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Always Enough

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Today we are blessed to be guest posting over at Ordinary Lovely.  Theresa is doing a series all week on Large Families in Small Houses.  Creative and Contented! There are some very gifted and lovely ladies posting all week there about how they make it work–practically, spiritually, emotionally! It’s going to be great!  Whether you are three people in a cabin or seven people in a two-bedroom apartment or twenty people in a ranch house–or anything in between, I think you will be inspired! We could all use a little more organization, a little more inspiration, a little more grace. Go check it out!

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We are first up to bat. I guess we qualify because there are, at last count, a multitude of people living in this three bedroom, one bathroom house. We don’t know everything and we certainly have our challenges and struggles. But, this is life! And it’s a beautiful journey of all of us reaching heaven together!

An excerpt from the guest post:

My husband and I have lived a lot of places since we’ve been married—tiny trailers, apartments, duplexes, small houses and big houses. Urban, rural, upscale and Third World countries. We have always lived by the motto that there is always enough. In God’s economy there is enough room at the table, enough food in the pantry, enough hours in the day, and enough love and affection to go around. Our motto has been tested. Oh, I assure you, it has! But, it has held up. There is always enough.  Where there is love, there is room for more. (READ THE REST ON ORDINARY LOVELY!)

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Today we are blessed to be guest posting over at Ordinary Lovely.  Theresa is doing a series all week on Large Families in Small Houses.  Creative and Contented! There are some very gifted and lovely ladies posting all week there about how they make it work–practically, spiritually, emotionally! It’s going to be great!  Whether you […]

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Seeing Jesus

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“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.” Dorothy Day

“And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.”  Matthew 9:10

I have been pondering lately the words of Jesus–that whatever we do for the least of these His brothers, we do for Him.  It’s a challenge, isn’t it? To see Jesus in the average man on the street. To recognize and identify with the inherent dignity in every human person–created in the image of God.  It can be the greatest of Christian challenges.  When we do take up the challenge, when we do look another in the eye and see Jesus, we are radically confronted with our own unworthiness.  All of a sudden we feel like the Psalmist–I am a worm and no man!

“The Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.”  Dorothy Day

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Seeing Jesus

“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.” Dorothy Day “And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.”  Matthew 9:10 I have been pondering lately the words of […]

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The World Needs More Coffee Makers

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Have you ever stopped to think what would happen if instead of rushing from one task to another, instead of prioritizing tasks and things we prioritized people,  instead of seeing strangers we saw Jesus?

Father, give us Your eyes this week.  Jesus, Let us see You, in all the ways you reveal Yourself to us. Spirit, go before us, prepare the way and empower us to radical acts of love and hospitality.  AMEN

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Have you ever stopped to think what would happen if instead of rushing from one task to another, instead of prioritizing tasks and things we prioritized people,  instead of seeing strangers we saw Jesus? Father, give us Your eyes this week.  Jesus, Let us see You, in all the ways you reveal Yourself to us. […]

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Holiday Hospitality! (More fun than spiking Santa’s milk with bourbon!)

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Are you have guests this holiday season?  Family and friends gathering for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s or Epiphany?  Perhaps you have a couple birthdays thrown into the holiday mix? We both do!  Showing hospitality can be delightful, fun and enriching.  OR it can be stressful, turning you into a cleaning machine with a deranged look in her eyes.  We are here to inspire you to the former.  We have written quite a bit about hospitality.  It’s something about which both of us are super passionate. (Do you love how I didn’t end that sentence with a preposition?)  Here are our best posts and tips.  Check them out! Read More

Hospitality

Are you have guests this holiday season?  Family and friends gathering for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s or Epiphany?  Perhaps you have a couple birthdays thrown into the holiday mix? We both do!  Showing hospitality can be delightful, fun and enriching.  OR it can be stressful, turning you into a cleaning machine with a deranged look […]

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Everything you need for Thanksgiving, except the turkey

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Are you the holiday planner in your family?  Sometimes we just need a bit of extra inspiration! Menus, shopping, decorations….and all the while we don’t want to lose sight of the purpose for it all: GIVING THANKS!

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Here are some links to help you keep juggling all those things and not forget ANYTHING…including your own spirit!  ENJOY: Read More

Everything you need for Thanksgiving

Are you the holiday planner in your family?  Sometimes we just need a bit of extra inspiration! Menus, shopping, decorations….and all the while we don’t want to lose sight of the purpose for it all: GIVING THANKS! Here are some links to help you keep juggling all those things and not forget ANYTHING…including your own […]

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Prayer For The Week of May 12–Selling Onions

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Go with us to a corner of the sprawling market in Mexico City where an old Indian man name Pota-lamo is selling onions.  Twenty strings of onions lay in front of him.  A guy from Denver walks up and asks, “How much for a string of onions?” Read More

More than selling onions

Go with us to a corner of the sprawling market in Mexico City where an old Indian man name Pota-lamo is selling onions.  Twenty strings of onions lay in front of him.  A guy from Denver walks up and asks, “How much for a string of onions?”

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Hospitality: Hope Blossoms

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We are thrilled today to introduce you to a wonderful woman, an amazing ministry, and a hospitality concept we adore! Read More

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We are thrilled today to introduce you to a wonderful woman, an amazing ministry, and a hospitality concept we adore!

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Prayer for the Week July 1 – Loving Strangers

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When the fire of prayer goes out, the barrenness of busyness takes over.  (George Carey)

Jesus said, “Love one another.”  In my over-scheduled, rush here and there life I find it easy to ignore this command.  Not for my family or close friends, mind you, I’m talking about the stranger.  The one who is standing in front of me in the grocery line, or the waitress bringing my food, or the sales clerk in the store, or the exhausted mom with babies and toddlers in tow.  The countless nameless ones who come across my path every day.  But God is merciful.  Once again I feel His Holy Spirit awakening my spirit to a new level of truth.

You shall love the stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt. (Deut. 10: 19)

I’ve been a stranger in the land.  I’m sure you have, too.   Those times in life where you would have given just about anything for someone to see you, really see you and speak only a word of encouragement or offer a prayer.  Every day, with eyes open, we can see those people.   We have something to offer them.  A hope much greater than anything the world can offer.  It begins with seeing them and allowing a fleeting moment to occur where we encounter one another.

It’s an offer to pray for them.  (That doesn’t mean you have to lay hands on them and pray right then and there, although there a miracles waiting to happen in those times.  God does amazing things when we are willing to put pride aside and be obedient to Him.)  It’s an offer to say, “I see you today and want to pray for you today.  Is there anything I can pray for when I’m talking to God as I go to sleep tonight?”   River Jordan in her book on praying for strangers says, “Being offered a prayer is being offered a gift.  There are days upon days where I don’t have much to offer, but this little bit seems to be just what so many people needed…”

In a hurting world with so much need, we have something so amazing to give.  Prayer.  Simple and affective.

Father,
Please give us eyes to see your hurting ones.  Do not let us walk through life blinded to the needs of others.  Help us to be sensitive to the urging of the Holy Spirit to pray for strangers.  Use us, Oh Lord as your hands of mercy.  May our lives be changed forever.
In Jesus’ Name we pray.
Amen

Note:  I really recommend reading “Praying for Strangers, An Adventure of the Human Spirit,” by River Jordan if you feel Holy Spirit awakening in your heart a desire to pray for strangers.  There are so many verses in the Bible to meditate on to get the heart of Jesus as you begin your journey.  Here are just a few.

Luke 10:27 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.

Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor,    therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Romans 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Hebrews 13: 1 Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it

Matthew 25: 35 I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

Matt. 25:40 Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren you did it to me.

(Linked to Titus 2 TuesdayYou’re Gonna Love It, HomeAcre Hop, and Hearts For Home)

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When the fire of prayer goes out, the barrenness of busyness takes over.  (George Carey) Jesus said, “Love one another.”  In my over-scheduled, rush here and there life I find it easy to ignore this command.  Not for my family or close friends, mind you, I’m talking about the stranger.  The one who is standing […]

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Hospitality – Beautiful Ways to Bless Overnight Guests

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I love, simply love staying at my best friend’s home.  We currently live on opposite sides of the country from one another so visiting entails some long travel, but promises some heart-felt comfort, late night talks, and girlfriend giggles galore.  I’ve seriously found our husbands just sitting watching us laughing away at our antics, proclaiming we provide the best entertainment!

One of the best things about staying with Theresa is that she makes us feel right at home.  Not the superficial, “make yourself at home,” sort of thing.  No she prepares for our visit in a way that blesses this old-fashioned girl right to the tips of her toes.  I’ve learned a lot from her over the years and I gladly share these simple ideas and little details with you.

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I love, simply love staying at my best friend’s home.  We currently live on opposite sides of the country from one another so visiting entails some long travel, but promises some heart-felt comfort, late night talks, and girlfriend giggles galore.  I’ve seriously found our husbands just sitting watching us laughing away at our antics, proclaiming […]

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What Shall I Bring?

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So your neighbor has come down with the flu and you want to take something over.

~What should you make?

Your friend’s mother is in the hospital and you want to ease her burden a bit.

~What is good to take over?

Your best friend just broke up with her boyfriend.  She needs a little cheering up.

~What can you whip up?

Your co-worker just got a great promotion!

~How can you celebrate?

Remember, we are to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.  But there are so many scenarios!  And not a one-size fits all meal to take over!  So, here are some of our best ideas and go-to foods when an opportunity to share food presents itself!

For the family at the hospital:

Let’s face it.  Hospital food is terrible.  It’s like school cafeteria food, only worse.  Anyone staying at the hospital, be they patient or family member keeping a vigil, would appreciate a little home cooking!

  • Try to think of something that might not need to be reheated.  Tabouli, Fattoush, or chicken salad are great.  Take along some pita or lavash and you have a delightful meal they can enjoy when they are ready, without trying to figure out how to warm it up.

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  • Or think of things that are self-contained that might not need cutlery and/or plates.  Small calzones, stuffed bread, a cheese platter (cheese, fruit, and cracker or baguette,) a good ol’ fashioned deli sandwich with some homemade potato salad or cole slaw.   All wonderful meals that cover the bases, but can be eaten without a big set up.

For the broken-hearted:

Comfort food people!  No weird stuff that feeds the body but not the soul.  This might take knowing them fairly well.  Someone’s comfort food might be a roast beef sandwich and someone else’s might be a fruit smoothie.  So, it can be tough.  But there are a few universally acknowledged comfort foods.

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  • Cheese.  Be it homemade mac-n-cheese, a pizza with extra cheese, or quiche, nothing says, “There, there…” like some mozzarella smothering a ridiculous carb.  Seriously.
  • Sweets.  Particularly chocolate.  I don’t know anyone who would turn down homemade chocolate chip cookies, pudding or cupcakes.
  • Hot beverage.  I, Daja, was particularly distraught one day.  Kristina came over and pulled two things out of her bag: a box of Earl Grey and a tin of Peppermint Hot Chocolate.  She didn’t try to solve my dilemma (at least not right away).  She simply said, “Tea or chocolate?”  Hot drinks somehow say “sympathy.”

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For the one celebrating:

Again, not necessarily time for your healthiest-purest food.  Unless your friend is celebrating something like weight loss or new job at the gym.  In which case you probably should not show up with an ice cream sundae.  Otherwise, go with something to drink and great snack.

  • Bottle of bubbly (champagne or non-alcoholic) and cheese.
  • A special dessert.

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  • Favorite coffee drink and pastry.
  • Box of their favorite tea and basket of muffins or scones.

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For those who are under-the-weather or recovering from illness:

Here’s a little mix.  You want to speak comfort, but also health.  In the language of food, that means soup, I think.  Avoid bringing junk food as well as being too pushy with your food ideals.  For one (rather shameful) example: years ago my Dad had a small heart attack.  He didn’t stay overnight in the hospital.  They sent him home with medication and strict instructions to rest.  Some well-meaning, though misguided ladies from our church came over bringing him Pepsi, Twinkies, cakes, Hawaiian BBQ, etc.  Oh dear.  Don’t do that.  Instead, do this:

  • Homemade chicken or bean soup and a crusty homemade herb bread.

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  • Delicious hearty-casserole full of spicy stuff: like enchiladas or stuffed bell peppers.

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  • Stew with rolls and plenty of butter.
  • Fruit salads or big green salads (complete with bacon, cheese, eggs, and homemade dressing)
  • Homemade jello made with fresh fruit, juice and grass-fed gelatin.  Here’s the brand we like.

For peacemaking:

I’m convinced stepping into the kitchen to prepare peacemaking food softens the hearts on both sides of the argument.  First for the one who is preparing the food, there is time to think, it’s like a big breath of peace, an opportunity to pour love and forgiveness out.  And for the one receiving the food an opportunity to tangibly see the the love put into the food and heal.  This is the time to take a moment and prepare something healing for the body and the soul.  Don’t cut corners, make something that takes a little extra time, and fill that food with love and prayers of forgiveness.

  • I, Kristina, remember being at Daja’s one day after she and her husband had experienced some “intense fellowship” if you will.  After we had eaten our lunch, Daja began to prepare another meal.  When I asked what she was doing Daja said she wanted to do something special for her hubby as way to make peace.  So right there in the middle of the day Daja made her hubby’s favorite Buuz.  No easy task by my definition but one that showed her love to him.
  • For my guy, well, homemade cinnamon rolls, pecan pie, French onion soup, or a big ol’ steak are ways to offer peace.

The important thing to remember is to bring something that is special to them.  And if you can’t think of anything, chocolate is the universal food that says, I’m sorry.

For the family with a new baby:

I, Daja, have been on the receiving end of meals many times.  It has always been a HUGE blessing!  And I’ve learned a thing or two that I’ve tried to implement when I prepare meals for others.

  • Ask the family if they have any allergies or dislikes.
  • If you’re not the first one to bring a meal, ask them what they have been receiving.  Ask so that you don’t give the family a repeat of a meal they have already received.  (Roast chicken is great until you’ve eaten it three times in one week!)
  •  The purpose of bringing a postpartum meal isn’t to save the family money, but to lighten the task load.  Be sure to only bring food that needs to be heated up, nothing that requires work to put together!
  • If possible bring the meal in a container that you don’t need returned.  (Ordering take out and having it delivered to the family is a great option!  Make sure you include the tip when you pay and be sure to call the family letting them know when the food will arrive.)
  • Remember that you are not just making enough food for the mommy, but for her whole family.  Make more than enough.  If possible, bring one meal for now and one for her freezer for later.  Trust me, she’ll be very grateful!
  • Call the family earlier in the day or the day before.  Let them know you’ll be bringing the meal and confirm what time they want to eat.
  • Don’t forget to include the lovely little meal extras that turn eating into dining!  You might include some little appetizers, dessert, or a bottle of wine.

Food is a universal way to share hospitality.  Do it with an eager and loving heart and your food, no matter how simple, will feed body and soul.

(Linked to Titus 2 TuesdayA Little R&R, Allergy Free Wednesday, Wise Woman Link-UpWildcrafting WednesdayMaking Your Home Sing, Titus 2 Tuesday, Sharendipity Place,  Natural Living Link-Up and You’re Gonna Love It!)

So your neighbor has come down with the flu and you want to take something over. ~What should you make? Your friend’s mother is in the hospital and you want to ease her burden a bit. ~What is good to take over? Your best friend just broke up with her boyfriend.  She needs a little […]