“I am so glad that you have come. I will pour out everything inside me so you may leave this table satisfied and fortified. Blessings on your eyes. Blessings on your children. Blessings on the ground beneath you. My heart is a ladle of sweet water, brimming over.”
                                                      Anita Diamant, The Red Tent

This is one of my favorite quotes……..from one of my favorite all-time books, The Red Tent. The book is work a of fiction about the life of Dinah…..the only daughter of Jacob. (taken from the account in Genesis).  It’s a fantastic book and I highly recommend it.  I have this quote printed on pretty paper and framed  and sitting on my kitchen counter, right beside where I cook.  It helps me…..when I’m tired or stressed and trying to make food…..to  remember how I feel about those who sit at my table everyday.  It reminds me to not just go through the motions of cooking…..but to do it with joy and gladness so that I can truly ‘serve’ those I love……literally nurturing and sustaining them.  And you know what?  It makes the food taste better.   I’m sure of it.  Isn’t our attitude about things powerful like that?
I was listening to this yesterday on my favorite radio show, Issues Etc.,  and it helped me to see….for the first time ever…..that a wife really is a picture of the bride of Christ…..the Church. She is the means by which God  gives birth to its members through  the regeneration of baptism and the means by which He sustains and nourishes its members through the very body and blood of Christ at the Lord’s Supper.   So my vocation of wife and mother is not trivial.  And my uniqueness as the life-giving, life-sustaining source in this family is so important to God….. so important…..that he compared it to His Church….whom He loved enough to give His very life for.
Isn’t that what we as women have the freedom and privilege to do…..to “pour out everything inside us”?  I feel a little like that about blogging.   We share ourselves and our hearts with each other…..to nourish and sustain ourselves and those we love.  Your blogs and your words are like that for me…..”sweet water, brimming over”.   So, read the quote again……and be blessed today.

And cook that meatloaf with love, baby!

11 comments on “Nourishing Words……”

  1. What a beautiful post, Edie. A great way to start my day indeed! I am listening to the radio program, thank you for sharing. The quote…perfect! That picture….priceless. xoxo Ang

  2. So pretty!!! The quote is just wonderful…I love things like that

    That picture of the baby and you is just so sweet!!!

    Have a great Thursday!
    -sandy toes

  3. Edie…Corona ALL OVER? And do you buy it at your local tack and feed store? Or do they sell it for human’s somewhere else? I got my mom on it for her lips…she says she microwaves it first so it goes on smoother…LOL!

  4. That was an amazing post. Thanks for sharing. I love coming here first thing in the morning. Your post always makes me feel better.

  5. Great post. I had read that quote at the bottom of your blog and really liked it. I just love good quotes. OK so I take back my last post, I’ll try and be better and not complain. 🙂 I don’t feel worn out, run down and exhausted, I feel energetic, joyful and happy to serve. I know it’s all about the attitude. Once again thanks for the boost.

  6. That quote is beautiful! Do you mind if I print it and put it up in my kitchen? That would be a wonderful thing to be reminded of every day. This post was so beautifully written. Thank you so much! That picture of you and the baby is so sweet!

  7. That is a very nice quote,, I love coming to your blog and seeing what you have to say. I would love to be able to write, but a writer I am not. Beautiful picture of you and the little one. Thanks for sharing.

  8. What an exquisite post – and so timely for me. Thank you for sharing, for reminding us mommas that we are cherished beyond measure by a good and loving God.

  9. First of all, that picture is beautiful! And that quote is beautiful! I may have to print it myself. I’m not much of a cook but I can find another spot to put it in. I will also have to check out the radio program..I wonder if I can get it in Indiana?

    And the Corona..I’m looking it up right now!

    xo Keli

  10. Once again, you posted so eloquently. I have been focusing on this a lot in my life since a women’s conference I went to in October. Donna Otto was there, and she really inspired me to do exactly what this post said and realize how important my job as a wife and mother is to both God and my family. Thanks for the reminder!

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