The table is an unassuming unifier. The table draws us together. And when we are together with no distractions we are more prone to cut to the quick and be vulnerable with one another.
Connections take effort. Friendships take work. Developing these relationships can be awkward. But, as with many things, the risk is worth it all. But HOW do we start? WHERE do we begin?…Friendships don’t happen overnight. And, unfortunately, sometimes it takes numerous attempts before you find a true friend among the fringe friends. BUT! Just because it may take a while, doesn’t mean the process or attempts are in vain. If nothing else, as we actively seek out friendships, we become bolder and more confident in who we are, and what we have to offer. We learn the things we value in a friendship and we learn how to be more of the type of friend we wish to have.
Let’s make 2019 the year we let God do a new thing through us. Let’s purpose to show hospitality through intentionality this year. Make a plan now for how you will be intentional in conversations, opening your home and serving others this year. Maybe it’s taking a meal to someone once a month. Perhaps you are going to be intentional by finally setting a playdate with that mom you’ve said “hi” to in passing for 6 months now. Will you open up your home and invite some women over for coffee? Start a book club? Create an open invitation for people to drop by Sunday night for grilled cheese sandwiches? ( A friend of mine does this and it’s such a clever idea - with 4 teenage daughters it’s such a great way to meet friends and create a safe, fun hangout spot!)
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like cookies. Your favorite cookie may vary, but a cookie is a pretty universal food. I personally love making homemade cookies and for a long time I felt like store-bought cookies were the rejected weird cousin in the cookie family. I mean they were part of them, but no one really liked them as much. As a mom, I’ve realized this is simply not the case. Store-bought cookies are better than no cookies at all. In fact, my kids’ refined palettes typically prefer store-bought many times. (I will never understand that.)