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{Giveaway} Special guest: Karen Ehman on hospitality

This week we see that the Proverbs 31 woman is kind….she opens her arms to the poor and hands to the needy…..I believe this woman knows the value of practicing hospitality and does it regularly! She opens her arms as she opens the door to her home, welcoming in her guest and loving on them the moment they arrive!

Today I have a very special guest on Good Morning Girls- Karen Ehman! Karen is the Director of the Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker team and is a contributor to Focus on the Family’s magazine Thriving Family. You can find her blogging at http://karenehman.com.

{GIVEAWAY}

Karen has written a book called A Life That Says Welcome….a wonderful book filled with tips and ideas on how to practice hospitality and today I’m offering it as a giveaway on GMG!

 

The thought of hosting a dinner party or even having a friend over for coffee is enough to give some women flashbacks of lopsided cakes or doomed casseroles from home economics class. But opening up your home to others doesn’t have to be fancy or frightening or cost a fortune, says Karen Ehman.

In A Life That Says Welcome, she offers a practical, painless (no crafting or cooking aptitude required) course on hospitality. It helps busy women open up their hearts in order to open up their homes. Full of tips, ideas, recipes, to-dos, and how-tos, A Life That Says Welcome shows readers that opening up their homes is less scary and less work than they might think.

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“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13 (NIV)

“It’s okay, slugger. Keep trying. Remember, ‘Practice makes perfect.’”

The Little League baseball coach attempted to encourage my son who’d just struck out at the plate. Coach Mike wasn’t the only adult to utter that phrase to one of my kids during their young life. My daughter’s violin teacher spurred her students on to more hours of rehearsal by voicing the same phrase. And the kids’ Bible-quizzing coaches ascribed to the truth of the old expression.

Teachers urge students to practice their penmanship. Bosses advise employees to practice their duties until they’ve sharpened their skills. And what former piano student can’t still hear their teacher’s voice echoing, “Practice, practice, practice”?

But is it true that practice always makes perfect?

Tucked away in the New Testament book of Romans, God seems to send us a quick text message by way of a simple two-word sentence: “Practice hospitality” but there is no mention of perfect.

However, the very word hospitality can evoke a feeling of panic and expectations of perfect. Images come to mind of magazine-like décor, gourmet-style fancy foods, spotless surroundings and stunning homes.

But do you, or your home or food, have to be perfect in order to practice hospitality?

I find it interesting when studying Bible verses, to not just look at what the verse says but also at what it doesn’t say. Romans 12:13 does not say many things. It does not say, “Now those of you who have roomy, gorgeous homes, offer hospitality.” Or “You culinary-savvy gals who can give Rachael Ray a run for her money, have people over for supper.”

No reference to the cleanliness of our homes, the décor on our walls or our spatula-wielding expertise in the kitchen (or lack thereof). We are simply told to practice.

The verb “practice” is defined as “to perform an activity repeatedly or regularly in order to improve one’s proficiency.” It doesn’t state we will ever gain perfection, only that we will see progress.

I’m thankful I was encouraged as a young woman to practice hospitality with the goal of getting better, not obtaining perfection. My starting point was near zero, knowing only how to boil water and make “slice and bake” cookies. Thankfully, God wasn’t looking for perfection in this area for He would not have found it. Instead of looking at the condition of my home, He was more often looking at the condition of my heart.

So, over twenty years ago, I swallowed hard, whispered a prayer and began to open both my home and my heart. My practice has made progress. I have learned tips for decorating, methods for cleaning and gained an arsenal of easy, delicious dishes to offer guests.

However, I have also served burnt chicken, had company spy cobwebs on my light fixtures and moved piles of unfolded laundry off the couch so they could find a place to sit. Planned company may give us time to tidy up and whip up something yummy. But spontaneous hospitality means we need to be willing to welcome others into our lived-in homes and serve frozen pizzas and ice cream sandwiches with a smile.

Practicing hospitality is one of God’s ways of encouraging us to bless others, but often we end up blessed instead. Will you join me in this venture as we make room in our hearts and our homes? Even with practice our houses, cuisine, and us may not be perfect, but we’ll be connecting hearts and touching lives as we seek to serve those whom God puts in our path. Put the kettle on. Company’s coming!

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Karen Ehman

Through her daily blog, writing ventures and many speaking events, Karen’s passion is to provide women with creative inspiration and doable ideas to help them live their priorities and love their lives. She is the Director of the Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker team and is a contributor to Focus on the Family’s magazine Thriving Family.

A popular presenter at Hearts at Home moms’ conferences, Karen is also the author of five books including The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized, A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart and Home to Others and the recently released best-selling ebook Untangling Christmas: Your Go-To Guide for a Hassle-Free Holiday.

She has been a guest on national media shows including The 700 Club, At Home Live, Engaging Women, The Harvest Show, Moody Midday Connection and Focus on the Family. The mother of three, she and her college sweetheart Todd just celebrated their silver anniversary. You can find her blogging at http://www.karenehman.com

 

 

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  1. Jennifer A. says:

    I’d love to feel like I can open up my home without being so perfect, without feeling like its going to take me 2 days to clean and cook before inviting someone in to my home!!!

  2. I would love to learn how to be spontaneous in letting others come to my home, meaning that I would already be prepared for visitors.

  3. I would love to win this book…I need some fresh new ideas on serving others in my home!

  4. Michelle Lewis says:

    I’d like to learn not to focus so much on the surroundings but on the visitors. I am always feeling like my house is not a comfortable place to visit (oh my, the carpet is so worn by chidren/spills/age…and the kitchen floor has crumbs, eeeek!…etc.). I wish I could feel like I could have someone over at any moment and just attend to them with open arms but I always (and I seriously mean always) feel like my house is in a shambles and that I am in the middle of too much work to hostess.

  5. I’d like to be prepared for anyone to drop by, without being embarrassed.

  6. Cara Shields says:

    I would love to learn the balance between inviting and perfect. I want my home to be warm and open but don’t want to stress about it being perfect. I want to enjoy my guests and most importantly enjoy my family

  7. I currently open my home about 3-4 times a month. we only serve the same dinner…spaghetti and bread..however the mixture of people we have had enter our home has been so rewarding! I to kept my doors closed for the last 16 years of marriage. But now they are wide open! Such a blessing to foster old friendships and create NEW ones! I would love to know how to just SIT back and enjoy…:) not run around the kitchen lookin busy!

  8. I would probably like to learn about how to set a nice table or buffet. And how to be able to visit with company instead of working the whole time.

  9. Melinda says:

    I would love to learn some new, simple recipes! I love to open my home… but feel like I am out of things to serve! =0) Thanks!!

  10. I would like to learn how to be more spontaneous in hospitality – I always feel like the house needs to be perfect; otherwise, the get together is not a success. (And I know that’s not true!) :)

  11. I want to be more spontaneous and quick to invite guests. I get stuck on the food – what to serve and time to prepare it.

  12. I would like to be able to relax and enjoy it more. Slow down and spend time with those in my home. Have them really feel what our home is about.

  13. I love having company but I would like to stress less about how the food taste and how clean my house is…..

  14. I would love it if I could get better at spontaneous hospitality, just being ready for anyone to pop by and not feel like my home is a complete disaster and I barely have coffee to offer my guests… hopefully a book like this one could help me a lot! :-)

  15. adrienne says:

    Spontaneous hospitality often makes me panic. Would love to be able to be comfortable and focus on our friends and not our “never good enough” surroundings.

  16. Aurelia says:

    Hospitality is one area I really need to work on. It feels so big to have company–maybe because neat, clean houses and gourmet food is that unspoken rule. But I want to learn to be okay with a less than clean house if it means I can relax and enjoy the company instead of rushing around and worrying.

  17. Carolyn says:

    I would like to learn to be more spontanious. I tend to be a perfectionist and if the house isn’t spotless, I don’t invite people in. I need to learn to relax, it is not about the house- it’s about people. I know this, but it is so hard for me to overcome this.

  18. I am hosting a huge family get together in two days and was totally stressing, trying to make everything “magazine” perfect. Thank you so much for sharing that we do not practice to get perfection, we just practice. It is definintly something I need to practice!! God is good, all the time.

  19. I think I’m slowly learning to let my house be the way it is when company comes. After all, they probably won’t notice the dust and dirt unless I apologize for it! The thing that is still hard for me is conversation. I’m happy to make food and wash dishes. But when it comes to finding something to talk about with someone you don’t know, I start thinking, “Uh, maybe next time…”

  20. i would love to learn to be inviting and sharing. Learning to pout my life into another’s. I would love to not worry about my house and how it looks.

  21. Barb S. says:

    I’m always looking for more creative ideas. We LOVE hospitality!

  22. Amanda Cross says:

    In what ways can I show hospitality?

  23. Elizabeth says:

    I so LOVE it when someone rings my doorbell unplanned!! It would be great to learn more about being welcoming and hospitable when that happens. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  24. Very excited at this opportunity to win. I’m enjoying the Proverbs 31 study right now!!

  25. I’d really like to learn to let my house look lived in. Rather than cleaning like a mad person and being so tired when company comes by. Excited :)

  26. I’d love to find out how to be more hospitable, especially how that can work well in small spaces as I don’t have a lot of room in my home for lots of guests.

  27. I just love the idea of the whole thing. God welcomes us all the time and we should be just as welcoming to others.

  28. looks like a great book! :)

  29. Pauline says:

    I have been a Pastor’s wife for over fifteen years and yet nothing intimidates me more than entertaining!! I would love to learn how to entertain with little stress and a lot of fun(for everyone…even me!)I’m sure your book would be an answer to my need for help, I promise to dedicate my next entertaining event to you and the help of your book(heheh :))!! :) <3

  30. Catherine says:

    I need to find out more ways to prepare for having others in our home. I try to have an open home, but often the little details leave me spent after everyone has gone home!

  31. I have had an interest in hospitality for many years. My main hesitation always seems to be the “food”. The house isn’t too much of a concern, but I’m usually worried about having enough for extra guests or something that everyone will like.

  32. Stephanie Dobbins says:

    I would love to find out how I can let my house look like its lived in but at the same time be nice and neat, I can’t seem to find the balance between those two. But I dont want to have to spend a day cleaning in a mad rush when company is coming, trying to get everything looking “perfect”. And I don’t like it people drop by unplanned and I didn’t have time to clean, I feel like a failure as a wife and homemaker, when someone comes over and there are two loads of clothes on the couch and toys across the livingroom floor. So this book would really help :)

  33. I would love to learn how to include my children in hospitality.

  34. Maureen F. says:

    I would love to learn to be comfortable with last minute opportunities to host others in my home – to include having my home in some sort of order so as not to be embarrassed by the everyday disorder and chaos.

  35. I just need to stop being intimidated by letting people in my home. My mom was that way and I guess I am modeling that behavior. I do well with hospitality when hosting outside my home or even in my backyard…need some boost!

  36. Maureen says:

    Would love to read this book! Have looked at it many times – love the idea of our lives/homes welcoming others without things needing to be perfect.

  37. It’s easy to host/prepare for a planned gathering, but hard when it’s spontaneous…’did they see the dust bunnies under the sofa?, what about that spider web I missed?, oh my gosh there were dishes in the sink?’ Why do I care when true friends don’t care about those things??

  38. This is exactly what I needed today! My boyfriend (fiance and then husband very soon!) who is a youth pastor feels the Lord leading him to open his home more often to his students. I (who enjoy my relaxing alone time with him) am very hesitant at this. And while I can just go home when I feel as though it is too much for me, want to live in community with these awesome kids as well. Thanks so much for the kick in the butt and encouragement I needed!

  39. I would love to learn how to just make it fun and not try to make it perfect. I get way too anxious and stressed and do not have fun with my company.

  40. I could so use this book. I really want to be hospitable, I just feel overwhelmed at the thought of it. I always start worrying about what to serve, is my house clean etc. I need help! I want to do it the biblical way.

  41. Yes!! I need to give up the “it’s gotta be perfect” mindset & just open up my heart & home! putting this book down on the to read list!

  42. Katrina says:

    Well… I sure could use this book, though I know it would force me out of my comfort zone!

  43. I%20would%20love%20to%20hear%20any%20ideas%20on%20staples%20for%20freezer%20that%20you%20could%20use%20to%20create%20a%20quick%20meal%20for%20a%20few%20friends!

  44. Denise S says:

    I want to be prepared for unexpected guess or spur of the moment company without stressing out. Also how to be a gracious host.

  45. I would love to show my family better hospitality. I grew up in a small town where people dropped by often but hospitality was show in different ways than where I am now in life. I married into a wealthier city family who pulls out the works when showing hospitality vs what I am use to, just telling people the fridge is open and all theirs. I would like to learn how to be more confident in finding the happy medium between the two.

  46. My husband tells me that I get so “up-tight” about getting everything ready that he has just stopped wanting to ask people over. I want to change that and be more open to what God says about hospitality in my home.

  47. Misty L says:

    I wish I knew more about spontaneous hospitality. Have a blessed day.

  48. Opening my door to company. Being the one that says why dont you stay here with us. I want God to show me the Grace and strength to be able to do this and not feel insecure about it

  49. I’d love to be able to open up my home to others on the spur of the moment, listening to the Lords prompting. Not 2nd guessing and thinking about the state of my home.

  50. I need learn about having a better attitude in getting ready for guests to come! My husband is inviting people over all the time. I prefer quiet nights at home with the family, but I want to reach out to others better!

  51. Julee Wilson says:

    I would love to learn to free up my time more in order to be hospitable.

  52. This book would be great! I would love to learn how to welcome others in without getting stressed.

  53. I would love to learn how to do the actualy “invitation”! I enjoy entertaining, but I seem to “entertain” more than I actually “connect” with people in my home. Mostly because I throw a big party twice a year and never really invite smaller groups of people or just a friend or two over for anything. How can I increase the frequency and downsize the “party” so I actually make connections with people?

  54. How to be hospitable on a budget

  55. I’ve always had a hard time opening my home to others. I want my home to be filled with the spirit of the Lord and that includes inviting others to enjoy it. I think I just need more nudges in how to actually do it.

  56. I would like to learn how to serve others better.

  57. I love to have guests over, announced or not. But I struggle with wanting everything to be perfect to make a great impression so it ends up being stressful when I actually do invite friends over. I’m hoping to learn how to let go of that stress. Unannounced guests are often the best because I don’t have time to stress ahead of time and then I just enjoy the company

  58. Karen Pope says:

    I want my heart and my home to be open to those who need a peaceful refuge from the storms of this life. Hospitality is an essential virtue in the Christian life.

  59. Jill E. says:

    I love to have friends and family over to our home, especially for fellowship and of course food. I would like to learn how to better connect with others and help me get out of my comfort zone when it comes to those who I don’t know as well. I would also like to learn how to entertain with the things we already have instead of going out and buying tons of stuff just to impress others. We don’t have the storage room to store it afterwards and can’t afford all the fancy party/entertaining items you see in magazines.

  60. Crystal says:

    I would like to learn to feel comfortable in the inviting people over. I’m fine once they’re there, but I have to work to live a life that is welcoming.

  61. Maria W says:

    I would like to keep my focus on what God wants from me in terms of hospitality and not what people expect. I would like to be more relaxed while guests are over. Thanks for your help in this most important area of life.

  62. I always have felt that my house needs to be “perfect” before I have anyone over! I’ve got to get real and let that go. Or…as I keep hearing lately….”Let go and let God!” I need to “let go” of perfectionism and “Let God work.” Thanks for the chance to win the book. I need it. All is grace…

  63. Would be over joyed and love to receive a copy of this great book…love to bless others as God asks us to do…its always the blessing is turned around. When building our home we have always asked that God use it for his glory to anyone and everyone that he sends our way, with bible studies, gatherings, dinners etc…

  64. D'ana Heinlein says:

    I’d like to learn how to not feel so stressed out when I invite friends over!! I worry that things aren’t just so-so, I worry that my stuff will get trashed, I worry that they’ll talk about me behind my back…… UGH – me, me, me! Oh Lord, help me to know by showing hospitality, I’m doing what you ask me to do and I have the opportunity to share you with others!!

  65. Jenny C. says:

    I’d love to learn a couple easy no-fail treats to serve with hot tea. And how not to be nervous when someone comes over!

  66. Vicki Whetsel says:

    I soooo need the help I think is in this treasure book! <3<3<3

  67. Sandra Reese says:

    I would love to learn not to freak out anymore when my husband tells me 5 minutes before his buddy he has invited and I’m not properly dressed three kids are a mess and the fridge empty…. I would live to be able to take these situations easy…lol

  68. I want to get to a place where I am comfortable opening up my home. It makes for a lonely life when I keep others out because I feel that my house and my cooking skills aren’t good enough.

  69. Kristina says:

    God is good, he just served me a nice piece of humble pie, when I read this! I know I’m a day behind and had I read this yesterday morning I would have never talked about my imperfect home and wishes to make it look nicer and pleasing to the eyes last night. So instead I will start focusing on what my husband was saying which was “our home is loving and inviting, that is all that matters” and he is right. Its furniture may not all match and the layout may be weird to me but my home is happy, my children are happy and when friends come over we have a great time laughing and eating.
    Thank you lord, thank you Karen Eham and thank you GMG!!!

  70. I’d like to know how to get the courage to ask someone over, even though my dinners consist of trying to get my preschooler to sit at the table, and eat something, and feeding my super messy 9-month-old without getting covered in food. I’m always worried people will be annoyed by my loud and messy kids and never want to be around me again!

  71. Janet L says:

    I follow Karen’s blog and her wisdom and ideas are a blessing to me. I am slowly letting go of the feeling that my house has to perfect before having someone over (because it never is) :)

  72. I want to learn how to NOT apologize for things (weird setups due to small spaces, mismatched dish sets, etc). I feel so self-conscious about those things, and wonder what my guests must think of my ineptness!

  73. I would love to win this book. Sounds like something I should be reading right now! :)

  74. Melanie Shannon says:

    Practicing to have a home that says Welcome. When we have people over, we always have a great time – just need to do it more often. Need to be better prepared!!

  75. I’d love to learn how to just let go of the “i need to’s” and get into the heart of my home and opening it up to others, even though it isn’t always “clean”.

  76. I think this book is exactly what I need.

  77. christina says:

    I want to learn how to serve and give my time to others.

  78. Jessie Eynon says:

    I would love to learn more about hospitality. I was taught manners as a child, but we did not host people at our house because of the lack of space. I would love to know more about hospitality in small ways I guess (when you can’t host a whole table full or even have an extra bed for an overnight guest).

  79. Thanks for bein part of the journey! So hooked on your blogs (and the blogs you link up to!) Finding wonderful inspiration and support on my walk to Christ!

  80. I would like to learn to overcome the idea that my house has to be in “perfect” shape before inviting people over. I also want to overcome the fear and reluctance of inviting people I don’t know very well, but would like to get to know more.

  81. Christa Gardner says:

    I just want to know what it takes to not feel like I have to be PERFECT in order to show hospitality!! The part of the blog post that says “moving folded laundry off the couch so people could sit” rang true in me very much. I always worry that I have to have a “warm, welcome, inviting, MARTHA STEWART home”…but who says it’s not warm, welcome and inviting when people see the love and LIVED feeling it has? This post touched on something in me very much. Thank you!!!!!

  82. I would like to learn more about quick ‘n easy foods to have available for “surprise hospitality” — I also like the idea of thinking about the words “practice, practice, practice” hospitality. Yes, things get easier with repetition and have never thought of it in this aspect before–cool idea. Thanks, you always make things seem so easy and doable :) God bless you.

  83. How to relax while entertaining…I am always looking to see if every one is having a good time, I am stressed and not enjoying myself…

  84. Stephanie says:

    I would love anything in this book. I feel like I live a hermit’s life in a metropolitan area.

  85. I would like to learn about quick meals. I always seem to think I need a great plan!

  86. Since my Mom passed away unexpectedly last month, I have been reevaluating my life- wondering what kind of legacy/example I am leaving for my kids? How can I touch others, reach beyond my insecurities. My mom was loved & respected by so many as a pastor, co-worker and friend. I am a stay at home mom, I want to learn to welcome & encourage people right here.

  87. How to show hospitality when you live in a really small space..seriously small…and you want to invite families over and there is NOWHERE for them to all go especially kids! Actually praying we are able to move soon to a ‘family’ home where we can have people over and not feel like we are in a can of sardines. ;)

  88. learning how to be more hispitable is never a bad thing

  89. Kimberly Thompson says:

    I would love to learn to prioritize my time so I’m not so tired after taking care of 5 kids and actually have time to enjoy being hospitable.

  90. I always think my house has to be perfect before someone can come over. It makes it a big to do every time. I would like to learn to be more relaxed about company.

  91. Jennifer O says:

    I have a hard time convincing myself that it’s okay that my home isn’t great, the point is inviting people in.

  92. I’d like to learn to have a home that is ALWAYS welcome for visitors :-)

  93. I definitely need the “practice”! I’ve been trying it out slowly but surely and taking things one step at a time.

  94. How clean do you need to be to “host” friends? I have been to people’s houses (for a planned get together not just dropping by) that I am a little embarassed for because their house is in such disarray – I do not want to come across that way!

  95. I would like to learn how to live out hospitality not just when I have people over to my home but throughout my daily life. I am a nurse, mother, wife, friend, and discipler. I think all of these require a HUGE amount of love and hospitality. I want to share that with people, to show them that Romans 12 kind of hospitality. To be intentional.

  96. Cassie D says:

    I would love to learn anything I can about hospitality. I have no past training in this since my mom was far from being friendly to others. I am a stay at home mom who is seriously trying to learn how to e a good wife, homemaker, and mother. I’m slowly finding my way and this would just be the next step.

  97. The one thing I’d like to learn about hospitality…? EVERYTHING! :) I’d love to have people over, invite others into our home, and be confident and calm about it…instead it scares me!

  98. Kristie S. says:

    I’m fine with spontaneous hospitality, not caring what I serve or that the house isn’t magazine perfect, but how do I get my husband to relax in his expectations?

  99. I would love to learn about how ensure that others are always welcome in my home.

  100. Thanks Karen…I really am encouraged by your post. Just the way you write it puts me at ease. I remember having unexpected guest one day when our home was still filled with babies and young children. It about put me over the edge. I shook off the panic, said a little prayer, and pulled together what I could out of a fairly bare pantry. I know there was canned 3-bean salad…and don’t remember much else. But it truly was a lovely visit. And no one starved!

  101. Beth Furmanek says:

    I would love to receive this book. I have always wanted to have friends over, but have been ashamed of my small older home. To be able to see how I can have a heart as well as a welcoming home for others would be a true blessing!

  102. I would love to just relax and enjoy my company when I have people over I am always so worried about the outer I forget that part :)

  103. One thing I would like to learn about hospitality is to be spontaneous. Need to remember not about what I serve or how house looks, but the time with friends.

  104. Julie Reynolds says:

    How to practice hospitality when you work 4o+ hours per week and all you want to do when you are off is be quiet and veg out….

    Truthfully I love it when we have company and living on the lake, we have company quite often but I never know if I am doing it right.

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  106. Mollie C. says:

    I would love to feel more confident in my home and capabilities in a hostess. I’m always afraid it’s not good enough, or fancy enough, etc.

  107. Ann : ) says:

    Would love to learn to be a better hostess.

  108. I feel like I do a great job at being a hostess. I try to make everyone comfortable and have lots of food and drink onhand, have the house smelling wonderful and clean. Is there something else one should be concerned with?

  109. Sara N. says:

    Can I really invite people over if my house isn’t spic-n-span?
    Hope Karen is enjoying her anniversary and having some time off!!

  110. I would love to learn how to throw caution to the wind, invite people over, and just not care at all what happens!!! xo

  111. Karla H. says:

    I loved the comment that we are instructed to “Practice hospitality” not to achieve perfection, but just to do it. I’d just like to practice more often.

  112. Michele says:

    I would love to be able to open my home up in a moments notice, and feel comfortable with it.

  113. I’d love to learn how to get my husband on board with having company over.

  114. I want to learn to leave the perfectionism behind–to have a home that welcomes others and honors the Lord…it should be about Him and not me! Thankful that Jesus is a gentle and humble teacher–I keep having to review this lesson!! Thanks for the encouragement, Karen!

  115. Thank you for the giveaway!!

  116. Marie Kay says:

    Beautiful thoughts shared above! Thank you!

  117. I’d like to practice opening my heart and not worrying about the state of my home in order to be hospitable.

  118. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to learn it all! I would love for people to feel more welcomed in my home, but for me not to be stressed out about it!

  119. I would like to learn some sort of themes for my get-togethers. I’ve run out of ideas.

  120. hkcmom2@yahoo.com says:

    I so need help here! I was not brought up in a home that practiced hospitality & really don’t even know where to start.

  121. What good ideas on hospitality! I know I need to work on this.

  122. Ay, ay, ay. It feels like I go into panic mode every time I have company, planned or unplanned. I think we put so much pressure on ourselves, not to mention all the how to cook, how to decorate shows. As the mommy of three precious children four and under, every day is unpredictable. I need to grow to enjoy being hospitable and love on others the way Christ loves us any time, any place, ni matter how our home looks.

  123. Moving from perfection to the right focus – a Godly one – is a refreshing take on hospitality. I appreciate these choice words.

  124. This week I was I decided to come up with a list of at least 3 meals, 1 gift basket idea and a blessing bag in the car. That way when someone needs something I’m planned for it with food, a gift or necessities.
    http://simplymykitchen.com/her-hands-reaches-others/

  125. I would love to win this book! I’m a young mom and would love to learn more about hosting and welcoming people in my home with grace.

  126. I would like to know how to cook for large groups when you just have a regular stove and fridge.

  127. cindy farmet says:

    I love having company but I get way to stressed out planning etc etc. I know God is calling me to do more of this and need help. Would love to have this book!

  128. I would LOVE this book because in my heart I know the Lord is calling me to open my home more to others and this scares me some. I have never been one of those girls who can just whip up a meal on a whim and that fact has kept me from having others in my home. I know I need to get beyond that fact and just do it! I think this book would be an encourgement to me and help me accomplish a task that the Lord is calling me to do.

  129. I did not learn hospitality growing up, so it is very hard for me, I do get stuck in the mind-set that everything has to be perfect first. I would like to learn how to get past that and just enjoy company.

  130. thanks for doing this

  131. Melinda T says:

    I’d like to learn how to be gracious and present. If I have unexpected guests my house is messy(which it usually is!), I get flustered and nervous and hope that they’re not judging me by my messy house!

  132. Christina says:

    The words “company’s coming” strike fear in my heart. I did not grow up with an example of hospitality. I have no idea what I’m doing. If there’s a simple way to make guests feel welcome, I’d love to know how to do it. This sounds like just the book for me!

  133. I would love to give this book to my daughter who is a newlywed and just beginning to make her house a home.

  134. Mrs. Ehman’s book sounds wonderful. In my entertaining, I would love to learn how to overcome the small stuff that seems to pop up at the last minute.

  135. elizabeth says:

    We are moving soon and would love to have this book to help me reach out to the new people around us

  136. Monica H says:

    Flexibility of offering hospitality.

  137. Suzette says:

    I need to stop worrying about what others think ( about my home,me,etc. ) and just open my heart and home to others.

  138. Krystal Austin says:

    Id love how to be hospitable when people come over unannounced and i have nothing to offer them

  139. Where do I start? I would love to be more welcoming and invite people into our home, but honestly feel like I can’t keep up with my own family.

  140. I would like to learn everything

  141. Mercedes ospi says:

    The Lord has been speaking to me in regards to having a bible,study in our home; however I find it a bit overwhelming. I also knowmthat it does not have to be fancy and elaborate inorder for me serve the Lord and practice hospitality. Maybe a tool like this book can help me prepare!

  142. Thank you for sharing this post. I do want to be hospitable. I like what Karen shared about planned visits and unplanned visits to share real life. I

  143. After doing a Bible study on gifts I know without a shadow of a doubt that one of mine is hospitality. (kinda had a feeling before we started:) I would love to read this book and get some advice and wisdom on how to get better at it:) Thanks!

  144. I would love to read this book.

    Looking back on growing up with my mother–she was one to get really stressed out about unexpected, or even expected guests. I am learning to reverse this trait that has been passed on to me. I am learning to renew my mind and focus it on Christ and entertaining Him.

  145. Melanie says:

    I would love to learn how to open my home to others with extremely limited space.

  146. I’d love to learn how to make hospitality second nature for our family and seamlessly fit into our daily life!

  147. Practiced some unexpected hospitality after church today…had a great time.

  148. Kelli Allen says:

    I would love to learn how to be hospitable and relax at the same time.

  149. I would like to have my home ‘guest ready’ all of the time :) Is this possible??

  150. I need to learn to be gracious with unexpected guests!

  151. Looking for tips on what to have readily available to welcome unannounced guests as well as last-minute guests. We open our flat regularly for overnight guests (tonight we will have two African medical students studying in Ukraine), on Wednesday we will have a young couple arriving from the States too late to catch a train to their destination), last week an Indian medical student in Kyiv to gather some documents). I guess I’m looking for simple recipes with simple ingredients — can’t run out and buy cans of mushroom soup, for example — that allow me to prepare a filling meal without spending every minute in the kitchen. Also would love how to keep this crazy flat ‘guest-ready,’ though I believe I know the answer…

  152. kavitha says:

    Looks like a practicle and very useful book!

  153. I want to learn to be a more gracious host. When we got “pop in” visits from family or friends, I tend to get anxious about the conidition of the house or having the perfect bread in the oven.

  154. Rachel Zehr says:

    I would like to learn how to decorate simply at low cost. Since i have children its sometimes difficult to feel like our home is warm and inviting.

  155. Cammi Hevener says:

    I wish I were better about asking people over and NOT worrying about what the house looks like.. Also wish my husband were better about wanting to have people over ..

  156. This looks like a wonderful book….I would love to read it!

  157. Ilze Hays says:

    I would like to learn to be ready for unexpected guests and not to be “scared” of those moments.

  158. I would love to win this book!!! I want my home to be warm and open but don’t want to stress about it being perfect…which I do.I want to enjoy my guests:)

  159. I would love to win this book!!!
    I want my home to be warm and open but don’t want to stress about it being perfect…which I do. I want to enjoy my guests:)

  160. I would like to learn how I can open my home to others. But while most shows how I care about my family. What kind of relationship I have with God and how I could wear out to others. How I can do more to engage others in the things that matter in life. How can I show kindness. How can I show an open heart. Without forgetting that my family is most important is that I have. Their first and make this show to others.

  161. I would want to learn to embrace the spirit of hospitality instead of worrying what my house looks like or what other people will think of it.

  162. How can i get a copy of the advent study book?

  163. This was explained to me by the part Hindutva, part OBC Uma Bharti.

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