My husband and I decided to adopt an open door policy when we moved into our home. Anyone is welcome, at any time, for any reason. It can be difficult to cope with this kind of life if you're never prepared for company. Over the years I've adapted, reorganized, came up tips and tricks, and… Continue reading 6 Items Every Host Should to Have at the Ready
Life tends to hit us out of nowhere doesn't it? I'll be thinking I'm doing ok, going about my daily life, tending to my responsibilities, serving in my ministry, giving it my all. Then out of nowhere, I feel totally drained. Every ounce of energy is gone and I feel nothing. I want to close… Continue reading Choosing Rest
We live in an ever changing world. One where rudeness is almost a quality of everyday life. With an increasing number of reality TV shows showing major meltdowns and praising rude behavior, it's now become a norm in our society. I refuse to accept this. We don't have to accept rudeness as a norm and… Continue reading 5 Ways to Deal With Rudeness
What does it mean to cultivate something? Merriam Webster's dictionary says "to devote time and thought to in order to improve or develop by careful attention, training, or study." We cultivate many things. We cultivate herbs and flowers to grow in soil. We cultivate attitudes in our hearts. We cultivate learning, tastes, children, marriage, and… Continue reading Word for 2022: CULTIVATE
Over and over again in the Bible, we see the term "breaking bread". The Bible uses this term for three different events. It is used for shared meals, Holy communion, and even talking about the Crucifixion. I loved my study of each of these specific events. Today we'll be specifically talking about breaking bread in terms… Continue reading Breaking Bread
Thinking back to this time last year I can't help but laugh at the events that transpired. I was in the middle of choosing my word for 2020 and I was so excited about the new decade and what thrilling adventures it would bring. We were all excited about kicking off a new decade with… Continue reading Word for 2021: PEACE
Christmas week is finally here. I wanted to share something with you that encouraged me as we head into this week. With the darkness that this year has brought has also come the very painful reminder that we are living under a curse. A curse that was cast thousands of years ago during the fall of man. A curse that seems to be building as time marches forward. Heartaches of all shapes and sized remind us that this isn't the way it was supposed to be...
I'm going to be honest with you, I am having a lot of trouble writing about hospitality this year. Whether it's people to fearful to gather or governments imposing restrictions we all have to admit it's hard to practice hospitality in 2020. I had my entire December posting schedule mapped out. It was breaming with… Continue reading A Different Kind of Christmas
I love hosting get-togethers at Christmas time! My house looks bright and festive, peppermint is everywhere, and the feeling of goodwill and hope can be felt throughout. December is probably my favorite month to host dinners and parties. Today I am sharing 5 quick tips to make your holiday hosting smooth and effective.
How do we enter a season of Thankfulness when we don't feel very thankful?