"It isn't so much what's on the table that matters, as what's on the chairs."
~William S. Gilbert
Came across this quote on facebook, and loved it.
Often times we as busy people tend to forget about what is important. Especially when we think about entertaining others.
We look at joyful fellowship as entertaining.
People will often say to me "oh you like to entertain". And I really don't "entertain"
I break bread, I fellowship, I visit, I invest, I listen, I hug, I cry and I laugh, with each person that comes into my home.
As Christians if we adapt the worldly way of entertaining we miss the above.
The world says make sure you house is 100% complete before you have people in. Make sure the drapes are hung, there is fancy new furniture in each and every room. China to serve a meal on. Alcohol to serve, 4, 5, 6, 7 course meals. Show your friends how accomplished you are by serving filet mignon and lobster tails. Talk about the "finer" things in life. Brag, boast.. make it all about you (secretly), while you tell your guests it's all about them. Smile that big cheesy grin. Come on, you know the one.. The smile that says. "it's all wonderful here" Even though that is NOT how your life is. Put on the show.. ENTERTAIN!!!
That is NOT how Christians should be. We are called to break bread with other believers. God didn't say "Only if" .. your house is clean, large enough, you own plush sofas!!
He is not worried about that.. He is concerned about the people in the chairs!!!!!
Fellowship should be sweet, uplifting, prayerful, enjoyable.
You don't need filet mignon and lobster tails. Homemade pizza works wonders. People love it.
You don't need super clean. Your home is lived in by you and your family.. I've got news for you so are others homes!
Our hearts are what matter.
We have an open house every Sunday.. and sometimes during the week, I just put out what were doing for dinner let people make the decision to come. Sometimes, I get a houseful and sometimes no one shows up.
It's all a matter of who God brings. I love fellowship with believers, I love fellowship with unbelievers, my favorite is the type of fellowship with both.
Your home can be a ministry. Open it up. Don't sweat the small stuff. Keep is Simple Silly!
Allow God to use you! Don't think of it as "entertaining" , look at it as fellowshipping with people you love, witnessing to those whom are unsaved, building each other up in the Lord.
My home is always open, some days you may find it neat and clean.. Others you may have to step over piles of toys and clothes to make your way to the kitchen. Either way the door is open, You are Welcome.
Don't be concerned with things of this world.
Love thy Neighbor! Open the door. Let people in..
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
This year was probably the first year in 18 years that I didn't spend Mother's Day in tears.
Eighteen years ago, my grandmother passed away on Mother's Day. She was such a sweet, compassionate woman.. always ready to feed anyone who walked in. This is definitely one thing I've picked up from her!
This was also the first time in 5 years that we didn't spend camping. With hubby's new job, we are experiencing a lot of change.
Change is good though.
SO this year, I was determined to make Mother's Day Special for me and my children, especially with all the changes.
I started with preparing on Saturday Night. I set the table with fancy plates. I set out the punch bowl, and we had a wonderful breakfast early Sunday morning before Church.
It was quite pleasant. We had: blueberry muffins, pancakes, biscuits with sausage gravy, ambrosia, a delicious cranberry pomegranate punch, and fresh coffee.
My daughter bought me a beautiful centerpiece of flowers. With a yellow vase, my favorite color. And my favorite candy bar was on the table too! :)
We ate and then headed to church. Our service was wonderful. My pastor played a few games to honor mothers and I won a plant. :)
The message was wonderful as well.
We then went to the park and my daughter worked her photography magic and took some great family photos of us.
We came home and had a dinner of surf and turf. :)
It was an over all wonderful day. I am thankful that for the first time in years I was able to get through Mother's Day without shedding tears of sadness, but I was able to truly enjoy my family.