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Hospitality and Summertime

Hospitality and Summertime

If you are a stay-at-home or work-from-home mom, this summer is the perfect time to flex your hospitality muscles by starting with your child’s friends! If you work outside of the home, later nights and weekends still provide plenty of opportunities to lavish love and have some fun!

Here is a list of 6 ways that you can love well this summer:

The Gold Star No One Wants

The Gold Star No One Wants

The feeling of accomplishment as those stickers filled in the spaces, whether it be for attendance, memorization, or something else, made me feel so accomplished. Give me all of those gold stars!!!! That shiny gold star was the goal for so many of us during the elementary years. As an adult I got a gold star I didn’t want. I didn’t know there was a gold star that wasn’t shiny & positive. I didn’t know that a gold star could carry the weight of grief instead of accomplishment.

Hospitality & Counterfeit Money

Hospitality & Counterfeit Money

My son and I were talking on the way to school last week. We’d been playing at our children’s museum a few days earlier and they have a pretend grocery store with play money.at the registers. As we were headed to school, Reed said, “Mom, wouldn’t it be cool if you could make lots of play money and use it in real stores and no one would know!?!” And that is how he learned about counterfeiting.

Confetti and Investments

Confetti and Investments

Kindness is the initial idea and biblical hospitality is the full-developed product. Kindness says, “you’re a human too” while hospitality says, “your humanity makes you worth my effort, time and investment.” Kindness notices others. Hospitality invests in others…Kindness says “I notice you.” Biblical hospitality says, “I want to know you.”