encouragement

Excuses don't Excuse us

Excuses don't Excuse us

Our excuses don’t excuse us. No matter how valid our excuse may be, they are not more powerful than the commands of Christ!

Loving well on purpose, aka biblical hospitality, is a mandate from scripture!! Show hospitality. Show it without grumbling. Show it and, who knows, maybe you’ll entertain angels. Show hospitality if you’re busy, tired, drained, swamped, tuckered out, or running on empty.

Hospitality and the Silent Ask

Hospitality and the Silent Ask

Because asking for help is a challenge for me, I’m more likely to drop obscure hints and hope someone miraculously clues in and helps. It’s not the best solution. And by “not the best” I mean that it rarely works the way I want it to. However, the more God is pointing out this flaw in me the more I’m having eyes to notice others around me constantly throwing out the obscure hints for help. I call it the “silent ask.”

Let's Be Friends

Let's Be Friends

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.

Intentional in 2019

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!)