I love to gather around our small table with my family. There’s just something about food and fellowship. Most families gather two times a day to eat, may be just one. Those can be refreshing and influential times if we’re intentional. I love to talk to our boys about most anything when we gather. I see it as just another chance to nurture. When I read some of Sally Clarkson’s post on this topic, I was inspired and wanted to share some great ideas as you gather with your loves ones.
Faith is always a topic at our house. Our boys are 10, 9, and 7, but from the womb they’ve heard verses, praise songs, hymns, and teachings. We like to talk about school verses and faith in general. We can nurture them by sharing lessons in our faith and letting them share also. Our kids (young ones are always underestimated) understand more than we think, so let them share and it may boost your faith. Their journey of faith should begin at home. They should see and hear of our faith as their guardians.
Dreams are something else we like to talk about. Talking about plans for the future is always fun. As boys, they have plenty of wild dreams. Some may come true, some may not. All we can do is inspire them to seek ways to go after those dreams. Listening to them plan forts, stake outs (for critters of course), and discuss battle plans is amusing. We can learn a lot from our children and how to dream big. Never turn your ear from listening to them, no matter your child’s age. I know as they get older their dreams may become more of a reality, so it’s good to learn to listen while they’re young.
Morals are always a topic for us too, not just around the table either, but all day. In this day and time, it seems morality is lacking, so what better topic to talk about? One can be moral, but not redeemed. For us, you’re morality ties right into the Father and His Word. Talking about what’s going on in our world and how to respond is something important we should do with our children. We’re pretty open parents and would rather teach evil and good from a Biblical stance so we always try to be real when talking about events going on. Instilling Biblical morals is the best foundation for our families. With evil being called good, we have to have a standard to base our morality on, which would be the Father’s Word (laws/instructions).
When we do all these, we build connections. Conversation creates a bond. Cutting off the t.v. and talking is healthy for us. That’s what we desire to create with our boys, so they can create one with the Father. So what’s your table like? Our families need that time, so don’t skip gathering together. Don’t forfeit encouraging conversations around your table because your family needs it.
Father, You give us so many chances to influence our families. As we gather to share meals, let us always share our hearts. We live in a very fast paced world, so slowing down to gather for meals is so important. Help us to talk and dream together. We want to inspire our families to be all You want them to be. Help us to be real, open, and encouraging. Honor our efforts to instill Biblical morals in our home. In Jesus’ name, Amen.