Do Not Be Forgetful To Entertain…

I finally did it. Just now, in fact. Obeyed the Lord in something He has been calling me to do for weeks, months, years.

I used to do it all the time without even thinking about it. No big deal, no heroic efforts, no stressing out. The results were always wonderful—delicious, a hoot—when I simply did the best I could.

But then came the kids. And with children, if there was ever a semblance of orderliness and/or perfection, Poof! It was gone. And like a bouquet of flowers, my hospitality faded, wilted, and browned in its beautiful vase: our home.

I’m not sure what I’ve been afraid of all this time. Judgement. No one showing up. So many showing up. Not having enough—snacks, wine, seats—for everyone. Not being enough, for anyone.

Finally, my desire for obedience (and connection) eclipsed my fear and I typed a Facebook message to the ladies of my church, an invitation to a Scruffy Hospitality Gathering.

And now I resist the urge to conduct an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. ~Hebrews 10:24-25


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  1. Shannon Thomas on September 25, 2017 at 12:12 PM

    100% needed this today. I’m meeting with my husband’s best friend’s wife this eek for lunch. Though we’ve had double dates before, this will be the first time I’ve spent time with her alone. I’m really nervous, and my anxiety is whispering thoughts about canceling and such, but I know it will be good to connect, especially with another woman of Christ.

  2. Diane Tarantini on September 25, 2017 at 9:14 PM

    There were five of us that evening. A good time was had by all. Since then, at least four ladies have asked me to do it again since they couldn’t make the first one. Oh, my!

    Oh, Shannon, let us know how it goes. I hope you all have a great time:)

  3. Barbara on September 26, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Ah nothing like a gathering of like minded people n those who aren’t so much to raise our hope in humanity. Kindness abounds. Hugs. I’ll take a cup of tea.

  4. Gretchen Hanna on September 27, 2017 at 10:08 PM

    Love, love, love! We’re so much about comparison in this culture, when what we’re all seeking is connection. Brava!

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