Hospitality, Friendship, Encouragement

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Mid November Morning Musings

It's a rainy morning, but the mild temperatures it have kept us from  wintery mix.  We had flurries the other day, and while some parts of our county may see some snow showers, I think we're in the clear.

I'm grateful for that because tonight I am hosting a small group of ladies from my church to talk about The Livegiving Home by Sally Clarkson.  At least the book will be a starting point to discuss how we can make our homes places where our families, and those whom the Lord brings into our lives, can find a place of encouragement, hope, rest, companionship, friendship, and welcome.

This has been a passion of mine for many years.

 Tomorrow Tim's sister and brother in law (I call Richard and I the outlaws!) arrive for an overnight stay on their way to upstate New York.  Richard will be hunting deer, and they will be visiting with his mom who still lives on the family farm.  She came there as a bride 75 years ago, and intends to breathe her last breath there, too. 

I'll get to practice hospitality and welcome this week, which makes me happy.  I'll also be spending time with my friend at the hospital, and tomorrow morning meeting with a bride and her mom at their wedding venue.  I'm doing flowers and day of coordinating for them for a late December wedding.  The couple go to our church, and the groom is my son in law, Joseph's, brother.  I'm excited about this wedding and very happy for this sweet couple.


  1. I hosted a book study of The Lifegiving Table for gals at my church about 2 years ago. The study went on for about 6 months, and we always began with coffee and a breakfast casserole together. I haven't read The Lifegiving Home, though. I'm sure it's as fantastic as all Sally's books are.

    Hope you have a wonderful time with your house guests!

  2. Such cozy photos on what looks like a chilly morning. Glad that your gathering for the Lifegiving Home discussion will happen. Your days sound full this week, but you shall be in your element practicing hospitality and making your guests feel right at home. The thought of a woman living on the family farm for 75 years and planning to be there forever is such a romantic one reminiscent of the novel A Lantern in Her Hand.

  3. I loved your thought of "how we can make our homes places where our families, and those whom the Lord brings into our lives, can find a place of encouragement, hope, rest, companionship, friendship, and welcome". That's a passion and goal of mine, too. Wish I lived close enough to join your group this evening!

    Yes, we have snow here, and tonight it is predicted to clear off and become very cold (single numbers). I don't feel ready for this so early in November!

  4. Such cozy photos. And I do love that you are doing this Sally Clarkson study with friends. What a lovely things to study...hospitality and making our homes comfortable and welcoming not only for our families but for others.

    Brenda xox

  5. I'll bet the ladies who attended your book discussion tonight were blessed and inspired! Happy hosting, meeting, and all around peopling this week!

    Love the cozy photos in this post!

  6. This is the first time I have visited your blog, I think. It is very pleasant and I will be looking for this book. I would love to do a ladies group like that. I think many churches have forgotten about things like this.


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