HURTING & HEALING IN COMMUNITY

Last night I gathered around my table with the community of young women who have become my family.  It is hard to believe how much has happened since we last met.  It seemed appropriate to take a break from our current book discussion and spend the evening sharing about how we are feeling about the … Continue reading HURTING & HEALING IN COMMUNITY

BECAUSE HOSPITALITY IS BOTH

It's one of the most common questions that I'm asked when I'm sharing about hospitality. "Do you invite different people into your home, or the same people?" And my reply is always, "Both." I believe there is tremendous value in opening our front door wide to invite people to our tables for one time affairs. … Continue reading BECAUSE HOSPITALITY IS BOTH

ENTERTAINING VS HOSPITALITY

Recently I was invited to speak on hospitality at a Mother's Of Pre Schoolers (MOPS) group in my community. This was a special opportunity to talk about nourishing bodies and souls at our tables, and that practicing hospitality is not as complicated as we've come to believe. Our culture - heavily influenced by foodies and … Continue reading ENTERTAINING VS HOSPITALITY

SHEPHERDING OUR WORK

"I am still learning how to shepherd this long work after the initial burst." This is the quote that leapt from my laptop screen yesterday, as I read a post entitled "The Ministry of Saying Goodbye (and Sticking Around)" by D.L. Mayfield. The "burst" she's referring to is the whirlwind of publishing her first book, … Continue reading SHEPHERDING OUR WORK

A BETTER WAY TO INTRODUCE PEOPLE

"Let’s stop introducing the people we love based solely on what they do, who they cash their checks from, or what’s on their twitter profiles. Let’s instead start reminding them of who they are. Let’s start conversations that don’t begin and end with who has the most interesting job in the room." - Cadence Turpin … Continue reading A BETTER WAY TO INTRODUCE PEOPLE

NOT GROSS: A STANDARD OF CLEANLINESS

I said to my husband, "Check the bathrooms and make sure they aren't gross." That was my standard of cleanliness last Sunday when we hosted a gathering for young adults.  Not gross. I had agreed to host this summertime potluck and discussion group months ago.  And I had a great vision for how this time … Continue reading NOT GROSS: A STANDARD OF CLEANLINESS

FEASTING WITH COMMUNITY AROUND OUR TABLES

Oh my.  It's hard to believe that combining a few simple ingredients can elevate fresh-from-the-oven bread to an entirely new status.  Warm, homemade bread is nearly perfect by itself, but the addition of sweet butter and strawberry preserves created something almost magical.  So delicious that I had a hard time talking with the friends gathered … Continue reading FEASTING WITH COMMUNITY AROUND OUR TABLES