Home Held Hospitality
Dearest Joyful HomeKeeper :)
Our dear Father has provided writing time tonight as an offer of
is a gift to me that I don't deserve but cherish when it is given.
The week end is closing and a promising new week is shining ahead. I
tired tonight but I have such hope in God's goodness as I find it
ending. Each new week and every new day is His chance for me to make
better, enjoy it more, serve in greater faithfulness, and to grow
love with HIM.
It was a process to get here to my keyboard tonight and I can smile
reflect on the past few days events:) The Lord sent many to us and
out to show beautiful hospitality to each one. In some ways... I did
my service. In other ways... I was found lacking. Instead of doing
always done and feeling despaired over my failures... I am basking
truth that I didn't give up in spite of my shortcomings. Praise God!
knows that I am human and He knew exactly what I'd do before He
so many to my doorway! He allowed each thing I did or didn't do for
we might not know for a long time.
Through the course of the week end, we had 18 people (including our
of 7) here to eat, drink carafes of coffee, and more. The adults all
home during the day and we had four children from Friday night until
evening. What an adventure we had! God doesn't let us become bored
stagnant, does He? <smile>
Our "little guests" were my nieces and nephew ages 11, 10, almost 4,
almost 3:) Three of these children have birthdays in this month and
The older girls played as they always do with my daughter and the
rest of us
took care of the younger nephew and niece. . . it took all of us!:)
My husband and older sons were so wonderful and made it possible for
clean the kitchen up 1,234 times, wash 98 loads of laundry, and tidy
living room 430 times. I won't lie... those figures aren't exact;)
did seem to be so!
I tried to stay on top of things by keeping up with my basic
following some simple rules. Even though the kitchen took me a
30 minutes to pull back together and the living room will need
minutes or so... we did pretty good! There was a time when this
taken weeks to recover from!
Every one who came over here asked the same thing: "HOW are you
HOW are you so calm? HOW did you get THAT mess cleaned up so fast?"
It would have been fun to brag and act like it just came natural:)
must tell the truth and this means admitting that it has little to
At one point, all I had worked so hard for on the house came falling
around me. The messes were piling up, the chaos was getting strong,
peace was fighting hard to fly out the window! I remember
WHY did I so quickly say yes to so many?" ... "Lord, my home is
mess and there is SO much to DO that I don't know how to keep up!"
reassuring voice seem to come from within me as He reminded me that
home" is not a showhouse but a foundation for a ministry in His
people were sent by Him and they were here for a reason. HE would
of the rest.
Only HE could have gotten through my scurried thoughts to say:
just do what you can. Something is better than nothing. Lose the
perfectionism." Many of us have read these from Flylady, haven't we?
swallowed the honey of these words and they did not turn bitter but
sweetened my spirit!
I kept to my routines as well as I could. I made my bed, dressed
shoes, showered quickly, brushed and flossed, did my facial routine
(clean/tone/moisturize), wiped down the bathroom sink, swished the
and took clothes out when I left.
The baby's schedule was thrown totally off bec/ he was excited with
noises, sounds, and faces, so I worked around it. Sometimes... this
holding him while doing other basics like laundry, dishes, and so
I managed by the grace of God.
The older kids were given 15 minute time increments to help with a
one and this kept them from being overwhelmed and freed me to
When the kitchen had so many that it started getting out of
set the timer for 15 minutes and worked what I could. I stopped when
and went to check on everyone else.
This allowed plenty of time to talk with those visiting, keep fresh
and clean coffee pots filled and flowing:) and more.
These things wouldn't have been done had God not guided me to the
I have a lot on tomorrow's "to do list" but I'm actually looking
it! I realize that God will equip me to do what HE knows is best and
necessary. If I fill my list with more than He purposes... He'll
show me. If
I am not doing enough or my time is becoming idle... He'll reveal
Tomorrow, I plan to tidy my pantry, clean out the fridge, scrub the
clean, finish our office de-cluttering, and scrub the bathroom
daily routines will hopefully dance with the weekly chores to make
sparkling home blessing time! I'll commit that list to Jesus first
the morning and we'll go from there...
I hope your week spills miracles everywhere and that your heart is a
waterfall of feeling the love of the Lord. Let your life be a
to all of God's goodness!