Don’t feel like you need a House Beautiful home before you can invite people over. If I had, I wouldn’t have had the blessing of all the wonderful people we’ve had into our home all these years, because I still don’t have a House Beautiful home! You don’t need to fix a complicated meal either. I love using a crock pot for company meals so I don’t have a lot of last minute preparations to do. Be sure to let your kids help with the preparation and serving too. The more they invest in the company, the more they will appreciate it.
The following is a list of 10 ways you can bless people by opening up your homes to them.
Continue reading Hospitality: Part 5- 10 Ways You Can Open Up Your Home to Others
We still have a few more posts in this Hospitality series coming up! Today, we’re talking about the Guest Room. Do you have one in your home? How important is this when it comes to hospitality? Does it matter what the guest room looks like? What if you can’t offer a special place for your guests- what will they think?
Continue reading Hospitality Part 4: How Important is a Guest Room?
As I said before, hospitality didn’t come easily to me. I thought of all kinds of reasons I shouldn’t invite others in my home. Have you ever had these fears jump into your mind?
1. My House Isn’t Big Enough– As our family continued to grow, unfortunately, our house did not. I was tempted to think, guests won’t be real comfortable at our house. We have to squeeze around the table without a lot of elbow room. We don’t really have adequate seating in the living room, etc. All those factors were true, but I found that guests didn’t seem to mind. It might not have been what they were used to, but often they seemed kind of fascinated by how a large family worked together. The benefits of building relationships was worth it to us.
Continue reading Hospitality Part 3: 6 Fears About Hospitality
Making hospitality a normal part of our home-life, gave me so many opportunities to train my children in how to treat others- adults or children- how to serve, how to engage in conversation, how to listen, how to make others feel comfortable in new situations, how to honor those to whom honor is due. It also allowed us to put godly people before their eyes and ears who could testify to God’s goodness and working in their lives. Allow your children to be a part of the process, the preparation, the conversation.
Here are some ways that having hospitality in your home will benefit your entire family:
Continue reading Hospitality Part 2: A Training Ground for Life
Let’s start with a rather simple definition. What is Hospitality? It’s “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” Some synonyms are: ” friendliness, welcome, helpfulness, neighborliness, warmth, kindness.”
Throughout this series, I want to encourage you to endeavor to make hospitality a characteristic of your home-life. Why? Because through the years, we have received so many blessings and benefits from opening up our homes to others. It is a Biblical character trait that should be cultivated in our own lives, and also the lives of our children as we model it for them.
But, you might be thinking, “I’m just way to busy with my little ones to even think about something like hospitality- it overwhelms me just thinking about it!” And I understand that! Having 14 children, my days were always filled with someone needing me, and life was and is indeed very busy. But, I do think that the benefits and blessings outweigh the inconvenience. Stick with me through these next few posts, and we will talk about some ways to make it work with children, practical ideas, and how all of this will benefit your entire family for years to come.
So, Let me begin by giving you a little background of how we started to practice hospitality in our own family.
Continue reading Hospitality- Part 1 “A Simple Beginning”