Simple Hospitality

I am so excited to introduce a new blog series which has been buzzing around in my head for over a year: Simple Hospitality. Every Monday between now and Christmas we will be exploring what it means to offer biblical hospitality and how we can practically carry it out.

Firstly I want to make it clear that I am not writing this because I consider myself some sort of expert at hospitality. Over the last few years God has been growing in me a love for church family and building community and I firmly believe that hospitality is an important way of doing that. It didn’t take me long after Josh was ordained to realise why God had been preparing me in this way; since we moved to Pembrokeshire our house has been full of people! Every week we host friends, visitors and church meetings and I’ve very quickly had to get used to people dropping in at all times.

This doesn’t come naturally to me. Although I love the idea of an open house I’m a perfectionist, I over plan and obsess about needless details; my natural reaction is keep someone standing on the door step rather than let them see the crumbs on my kitchen floor! However, God hasn’t blessed us with this home just so I can gloat over my new cushions but instead to use it for his work and that’s where the idea for this blog series came about.

But why simple hospitality?

- Simply do hospitality
I want to encourage myself and others to let go of everything that stops us from showing hospitality and sharing our lives with others. We so often make excuses or make ourselves too busy, but instead let’s make hospitality a priority.

- Do hospitality simply
I so often overcomplicate hospitality. Sharing our homes with one another doesn’t have to include a five course meal by candlelight and a super clean house – that’s not real life! We’ll be exploring some of the ways in which we can simplify hosting guests and some organisational tips to get you prepared in advance!

I hope you will join me over the coming weeks in encouraging one another:

*Update - due to ill health some of the posts in this series have been delayed. Check back in 2015 for the rest of the series!*

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  1. how perfect. I was just thinking that it is about time I had friend over after having a baby 7 months ago. I feel like they have all invited us over and yet I have not hosted anything since we moved into this house a year ago!

  2. This looks like a great series - definitely something I need to be challenged in. I do love having people over but the introvert in me usually argues against it!

  3. I am really looking forward to reading this! It's very timely for me since I've started opening myself up to my church family. Thank you for writing this.