hospitality

The Gift of Presence

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.” Thich Nhat Hanh Not many things motivate me to reach into a toilet. Through a series of mishaps involving my potty training three-year-old, his blankie, and my phone, my most prized electronic device took the plunge. My floating phone was enough to make me reach in the germ infested water without so much as an, “Ew, [Read more...]

How to Be an Extraordinary Blessing in an Ordinary World

Do you ever wish a kind, gentle Christian woman would hold your hand and help you figure out how to be a blessing to others? Titus 2:4 lays out the model for such a relationship: “By looking at [older women], the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives (MSG).” In her latest book, Listen, Love, Repeat: [Read more...]

The Heart of Hospitality

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”  ~Dr. Maya Angelou Chaperoning a middle school field trip is not everyone’s idea of a fun day, but I didn’t mind. I enjoyed spending time with my daughter and getting to know her friends. However, my comfort level dropped during lunch. Because we are fairly new, I didn’t know many parents on the [Read more...]

Six Women Who Need to Read Giddy Up, Eunice

In the years before my first child came along, my husband and I spent a lot of time with a couple five years ahead of us in life. Ross and Jeanna’s marriage served as an example to us newlyweds. We watched as they learned how to navigate the new world of parenting. I learned so much about mothering in those five years of shadowing my dear friend. I am sure it wasn’t easy on Jeanna to [Read more...]

The Importance of Discipleship, or It Doesn’t Have to Be Big to Matter Big

“You don’t have to start a new organization, or write a book, or start a new blog. Just make disciples.” ~David Platt We see so many “big” efforts for Christ, especially on sites like Facebook and Twitter. Fundraisers for charity organizations. Viral blog posts encouraging others. Campaigns to end human trafficking. Crusades bringing the lost to Jesus. And sometimes we allow them to [Read more...]

The Sacred Connection of Flavor to the Heart

I haven’t had a bite of my grandma’s coconut cake in over twenty-five years, but I can still taste it. It is remarkable how deeply connected our taste buds are to our hearts. Never does a bite of coconut cake pass my lips that I don’t think of her. I think Grandma’s coconut cake was the best on this side of heaven. As the knife sliced through the three-layer cake, the smell of vanilla and [Read more...]

Sharing Love = Sharing the Gospel

“Preach the gospel always, if necessary use words.”  ~St. Francis of Assisi I’m a therapist at a hospital. Recently, we had an irritable, uncooperative patient who was putting everyone on her floor on edge. She yelled at every staff member who came into her room. She not-so-politely asked me to leave and not return. At first, I thought of her as an inconvenience. When it was time for me to [Read more...]

Finding Peace on Earth During the Holidays

My friend, Jill Richardson, is back to share some wise words about peace during holidays. As we crank up the Jingle Bells and light the cinnamon candles, let’s take just a minute to measure our holiday stress. If it feels like the holidays are all about stress, this is for you! We feel a lot of pressure to measure up. This is true anytime, but holidays bring out the best and the worst of [Read more...]