Around The Kitchen Table

Thursday, May 14, 2020
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Proverbs 22:6 – Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. (NLT)

What parents would not choose to wrap their children in an invincible security blanket every morning before sending them off to face the harsh world outside? It often begins at the kitchen table, as we educate them about how big God's love is for them. It's about sharing Bible stories like David and Goliath so that our children can recognize what it means to place their trust in our all-powerful God. It is around this modest table, where encouragement is continually given, where joy and laughter are contagious, where tears are kissed dry, and where fears are defeated, one by one. The only voices unwelcome in this haven are the voices of judgment and criticism. There, they have been swept away and are silenced forever. Above all else, on the kitchen table, there is always a full serving of love, for this household has only one Master, and His name is "Love".

1 John 4:16 – And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (NIV)

As the COVID-19 virus has limited families to their homes, it has given us a time to re-evaluate our priorities, a time to reflect. Families that have never experienced the joy of sharing around their kitchen tables, often due to hectic work schedules, can now take their first step — or should I say "seat"!

We can begin searching through Scripture verses or start studying the Bible online. Most churches are offering virtual sermons — the perfect way to get our feet wet. Everything is at our fingertips — all around the kitchen table!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You that all good gifts come from You. We thank You that we can trust You for the future of our families. Please guide our children in every step that they take. We pray that they would know Your provision and protection. Make steady their steps, we pray. Amen.

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Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.

    Thanks for the good thoughts, Lois.

    Thank you, Lois. Comforting words for many. God bless!

    Thanks, Lois. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every family did this.

    Thank you for your beautiful devotion. An example of good amidst the bad.

    Yes, Lois, may we continue to abide in the Lord Jesus after this pandemic passes. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

    Thank you for reminding me of these promises, that they, ‘will not depart from it.’ I needed to hear that today. Grateful for your inspiration, Lois, and excellent writing.

    We enjoy / are lifted up by the daily devotionals. Then we get one prepared by someone we know. AND today’s wasn’t the first one we saw that you’d submitted. Well done! May God continue to inspire you and through you.

    Wow!!!! Thankyou so much for writing this, or shall I say, Praise to God Holy Spirit, for inspiring your share and strengthening you to obediently/joyfully write. How this would help those families hurting and Searching for peace and love!!! My grownup daughters are so tired and hurting. Carry on.

    Greetings Lois,
    Thank you for a very mindful devotional today. Yes, it is so important that we start early, in getting our children to know the love that Jesus has for them and how important it is to have Him in their lives.
    Blessings for this writing.

    Dear Lois,
    Thank you for a devotional of turning to our Lord.
    We pray for those who have not yet turned to you, our Lord. We pray that someone will reach out to them with the words of salvation: “God loves you, God cares for you, for every part of your life. God gave himself in the person of His Son to live and die for us and for all those for we love.”
    And, Dear Lord, we pray that you will inspire the scientists working for the development of serums, medications, a cure for the Covid illness. May there be a break-through for your name’s sake.



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