Wednesday’s Words + Bread & Wine

Today I am excited to share two of my favorite things – Jesus & Food!

For today’s Wednesday’s Words I am joining up with Martha Kate & the gals as usual, but I am also joining Rachel for our monthly Bread & Wine discussion.

To catch you up a bit, The Bread & Wine Project is a recipe link-up of sorts. It’s a time for us to come together & discuss the book Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist while also sharing our favorite dishes and desserts! For more information visit Rachel’s blog to learn all about it!

This month’s discussion from the book is:

How do you slow down when it comes to the food you feed your family, and the time you spend with others in your home? 

For me, and I am sure most other people, slowing down is becoming foreign. I constantly feel like there is always something to do, somewhere to be, or someone to see. Don’t get me wrong, I am a people person – and I thrive off of being around others & living a life surrounded by others – but at some point, the running has to stop.

Lately I’ve been learning that dinners at home take time. Time that has to be before it’s time to cook.

Meals that have purpose & are full of intention begin with intention. From the meal planning & grocery shopping to preparation & presentation – intention must be weaved in at every step. Slowing down to prioritize what’s important is what kickstarts a slower way of living – & eating.

Nothing replaces eating at home, around a table, with real dishes. Yes, it takes more time to prepare, cook, clean, & organize, but it also allows for stories to be told, emotion to be captured, life to be shared. 

Allowing people into our homes is biblical. Jesus ate at the tables of many people throughout the Bible (Matthew 9:10; Mark 2:15). Making a place that is welcoming for others is something that is necessary in my life!

The biggest area I personally need to work on when preparing meals for my husband and for our guests is to be present. Present when planning the meal, present when cooking, & even more present when I am learning about my guests. Distractions are everywhere, but intentionally setting a table for guests means saying NO to the world around us & savoring the life of our company!

How do you intentionally be present around your table?

Frankly my dear…slow down, savor life!

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  1. Hot Tea and the Empty Seat
    September 10, 2014 / 11:59 am

    Love this! I still need to read that book.. it sounds great! I always hear women talk about how much they love Shauna's words. Thankfully I had a family who sat around a table every meal so it's definitely something that my husband and I try to do as well! We also love adding new people to it 🙂 And of course, love Wednesday's Words… when will the link up be up?blessings, friend!

  2. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    September 10, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    I make recipes that I am not comfortable with on purpose. So I take family recipes that others have made for decades and have to follow the recipe card and call family members so everyone is involved. I find that these are foods I also want to share more as well.

  3. Lisa Loves John
    September 11, 2014 / 12:53 am

    Love this, Jenni! Being present with guests is my biggest challenge – which is why I may plan one thing to prepare and cater/buy the rest! That way my focus can be on the community and not the preparation 🙂 🙂

  4. Jenna Griffin
    September 14, 2014 / 2:31 pm

    I love this, Jenni! I love that you included how Jesus went in to other people's homes and that serving others with our homes and meals is biblical. It definitely pushes me and inspires me to be more intentional about inviting friends and family over each week.