Making A House A Home

 

 

 

 

PLEASE BE MY GUEST—OCTOBER’S HINTS FOR THE EVERYDAY HOMEMAKER

If you were asked to define biblical hospitality how would you choose to describe it?  The topic and the definition should be dear to our hearts as believers for as we practice hospitality we share what we have with those whom God brings into our lives.  Biblical hospitality is focused on having a heart for service, asking our heavenly Father to creatively stretch what we have to offer refreshment to others, as well as using our time and energy to add joy to our daily lives.

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DO YOU HAVE THE HEART OF A CHRISTIAN HOSTESS?

The characteristics of a woman possessing a hostess’ heart were modeled by my mother. She could, and often did, invite someone home from church because she had not only prepared a tasty meal for her family, but enough extra to include others.  I grew up “helping in the kitchen” as a young child; later, as her health failed, I assumed much of the food preparation responsibilities under her supervision.  When I enrolled in college and chose Home Economics as my major I realized that I had learned the food preparation skills at home; my college classes helped me align the academic principles with my existing skills.

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MY HOME AS A CENTER FOR EVANGELISM? YOU MUST BE KIDDING!!

Do you know the birthplace of evangelism?  Since the twenty-first century church has cultivated highly sophisticated procedures and tools for evangelism—training sessions, videos, seminars, manuals, and methodology books—it seems logical that the church was its birthplace.  However, a study of church history reveals it was the home, not the church that served as the center for evangelism in the early expansion of Christianity. 

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GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER!

As the days shorten and calendar pages are turned thoughts of holiday celebrations begin to occupy our minds. Amidst your planning may I pose a question—who will comprise your holiday guest list this year?

Before you respond, consider these thoughts:

Holidays can be painful times for those without extended family in the immediate area.

It was October of my eighteenth year of life when my Dad stepped into eternity. As a college freshman I not only had to deal with my own grief, I also was faced with the responsibility of helping my mother adjust to a new lifestyle.

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