Quoting Quiverfull: God Is At Your Table?

Quoting Quiverfull: God Is At Your Table? October 19, 2015

quotingquiverfullby Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies – Whose Table?

Editor’s note: Another place that Nancy is claiming that you have to be perfect at because God is there in your home. Your table. So how does that work when your table is piled high with homeschooling supplies or is the catch all for the things you don’t have time to handle? Or perhaps you never eat at your pristine table? It seems that more and more Nancy is grappling for more ways to keep women fearful and anxious over every aspect of their home or lives not being ‘good enough’ She really loves to come up with strange notions to fear-monger with.

I wonder what kind of table you have in your home? Is it round, square, or rectangular? Is it old or new? It doesn’t really matter what it looks like. The real question we have to ask ourselves is: who does our table belong to? Is it my table? Or is it the Lord’s table?

If God dwells in our home, it will be God’s table.

Did you know that God loves to have a table? In the Old Testament He says: “They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to MY TABLE to minister unto me” (Ezekiel 44:16). Everything changes when you understand your table belongs to God. It changes how you conduct your meals. It changes what you do at your table. We understand that the table is not only a place to eat some food, but a place where we feed our children body, soul, and spirit. We feed their bodies, but God is present to feed their souls and spirits.

We notice four wonderful things about your table which belongs to God.

1. God reminds us to “enter into my sanctuary.” We cannot taste the delights of God’s table unless we come to the table. Oh how many hours of delights families miss together because life’s programs stop them from sitting at the table together. So many of our activities happen around the evening meal time. They may be good, but they deprive us from the best.

We have to come to the table. We have to enter into His sanctuary. We have to understand that our table is a sacred place because it is God’s table. When we understand it is God’s table, we won’t want to miss being at the table to meet with Him.

2. God reminds us to come NEAR to Him. God doesn’t want us to be far away from Him. He doesn’t want everything else in the world to captivate our hearts. At the table we come near to one another and near to Him.

3. God reminds us (as we have mentioned) that our table is HIS TABLE.

4. God reminds us that the table is where we MINISTER UNTO HIM. God had His table in the Holy Place in the tabernacle. Every single day the twelve loaves of bread sat upon the table. Every week the priests came in and ate of the bread and fellowshipped with God and then placed new bread upon the table. The table was never without bread. It was called the “CONTINUAL shewbread” (Leviticus 24:5-8 and 2 Chronicles 2:4). Even when they traveled to a new place the continual bread had to be upon the table (Numbers 4:7).

God always has bread on His table. It’s there every day for us. It never runs out. We never have to go hungry in our souls and spirits. And therefore at our table each day, we open God’s precious Word and read it. It ministers to us and to our children. It prepares them for life. It prepares them to face the world. We cannot do without it or we starve spiritually. And not only does God minister to us by filling us with His eternal bread, but we minister to Him as we pray, and praise Him for all that He is.

Don’t vacate God’s table. He waits at His table in your home to meet with you, to feed you, and to have fellowship with you.

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.

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  • Saraquill

    Does she have a passage in which she waxes religious about toilets?

  • I’m reminded of Beverly Goldberg from the show “The Goldbergs”. She’s a SAHM, and constantly feeling worthless and/or like her kids don’t need or love her. She has a mild obsession with feeding them, and one of the things she’s said a few times is “If you don’t like dinner, then I have failed as a mother.”
    This seems to be Nancy’s idea, too.

  • Friend

    Much as I dislike Nancy Campbell’s entire approach to life, I have to say I find this entry, in isolation, rather lovely.

    No, I don’t do daily Bible reading at my table, and gathering is not mandatory,* and fundamentalists would be horrified by my teachings. But I love the images of boundless generosity, of having food always available, of the table as a place to gather and share nourishment and love.

    Our family has a custom of silent grace before each meal. Because it is silent, each of us is at liberty to bring or find individual meaning. The silent grace stills us. When it ends, we do tend to focus more on one another. I think it makes mealtime a more gentle experience.

    *Really, not mandatory. If someone wants to eat in front of the TV, let them go. With love.

  • Nightshade

    Funny, I don’t recall God ever offering to pitch in and help clear the table, do dishes, or anything else really.

  • Abigail Smith

    Friend, I get what you are saying…it’s called hospitality and it’s very much ingrained in me because I’m Italian American….many cultures are like this….BUT the problem I have with Nancy is that you can’t possibly do that at every meal and when it’s forced on you…when you have an autistic child who’s screaming and throwing food, it ruins the ambience, LOL…So glad to be done with her guilt trips.
    I also found it fascinating that both Serene and Pearl, Nancy’s biological daughters and founders of The Trim Healthy Mama cult, both had HUGE eating problems and phobias about food…Serene went 11 years as a raw foodist (note: I am not knocking anyone who does it) even while it was destroying her own health but she would not let go of it, even while pregnant because she was such a “purist” as she calls herself….They talked about it in the book. I tried their “diet” a few years ago and felt even more in bondage to food after a few months. So that’s the “good fruit” of Nancy’s table gospel. When I first started having issues with THM and would ask questions on the forum, their “flying monkeys” would squelch any questions. One woman whose blog I used to follow had to actually shut down her blog because she posted about why she was no longer a THM (kindly, just saying why it wasn’t for her)…I could not believe the vituperative and vicious comments (not from her but from the “followers”). It was sickening. They were saying she wasn’t a christian because she didn’t like the book….I thought I was crazy until I found NLQ 🙂

  • Mel

    *Blinks*

    We have that in the Catholic Church. The table is called the altar.

    I prefer that over a super-holy psuedo-reality created by Nancy.

  • Friend

    Zing!

  • Allison the Great

    He won’t even help cook, bring a dessert or anything. I think we need to stop inviting him to dinner.

  • Joy

    Give her time…

  • Nightshade

    Yep. They say he won’t enter where he hasn’t been invited, I suppose rescinding the invitation is always an option…wonder if it works like it does for vampires?

  • pl1224

    That damn woman has way too much free time. Also, I wonder if she was born annoying or if she has to work at it. She’s just so . . . ugh!

  • pl1224

    This is just by-the-by–I have a friend who spent several years on a “raw diet”. It didn’t take all that long for him to morph into one of the least healthy-looking human beings I’d ever seen.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Maybe she’s trying to make everyone as miserable as she is.

  • ConcepcionImmaculadaPantalones

    Yo Nancy, step away from the table and out of the kitchen. Let us help you into this nice jacket to keep you warm and immobilized. Don’t worry, you’re going to a place that will put a roof over your head, give you a bed to sleep in, and best of all – you won’t ever be able to shove all these toxic BS messages onto others EVER AGAIN.

    I feel sorry for the grown kids of hers and also Deb’s grown kids – with the poisonous beliefs they’ve gotten force fed all these years there’s not much chance they will ever break free and change for the better.

  • Joanna_Jordan

    Every time I read this tripe I am torn between anger and guilt. Guilt cos I never did have that awesome family dinner time where we all communicate and pour out love (as is commonly seen on tv too!); and anger cos I genuinely don’t think it happens that way. Esp if you have quiverful (huh) of kids, getting everyone to the table at the same time, prob two in high chairs a baby to feed and a husband to “worship” that last thing on my mind was quality time with anyone.

    Now, I make dinner and let the kids (they are old enough to decide) if they want to eat or not (in which case there is always cereal or fruit). But like someone said, wiht a bunch of young people in the home, there is always someone comign in late or dashing out early; I’d hate to make a “god” of mealtimes