Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mealtime Moments

  You know how it says in Deuteronomy 11:19, 'Teach them (God's precepts) to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  That can be an overwhelming thought to talk about God throughout the day.  We can easily remember to pray before meals and bedtime but what about the rest of the time?  .

I have always envisioned dinner time to be like a Norman Rockwell picture.  Chatting and sharing about our day while enjoying a healthy meal together.

Suffice it to say Norman does not live at my house because our portrait might look a tad bit different then this one.  

In trying to strike the right tone we have usedMealtime Moments from Focus on the Family.It has donned our dinner table for years (you can tell by the stains and crinkled edges).  It is a spiral flip card book that lays out a simple devotional that really crosses the age gap with our kids.  It is layed out as follows:

Mealtime Prayer kicks off the theme.
Appetizer of questions to lead the conversation.
Main Course dives into the lesson.
Table Talk gives application to the main course through discussion questions.
Vitamins and Minerals reference scripture passages.

My husband loves that it is ready to go, no preparation needed, he simply leads the discussion.  You would be surprised by the dynamics that the devotional reveals! We have enjoyed integrating this devotional into our dinner time.


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