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31 Days of Encouragement: Hospitality {Day 6}

31 Days of Encouragement

31 Days of Encouragement - Day 6

Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
~
1 Peter 4:9-10

31 Days of Encouragement Hospitality is an area where I struggle. An “everything has to be perfect” attitude is my biggest downfall. Looking around my house recently, I thought that realistically we are among the numbers who were given loans for more house than they could afford, but we’ve been holding on tight for five and a half years.

Maybe I need to loosen my grip and open my home, enjoying it as a place to welcome and fellowship with others.

1 Peter 4:9-10 says that exercising hospitality makes us a good stewards of God’s grace, and that’s what I want to be.

What about you? Do you have goals for your home? Nester is linking up posts today where we can share our home goals.

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{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Becky Roode January 6, 2011, 11:26 am

    Thank you for today’s encouraging word.
    I have felt for quite a while that I struggle between being hospitable and keeping my door shut.
    Hospitality is something I had already felt led to work on this new year. :)

  • Dawn January 6, 2011, 11:48 am

    Becky, I totally understand the conflict, and you worded it well. Two of my kids have asked today about having friends over this weekend. I had to cut off my instinctive “no” and instead tell them that they had to clean the bathrooms. :-)

  • Amy Sullivan January 6, 2011, 7:20 pm

    Dawn,
    Recently, I’ve REALLY tried letting go of my “everything must be perfect” attitude, and surprisingly (at least to me!) is how much more I enjoy my guests.
    Amy Sullivan´s last [post] ..Gods Gift of Miracles

  • Sandy Toe January 6, 2011, 7:47 pm

    I am totally trying to improve my hospitality thing. We use to have people over all the time and somehow it disappeared…trying to “revive” that back~

    sandy toe

  • AmericKim's Home January 9, 2011, 7:01 pm

    I love your wisdom. I entertain alot. Love to open my house (and yes, love for everything to be perfect too). I find that if you are at odds with the place your house, or home loan, has in your heart; opening up the home and sharing it with others, and making good memories will help your heart also open up to accept your home… Not sure if that made sense, but hopefully you understand. : )

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