Fruitful Hospitality

by Jennifer on June 2, 2016 in Dinner Table, Faithfulness, Food, Home Culture, Hospitality, Legacy

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“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” ~Hebrew 13:2  {photo courtesy the everyday home} 

When I began to ponder the women in my life who have been godly examples of hospitality to me…..two special women came to mind. One of these ladies has an open door policy and shows forth warm hospitality by preparing gourmet meals on the table from scratch. She sincerely loves blessing others with a candle lit ambiance and a fresh bouquet of flowers on the table from her garden. Yes…..that’s right…she is also a gardener with a wonderful green thumb.

The other lady that comes to mind is a sweet, kind, loving woman who warmingly welcomes all sorts of folks into her home. This dear lady often serves yummy store bought frozen lasagna that she happily cooks in her oven and will even at times serve it on paper plates. As you can see one of these women loves to cook and the other doesn’t and yet they both are choosing to be hospitable, from the heart, in their own way.

Hospitality doesn’t mean perfect and it doesn’t mean expensive. It’s not about entertaining and it’s not about impressing….. rather it simply is a way of saying “come sit, come share, I care about you and I want to know more……” It’s showing the love of Christ to a lost world…..extending grace to the afflicted and ministering to others by listening to them and praying for them.

Sometimes hospitality means a cold glass of water on a hot day or a simple bowl of popcorn served by a college student who can’t afford much. It could also mean someone like my friend serving a frozen lasagna because cooking is not their cup of tea, Yet, on the other hand it could also be a gourmet meal for six prepared by someone who loves to cook.

The bottom line is that if the Lord is involved it will produce an atmosphere of love and fruitful service to a world in need of God’s grace and mercy. I think my favorite thing about hospitality is….it shifts our focus from ourselves to others……in other words, it takes the focus off of ME and places it on others…..while God receives all the glory!!

Jennifer

Living her dream of being a wife, mother and homemaker. Jen happily resides in sweet home Alabama. She firmly believes that the home is a beautiful canvas for biblical hospitality, servanthood and discipleship. All aspects of homemaking are on her list of interests including gourmet cooking, baking, calligraphy, sewing and embroidery. She is also inspired by photography, music, theology and biblical womanhood. Jen blogs at Blessed Femina, which she founded in the fall of 2008 to encourage other women in Biblical femininity. And is the artist/owner of Arabella Calligraphy. It is her greatest desire to live a life depicted in I Corinthians 10:31: "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

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Jennifer F June 4, 2016

I am so inspired and have found my new landing page. I share so many of the same interests. “The home is a place for biblical hospitality”. Love that sentiment.
God be with you.

pam Leding June 7, 2016

Excellent!

Mona Schreyack June 8, 2016

Loved this page!! I spent 25 years ministering to my husband and 4 children at home and loved every precious minute of it! Now I welcome my 7 grandchildren and love ministering in the body of Christ by receiving people in my home! Thanks for promoting the rewarding lifestyle for women which God commands in His Word!

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