Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
~I Peter 1:9
Providing Hospitality is one simple way to bless someone else.
My family has spent the last several weeks being treated to dinner and hospitality in many homes. We've fellowshipped and feasted. We've been hosted and entertained. And you know what? It's opened my eyes to the fact that we (meaning my family) doesn't do this enough!
Opening your home, getting to know someone, and offering the bounty of your table is lovely way to reach out to someone new or even old friends.
Taking the above scriptures to heart the various new friends have opened their doors to us and made us feel right at home. They've inquired of allergies and tidied their homes for our visit (they freely share this information). It's a beautiful thing.
It's also inspired us to attempt to do the same.
It should be no hard thing to open your doors and offer someone the feast of your table. What could go wrong? Right?
But some of us have a few hang ups holding us back? Fear of a messy home? Unpalatable meals? Fear of being imperfect?
Some of our hosts have voiced their uncertainties. They've confided in being unsure how to do this and wondered if they were doing it right. A few have let us know we are the first in many years and are guinea pigs for those to come after us. Then there are the seasoned pros. There is always room for one more and the door is always open. But in both types of homes we have been wonderfully welcomed.
Nervous About Providing Hospitality
How about you?
Are you nervous about having people over? Unsure of your hostessing skills?
You long to do this. You know if you could get over your fears it would be a blessing to other and you would so enjoy it. But those fears are holding you back.
I'm right there with you. It's not easy to open your doors to friends and strangers. In this world of Pinterest and Instagram we fear the need to look like a Pottery Barn spread. And often feel we don't measure up.
But take heart. Your most humble offerings are greatly appreciated.
Turn off the computer and turn on your own creativity instead.
I want to help you with your ministry of Hospitality as I help myself. These are resources I have and am using to be more comfortable opening my doors.
- Providing Hospitality Through Imperfection & Fear from Keeper of the Home blog
- Gifts of Gold: This is actually a book being used in a hospitality course in my church. Meant to be used in a mentoring program it makes a good read and who knows maybe you'll be the one to start the mentoring program in your church.
- If Teacups Could Talk: Love tea? You will love this little treasure of a book. 72 pages of tea tips, ideas, and recipes for sharing a tea with friends.
- : By Myquillyn Smith I reviewed The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful several years ago and still recommend it to friends who want to beautify their homes without spending a ton. Face it. We all want to put our best home decor forward but sometimes money is an issue. Be inspired to love the home you live in.
- Understanding Christian Hospitality Challenge: Oooh I have done this one yet. Operative word being yet! The Joyful Homemaker's Club offers a free challenge with printables.
- Homemaking Mentor : This wonderful Christian Homemaking Hub contains an ecourse on Hospitality by Jamie Balmet. It includes 9 lessons and a Hospitality Binder printable. Registration may be closed but signn up to be notified when it opens up again.
I'll be adding to this list as great resources come my way (on the lookout for great menus and by the way there are some nice menus in the Gifts of Gold book.