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The Gift of Hospitality — 27 Comments

  1. “Hospitality doesn’t always have to be the momma with the apron on.. we are called to bring the fragrance of Christ to others.”  THAT is what touched me in this post – because I sense it here on your blog. The fragrance of Christ – that is what draws people to feel at ease, let down their hair and just enjoy being together.  May God continue to touch the hearts of those you minister to at our church and in your home, by that fragrance of Christ in you!  Love your heart, Barbie!

  2. Love this post! I am one of those stressed out, get the house perfect for guests types. Definitely an area that needs work in my life. I really appreciate how you’ve offered a different perspective of hospitality.

  3. Oh yes, we can practice hospitality even as we wait in line at the grocery store.  I love to greet people. I used to think it would be fun to work at the airport directing people and greeting them.   I also love to see a smiling face when I enter a church.  All too often visitors come to our churches and we can be so busy catching up with our friends.  May we always be aware of new faces.

    Great post and reminder Barbie!

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  4. Great post Barbie! I love having folks into our home and sharing food and fellowship.  I don’t usually stress too much over it because it is something I am very confident in doing and I save my stressing for other things. :O)  I know you are more than good at your job and I can only imagine how welcome you must make everyone feel.  Hugs to you!

  5. I also go on a cleaning spree before guests come over. I like the idea of not taking such things so serious and to even take hospitality to the streets.

  6. I love this post and you are so right about giving hospitality to others.  I often feel “pushed” to serve others in small ways and know it’s God giving me the nudge I need  to step outside of my social anxiety.  

    • It’s hard sometimes, because I can tend to want to be a “people pleaser” in the flesh.  But, I am learning to give what I do have away.  Being stretched to step out and show His love to others.

  7. What a great reminder. My mom was such a great example to me of hospitality. It’s one of the things I enjoy the most…

  8. Love this post! As I sit here reading it, I am in my apron waiting for a chocolate cake to finish baking, in preps for a birthday celebration for my hubby tonight(although my home and children are far from spotless) 😉  I used to stress about company coming and then realized I wasn’t stressing about the “hospitality” but the “entertaining”. I now go by these wonderful words I heard somewhere….”If you are coming to see me and/or my family….drop by anytime, if you are coming to see my house….please call and book an appointment!”
    You are so right though Barbie….hospitality doesn’t always happen in our own home! I love the verse  from Hebrews (13:2) “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” and God has placed you in a perfect place to be hospitable to even strangers. May you be blessed as you bless others!

  9. great post and so true!  God has placed you where you are, to minister to those around you….your job, your neighborhood, etc.  Just inviting a neighbor over for a glass of cold iced tea on the front porch, or taking a small cold to drink to your neighbor that is mowing in 100 degree temps….hospitality doesn’t have to mean fixing a meal…..but that’s great too!

  10. That was a great post Barbie! I used to stress like crazy when I had people over. I finally realized it’s not worth it, people don’t care if my house is perfect and it’s about the fellowship. I’m much better these days 🙂
    Happy Friday!
    Cyndi

  11. You made some great points.  Hospitality is an attitude, isn’t it?  There are those people who are hospitable no matter where they are or who they are around. 

  12. I didn’t even join the faith jam yesterday because I didn’t know what I could say inspiring about hospitality.  :o)  You did a great job.  I am definitely hospitable when it comes to making people feel like part of the group — welcoming them, etc …  But right now, I never feel like I’m prepared at home for people and everyone just POPS in here.  Nobody calls.  Ha.   Do I rejoice when the doorbell rings?  Uh, no.  More of a grumble.  So I thought perhaps I should just take a dose of conviction and not write a post this week.  lol

    • Oh girl, you can still do a post.  I just know you have hospitality in you.  I sense it every time I visit your blog!  I don’t rejoice when people show up uninvited either.  I tend to want to run and hide under the bed!  Have a beautiful day my friend.

  13. Once again I am I am moved and inspired by your writing. More importantly I appreciate how much it shows me more of who you are. I am delighted to get to know better after near 15 years of knowing you,with most of those yrs being long distance. The beauty of blogging (and fb!), brings hearts closer no mattertalk howfar apart they, no matter how far apart they are.I pray God will increase the anointing He has given you. May He expand your tent stakes.

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