Month 3 has had great intentions! But might not be so great when it ends.
When people talk about spiritual gifts, lots of women have the "hospitality" gift. That gift passed me by! We never have people over to our house. I don't even like signing up to cook a meal for someone. It's kind of depressing because a right of passage in "Christian Circles" is signing up for the "meal train". Heck, I have gone and cleaned someone's house (toilets included) to avoid having to cook a meal for them during their time of need!
But, I was convicted that it isn't really about the house or the food, but the fellowship. 1 Peter 4:9 says "Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling." Ouch. So I decided to do something about it. I planned two 'events' for the month of March.
The first event included my small group from my MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) group. We have about 11 people and 5 could attend (sickness kept several from attending.). I didn't really intend to do a whole lot of cleaning but since homeschooling keeps me from EVER sweeping, I thought I should tidy up! Trader Joe's is my new favorite place to go for 'party food'-prepared cheesecake and peppermint cookie cake.
This was a relaxed event where we wore our PJ's, drank coffee, and had some great desserts! We just sat and talked and for the 5 of us, it was a great reprieve from all our responsibilities! It was fun and really was rather low stress. Of course my 9 yo son did allow his little Hex Bug to crawl into the dining room and caused several women to scream. All of these women have kids that are 4 and younger so it was pretty funny for them to experience such a 'boy' interruption.
But the next day my son came down with the flu. And the next day my daughter. And the next day, I did. Ugh. Luckily, no one at the party caught it. (Thank you God for keeping them all healthy!) But the "Flu epidemic of 2013" caused us to cancel our second event. We are still recovering. And in this week of sickness, I had great hospitality poured on me. Several people delivered groceries, prayed for the family, and even offered to bring movies or things to keep us busy.
So I've learned that hospitality doesn't have to be an event. But when you extend yourself to those that you are in relationship with, it reaps many rewards!