening music till the very end, I enjoyed it. Nancy Campbell's soft-spoken, passionate wisdom is inspiring! A few short stories from families...as well as Nancy's husband, Colin, and daughter, Pearl, are scattered throughout the movie, as well.

Nancy describes the act of sitting together at the family meal table as "bringing a bit of heaven into your home"! How true this is! I love sitting around the table with my family...eating, talking, laughing and enjoying each other's company. What a wonderful opportunity it is to communicate with those you love the very most! It should be a table full of life...a place where the whole family (even the children) look forward to coming together each night!

We, wives and mothers, are to be at the heart of the home...feeding our family. We need to plan and prepare the meals to nourish and nurture our loved ones. We carry the responsibility of feeding life-giving food to our families. Nancy encourages us in this endeavor throughout the video with loving words and scriptures. Getting the children involved, through cooking and setting the table, is a wonderful way for them to feel needed as well as a learning experience for them!

Nancy also gives some wonderful suggestions on how to make the family meal fun...for example, they would have *green night*...everyone would scurry off to dress all in green and then gather at the meal table for green-colored foods. The children can help decorate the table (or food!). This is how memories and a love for home and family are made!

The family meal table is definitely a place to feed the *physical* body...but it is also a place where our soul and spirit are fed. Through prayer and feeding our children the "Living Manna" of God's Word during these treasured times, they will be growing as children of God. As they carry these moments in their hearts there is a strong likelihood that they will continue them in their own families, through the generations! Isn't that a beautiful thought?

It may seem, to sit around the table for supper as old-fashioned or "basic"...but truly, so many are too busy, running here and there, to ever sit down together for a meal. This makes me sad...as Nancy says in this video, the things (ballet, ball practice/games, etc) are all *good* things...but they may be causing you to miss out on something *better*. Food for thought, isn't it?

If you scroll down to the bottom of THIS page, you will find a Family Meal Table Manual that Nancy has put together that offers "scriptural inspiration and creative ideas" for you! Another book she recommends in the video can be found HERE, you are interested in it!

I enjoyed this video and found it encouraging and helpful. I think you would enjoy it, too. If you are interested in purchasing your *own* copy, you can find it HERE. **I was given a free copy of this DVD by Franklin Springs to review. All opinions above are completely my own! :)

I hope you enjoy your weekend ahead! So glad you stopped by! If you have already seen this movie...I would love to hear *your* thoughts on it, as well!!
Warmly,
Katy :)

"We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand... and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late."~Marie Beyon Ray

7 comments:

  1. Yes, such a wonderful video. I think I'll watch mine again this weekend.
    I always try to make dinner an "event", even it's it just from making a special dessert or something.
    Great post like always, Katy.

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  2. Yes, such a wonderful video. I think I'll watch mine again this weekend.
    I always try to make dinner an "event", even it's it just from making a special dessert or something.
    Great post like always, Katy.

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    posted twice. Sorry!

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  4. I look forward sitting down with my family each day. When life is busy and we are hurried I miss the time to linger at the table. I looking forward to see this video!

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  5. When my children were in public school, years ago- our meals were on the go and we were all scattered around. My hunny, eating in his recliner in front of the tv and me feeding kids, rushing around to get to ball practice, games, ect. I strived to make sure we were together on weekends around our dinner table, but God was dealing with me, leading me down a different path- a path to a more simple, more family structured and homeschool life. This may sound a little odd, but I prayed for the tv to break. I had tried talking to my hunny about how I felt we needed to be more of a family. He just didn't see it that way. He'd worked hard and felt he was entitled to sit in front of the tv during his home time. So praying for the tv to break was the only thing I could think of...I had tried time limits and such with the tv, infact, we all needed a purge from tv--so guess what? The tv broke. Hunny fixed it and it broke again...and again he fixed it and again it broke. . 42 inch plasma tv in all it's time consuming glory was now black. Broken. The thing cost $3k when we bought it, he knew we didn't have $ to replace it and it's hard to go from a theater experience down to a regular tv. So time went-WITHOUT a big tv in the living room. Fast forward a few years to present time. We still have no tv in the living room, we've been eating at the dining table for years, every meal. We talk, we eat, we laugh, we eat. We LOVE meal time and family time. And I'd like to add that by purging ourselves from the hypnotic glow of the tv, that we all spent too much time watching, our family has grown and blossomed into something that I am so proud of...something that is simple and pure. Family time & family love.

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  6. Katy,
    Would you consider sharing Marissa's testimony on your blog post sometime? That is a wonderful testimony of how the TV steals family time!
    I love your pics. I hope to get back to taking more pics in the near future.
    With love,
    Ruth

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  7. Lisa from IllinoisJune 11, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Love this post!! We try to do weekly suppers with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and 3 nephews. My father-in-law died last July, and my sister-in-law's husband walked out on them to start a new family...:(((...So my husband is their only male role model. So we try to make sure we have our weekly supper's because it is so important to spend time with Family!! Thanks again for this wonderful post!!
    God Bless You and Your Family...

    Lisa from Illinois

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Warmly, Katy