Today I want to keep that new conversation going and tell you a few of the ways your responses inspired me to keep on loving people with my home and favorite hobby.
|Source: A Rosy Note - beautiful site!|
- Andrew wrote, "...I decided a few years ago, if I can not entertain people easily (I love to cook), I would offer to cook at other peoples homes, or get togethers..."
- Betsy added, "...my mom is the ultimate hostess…she loves feeding people and hospitality is definitely one of her spiritual gifts! so i aspire to be that, but until i have a place of my own, i just enjoy helping my mom out when we have people over or cooking for my boyfriend's family with him!"
What I loved so much about these responses was that they are both using their hospitality gifts to love people even though their current space might not be completely ideal. Andrew shared that he and his wife have a small apartment that makes entertaining tough (we understand! we have spent a lot of time eating dinner on the couch ;)) and Betsy is living with family - which can be so wonderful but also tough when you're excited to have your own space! Despite all that, both of them are just plowing ahead, using what they have to serve others and enjoying using the hospitality gift that is so evident in them. That is so cool and so inspiring to me. Thanks for sharing, you two!
|Source: Country Living via Decorology|
- Ann explained, "Putting away our wedding gifts was so enjoyable to me, because it let me reflect on the blessing that each person has been in my life."
- Hannah shared, "As you know, I really love old stuff. Just about everything of mine has a story. That is my favorite part of decorating. Even though I had never met my great grandmother, its such an honor to have a piece of her furniture in my home, making her a bigger part of my life. I just love the feeling of being able to look around and know that I'm surrounded by generations, memories, laughter, and history."
|Source: House Beautiful|
- Leah said, "...I love to share the space we've been blessed with. That sometimes may mean I'm sharing that space while folding laundry or cooking. I'm thinking that by the second time someone comes to our house someone would either feel awkward or part of the family. I'm hoping for more of the latter. I guess for me it's more of an open door mentality and enjoying life with others in spite of whatever they may walk into when coming through our doors :)"
There's a ton of freedom in remembering that your space doesn't have to be perfect to be shared with others or enjoyed by you, isn't there? This was an awesome reminder for me.
So what do you guys think? Did this get the wheels turning in your head about using your home or hobbies to love people? What could you add to this conversation? :) I'd love to hear what you love about your space and how you like to share it with others.
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