Slow Living during the Holidays | My Shocking First Impressions

Slow Living during the Holidays | My Shocking First Impressions

Fighting for Slow Living during the Holidays

 

You may hear a bit of frustration in this post as I share a few of my shocking discoveries being back in Canada. And no, it’s not at all about how horrible Canadian drivers are (if you’re Canadian, I probably don’t mean you). I mean the ones who fingered me when I tried to use the “zipper” merge politely . I admit, I did yell out the the window, “The wasn’t very nice!” to the guy ahead of me in the pickup while my mom frantically told me not to aggravate him. Lesson #1 Zippers work much better in Germany. In Canada it seems everyone drives like they’re king of the planet. No, my little rant above is not about driving. It’s about giant stores and beautiful, shiny things that I want to buy and Black Friday sales that begin in September (…maybe that’s an exaggeration). Frankly, in Europe I do slow living a lot better. I feel more content, and I’m totally fine not going to the store on Sunday.

 

 Instant Gratification Culture

 

 Oh Canada. Why have we created a fast food culture where everyone is their own king, and life is supposed to function at a rapid, exhausting pace? 

 

“The customer is always rights” doesn’t mean that our every desire needs to be catered to, nor does it mean that it should be instantly gratified.

 

If you’re just skimming on through and haven’t watched the video yet, here is a breakdown of the above six minute video:

 

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The most amazing gift I think Germany has given it’s citizens. And that I’d challenge America and Canada to reclaim.

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Is it possible to NOT buy something one day out of the week?

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Can a business still thrive if it closes one day out of the week?

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How this culture causes us to fail with self-control

Because I can’t bash Canada the whole time, I have to share that the weather has been particularly amazing so far! I’m from the Pacific Northwest, aka: Lots of Rain Area and we have enjoyed so much blue sky and sun which is odd for November.

 

 Questions to Help us Contemplate Slow Living.

So I’m left with these questions… which I’d love to hear your responses to!

How do you practice self-control in an instant culture?
Or how do you restrict your buying?

Is it even a thought for you? Or do you get caught up in the frenzy of beautiful things and awesome sales?

Don’t feel bad if you do! Because it’s so freaking easy to buy things in a culture that is so tempting.

I’m just really wondering how we can impact a culture drowning in stuff, that feels good and so easy to get? 
How can we make more space for God- In the midst of all the noise and shiny things?
So please think and pray along with me!

Letting go of Stuff

Letting go of Stuff

It’s Just Stuff


A few years ago I encountered a woman who caused a turning point for me and my regard for things. She and her husband ran a guest house that was often filled with youth sports group retreats. I used their industrial kitchen and baked my friend a cake for her birthday. Unfortunately, the cake got rather stuck to her pan. Since I wasn’t able to get it out of the pan without destroying it, I had to cut the cake right in it, thus causing irreparable damage.

Apologetically, I went to her and begged forgiveness. And she astounded me with her response.

“It’s just stuff.” she said and shrugged it off.

She wasn’t just being polite when she said that either. I know this because she’s German. Germans aren’t overly polite… ever.
She kept going and said, “I can’t take it with me when I leave this world, and I can always get more things.
Done.

I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around that thought. Of course I knew that her words were her paraphrased version of what’s in the Bible. But I still held on tight to my feeling that when it’s wrecked, it’s the end of the world.

Her three simple words started me on a different trajectory though. This has helped me rethink my attitude when (especially) my children break my things. It’s just stuff. 

It can be replaced, and I can’t take it with me when I die anyway.

Who or What Do you Love More?

Last week we packed up our whole home and moved into a storage unit. We will be living out of suitcases for the next seven months until we move country. I’ve spent the last three months going through all of our things and trying to decide if I should sell it, keep it, trash it, or give it away.

But only six months ago I was struggling with the idea of  even moving to a different country and giving up my beloved Amazon Prime, and the fantastic German postal system. I have four little kids at home, so I take no pleasure going out to the store and buying things. I’d rather use my phone and computer and have it delivered to me.

These thoughts literally stopped me from thinking about working and living in a country that’s not as developed as the one I live in now.

I’m embarrassed to say it, but I was telling God that I didn’t think his call elsewhere was really worth me giving up Amazon Prime, or my new washing machine, or my lovely antique desk, or all my childrens’ toys that I spent so much money on.

It was shocking to find that in my heart. My husband and I have been in missions and Christian ministry for most of our marriage… so it’s tempting to think that we’re pretty holy. But God knows better though. We are not holy without him. 

I’m so thankful for God’s patience with me. Over the last half a year he’s been redirecting my heart to him, and away from the things I started to treasure too much.

The danger sometimes is that those treasures require our attention and responsibility. Sometimes so much so that we don’t have enough attention for our wonderful Father.

The many benefits of getting rid of possessions

 
Last year, I got rid of about 3/4 of my wardrobe.

Day after day I was standing in front of my closet wondering what to wear. After four kids, my body had changed multiple times and some things just didn’t fit the way I liked anymore. Others had colours that I liked, but rarely matched with the rest of my clothes. After feeling constantly depleted in my mind, I figured clearing out my closet was one way to help me make better decisions. We can only take so many properly thought through decision per day. I decided I didn’t want to waste that capacity on standing in front of my closet.

It was such a freeing experience to let go of stuff. It was like bits of bondage being cut away from me.

I bought a few more pieces of clothes over the year that matched. This helped me create a more cohesive wardrobe that I felt really good about.

 

Now, one year later, I love what I pick out and wear every day. Even though I have MUCH LESS selection.

Less selection = Less decisions.

 

You can read more about how you can make better decisions by getting rid of stuff here.

 

Other benefits of letting go of stuff include:

 

  • More space in your home
  • Spend less money on things you’re going to throw away anyway.
  • Less problems when things break (because you don’t have so many things)
  • You are less attached to things, and consequently more flexible
    • I know people who would love to travel, or could even imagine serving as missionaries but they are stuck with multiple car payments and a mortgage. 

Jesus our Declutter Guide

Jesus constantly challenges our hearts in passages like Matthew 6:20-21:

 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

How easy is it for our stuff to become treasures and take hold of our hearts? Jesus knew that our belongings had the tendency to become an idol. He knew that when we declutter our stuff we also declutter our hearts.

I think he also knew that we only had a limited capacity for decision making. Belongings require responsibility and more decision making. It’s easier to have less stuff when we are already inundated by myriads of daily decisions. He knew that to really capture our hearts and attention, then we couldn’t be bogged down with baggage (literal and physical). I love that he’s not only the healer of our wounds, but he gave us some pretty great guidelines for living life to the fullest.

Making More Space

Decluttering your wardrobe won’t necessarily change your life. But it can be an intentional step and proclamation that you want to make more space for God.

To get you started, I made a simple little checklist below. Sign up and it will be sent right to your inbox.

Finding Freedom in Structure

Finding Freedom in Structure

Time management. Deadlines. Meal planning. Planning the year. Just reading these words may cause some of you to shudder.

But something that I’ve been learning more and more is that  : freedom within life giving structures actually RELEASES you into a better life.

At first, this seems counter intuitive right?

We think structure imposes on freedom, in inhibits it… or destroys it. I would argue that we think like this because we’ve used individualistic definition of freedom.

Freedom = me doing whatever I want to do, whenever I want to do it.

This definition is really centered on SELF.

Hitting Your Brother over the Head

But if that is the way we define freedom, we start to run into problems.

For example, if you feel like hurting your little brother because he is singing a stupid song, your freedom to hurt him results in his death.

Okay, you probably wouldn’t physically kill your little brother, but you would cause a rupture in the relationship by smacking him over the head and hurting his feelings.

Death of a Lettuce

Let’s look at another example.

You really don’t feel like planning out all of your meals this week.

So you go shopping (while hungry), and buy a load of groceries. While you’re looking at all of the bright colours and yummy veggies, your stomach is summoning the meal planning muse. Millions of meal ideas fly through your head and you react instinctively and fill your cart up. Your grumbling tummy has inspired you to cook at least seven – three course meals that week.

Returning home, with a skip in your step, you unload your treasures into the cupboards and fridge. Sadly, you’re too tired at the moment to cook because of all the time spent making decision at the store, so you throw some chicken strips and fries in the oven.  

The next day arrives, and you’re standing in front of your fridge, and then your cupboard… and then the fridge once again… deliberating.

What to eat? ” you think to yourself.  

Five minutes later you’re still thinking, “Hmm, What should we eat today?”  

You settle for a simple pasta dish. No three courses today, you’re exhausted.

 As the week goes on your lettuce starts to whither. You had fully intended on making at least one salad but life just got in the way. The zucchini is the next sad one to go, and the bananas have started to house a colony of fruit flies.  

Choosing to shop based on your personal feelings at the moment and heading to the store in hunger has essentially lead to the death of a lettuce, AND bunch of wasted time (and electricity) standing in front of the fridge.

Death.   Tragic isn’t it?

I hope you’re snickering right now. Because I sure am!  

This exact same situation has happened to me countless times.  Which has caused me to honestly reflect and reconsider my habits. 

Stop and think for a moment: Does your habit of on the fly meal planning actually help?  Or does it rather drain you?  

Redefining Freedom

Let’s try thinking about freedom in a different way. I used this example in my above video.

Our family was walking through the city of Erfurt, Germany last year when I got into a conversation with a young Syrian student. He was studying philosophy, so we got to talking about his thoughts on life. He told me he could never follow a God who would tell him what to do. From his understanding it was impossible to have an intolerant, yet loving God. In his mind tolerance, and freedom meant love.

I explained to him that I thought that exactly because of those things, meant that God was loving.

We watched as my one year old ran around the pedestrian area. There was a big fountain in the middle, with low walls. Just low enough for my son to reach over and splash the water with his little chubby hands. I stood close by as to make sure he would not topple into the water. Had I not stood by, he would have jumped with joy into that water. It would have been too deep for the little guy, and if I were not there, he would possibly have drowned.

I pointed this out to my new friend.

“Do you see my son running around?” I said.   “If I was not here constantly redirecting him, and pulling him away from the fountain, he would surely topple over into the splendid water and kill himself.”  

I continued, “That’s exactly how I think God is with us. We think of his guidance as a hindrance to our freedom. In reality we are like my one year old who loves the water but is always on the verge of killing himself playing in the fountain.   God is a loving Papa who stands by and pulls us away from death, or sets up walls to protect us from stumbling into the depths.”
This is why he does not tolerate certain things, and gives us rules that guide us. They show us how life is lived.

Within his framework, there is true freedom.  

God is the definer of freedom, not us. 

And it’s a space where life flourishes in abundance. When you step out of that, death occurs.  

Which leads me to my warning…

Warning:

It is possible to create life destroying structures in the name of productivity, efficiency and time management. When a structure becomes rigid, it inevitably causes damage to relationships. Life is not rigid. Life happens. And if we have created structures that give no leeway, death occurs.

The snuffing out of life = not a godly framework.

This is where many of us “free-spirited” people rebel against the machine. Unfortunately, instead of finding a healthy balance, we tend to swing the pendulum to the other side where no structure reigns.  

My Embarrassing Revelation

Only in these last few years of my adult life am I realizing life giving structures can actually HELP.   Many of you have already received this “aha” moment, so please don’t laugh at the rest of us who are still trying to reconcile the words structure and freedom.

Life Giving Structures Practically

To recap:

  • Unbound freedom can cause death in a variety of ways.
  • Rigid structures also snuff out life.
  • We’re looking for a health embracing of both freedom within life giving structure.
  • God is a very good Papa who creates walls, and directs us so that we don’t kill ourselves playing in a fountain.

Let’s get practical:

Meal planning is one potential life giving structure. If it can help you save time, money, and help you make better decisions. Implement it if you think it’s going to help you. My neighbor does it and it has worked wonders for her. I fail miserably at this… and I try so often! I think it’s a fantastic idea, but my stomach has other plans when Soup day is planned.

 

A quiet time habit at either the end of your day, or the beginning could be another healthy structure example. I like to end mine in God’s word, or maybe reading a daily prayer. Being silent, contemplating God’s word and character, and reflecting on the day does wonders for the frazzled mom.

What are your ideas?

The list could go on, so I’m interested in hearing your journey in creating healthy life structures that make life more livable.

Are you naturally a very structured person?

How do you include more freedom in your life?

Are you a scatterbrain like me?

What do you want to start implementing?

 

 

Ready for the next step in giving more structure to your dreams and goals?

 

“The great majority of people are “wandering generalities” rather than “meaningful specifics”. The fact is that you can’t hit a target that you can’t see. If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. You have to have goals.”
Zig Ziglar

I know your brain is full of great ideas!
Which is why created this visual workbook for scatterbrains to get it out there be specific, reevaluate life, and move forward.

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Reading the Grand Story of the Bible in Under 2 Hours

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An Evening of Reading through the Greatest story, ever.

So there we were, a small classroom full of missionaries, overcome by an utter sense of awe. My eyes were tearing up, and all I could do was pray in my very feeble words my overwhelming gratitude to God.

This has to be one of the most powerful exercises I’ve encountered.

 

What intrigued me the most about this experience, was that it wasn’t anything “special”.

There was no fire falling down, no miraculous healings, no prophets sharing a word,

just the Bible being read.

But with a very special intention…

To gather a big picture view of God’s story with mankind.

 

 

Reading Through the Greatest Story Ever

We tried this same exercise last year with some of the students we lead. My vision was to have a “Story” evening: where we could taste, hear and see God’s story with us. My goal was that each one of us would leave that evening with a renewed understanding of God’s story and his faithfulness.

So, interwoven between food, we read aloud through the Bible. Each one of us took turns reading through some verses I had picked out.

It was a lovely evening of friendship and the Bible, and the kids even joined us at the beginning. After dinner, we sent them off to bed, and continued to read the bulk of the verses while sharing in some tasty wine.

This is a great exercise for a small group, Bible study, discipleship group, or even a date night.

Simplify With Kids – Make it Your Own!

As of yet, we have not tried a full reading through with our little ones.

I think it’s possible though if you were to go through the verses and make it work for your family.

 

Missing the Big Picture

Do you like reading and dwelling on individual verses, and chapters of the Bible?

So do I.

In fact, this is how I dwell daily in the word.
Bit by bit.

But…

Sometimes we’re so caught up focusing on the intricate details of each puzzle piece, that we forget to stand back and look at the puzzle in all it’s glory.

That’s what reading through these verses is like.

If you read these highlights aloud (even better with friends) it will renew your understand and vision of The Greatest Story Ever – The Bible.

 

Life Changing, Faith Boosting, Bible Reading

After my first experience reading through these verses in the classroom, I felt almost a bit silly.

Why hadn’t I thought of this before?

It was so simple, but so powerful.

I’m very grateful for Dr. Anita Koeshall who introduced this “Grand Picture” thinking and reading and has taught me so much personally.

 

 

 

Please try this out and tell me your experience!

I’d love to hear about how you use it with your family or small group, or discipleship group!

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Three Things to Know about Biblical Hospitality

Three Things to Know about Biblical Hospitality

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Part 2
Three Things to Know about Biblical Hospitality

This week it is my great pleasure to hand over the proverbial reigns to my friend Amanda from Maple Alps who is going to give us a 101 on biblical hospitality.

Last week we talked about Why God Loves Food as an introduction to the Kingdom Around the Table Series. 
In this series we look into the Bible to see what role food and hospitality play in proclaiming and experiencing the Kingdom of God.

 

 

What do you think of when you hear the word, “Hospitality”?

I’m sure a few things may cross your thoughts like perfect Pinterest-worthy table settings and the latest mason jar craft. Maybe the South comes to mind with their famous Southern Hospitality, or finally getting to use that fancy wedding set you got years ago. I must admit: I thought the same. Since I was young, I would pour over home magazines, oohing and ahhing over all the pretty things that could house delicious meals (who am I kidding? I still do that from time to time). When I threw a party, I threw a party, going all out with decor and matching dishes and sometimes thematic scapes that would impress even Joanna Gaines (okay, maybe not that great, but you get the picture).

 

When the topic of Biblical Hospitality came  up, I had no idea what that was. I had taken one of those spiritual gifts test and had gotten hospitality as one and I did not know what that meant. I decided to dig a little deeper.

Here are just a few things I found in the Bible about hospitality (all verses are from the English Standard Version):

 

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

Hebrews 13:2

“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

1 Peter 4:9

 

“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”

Romans 12:13

“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”

Proverbs 31:20

“…and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts”

Acts 2:46

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”

Matthew 25:35

 

 

It is tempting to get discouraged in times like today when social media shows picture-perfect homes and tablescapes. It’s tempting to just give up and not even bother trying unless your party is Instagram-worthy.

 

With the Bible being so clear on the importance of each of us showing hospitality, I felt it important to not only practice it, but help others do so as well. Today, I want to share with you just three things to know about Biblical Hospitality. I hope it is practical for you and will encourage you as you move forward in blessing others!

1. It Is For Everyone and Yields Great Joy

We are to show hospitality to everyone we meet – not just our family and friends. Hospitality requires vulnerability and obedience. Some of the best and most memorable visits are messy and unexpected. Sometimes showing hospitality is even unwanted! I’ve had many a time, especially because I’ve devoted my life to ministry, where people have shown up at the door, or plans have been made very last minute. I’m quite type A and like to have things perfectly in order. When I’m tempted to turn people down or shrink away, I remember Christ’s example of embracing everyone. It is always a blessing when I choose to follow His way.

 

Although the practice of hospitality asks the sacrifice of our time, our needs and our resources, it is rewarded with great joy. There is not much that is more energizing and fulfilling than serving others. You just need to be willing!

2) Hospitality is Not the same as Entertaining

 

There is no mention of Pinterest or picture-perfect table spreads in any definitions of hospitality. Of course, there is nothing wrong with making things beautiful for our guests (and we absolutely should create pleasant and warm atmospheres for them), but is your motivation true hospitality, or just showing off?

 

Remember: entertaining is to impress, but hospitality is to bless.

 

The best hospitality I’ve experienced has been with those who encourage me and welcome me without even trying. I’ve left their company refreshed and ready to pass their love to others. Be sure that people leave your company refreshed and invigorated for good, and pray that they have experienced Christ through you.

3) Hospitality Is About More Than Sharing a Meal

 

Hospitality can be risky, and is asked of all of us (remember those verses above?). While some of us may find it easier to do than others, we are all called to show Christ’s love and hospitality – it can be (and should be!) a part of our lives.

 

Being aware of the needs of others is a huge way to show this. Pray with others. Encourage them. Listen to them! Yes, give them a meal if that is how you are ministering to them. Meeting needs in a practical way is truly hospitable – would we not want the same to be shown to us?

Hospitality is for us to show God’s love to others. God calls us to it, and the rewards are eternal. We have been blessed so we can bless others. Withholding hospitality will hinder our joy.

 

 

How do you show hospitality? What are some things you struggle with when doing so? Does it come easily to you?

 

 

 

Amanda Walter is a teacher, writer, wife to a pastor, and mom to a cat. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, sipping tea, and trying to keep succulents alive.

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Why God Loves Food

Why God Loves Food

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Why God Loves Food

 

 

I love food.

 

Everyone who comes to my house and sits at my table often gets a pretty darn good meal (not my own words). After their satisfaction, they tend to ask me if I like cooking.

 

My response is always the same, “I don’t really like to cook, but I really like to eat!”

This is why I cook.

 

After I moved to Germany, I realized, to my dismay, that there was a significant lack of fast food restaurants. It was also considerably more expensive to eat out. The stores also didn’t have my go to meals – Campbell’s Soup, pasta sauce, frozen perogies and pre-shredded cheddar cheese, salad dressing in a bottle. What was this poor, young Canadian girl to do?

 

Since I was hungry for yummy food, I was forced to roll up my sleeves and learn to cook – the hard way: Trial and error.

 

I cringe at one of my first attempts at “Lemon Cream Chicken”.
How was I supposed to know that adding the lemon into the cream would cause the sauce to instantly curdle!?
Gag.
I’m feeling a wee bit sorry for my husband right now.

 

The good news is is that out of my cooking efforts, I developed skills and abilities I never had before. Thus, I can proudly say now: I can cook!

 

Today, I am very happy to spoil people at my table with my delicious food. If you find yourself passing through our neck of the woods, be welcome to come by for a meal at our table!

As my cooking skills grew, so did my confidence to feed people (besides my husband and myself). With that, I dove down deeper into the meaning of hospitality and God’s intention with meals.

I have concluded that indeed, God loves food. Let’s see a few reasons why.

 

Food, Not a Means to an End

 

It was only when I started really truly cooking that I began to realize that God actually had specific intentions for food.
It’s tempting to understand the body as simply a complex machine that runs on a continual balance of calories, fat, and vitamins.
Oh! I myself have indeed been guilty of just cramming in a mouthful of bagel nutrients in order to be on my way to do more important things.
But this was not God’s intention, and we can see this confirmed even in scientific research.

 

Slow Eating Benefits

Did you know that according to a study in the British Medical Journal slow eating can help us digest and absorb nutrients better, lose weight, reduce risk of food poisoning, and improve oral health?

Me neither. But when I did start eating slower, a phenomenal thing happened: I could taste butter for the first time!

Food and Mental Health

Did you know that food plays an important role regarding mental health?

The body of evidence linking diet and mental health is growing at a rapid pace. As well as its impact on short and long-term mental health, the evidence indicates that food plays an important contributing role in the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease.

We can see here that food is not just the means to keep us going, but our partner for the physical and mental health we all desire. This is one reason why it is good to be mindful of what we consume.

 

The Power of a Meal

 

God, oddly enough, regards humans in a really trendy way – holistically.
It’s like he understood that each part of the human was somehow all intimately interconnected . That means that even food for him is no side subject. Just observing his creation firsthand we see that he designed it with colour, shape, texture, flavour, and smell. Why might that be?

 

What I find intriguing is how food can affect each one of us.

 

Smelling Memories

 

Last year, I watched a series on Netflix called Chef’s Table. What was so powerful was that the chefs shared how their journey with food began. Interestingly, it was almost always at home, in their grandmothers’ kitchen, or with another family member.
Have you ever smelled something and it instantly brought you back to a fond memory? This has happened to me many times. I wonder if it is the same with these chefs. Perhaps it was a time where they felt secure, or safe, or maybe it was a moment where they learned what love was like. I wonder if, in their artistry, they try to recreate those moments that so impacted them.

 

 

Remember History: The Passover Meal

 

 An example in the Bible of how God uses a meal to capture his peoples’ hearts and remind them of a memory is the Passover meal.

 

In that meal, the Jews remember that they were slaves, and that God freed them from the hardships of Egypt. Each part of the Passover meal has symbolic significance. For instance, there is salty water to taste and remember the tears of the slaves, the unleavened bread to remind them they had to leave so quick there was no time for bread to rise, and then lamb bone to remember the sacrificed lamb and the blood that protected them from the angel of death.

 

In fact, all through the Bible we catch glimpses of God’s heart for food and hospitality intertwined amidst his interaction with mankind and within his grand narrative.

Interested in reading more about the biblical feasts? Here is a quick overview.

 

God uses the tastes, smells and textures of food to remind us of him in ways that are deeper than words.

 

 

God loves Food – and Hospitality

 

Recently, our family was on the road traveling for a couple of weeks. Our first stop was at the OJC- The Reichenberg Fellowship, a community of Christians a couple hours away who work and live together. We have been intrigued with the idea of community, so we thought we would visit them with a few of our questions.

The first thing we encountered was a piece of paper laid out on our welcome table. It was a schedule of visits. Each day we would visit a different family from the community for meals, and cake throughout the week. I was astounded. We are by no means a small family! They each took time to cook for us, and spend time with us amidst their working week.

I felt so honoured.

Our youngest also celebrated his second birthday during that time. One of the families got word of it, and threw him a little birthday breakfast! Complete with some balloons and a small gift.

I felt so loved.

 Just for this reason, God loves food and hospitality. When we sit down together, we catch a glimpse of his heart.
It is a powerful way to honour and love one another.

 It is a time where we can share with one another our thoughts, ideas, problems, dreams.

Meals break down barriers. They put you at ease, and construct a platform for communication.

 

A Gateway to Relationship

 

I’m thankful now that I moved to Germany – the land that lacks fast food.
Perhaps if I were still in Canada, I would still be stuck wolfing down a can of Campbell’s soup in less than a minute without any further thoughts.

Through my being forced to cook God has shown me how having an open home, preparing a meal or a feast, can speak to people louder than words.

Food is a gateway to relationship, and as some good friends of mine like to say, “It’s all about relationship with God.”

 

 

 

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