Sacro Desco is an Italian term for “sacred table.”

Sacro DescoIt represents a commitment many Italians have to share at least one meal all together as a family every day. According to Parade magazine, teens who have regular meals with their parents have better grades and are less likely to be depressed. Several university studies show that preteens whose parents tell family stories at dinner have higher self-esteem and better peer relationships and are less likely to smoke, drink and hang out with sexually active friends.  A study at Columbia University showed that teens who have 2 or fewer family dinners a week are more likely to smoke, drink and hang out with sexually active friends, and they are 6 times more likely to use marijuana. The study also revealed that 84% of teens said they’d rather eat with their parents than alone.

Wow!  Pretty amazing what a little time around the Kitchen Table can do for your kids!!

Here’s another little interesting tidbit:  the 3 things that we usually remember, with great happiness, from our childhood, are time outdoors, vacations and family meals.  So take some time to SLOW DOWN and make some happy memories with your kids!

Just Be Obedient!!
I am always amazed at how the Lord honors my obedience. So much of my walk has just been one foot in front of the other, doing what is right in front of me. And I am always taken aback when I see Him swing the door wide open in an area that is seemingly unrelated to where I have been walking!

Oh how He delights in our obedience to His still, small voice!

On this journey with Him I realize more and more that He knows the desires of my heart…He knows my secret wishes…He knows where I would like to see His movement in my life and even though it doesn’t look like I think it should and done the way I think it ought to be done…He so honors every secret desire in His time and in His way! Be obedient to His voice even when you don’t understand…especially when you don’t understand!!

Scripture says “His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are higher than ours!” He really does have the better way! My pastor’s wife says this often: “You never know what is on the other side of your obedience!” Well…I can testify…it is something more wonderful and freeing and healing than I could have ever done for myself! Just do it..just be obedient! He will not disappoint!

479622479_0In the work that Marc and I do, we are so fortunate to have been given a premiere ticket on the front row of people’s lives.

And what a show it is!

Sometimes we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of a horror movie, lots of scary things there… like haunting words and left behind ghosts of the past.

And other times we are on an adventure that feels a lot like a rollercoaster..the exhilarating inclines anticipating the upcoming thrill and the sometimes nauseating declines that leave you sick to your stomach praying you could get off the ride immediately!

And then of course there is the mystery! Who’s fault is it? What exactly is the truth? Who’s involved and how did this plot unfold? It leaves you confused, oftentimes frustrated and sitting on the edge of your seat as you try to figure it all out before their next appointment!!

Life is full of horror stories, exciting adventures and mystery and sometimes it’s hard to work your way through it all.

Like the scenes of a movie, the memories and events of the past and present play like reruns in our marriages and can leave that butter-drenched, greasy feeling right in the pit of your stomach.. swearing you will never eat popcorn at the movies again!

But if you stay ‘til the end of the movie.. you may just be lucky enough to see the love story,

that has been buried in the horrors,

adventures

and mysteries of the relationship,

unfold before your eyes.

The love stories of real people who have given their all in an effort to move past the fear, the surface excitement, the questions that plague to find someone they love on the other side of their own veiled mirages of what life was supposed to be…to the reality of what life really is!

A love story that has taken years of heart seeking truth, vulnerability, and oftentimes a lot of tears to find two people who have learned how to sacrifice, to share their hearts, to have true intimacy in the end.

Now that is the movie worth waiting around to see!