Hospitality is love.
Romans 12:9-13 says that for us to practice hospitality our love for one another must be sincere. Be devoted to one another and serve the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. This is love in action.
Being a hostess is such a joy but I'll be the first to admit that entertaining is not always easy. I don't always show love to others, especially when party guests are about to arrive to an outdoor dinner party and it begins to rain. I'm not always the best at welcoming people into my unfinished home and sometimes I find myself lonely and wonder if my cravings for community will ever be satisfied. But, instead of living in the fear of hospitality, I'm prompted to open my door and welcome people in.
And you know what? God blesses me every. single. time.
Life shared together is the essence of hospitality. I believe in the heart of hospitality so much that I've created a ten day devotional to help you entertain as a hostess but also to welcome our Heavenly Host into your daily struggles of pursuing love.
Inside this devotional you will find ten days of stories, scripture readings, and questions to help you dig deeper into the art of welcoming.
I've also provided some of my favorite recipes for entertaining like Acre's Sweet Potato Bread Pudding, Fancy Salad, and Wolfgang Puck's Homemade Pizza Dough. These recipes are perfect for the upcoming season of entertaining and your guests will be begging for more!
Hospitality isn't something to be afraid of. No, it's an invitation that we can share with others and one that we can accept as believers of faith. Hospitality is more than a pretty table setting and cute invitations (but let's be honest, who doesn't love party decorations?!). Hospitality is a gift and in ten days you will be encouraged to release your fears, receive others, and rejoice in all that God is doing in your life.
To order your copy of Practice Hospitality, follow this link. The first fifty people to purchase the devotional will also receive a podcast of my talk about living invitationally that I shared at Covenant East.
Practice Hospitality has been a labor of love and obedience. I'm happy and scared to be releasing it today but I'm reminded that this is the way I often feel before any big event in life. If you've been a reader here for a while, you know that I've been on a journey to publication and this is one step of faith that I'm taking. I pray that you support me on this new adventure and I hope that this devotional is pleasing to your soul. Thank you for joining me in this space and for cheering me on as I try new things! Your encouragement makes these wobbly legs stand firm in faith.
May we practice hospitality as we open our hearts, minds, and doors to others this holiday season.
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Thanks for sharing the love!