Showing posts with label Hospitality. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hospitality. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hospitality & Who to Invite



 Keep a prayerful heart and seek God's leading when you host. In all things we need to be wise. Be careful about inviting ones who are forward and flirtatious.  You have a marriage that is more important to protect than to host someone who could tear your marriage apart.  This is why we must go into prayer and seek His will for our homes.

I have invited ladies and their children over from my church for food and fellowship at lunch-time. When we build relationships in our churches, we are building a stronger church. This promotes unity in our churches.

We have hosted a missionary family in our home. I am all about keeping things simple, instead of spending a lot money on groceries, and spending all day preparing it.  We simply took them out to a local restaurant to eat. It ended up being cheaper than buying groceries would have been. Afterwards, we invited them back to our home for dessert and coffee.  They blessed us so much when they shared all their stories with us. I love hosting missionaries, they are so encouraging.

Hosting an elderly couple will be a blessing to you as a young couple. You will see a couple who has been married for decades. You will notice how they still love each other after all these years. You will notice how they love to have fun together. They will end up disciplining  you, as they will show you true hospitality.

Hospitality:
To a stranger: I was a stranger and you took me in.
To someone who is hungry: I was hungry and you fed me.
To someone who needs clothes: I was naked and you clothed me.
To the missionaries who gave up everything to reach others.
To the Lonely, and to the hurting.  God is asking us all to  "be my hands, be my heart, and my voice."

Even Jesus himself showed hospitality without a home, and he fed five thousand. 

Be inspired!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hospitality & Time



 Each of our homes and  lives  are busy.  Even with all the modern conveniences, it is hard to find the time to host others.  How do we find the time to host someone or a family in our home?

Each home and family will be different in how often. There are those who love to have someone over every week, or maybe every two weeks.  However, there are those who can only host once a month or every once in a while.  It is up to you on when and how often.

I believe that more then ever God is calling us all to simplify our lives.  The biggest distraction in our lives is busyness.  We are simply too involved with too many things, not only that, but we have acquired to much stuff in our garages, and in our homes that robs us of our time.  I am reminded of a verse in the Bible, that speaks of " laying up our treasures in heaven, not upon this earth."  Do you want to know how to touch God's heart? Simply be a giver to missionaries.  Missions is God's heart;  we have found this to be so true in our church.

Did you know that busyness is one of the devil's tactics? He likes to keep us so busy that we can't find the time to pray, to read, to go to church, and to find the time for our family. By keeping us distracted with our phones, with the internet, and with social media.  We need to say no to a lot of things out there.

O how we need to have a refreshing in our souls with the Holy Spirit once again.  A fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit will help you to focus on the things of the Lord, and it will give you a hunger to read and pray once again.

What hospitality could look like? Taking food to someone in need at their home and spending time with them is hospitality.  Buying someone who is hungry a hot meal, or buying a homeless one night stay in a motel is hospitality.  Paying for an elderly couple's who you don't know meal at a restaurant is hospitality.

Being His hand extended.



Monday, March 27, 2017

Hospitality As A Woman



As a women, our hearts should reflect the heart of Christ
by living our lives day to day in Christ's love and in His Word.
Not only read His word, but to live out the word in our homes.

The home reflects the heart of the woman.
Our family needs to see that sweetness
and grace in our hearts and in our speech.
Hospitality in our homes, teaches our children
how to serve others, and care about others.

As woman we need to inspire, and encourage our
husbands, to be that godly man.
There is nothing more powerful than to see
our husbands being a leader, a protector, 
and being full of God's Spirit leading his home.

Keep your home simple with grace.
Keep your home organized, it's okay if your home
gets disorganized occasionally, but we must
bring it back into order after a short period of time.
God is a God of order, and He wants us to be ready to serve others.

When God sends someone into your path 
to show them biblical hospitality, you will be ready.

Be inspired!

Hospitality The Ministry



Opening our homes to be a ministry unto the Lord.


What ever we do~ hospitality is to encourage others, that is to be our goal and our purpose.
How can we make others to feel special? 
How can we make them feel loved by God and us?
How can we make them feel encouraged, and needed?

Hospitality is the most powerful way to change the world, by each one reaching one.
 A Relationship that will be built on Jesus Christ.

Hospitality is a light to the world,
 because we are being that sweet example of our Savior, 
to that person God puts in to our paths.

Hospitality is founded on being a good  steward,
 of the things God has blessed us with in our homes.

We are to be a good steward of time, our money, our home,
our salvation, our children, our spouse, to our church, and more.
We want to give all back to the Lord for use and His Glory.

What we have are tools that God gives us to blessed others with.
It could be your talents to sew, to garden, to teach, to mother, to cook, to love.
Your kindness, your home, your family what ever the Lord has blessed 
you with, give it all back to Him for the use of His Glory.

Give to the Lord your resource, by saying, " Lord what we have it is all yours,
use it Lord to your glory."

Through hospitality we can change our culture in our families,
 in the community, and in our very own church.

Let the Lord stretch you, don't be afraid to be use by Him.
A good place to start is to learn principles of stewardship.


Seek for the things of God,
Teresa


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hospitality Is and Isn't



Hospitality isn't about what we have; it is about who we are.

It isn't about a perfect home.
It is never about you or your family being perfect.

Is not about what you own.
It isn't about what size home you own or rent.
There will always be repairs that need to be done; that is just life.
I have found that people aren't coming to see those things anyway.

It isn't about being or acting a certain way.
Reality is saying ~ Hey, come on in we are in the middle of
a project! Please make yourself at home while we finish this.
Chances are they may jump in and enjoy helping you.

Sadly, many families has no idea what a real
christian home looks like.  

It is about the fellowship and sweetness.
It is about relationships.
It is about relationship with Christ, 
with our family and with those that
God brings into our lives.

Be available, be willing, be flexible to be used by Him.
No matter how imperfect we are, He can use us.

Be prepared for the unexpected.
Waiting on the Lord and seeing what He
sends or brings to your home.

Its not only in our homes, but when we reach out to others in need
in their homes.  By preparing a meal or an dessert,
while sharing our faith, time and fellowship with them!

Isn't it good to know that God will use an imperfect home and
an imperfect family?  All we need to do is just be willing and available.

See more on Hospitality here

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hospitality Begins In The Home

Summer of 2015

Hospitality is not a suggestion in the bible it is a command.
Maybe you didn't think it was for you, it's for every Christian home.
Don't be afraid to host others, you are missing out on great blessings.

Hello Friends, .
Today, as I thought about these things, I wanted to share them with you.  Hospitality
isn't just for those you invite over.  But it is also being hospitable to your family.
Having Christ the center of each of our lives, working together as a team, focus together on
what the Lord wants for our homes. To love God with all of our whole heart, mind, body
and strength.  To love and encourage each person in your home and to love others.
Out of that will flow a home for ministry.

 To be an encouragement to our family to grow in the Lord. To care for your home and your families health.  To love our husbands and speak well of him, and love him, as well as our children. As husband and wife teaching the children how they can minister to one another.  Then they will know how to reach out to that special guest.

A place where we can make, learn and do. That will bless our family, bless our children,
and bless others as well.

Our homes should be a place where godly wholesome music is listened to and sung. Having
a Praise for the Lord always on our lips.


Speak love and encouragement to those in our homes, with gentle tones.
Allowing the Lord to shine through our speech. As well as, those that God brings into our paths.

Hospitality: Cheerfully, sharing food, shelter and spiritual refreshment with those to whom God brings into our lives. whether it be our spouse, our children, or our guest.

Be inspired, as you first teach your family how to minister to each other, then to others.

Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality Romans 12:13


Be Inspired!  I would love to hear from ya!



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Preparing Our Home For Hospitality

Hospitality is the JOY of serving others.

 Hey Y'all!!  


Go here to read about our two favorite sisters Martha & Mary  Luke 10:38-42 

  Martha had a heart to entertain, while Mary had a heart to serve her Lord . Mary did what Martha needed to do and that was to put Christ first. 

Hospitality is about the heart more then it is about the home. Spending time in God's word, without God's word guiding us, it becomes empty entertainment.


Y'all just keep it simple.  Give your home a good cleaning a few days before your luncheon. Hide your clutter, it is amazing how much nicer your home will look with out the clutter sitting around. Don't forget to knock out the cobwebs.

While you wait just keep your home tidy. Prepare your meal the day before if possible. Having little or none to prepare the morning of your luncheon.

 The morning of the luncheon make those beds, and freshen up your home, you and the children.   Nothing says welcome then a hostess who is neat and tidy in her appearance.


Hospitably is a Ministry  

Set the table to the theme of the season. This is my favorite part is to set the table. I love pretty dishes they are my weakness.   *-  (wink)  Your morning will go smoothly when you plan and prepare your home in advance.

I hope you have enjoyed it, I would love you hear from ya!!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Preparing our Hearts for Hospitality



Hospitality is about relationships. It is about opening your heart & home to those in your church, your neighborhood, and to the hurting.

In all that we do, our hearts, actions, and motives must give God glory.   Biblical hospitality requires our hearts to walk humbly before our Lord.

Hospitality is not to impress others with our homes.  It is having a humble heart that is willing to reach out to others and serve them.

 When you entertain, usually you cook an elaborate meal and each guest may group up in small groups. The hostess feels the need to provide entertainment.  It can become self- seeking while trying to make an impression.

Biblical hospitality is when you prepare your heart.  Praying for the sisters in your church, praying for an elderly neighbor who is lonely,  the poor, the lost and inviting them to your home for a luncheon are your prayers in action.

 What better way of preparing your heart to serve others, by serving your family first with your best.

 Christ was the good Shepard who served others.  Not only to those who are blessed but to the hurting, the poor and to the lost.

Luke 14: 12-14  When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor rich neighbors; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompense be made thee.  13. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:  14. And thou shalt be blessed.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Showing Hospitality


 

Life seems to keep us busy.  I am enjoying our warm weather.  We have been in the 80's and we are very dry.   We have not had our first frost yet.  I have enjoyed having my windows open, and sitting on the front porch swing in November, crazy isn't it!

In October I decided to reach out to a couple of sisters and their children in our church by inviting them over for a fall luncheon.    We had such a great time together.  We shared our hearts, laughed, and I even taught them how to can apple butter.  Afterwards, I sent home three jars of apple butter with each of them. They felt so at home, I am so glad they did.  I asked them if would they like to come back for a Christmas luncheon?  They quickly replied " Oh yes, we would love too."  One of the sisters said "We need this kind of fellowship with each other, thank you for having us over."

 I failed to get photos of the first luncheon.  I am having a couple more sisters over soon for another fall luncheon and I will get share photos from that one.

Take Care, I will share my thoughts and heart soon.