June 25, 2014

Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist

I know, I know.  If you have been reading blogs lately, Bread & Wine is everywhere.  I was skeptical.  I didn't understand why the majority of the blogs I read kept bringing this book up.  How could a book with recipes cause so many people write post after post?  So when I saw that the Summer Reading Challenge I am doing required a book written by a blogger, I knew I had to see what all this hype over Bread & Wine was about.

I laughed when I read posts that said this book changed their life.  I was tempted to skip over any more Bread & Wine blog posts.  And then I read it...in a day in a half.  And now I want to reread it.  
Bread & Wine changed my life.  There I said it, I've officially jumped on the bandwagon.

This book has changed the way I look at cooking, entertaining, and food in general.



Here are a few of the life-changing lessons that I learned from Bread & Wine:

Inviting people into our home does not have to be a production.
This is a hard one for me.  When people come into our home, I want it cleaned to perfection.  I want to serve only meals that I'm a pro at making.  I want it to seem like I have it all together, when I more than likely just spent the whole afternoon scrambling around like a chicken with my head cut off.  From now on, my goal will be to serve our guests in ways much more important.  I want guests to enter our home and feel at home.  I want our guests to feel as if they have entered a place where they can be open and vulnerable without the fear of being judged.  I want our guests to see Christ reflected in our home.

The purpose of having people over is to meet their needs, not my own.
I admit, I am one of those "have people over to meet my need of looking like a good wife/hostess".  I think we've all been guilty of this at some point.  It goes back to my struggle of wanting to look like I have it all together when I don't.  My new hope is that when I have people into our home, I will be focused on their needs and not my ridiculous needs.  It goes back to I want our home to be a reflection of Christ.  I want to serve people with the right intentions, not for the perfectly filtered Instagram post of our families eating a dinner I cooked at my house.

Our table can serve as a place for God to work.
This book brings up points about food that I have never even talked about.  I am now a firm believer that there is a big significance that Jesus spent a lot of time around the table and in other people's homes.  Serving people around your table can be such an opportunity for God to work.  Around the table is a place that community and fellowship are overflowing.  It is a place that we can learn from each other, share stories, and be reminded of God's love through friends and family.

Be present where you are right now.
God has been reminding me over and over lately to be fully wherever He has me right now.  There is a reason He has you where you are, and I think this is true when we are serving guests in our home.  It is so easy for me to miss great conversations because I'm trying to make sure all the serving bowls stay full and everyone has food.  I don't know about you, but when I have our family over nobody is going to go hungry.  We will find the food no matter if I have it perfectly served in my pottery serving dishes (it's a Southern thing), or if it is still in pots on the stove! I don't want to miss opportunities because I'm too busy running around the kitchen trying to make the food look pretty.

These lessons might not sound life-changing to you, but I think in the long run these will change my life.  I can't imagine how many awesome conversations and moments I would have missed in the years to come because I was stressing and running around while trying to serve people in our home.  I know I won't be perfect, and I'll probably have to reread Bread & Wine a time or two in the years to come for a reminder.  But, I hope that I will be able to live out these lessons.  I hope that God will be able to use our home and meals served at our table to friends and family for His glory.  I hope that our home can be a reflection of Christ to just one person.  And I hope that I won't miss that moment, but be fully there to watch Him work.





8 comments:

  1. Bahhh, girl you nailed this recap of the book. It totally seems like a bandwagon thing UNTIL you read it and then your life is officially changed, haha. The biggest one for me was that having people around the table is about meeting their needs. Love that so much!

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    1. You are so right! I was so confused about all the hype until I picked it up. I love that too! She just has a way of making it click with me!

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  2. Yes! I was probably the one shouting from the rooftops that this book changed my life...but I am so glad you read it and feel the same. It is a powerful book that just compels you to action! :)

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    1. I'm glad you were shouting from the rooftops! It was much needed for me to read!

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  3. Girl. You probably read my post that professed my love for it. BUT REALLY. Isn't it so good? I can't wait to reread it. I've lent my book to my sister for the time being and I miss it haha :) It totally changed the way I look at food and entertaining and community. I just LOVE it so much!

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    1. And I'm so glad I did! :) It is unbelievably good, but it is so one of those books you don't get how life changing it will be until you read it. I definitely agree! I'll never approach food, entertaining or community the same way!

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  4. My copy is getting here today because all of my favorite bloggers kept saying it was wonderful and a must have and a life changer and I cannot wait to dive in!!!! You just added to my reasons to be excited!

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    1. Ahh I can't wait to see what you think! It lives up to all the hype and more in my opinion!

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