"Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." - Psalm 23:6

ABBEY REFLECTION cultivates the art of looking back on our lives so that we may see the goodness and mercy that God has brought to our lives.
In our fast-paced world we so often put our head down and push through, yet in doing so, we miss much of what the Lord has done.  In Psalm 23, the goodness and loving kindness of the Lord follows us. Although we so often want the significance of things revealed at the start, it is only when we stop and cease from our efforts that we have the chance to see the work of the Lord.

We long to be known, yet we so often struggle to tell our own story to others. The Reflection section of The Abbey is a resource that is crafted to help you share your story.  We hope that in exploring and looking back at our story, we will see the story of God at work in our lives.  
In the Reflection Section, you will find our monthly reflection resource, a series of weekly reflection check in's, and then the coming together section.  

The first two sections are for personal reflection, however, much if not most of our growth happens in the context of community - the coming together section sets the table for you and a group of friends to come together to talk through the questions provided. We have also included a suggested recipe for you to try with your friends. 


Featured Reflection:

In the book “The Needs Of The Heart”, author Chip Dodd addresses our need of relationship. He suggest there are three main areas in which we need to connect: connection with God, connection with self and connection with others.  If these are all three areas that we can experience relationship and connection, they are also areas in which we can experience loneliness. 

To finish reading this reflection, click on the connection image. 


Week 1:

What can I do to help cultivate my relationship with God daily?

Week 2:

What areas do i need to connect with personally? Is there anything that I am believing lies about in regards to myself?

Week 3: 

What can I do to encourage those I care about and how can I cultivate connections with them?

Week 4:

What Scriptures has God used this month to reveal His truth to you in regards for our need of connection?

 This month our reflection verse is Psalm 1:3, you can download this lock screen to help you meditate on this truth and keep it as a reminder as you go about your day. Where are you planted? 

This month our reflection verse is Psalm 1:3, you can download this lock screen to help you meditate on this truth and keep it as a reminder as you go about your day. Where are you planted? 


**Each month The Abbey will provide a list of questions and a recipe. So much of the truth revealed in scripture happened around a table. We encourage you to get a group of friends together each month, try a new recipe and have a great conversation. The questions are just prompts if you need them, have fun and may God bless!


Opener:  We have so much technology in our lives and are so digitally connected, however, do you think most people feel connected?  

Main Question : What are main areas where you struggle to feel connected and why? 

Closer: How can someone encourage you, and help you connect? 



I’m simply going to walk you through this recipe because it is so simple that it hurts. First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. I had two pints of grape tomatoes, Sungolds and heirloom Cherokee purples I got from the Franklin Farmer’s Market and some from Maxwell’s Produce on Nolensville Pike. I rinsed them off under cold water and patted them dry with a kitchen towel but paper towels will work just fine. Then, cut the larger ones in half and leave the smaller ones whole. I like the contrast of some juicy and some dryer. I generously coated them with about a quarter of a cup of evoo, two-teaspoons of kosher salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper. Place the tomatoes on an ungreased sheet pan  and cook for three and a half hours or until the desired shriveled-ness is reached, you be the judge. Once tomatoes are done, allow them to cool and I stored them in my Weck Jars because I’m pretty much addicted to the aesthetic of their containers. This recipe also works fantastic with grapes and figs, though cooking times can be scaled back to about one hour and a half to two hours. And I want to hear how you used to tomatoes this Summer, so prey-tell?

What to do with them?

I’m guilty of eating a quarter of the tray once they came out of the oven. Some of the ones around the edge of the pan get really dry and crunchy and they have little bits of clumped pepper and salt. Those drive me crazy because their so good and barely make it into another recipe. But I have been using them in pastas which you will see if you follow on Instagram, as well as salads or just as a snack on bread and butter. I’m sure you’ll find your own creative use but I hope this helps! Bon Apetit!

--Recipe provided by Nashville Chef and Owner of The Salted Table: Charles Hunter III

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