Monday, November 13, 2017
On Table Beauty and Reduced Capacity
This week, the theme in photos will be setting a pretty table! I had two opportunities to host dinners at our home last week and my favorite part continues to be setting the table and making it pretty!
The cooler weather made a lovely backdrop to move outside and enjoy FALL! It was chilly and cozy and just so fun to snuggle under quilts huddled around the fire until way past bedtime.
Lately, the thing that keeps coming to mind is how I'm watching God reduce my capacity. That phrase just keeps coming back to me as I watch things that used to be easy for me really aren't right now. I think it is a season of parenting we are going through that is affecting our whole lives, it is fatigue that has built upon fatigue that reduces energy for extras and it is a humbling and a reminder that I need to rely on God's strength over my own.
In the midst of this capacity reduction, I am grateful that God still allowed me these opportunities to host and the life-giving art of setting a pretty table that has not been reduced but remains. This is a gift to me during a season of difficulty. Beauty blesses and feeds the soul of not only the one making the beauty but those who are invited to the table to partake of it and be fed by it as well.
This inviting to the table of beauty is a privilege for both the host and the guest - and I've gratefully been on both of those ends lately.
As I've thought about this reducing of capacity, I find myself wanting some sort of bullet list: What do to when God reduces your capacity; but I think right now - the lessons are just in the walking through it and the humbling of heart, mind and spirit. That word humble has been coming to mind a lot lately and I'm doing some Bible Study on that word to learn more of God's perspective on this character quality.
It reminds me of a church sign we drive by that recently said, "We don't need to think less of ourselves but rather think of ourselves less." Yes! That seems to fit the bill!
So, let's talk about this table - I didn't really have a vision in mind - just sort of layered one piece at a time and kept adding until I was pleased with the result. It is simple and homey and comforting which are all things I'm craving in my life right now.
The only things I bought were the sunflowers and some candles earlier in the day at Wal-Mart. The rest of the flowers and leaves came from our yard and I shopped our house for everything on the table. The pretty leaves on the table and acorns came from our recent camping trip!
David moved the fire pit and chairs out to the yard and prepared me a good pile of firewood for the evening too!
In addition to setting a pretty table, I just LOVE eating outside!!!!!
Have you ever experienced this reducing of capacity? Tell me your thoughts!