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Hospitaliy...what does it look like to you? Webster's (1828) defines hospitality as

"The act or practice of receiving and entertaining strangers or guests without reward, or with kind and generous liberality."

To me, well, it's a heart issue. How we serve the Lord is reflected in how we reach out to the ones around us, how we welcome people into our lives and homes.  I love to have people over.  I enjoy preparing so that they will feel comfortable and relaxed in my home. I have, in the past, been so caught up in preparing in the physical, that I have often neglected the emotional and spiritual side of hospitality.

You see, the Lord, while I have been studying Proverbs 31, brought light and revelation knowledge to me about how I was reaching out and serving those around me. As I was studying the Word, I was also rereading Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson.  I love this book because it makes me stop and reevaluated parenting from a Biblical perspective. This passage hit me square between the eyes:

"Another home that has really inspired me is that of my friend Phyllis, who shares my mother's gift for hospitality.  She always prepares for her guests ahead of time-lighting a fire in the fireplace, placing glowing candles throughout the rooms, turning on soft music, placing a plate of hot muffins on the coffee table-so that they always enter a room anointed with comfort. More important, though, is the way this woman greets her visitors.  When I walk in her door, she always looks into my eyes with an expression that says, "I am so happy to see you!" Her warm embrace and welcoming words always give me the feeling that I, above all others am special to her.  I know that Phyllis has to make a special effort to greet the many people who com in and out of her door the way.  Her warm welcome is a reflection of the commitment in her heart." (pg. 162)


WOW!  I was really feeling good about myself as I read the first 2 sentences!  I do all of candles, soft music...WAIT!!!!!  I, in my busyness have forgotten to GREET my guest warmly!  HEEELLLLOOOO...isn't that the point?!  What good does it do to prepare my physical home for company, and then not warmly invite them in to enjoy?  Not much!  This passage has really resonated in my mind.

I am so thankful to serve a living God who loves me beyond comprehension and wants me to live to touch others for His glory.  I am thankful that he is a God of second chances and that I am still learning from the Father.  As soon as I read this passage, I wholeheartedly repented for being "Martha" too much and neglecting the heart of hospitality. You see, although it is nice for my guests to smell the candles and listen to the background music, they are not at my home for that reason.  They are here to visit, to deepen friendships, seek council, laugh, cry, find hope and even bring hope and life through my doors to my heart!  If I am not prepared to receive them with a cheerful, welcoming smile, I can guarantee that I have not prepared my heart either.

Intentional LivingI have had many, many opportunities to practice what I am preaching!  Praying for my guests while preparing my home to receive them, prepares my heart as well...and THAT changes everything. I still have to make a conscience decision to look up from what I am preparing, answer the door myself (instead of the children) and greet my guest with a hug and a smile.  I know that sounds ridiculous, but it's the truth.  It's more important that all the little messes being picked up, or the coffee being ready or even the candles and music.  It's what make drop-ins feel welcome and expected company know you have been awaiting their arrival.

In Proverbs 31, the Lord showed me again that showing hospitality to others begins in the home, showing love and grace to our families.  It is extended out to friends, family and strangers. It's in the preparation, in our actions and in our mouths...

"She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness." Proverbs 31:15, 20, 21, 26

May your heart be turned toward the Lord as you show hospitality to those in your home and around your community.  My kindness and wisdom be on your tongue and the heart of the Lord be in your preparations.





Family Movie

This is a repost from ITakeJoy.  Please read and go see the movie!

Calling all leaders! Go see Dolphin Tale screenings!

August 17, 2011

My sweet friends,

I can’t wait to tell you the whole story about this movie! I will be writing more about it soon. The short part of the story is that I have been praying for 2 years that God would lead Nathan, who is in Hollywood, to a place where he could work with Christians in the media and entertainment industry.

Well, I am here to tell you that He answers prayers! By an amazing story of God’s direction, Nathan is now working with a wonderful group of people, (including a great new friend of mine, Syd Forest Taylor, a mom of young children, like you), whose  main intent is to get great films out that promote our family values and give us inspiring stories to show to our children.

Dolphin Tale is such a story! This movie even has 2 homeschool kids who play the main role! (The casting agents went to a local support group in California and found them!)

It is a family movie that will inspire, instruct, and bring you to tears because of the great story line.

This weekend, you will have the opportunity to go to a movie screening, so that you can see it for yourself, in order to promote it to your friends, your group, and your blogs.

The bottom line is that the marketing group behind this movie wants to show Warner Brothers and other companies that the those of us with Christian and strong family values are a big enough market to support other great movies with traditional, conservative family values. I am hoping you will be a part of this great opportunity with me!

I will be writing more next week, but right now, you must take advantage of a timely offer. If you are a coordinator of a mom’s group, a blogger, a leader of a support group or a homeschooling leader, you can attend a special screening in your city to see this great movie for free, with the understanding that if you like it, you can encourage those in your arena to attend on opening day, September 23.

Here are two fantastic opportunities to share with you! This weekend, Warner Bros. is sponsoring free advanced screenings of Dolphin Tale for Mom’s Groups, Bloggers, Support Group leaders and Homeschool leaders across the nation. Nathan has already seen it and loved it! You can check out the trailer for yourself on my side bar or at The screenings will take place this Sunday in the following markets:


Atlanta Cleveland Detroit Los Angeles Philadelphia Sacramento Washington DC
Baltimore Colorado Springs Grand Rapids, MI Los Angeles/OC Phoenix San Diego Salt Lake City
Boston Dallas Houston Miami Pittsburgh San Francisco
Chicago Denver Kansas City Minneapolis Portland St. Louis


If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to take advantage of this, and please RSVP to for the time and theater details.

They need all RSVPs by this Thursday, August 18. So hurry–first come first serve!

I am also super excited about the second opportunity! Warner Bros. is giving a separate set of screenings just for homeschoolers. Warner Brothers is curious to see if homeschooling really is a big enough market to target, and that is why they also included some homeschooling kids in this movie. Consequently,  they are offering special screenings for homeschoolers and their groups. Homeschoolers will have the opportunity to see the film before anyone else! This is fantastic news to share with your readers and other homeschooling families you may know.  Make sure they register at for a chance to attend the screening.

Help me to help my wonderful son Nathan, by helping us get the word out. Please put it on your facebook, twitter and any place else you can imagine. I will write more soon about this wonderful movie and what it represents for us to have an impact on Hollywood as those who have the value of affirming and validating our family values. Thanks so much for your help–and enjoy the movie!



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