The Mess that Blesses ~ Loving Others

Only a few friends see my house when it’s a mess. They’re the same ones that let me in their messy homes. Only a few friends hear when my life feels like a mess; they’re the same ones who’ve shared their messy lives with me. But I wonder how many times I don’t host an event because my house looks less-than-perfect. Wouldn’t someone appreciate hospitality even if my home looked less Martha Stewart and more Ann Stewart? Sometimes Martha can {Read More}

About Ann Stewart

Ann Marie Stewart is the author of Preparing My Heart for Advent and looks forward to her first novel STARS IN THE GRASS to be published November 2016. She and her husband Will raise two daughters and a whole lot of sheep on their farm in Virginia.

Inviting Them Home

Many people were away from their homes for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ–Joseph, Mary, the shepherds, the wise men, and most of all, Jesus Himself. Several years ago, I was away from home for the holidays. Recently divorced, I moved to a new town the week of Christmas and knew no one–except my dog. I didn’t know my way around the town, and all I remembered was seeing a church several blocks from my house. I mustered up {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.

Intentional Hospitality

In Romans 12, Paul outlines the behaviors a Christian should portray in verses 9-21. These verses are the essential characteristics of a Christian, but we sometimes overlook the smaller essentials.  The first of these is love. Love “is the primary motivating factor in Christian living. Christlike behavior or character includes showing genuine love, without hypocrisy” (The Woman’s Study Bible, 1460). “Given to hospitality” is a phrase that some women cringe at. Most of us have our lists of reasons why {Read More}

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Open Hearts and Home

When we were 23 and 24 years old we read a very influential book, “Open Heart, Open Home” by Karen Mains. It basically challenges the idea that your home is your fortress or your showplace. She wrote it after the kid next door from a dysfunctional home repeatedly tracked dirt on her nice carpets, etc. and she was tempted to limit his entrance to her home. Then, of course, the Lord rebuked her and reminded her that it was His {Read More}

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My House is too Small..Why be Hospitable?

My house is too small.  They won’t have a place to park.  The carpets are always dirty.  Sit on the floor?  Are you kidding me?  I can’t cook.  What if I run out of things to say…… Why be hospitable?  Do people even need your caring words or actions? Are people hurting today?  Yes.  Are they thriving or are they in survival mode?  Do they have peace or are they in need of peace?  Can you offer them a glass {Read More}

About Jan Nellis

Jan Nellis is a happily married mom of five children, three of whom are still at home. She spends her free time rediscovering the lost domestic arts with an emphasis on health issues. An avid quilter, crocheter, hand-spinner and cook, her desire is to rekindle the ways of her grandmothers, blessing her friends and family. She has spoken at women’s groups on forgiveness, following God's plan for your life and the joys of living with God. She currently blogs at www.atinylittleripple.blogspot.com.

Mission: Hospitality

Last year, I experienced one of life’s major moments: I bought a home. As a single-again woman, I beamed with pride on closing day. For most of the five years after my divorce, I lived in a decent-sized apartment. But I didn’t let that stop me from having people over. Now, with my very own home, I had a unique opportunity–welcoming even more people into my mission field. I didn’t know that God already had a plan in mind. Several {Read More}

About Daphne Tarango

Daphne Tarango is a freelance writer who comforts others with the comfort she has received from God. Daphne is a recovery speaker and writers’ group president. She has published numerous inspirational articles in print and online magazines. She has three stories in the inspirational collection, Women of the Secret Place, published by Ambassador International. Daphne is married to Luis and in the past year, has resigned from corporate life to take a position as a stay-at-home mom of three adopted children. To connect with Daphne, visit her blog: http://DaphneWrites.com.

When Guests Drop In

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 {Read More}

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Gourmet Meals or Ready Hearts?

  It seems to my husband Jeff and I that many people live insular lives in today’s world. Family is a little island where accessibility is limited and if someone were to drop by their home out of the blue, it would be considered shockingly rude. Early on in our marriage, we desired something different for our home. We always wanted our friends to feel they could come by any time. Never has this been more true for us than {Read More}

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Teaching Contentment in a Discontented World

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” I Timothy 6:6-7 This summer spend some time examining gratefulness and contentment in the hearts of your children. A few goals to work through this summer would be: Make plans to use your home to show hospitality to someone God lays on your heart. Trust God’s sovereignty that He has entrusted you with the income and possessions to {Read More}

About Rhonda Ellis

Rhonda Ellis is a wife of 29 years, a homeschooling mom to 6, a blogger, writer, speaker. Her passion is mentoring women in ways that impact hearts and homes for Christ. Grab a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke (water is allowed these days too) and be a "back porch" friend with her.Come read her blog at cultivatingahome.com. It's a great place to laugh, cry, share friendships and transparent hearts while sharing deep conversations about our journey with the Lord. You can also join her facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheRhondaEllis

Master Partier: Jesus

  Jesus was a master partier.  No, He did not include unacceptable behavior in His gatherings.  He just found that people take down their defenses when you sit down with them and eat.  He was often found with the disciples feeding people or attending a party.  His first miracle was done at a wedding feast.  He enjoyed cooking on the beach with the disciples and even invited Himself over to Zaccheus’ house. You too can get beyond the walls that {Read More}

About Page Hughes

Page Hughes is a Jesus loving party girl who is always ready to have fun! She has been married to Dr. Les Hughes for over 30 years and they reside in Alabaster, Alabama. Les and Page have been blessed with 4 amazing children and 4 fabulous grand children who are the source of many great illustrations. Page loves people well through ministering to their hurts, cooking delicious meals, and partying with the purpose of leading others to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Page’s goal in life is to go to heaven when she dies and take as many people as she can with her.