Monday, April 24, 2017

In the Garden & at Home

We painted the hen house white, and we are adding some final touches to it. I'll make a post as soon as I am finished with it.    It is turning out so cute, I can't wait to show you!

We have been busy cleaning out the landscape in the front yard.  I am expanding the width of the beds, and replacing the mulch with some pebbles.  Yes, I have several projects going at once, and none are completed yet.

I've transplanted some maple trees into my yard, that where growing out back near the creek.  Believe it or not they are living!  I have netting and stakes around them, to keep the deer from breaking them. 

La-la loves to play in the water, and helping mommy to wash the porch, is one of her favorite things to do.

I am working on my front porch, slowly but surely it is coming together.
I plan to add some potted flowers and a few more things.  So, hopefully in 
a few weeks my front porch will be ready for me to make a post.

It is a good kind of busy y'all!

What have you been up to?

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.

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.