It’s been a long day, the sun has just set, and dinner is over. You’ve managed to clear the table and get the dishes to the sink–even to give the little ones a bath. Whew! Finally, the time you have been waiting for all day has arrived. You settle down on the couch to cuddle with the little ones and your husband. He turns to one of your favorite psalms and begins to read. You needed this–it soothes your soul. You drink in every word.
Startled and surprised, you look at your husband in disbelief.
The reality begins to sink in, but still you whisper to him, “Company? This late?” As he rises to answer the door, you squeeze the babies hoping for the moment to last just a second longer. You sigh and ask the Lord to make you be what He needs you to be at this moment. You pray that you will be “hospitable without grumbling.”
The thought that this is your time crosses your mind, and you push it away, knowing that you are here for Him. You are here for His glory and to be used at any time of the day. You even smile as you remember that you prayed just last week for Him to use you.
You greet your company both sincerely and cheerfully. You are glad they are here!
Blessed? More than yes!
A few hours pass and they leave. They leave comforted and filled, because you gave up your comfort. They thank you for being so hospitable and apologize for “just dropping in so late.” You assure them it was no imposition and remind them that they can come by any time.
You slip into bed exhausted but with a heart full of joy. You drift to sleep thankful for a home to use for Him, thankful for a husband and children to share it with, and thankful for friends that feel welcome enough to “just drop in.”
Jennifer is the cherished wife of a very visionary man, and a home schooling mother to almost a dozen children. Her deepest desire is to consistently love her husband and children and to be a diligent and joyful keeper at home, all for the glory of God. Her favorite pastime is to encourage fellow housewives in their highest calling of wife and mother. When she’s not creating Homemaking DVDs or hosting webinars, she can be found blogging at Renewing Housewives.