Be Ready to Respond in Kindness

The interaction with this bank teller lasted under 4 minutes. As I left, I wished him well with his holiday plans and this is when the weird moment had struck. First, he was dumbfounded that I even had paid attention to his story. He had probably told of his plans to every customer who walked into that bank but judging by his reaction, I was the first to acknowledge his plans and the fact that I was listening. Talking with a bank teller is a lot like asking the world around you, "How are you?" People answer but people rarely slow down to listen and acknowledge the response.  

His mouth had dropped open and he began to stumble through his response. The simple gratitude in being acknowledged and noticed was very evident on his face. 

Four Steps to Showing Love to Your Neighbor

Welcome to this lovely Friday Morning! Every Friday morning, we are continuing a conversation about hospitality and homemaking. I believe that hospitality is more than beautiful home decor, fancy table settings, and delicious foods. I believe that homemaking is more than cleaning schedules and making various foods from scratch. My hope and prayer are that, together, we discover that hospitality and homemaking are true ministries and practical ways to love our neighbors. 

On this lovely morning, I am so thrilled to welcome today's guest writer in our hospitality and homemaking series. Meet Katie from Grace and Thanks!

Wronged and Worshiping

How do you typically respond when you have been wronged? Do you run to your friends and talk about how unfair your situation is? Do you bury your hurt feelings deep within your heart and allow it to fester? 

What if, instead of running to our nearest confidante, we choose to pray, praise, and worship? How would that change our outlook on our situation? How could it expand our perspective? How might others be impacted by this baffling choice? 

Homemaking with Joy

Even if Jesus had healed me in that exact moment, I am not sure that I would have been quick to return to my chores. I do not think that I would have welcomed any guests, probably in fear that the nausea would return. I think that even my husband would have cautioned me to “take it easy for a few days” before taking on prior responsibilities or welcoming company. 

Maybe these reasons are why this story baffles me.

Kindness Given Freely

Imagine being handed over to a murderer for the sole purpose of being his guinea pig. This murderer happens to be a doctor, but unlike the oath to “do no harm” this man does exactly that. He causes harm intentionally and without care for human life. 

A Spilled Tray and Surprising Kindness

There I was watching this tray of delicious food fall to the ground in complete slow motion. This humiliating moment sponsored by motherhood and sheer exhaustion. I was mortified. Tears brimmed my eyes as I stood there, mouth agape, wondering how to escape this moment with the least amount of humiliation as possible. 

It did not help that the restaurant was full. It did not help that I was at the front of a very long line and had just paid for my meal. It did not help that my two-year-old was already running off in a completely different direction. How I wanted to be like my two-year-old, running away and completely oblivious to the disaster that had befallen our lunch. 

When Our Prayers Closely Resemble a Ding Dong Ditch Prank

Imagine for a moment that you are out at your favorite restaurant. Your stomach growls with hunger, your eyes take in all of the possibilities your meal could hold. Will you order an appetizer? What sort of beverage appeals to you at the moment? Will that entree be your usual or will you venture out into the realm of the unknown and take a risk on a new dish? The waitress comes to take your order and you share your requests as your mouth begins to water, in expectation of what is to come.

Why Are You Worrying?

How are we going to pay this bill?

What can I do to keep my child from making that poor decision?

How will we make it through this scary health diagnosis?

Worry comes at us in a variety of ways, through a variety of circumstances, and none of us are immune. Worry pops up when we least expect it. Large and small problems threaten to steal our peace and distract us from seeing God's hand on our lives and our situation.  

Trusting God for Mentors and Mentees

How do you find a mentor or a mentee? 

Recently I read the book Table Mentoring: A Simple Guide to Coming Alongside by Sue Moore Donaldson. The book is full of incredible information for anyone who might be interested in a mentor/mentee relationship. The best part is that it is perfect for those who read and those who may not enjoy reading. It is a short book (around 50 pages of it is actual book content) and the rest is resources to get you started. 

The question I was left with after reading this book was how to get started?

What is Important?

Welcome to this lovely Saturday Morning! Every Saturday morning, we are continuing a conversation about hospitality and homemaking. I believe that hospitality is more than beautiful home decor, fancy table settings, and delicious foods. I believe that homemaking is more than cleaning schedules and making various foods from scratch. My hope and prayer are that, together, we discover that hospitality and homemaking are true ministries and practical ways to love our neighbors.