IF Table

What is IF:Table?
This is an idea inspired by the IF Gathering Conference as a way to connect women to go deeper with each other and with God is seeking and pursuing His plans and purposes for their life.

IF Table is a place to gather women to share a simple meal and dive deep with other friends over real stories and Christ centered conversations. It is a time for a whole lot of laughter – and maybe a few tears – but time spent that will leave you with glad hearts. Full hearts. Grateful hearts.

We will share our experiences and stories here with you each month, but encourage you to start your own IF Table in your community.

The vision is

6 - 8 women
4 questions
2 hours

"And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received food with glad and generous hearts." - Acts 2:46

All you need to do is Invite your people, prepare a simple meal, and the conversation cards will be provided 2 weeks before each IF:Table by going to http://ifgathering.com/if/table/
- See more at: http://ifgathering.com/if/new-to-the-table/

Listen to “My Story” – Big Daddy Weave’s new Song!

 

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Two of my IF Sisters shared this song with us last night and the words to this song really resonated with me.  Here are some of the words to Big Daddy Weave’s new song, MY STORY… “If I told you my story, you would hear HOPE that wouldn’t let go and if I told you my story, you would hear LOVE that never gave up. And if I told you my story, you would hear LIFE, but it wasn’t mine.  If I should speak then let it be of the grace that was greater than all my sin.  When justice was served and when mercy wins of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in. Oh to tell you my story is to tell of Him.”

The Plans God has for me

Take a listen, this song is really good and it’s so true.  We all have a story to tell, it’s the story that God is writing in each of our lives.  It’s the story of His plans and purposes for our lives, how He will work all things together for good.  We need to hear each other’s stories, there is a reason for everything that happens and ultimately, it’s to help others see Christ in us, to be a testimony of His love, kindness, and goodness for His children, that means you and me!  I take comfort in knowing this truth.

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Our IF Table has decided to spend time each month listening to the life story of one soul sister over the next year.  Stories about what life was like in childhood, teen years, and every season we have experienced so far.  What were the moments that defined who we are today?  When did we come to know the truth that we needed a savior, that Jesus came to this earth to save us from our sins,  that it’s about a relationship with the Living God and not religion, not about being good enough because we could never be good enough to get to God on our own.  Is there something that happened in our life that God is using or plans to use for us to be HOPE and LIGHT to others?  I am so excited to take this journey with my sisters this year!  It’s gonna be good!
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IF Table in September focused on Prayer

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I love my IF Table Soul Sisters! God has knit our lives together! We are a group of women who came together four months ago to begin our journey together in sharing our lives, our hearts, our hopes, and our dreams! Every month we gather to share conversations about God and life! We encourage one another, listen, and pray together. There is something magical that happens every time we meet together, maybe it’s because we invite our God to sit at the table with us. He is in our midst, guiding our conversations, speaking life into our hearts and breathing life into our weary souls.

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This month we gathered at Julie’s home for soup, salad, bread, and yummy snicker doodle and s’mores cupcakes.   The focus of our conversations centered on prayer.

Our questions this month were…

  • Who’s teaching you to pray? Who’s been an example to you of the kind of prayer life you want to have?
  • Tell one story about an answered prayer.
  • What makes it difficult for you to pray?
  • What’s one thing you’re praying for in this season in your own life?

Our role models in prayer were our parents and women that we looked up to in life. Some of us didn’t have a role model. In fact, most of us admitted that prayer is a bit out of our comfort zones. At the same time, we all acknowledged that we wanted to get better at praying! We want to be able to talk to God without worrying about whether we are saying things right and we all encourage one another to get more comfortable with this daily discipline.

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Our stories about answered prayers were incredible! Our emotions were mixed, we cried and then we sat in amazement, as each person shared their moments when God showed up in big and mighty ways!   We shared stories of coming to Christ, adopting, leading a family member to the Lord, healing in relationships, and so on. There’s nothing better than hearing how God came into a situation and changed it for the good in a way that the person on the receiving end would totally know that it was God. Bottom line, when we pray we need to pray BIG and deeply believe that God will hear our prayers and answer them in His time and His way!

Our difficulty with prayer stemmed from busy-ness, lack of structure, and insecurity with how to pray. Yet, we all agreed that we were committed to getting better with prayer. It is something that we want to improve and implement on and everyday basis, through out the day.

Our prayers in this season of life were for clarity, growth, obedience, courage, patience, and trust in God. It was so nice to sense God speaking through some of the gals in an effort to encourage one another. We closed our time in prayer and calm washed over the table, a peace that only comes from God. I continue to stand back in awe of the way that God is working in each of our lives and jointly as we come together each month to go deeper with Him and with one another. I pray that you will consider starting something like this in your community of friends. It has made such a BIG Difference in my life already!

 

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The “IF” Table is such a Gift from God!

I can’t claim this idea as my own. IF Table was birthed out of the IF Gathering Conference I attended back in February. I jumped on the idea because I could see it had the potential to connect women in going deeper with each other and with God in seeking and pursuing His plans and purposes for their life.

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Soul Sisters – Our first “IF” Table Gathering

IF Table is a place where we gather as women each month to share a simple meal and dive deep with friends over real stories and Christ centered conversations. It is a time for a whole lot of laughter – and often times a few tears – but it’s a time spent that always leaves us with hearts filled with brim with gratefulness.

Mason Jars & Fun Straws

Mason Jars & Fun Straws

I want to share with you the amazing things that are happening as we gather together each month. We are in our second month of meeting, but already God has knit our hearts together. Our bond together is Christ! We all love Him dearly and long to follow Him with reckless abandon! We are in different seasons and circumstances, yet we totally “get” one another. The fact that we are not all in the same season of life gives our group the opportunity to share perspectives from various viewpoints. Normally, I would have micromanaged the formation of a group like this, but I decided this time to let God show me who needed to be part of the group. It just so happened that I was launching my website, so I had a party to share this God sized dream that was coming to life. I let the gals who came express where they had interest and our little group was formed out of their heart’s desire to connect with other women through the IF Table. I felt compelled to include this experience on my blog because I could tell that something like this would give my readers an opportunity to peek into the souls of their fellow sisters in Christ. We need to know that we are not alone in our pursuit of following Christ, and the IF Table gives us the opportunity to share what God is doing in each of our lives and to encourage each other along the way.

Our first gathering was at my home. I had so much fun preparing the table and the meal so the ladies would feel special, nurtured, loved, and accepted. I found some fun straws and some mason jars with chalkboard places where I could put their names. We started with simple questions like, “Tell us a little bit about yourself?  What are your passions? and What is God calling you to right now?” We shared our high and low for the week and ended with prayer requests. We laughed and we cried and we instantly bonded. It was sort of a magical thing that happened! I believe it was a “God thing.” You know what I’m talking about here, the kind of thing that happens and you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is the one pulling it all together, working it all together for good. I think we all left that first gathering with hearts filled to the brim with hope and love.

Soul Sister - July "IF" Table

Soul Sister – July “IF” Table

This past month, we met at my Mom’s home. She has a screened in porch that begs for people to sit and stay a while. It overlooks “Lake Lisa,” a pond that my parent’s had made for themselves several years back. My Mom has named it “Lake Lisa” quite frankly because “Pond Lisa” doesn’t have quite the same ring when you say it out loud. My Mom has always had a knack for entertaining. She is the queen of hospitality and always has the table set in such a way that is inviting. It just screams, “Sit a spell and relax!”  This time was just as amazing as the last. We talked about our favorite summertime memories as a child and now as an adult. It was interesting to hear what mattered the most as each one of us shared. Then we talked about what words we would use to describe this season in each of our lives and what we are aspiring toward right now.We ended with prayer requests again, which is always such a rich time! I am looking forward to what God has planned for our little group as we continue to meet together, share a meal, and dig deeper with each other and with God! This is the good stuff of life!

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Mom’s Beach Theme Centerpiece

**I encourage you to be intentional and start something like this with your circle of friends or as an outreach to your neighbors. Please message me if I can be of assistance in making this come to life for you!

Hugs,

Heidi

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