By: Stacy Aguliar
A few months ago, a good friend told me about IF:Table, an extension of IF:Gathering, a group of women who “exist to gather, equip & unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose.” The premise is simple: 2 hours, 4 questions, 6 women (a model of Acts 2:46).
Acts 2:46 – Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts…
The heart behind IF:Table so closely mirrors some of my greatest loves. It encourages women to gather around a table, eat a simple a good meal, share stories and life, discuss Jesus, and be present in each other’s life. Really present. Like, hey can I come over to get a cup of milk or watch your kiddos while you run to the grocery store? Yes, I’ll get the cookies (and wine) started.
I’ve had a lot of conversations recently about what it looks like to live in community. And how to live with intention. I think it is something that so many women desperately search for. Do you know what I mean? The comfort of a good friend, the healing power of a good conversation, and often, the sobering realizations that come out of real, raw fellowship.
And what I’ve learned through IF:Table, by opening my home to a different mix of women every month (who know some by not all of those around the dinner table), is that creating a routine that forces new, deeper relationships (even when the day’s stresses make pajama/TV time so much more appealing) is amazing.