• Seeds to plant A Call To Practice Hospitality

    Seeds To Plant: A Call To Practice Hospitality

    The Bible teaches much about hospitality. Think Abraham, Sarah, Lot. While much has changed since biblical times, hospitality has a place in our lives too. We have many opportunities, both inside and outside our homes, to extend hospitality.   Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking, in her post “A Call To Practice Hospitality”, shares some wonderful insights into this subject:   “God has beautifully designed each one of us to be His Ambassadors…his hands and feet to carry His love to those around us. Ultimately, hospitality is not limited to a space or time. It matters not how large your home is or how generous your table settings. It is rather a lifestyle of generosity.   It asks with each purchase: “can…

  • Connection

    Summer Barbecue

    I loved the Facebook message I received in my inbox recently from a friend who has a heart for connection: We are are BBQ-ing this evening and want our friends to join us! We’ll have homemade ice-cream too!! Here are the details: Time: 5pm  Address: ***** Bring: Your own meat and buns for your family and a side to share. We will have watermelon, potato chips, and chips and salsa. The kids can jump on the trampoline and play. It will be fun to see you!! Comment or text me if you intend on coming. Thanks!   Thanks for the inspiration, friend! I’m already plotting how I might incorporate a similar idea into my summer schedule. Family. Friends. Food. Fun. Necessary…

  • The Joy of Hospitality

    The Joy Of Hospitality: A Reluctant Husband’s Perspective

    My husband has never been what I would call hospitable. While he lovingly supports my efforts to invite people into our home and around our table, it has always made him feel a little uncomfortable. He prefers to reach out to others behind the scenes, where it feels a bit safer, a bit more…well, comfortable. When it comes to reaching out to others, he prefers to be ‘up and doing’, rather than sitting around a table.   For me, it is a kitchen table chair that fans the flame of my hospitality. Our family of five sits at a table built for six. The empty sixth chair sits, glaring at me, directly across the table. “We should make more of…

  • Open Doors

    The Day I Decided To Keep The Doors Open

    Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Rev 3:20)   Sometimes it’s difficult to keep the doors open.   “Make sure the doors remain closed.” It’s a thought that runs through my mind often, and one I share with my children on a regular basis, especially when we’re expecting guests in our home. Some messes are best hidden behind closed doors. At least, that’s what I used to think. I tend to keep the front rooms of the house clean and orderly, welcoming all to see them in their state of near perfection. But the clutter, the untidiness,…

  • Authentic life

    31 Days To An Authentic Life

    Welcome to 31 Days to an Authentic Life!   Authenticity. We crave it. We long for relationships that are authentic–genuine, real, true– but are often unsure how to go about creating them.   How does one actually LIVE an authentic life on a day-to-day basis with the people in their lives? How can one create a close, abiding relationship with God? How can we connect with family members in powerful, lasting ways? How can we be strengthened through friendships? How might we connect with neighbors and strangers in convicting ways? How can we be true to ourselves?   These questions and more will be addressed in my posts this month. I hope you’ll join me in creating a more authentic…

  • Tea

    How To Throw A Poetry Tea Party {Three Easy Steps}

    Perhaps you’ve already heard, but Poetry Tea Parties are all the rage! We don’t have them as often as I would like to in our home, but that seems to make them all the more special in the eyes of my children. Fortunately, when I do decide to have them, they are a cinch to put together.   Three Easy Steps to Throwing a Poetry Tea Party: Make some tea (or lemonade, fruit juice, hot cocoa) and pour it into some special cups (teacups, small glass cups–anything you don’t use on a daily basis) Provide a simple snack (for instance, cookies or crackers or fresh fruit Grab a poetry book and start reading for 10-15 minutes (borrow a book from…

  • The Secret of Hospitality

    The Secret Of Hospitality Is Often Evasive. The planning of an event is always unpredictable, with unexpected twists and turns along the way, but, somehow, through means I don’t fully understand, the event always turns out perfectly. The planning of a recent Fall Potluck proved no different. Case in point. The glass jug of apple cider I was excited to serve during dinner fell and shattered on the sidewalk while being transported from the car to the house, leaving our front yard smelling like apple juice for the rest of the evening;  I completely ruined the homemade ice cream (don’t ask!), although my children, never ones to let food go to waste, insisted on eating it anyway; and the carrots…

  • The Golden Rule

    CONVERSATION DURING CAR RIDE EN ROUTE TO THE EVENT She was nervous and didn’t want to go, and I didn’t blame her. Truth was, I was nervous too. These types of events always force us out of our comfort zones, and this case was proving to be excruciatingly difficult. “But you know what I think?” I asked my daughter. “I think that we’re going to have such a great time tonight that on the car ride home you’re going to say, ‘That was so much fun! Can we go again next year?'” I peered over my shoulder to see her reaction. She looked skeptical.

  • The Time We Hosted A Spring Tea Party Discussion

    Last year my girls and I hosted our first Spring Tea Party Discussion. We invited a few friends and neighbors to our home and kept the preparation simple. The girls dressed up as princesses and sat at their own fancy table outside. The women sat around the kitchen table, which was decorated with fresh flowers and place cards specially made by my daughters. We drank fruit-infused water and ate cucumber sandwiches, fresh fruit and veggies, and cookies while discussing the following questions: 1. What is a favorite Bible scripture or story that has had a positive effect on your life? 2. How can we, as women, do a better job loving one another so that the world would know us…