if:table {january 2015}

A couple of weeks ago we ushered in 2015 with our first IF:Table of the new year.  We talked about last year – the good and the bad.

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And spent a little time looking ahead, dreaming and sharing some of our personal goals.  There was a ton of laughter and even a few tears; deep and meaningful conversation that made my heart nearly burst with joy.  We enjoyed a wonderful Chicken, Red Grape & Pesto Pizza, Baked Ziti w/Three Cheese (incredible as well!), Dole Light Caesar Salad, and Panna Cotta w/Fresh Berries.

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I love this time around the table.  The food.  Sharing our home.  Learning more about others’ stories.  It is such an incredible blessing to see something so beautiful come from something that was once the ugliest part of my life.

For nine years of my life, food was the enemy.  Life with an eating disorder was miserable and consuming – there was no pleasure associated with food, only punishment.  It is so like God to find a way to use for good the very thing that brought me such pain and isolation.

Only He could find a way to redeem that broken part of my life.

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It sheds new light into this passage from 2 Corinthians 12:9:

But He said to me, My grace is enough for you; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest upon me!

All of the broken pieces (even my biggest mess!) can become a vehicle for so much more if I allow God in.

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