When you think of hospitality and entertaining, what comes to mind? Does the thought excite you or intimidate you?
My mom has the gift of hospitality. Inviting people in and making them feel welcomed and loved comes very naturally to her. Unfortunately, I did not inherit this ability.
The idea of bringing people into my own home intimidates me. My house isn’t clean enough; my silverware doesn’t match; and my decorating is quite eclectic, too.
Pinterest perfect parties? Let’s not even go there!
Have you ever been in a dark place spiritually or emotionally? Depression closes in, literally. It leaves you in a dark, lonely space, wondering how you got there and how you’ll ever find your way out. It was during some of those darkest days that I started journaling.
We live in a culture of excess. As a whole, we have an excess of food, possessions, and activities in our lives. Minimalism has become a new buzzword, and many people are scaling back. But as a Christian, what should our perspective be on this whole issue of excess?
Paul had a great desire for believers to live in harmony, and to love and encourage one another. But what does it mean to live in unity? What does that even look like?
“Give a Little Grace” has been somewhat of a mantra for me over the past year or so. When drivers do stupid things, give a little grace. If people say things they shouldn’t, give a little grace. When my kids are forgetful (again), give a little grace.
Our natural reaction to these situations would likely be to get frustrated with the person for not doing as we feel they should. But we don’t know what’s happening in their world. That driver who just cut you off may be headed to a loved one’s funeral… We just don’t know, so giving grace is a good thing…