Two weeks ago, I hung out with all of you here at The Weekend Brew and I wrote about Life’s Rhythms. Read more here. Since then during my devotion time, my reading and whenever I least expect it, God is speaking to me through His word or others to grab hold of these rhythms and learn more about them.
[tweetthis]When we welcome God, He centers us and in the centering we become His. @MaryGeisen #TheWeekendBrew[/tweetthis]
Today as I reflect and rest from the world’s busyness, I hear God telling me that the rhythm of welcome is needed. Welcome is one of the four W’s that I said I am striving for in my life. The others are the Word, Worship and Well-Being. When I described welcome, I said,
“It is opening my heart to God’s whispers and calling. It is welcoming in newness and letting God guide my heart and my life. When we welcome God, He centers us and in the centering we become His. I am also learning to welcome friends into my home, heart and life. Creating and inviting real life meetings into our days grows our relationships.”
Words that graced the page two weeks ago, but continue to evolve as I learn what “welcome” looks like.
Welcome is …
when you enter a place that feels like a warm hug
hearing a friend’s voice on the phone or in real life
acceptance of all in love
the attitude of opening wide your arms to embrace differences as well as similarities
being here each week at The Weekend Brew as this community widens the circle to encourage and love others
There are places I visit and friends I know who exude the spirit of welcome. It is a place I want to visit over and over and they are friends who provide a safe place to just be me. I find welcome in real life and in beautiful online friendships that bless me over and over. I am learning that welcome is allowing God to take up residence in my heart and make it His home.
The unfolding of who I am becomes evident when God is working on my heart. When His Spirit dwells within me, I am better prepared to welcome others as He lovingly welcomes each of us. God created us with welcome in mind as we first became part of a family. From there, we learn what it is like to be welcomed in other situations, such as school, church, friendships and a work community. In each community, where welcome has taken place, we then broaden our understanding and learn how to extend the same reception to others. God wants us to experience this rhythm and then model the same for others.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
As children of God, we ultimately want to follow hard after God and open our eyes and ears to His ways. Confirming this through how we welcome others daily is how God desires us to live. We seek God’s kingdom here on earth, but learn that what we are hoping to achieve is to be welcomed into His kingdom in heaven.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 1:10-12)
God’s welcome began as He adopted us into His family before we were born. He created us in His image to continue the legacy of welcoming others as our mission here on earth. God looks forward to welcoming us into His eternal kingdom when He calls us home. The beauty is in the cycle of welcome that we join and sustain by sharing God’s love with others as He has called us to do.
Thank you for being so welcoming here at The Weekend Brew. Let’s continue this by encouraging each other.
1. Share a post, photo scripture — anything that breathes life and encourages.
2. Grab the button to use in your post or simply link back here.
3. Visit the person who linked up before you (and a few others along the way)!