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  1. Lori – Yet another beautiful post! It is so true – when we are needy, starving for friendship – that person across the table, lavishly filling us, never looks more like Jesus than at that moment. You truly captured it, my friend.
    And so proud that you have a guest post!
    Blessings, sweet lady,
    Joanne

    • Thanks, Joanne~ you are a well of encouragement to me and so much like Jesus, although we have never sat at the same table. Maybe one day?

    • Thanks friend~ I have loved every minute of our times around a table. You’re a special gift to me.

    • Thanks Sugar~ you’re on my list of friends to call when I host the next book club!

  2. Loved your imagery here. I have felt the exact same way and never wanted a dinner to end b/c it was the conversation, not the food, filling me up! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful story!

    • Those are the best moments, aren’t they? When time and food disappear and only the people remain- such a gift.

  3. Lori,
    Loved reading this it brought a smile to my face. You are so special and always know how to make me feel at home.

  4. Great post Lori as I look forward to sitting with some girlfriends this coming Monday to discuss what God has done over the past two weeks through a study we are doing together.

  5. Loved this! How we can be Jesus in conversation and not even know it sometimes. What a good reminder to not disqualify ourselves when we don’t feel like we have much to offer. Great post Lori!

    • Hello there, friend! You are so right- we never know what we have to offer someone. I am so quick to disqualify myself because I feel as though I have nothing to give. You are so often Jesus to me. Thank you ~

  6. Love this! Reminds me of one of my favorite songs: “I got no money and I think it’s funny; it don’t bother me, I don’t really care ‘cuz if good times were dollars I would be a millionaire!”

    • Thank you Mitzi~ You’ve been Jesus to me around many a table and I often recall the words of wisdom you sprinkled into all of our conversations. You have compelled me to tell my story-authentically. Love to you~

  7. “…strung words in the air like Christmas lights…..”:) Lovely imagery. Thanks for a wonderful post Lori!

      • Who cares! I misquote myself all the time~ Thank you! Looking forward to sitting around a table with you very soon, Darlene!

  8. Lori- as I read you story I pictured your images in my head. I pray that I can be Jesus to someone who needs to be quenched someday. You are an awesome storyteller! Thanks for sharing your life. Love you and miss you so much!

    • Hello there, Kathleen! YOU are and have been Jesus to me- more times than I can count! I have one memory in mind that has forever altered the course of my life- It was my 32 birthday. Remember? Love you lady- so glad to call you friend.

  9. Woke up this morning and began my day with your post and I so longed to be there. The friendship. The conversation. The food. You are lived and cherished by many my dear and we are blessed to know you.

    • You make me weepy this morning Christa~ Can’t wait to have your feet under my table again- more sooner than later.

  10. This was so beautiful. Thank you for the invitation to the table as well. This is what I long for often, the touch of Jesus through friendship. The dinner was lovely. May we experience another “communion” with you. Blessings!

    • So nice to meet you Nettrea! Your kind words are spun quite beautifully and I love the thought of us sharing communion through our words…You’ve given me something to ponder all day! Thank you~

  11. Sounds heavenly, can only imagine how wonderful it must have been. Was intriqued by the flaming Mexican coffee. thank you for sharing

    • Hello Jean~And oh, wow…if you ever have the chance to experience it, you’ll long to experience it again! It was the icing on the cake of a wonderful time spent in community.

  12. Lori,
    I loved it! I am now going to have to go pour some coffee and sling some cinnamon on the rim even though it’s a hot day already.
    I feel as though I had been there with you, or at least at the table next to yours just by being blessed by your writing today.

    • Amy~ Do it! You won’t regret it…just make sure you add a heaping spoonful of whipped cream on top! Thank you for your kindness- I’ve been equally as blessed today!

  13. Lori, I really enjoy your writings. You have a great way of connecting hearts to your experiences. Keep it up!!

    • Hello Stephanie! So happy to see you here! Thank you for the many ways you’ve encouraged me over the years. You are so very dear to me~

  14. Beautifully written! I always enjoy reading what you have to say – so honest yet gracefully written and full of love!

    • Thank you Mary Helen~ So good to see you hear. You’ve made me smile with your kind words.

  15. You had me sitting there in the room feeling the warmth of the space and the freedom to linger in conversation over a good meal. Even more meaningful when you are on the pointed end in the sieve of friendship. Lovely post Lori, I’m so glad to see you here.

    • I love seeing your face in this stream of kindness! You have a way with words that make me want to write with more intention. Thank you for dropping by today and encouraging my heart.

  16. Oh the warmth of your words. So inviting, so moving. I feel like I am there at the table with you, soaking in all the laughter and fellowship. And I miss this. This brings back memories of girlfriends relishing in chatter around a backyard table, sipping margaritas and pulling chunks of pulled pork off our own sandwiches to give to our littles. Our men stand around the kitchen, sipping beer and sharing stories like only army helicopter pilots can. How I long for those days when my friends were a mere stroll down the street, or quick text in times of need. For all the times I’ve been filled to the brim over food and drink with good friends… thank you for this post. It brings me home again, to a time when I wasn’t so lonely… thank you… from the bottom of my heart. Thank you.

    • And you, Vanessa, have just summed up the best 7 years of my life! Even down to the pulled pork sandwiches and margaritas in the backyard. I miss those days as well- much more when I choose to write about them. But God is good and in this new/old place that I’m learning to call home again, I’m trying hard to invite others into my home, around my table, and into my life. And I’m praying that the loneliness will somehow cease to exist. Thank you for opening up you lonely heart to me- It’s a gift.

  17. Love this! But, I’m shocked that waiting in a crowded room for over an hour and eating sushi at what probably felt to you like midnight did not fill your cup as much as this. 🙂 The truth is, Gary and Jana have a few years of wisdom and insight over us, and I’m so glad that they could fill you both up. Love y’all!

    • Kristen~ I laugh out loud right this minute! We LOVED the time with you guys, but it was not the sushi that did it for me. It was the pimento cheese and tortilla chips. You and Joel have filled our cup so many times, that I couldn’t choose just one moment to write about. =) But, yes, Gary and Jana, do have some years on you…about 25!

  18. Girl, you had me at tortilla chips and good salsa. 🙂

    What a beautifully written post!

    This made me miss a couple we love and have not seen much of this year — I need to give them a call this weekend and find some empty spot on the calendar that has their name written on it. 🙂

    • Lyli~ you speak my language! Good guacamole isn’t too shabby either. I hope you get those friends on the calendar and fill up not only a day in your summer, but a hole in your heart. Thank you~

  19. I love that place! Reading your post it’s like I’m there again. We tried to go there once just me and Pat and it wasn’t as fun. Something about the experience is better shared with others. And it’s so true, you never want to leave the table when you’re there.

    • Hey there Katie~ It’s true, food is much better when shared and I can’t wait to share a meal with you guys next week. So glad that God chose to bind our hearts together with Starbucks, peanut butter squares and Jesus. Love you friend.

    • Thanks Mama- You were the first one to teach me the art of food and company and love for Christ and others. Much love to you~

  20. As always – absolutely beautiful, lovely, and a reminder of grace and friendship in community. Love it!

    • And as always, Lisa, I thank you for the way you live out grace and invite others into community around your table. Your life is a testimony to Christ’s love. Thank you friend.

  21. I love it when the curtain is lifted and we’re allowed into someone’s life to see the grace and blessings that are happening there. You’ve shown us a glimpse of happiness and reverence all together and it’s beautiful. It makes me want to savor all these moments in my own life just that much more.

    • Hello Rebekah~ So glad to meet you here today. I do find it such a God thing when He joins people and food and conversation together and somehow all of the “stuff” fades into the background and all we’re left with is Jesus. Thank you for graciously encouraging me here. You are so kind and I hope you do find time to sit and savor.

  22. I am still floating in the wonderful time we had yesterday in our new home and inaugurating our new table with friends over for coffee and cake for my husbands birthday which turned into a chinese take away dinner… That was a precious moment i will never forget on how we sat at the table full and bursting with the people I love…..
    Thank you for your post….. its a wonderful sealed confirmation and reminder on beauty such as community….

    • Oh almost forgot… I cant believe you replied to all 53 comments…. that is such a wonderful thing you do….. bless you and the words of encouragement and motivation that comes out forth….

  23. Hello there~ So glad you had a beautiful time with your friends and family yesterday! Most of my favorite memories stem from a time spent with a loved one and the meal we shared- Sometimes, I can even remember the smells! I associate coffee beans roasting with Jesus because I spent the better part of my college years sitting in a coffee shop with some Christian friends…one who eventually became my husband!
    And by the way, posting here was tremendous fun, so responding to the comments has been an honor! Thank you for taking a moment to encourage me today!

  24. I can take it all in. And now I’m of course hungry. But not just for Mexican food and flaming coffee!? but for those moments when connection is so clear and we see the way feasting is meant to be. In community, surrounded by love and understanding and of course, chips and salsa!

  25. I love that word, feasting…it paints a picture of ravenous people, gathering to be filled and I love that image. (And by the way, the flaming coffee- just YES. YES. You’ll never drink coffee quite the same! Thank you for joining the conversation Alia! And so glad that I found my way to your blog earlier this week. You speak my language, friend!