31 Days of Fishbowl Grace: SHOW {Day 28}

Today’s catch phrase is:

Show heartfelt hospitality.

Hospitality- does that word scare you or excite you? It used to terrify me. I was the girl who sat in college home economics classes and worried about how I would ever remember the details of being a hostess. Then things came full circle and I had the opportunity {or was it a mortally fearful time?} to actually host my former Home Ec. teacher! Um, twice.

While I was tempted to be uptight, I decided to do the opposite. Relax and be myself. Serve up a meal in buffet style in the original cooking pots. Use my everyday mismatched, dollar store table decor.

Forget to put forks out.

She even got to see my very disorganized all-purpose room when she asked me if she could do a load of laundry.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter that everything was perfect if heart needs weren’t met.

Hospitality is all about heart.

That’s why inconvenient, impromptu hospitality is the best kind. Fearful, yes. But if you’ve ever followed the prompting of God and invited someone over while pushing back images of what the house looks like and wondering what kind of leftovers to serve to them….well, then you’ve just shown true hospitality. And I bet you have a story of something amazing that God did that day. I sure do- those have turned out to be some of my fondest ministry memories!

I’ve {surprisingly} found over the years that I enjoy hosting large crowds at open house events even more than having single families over. It really tends to be the same amount of work, so why not just have a gang over? And then there are those precious one-on-one times when we open our hearts to another in need of hospitality. It’s not always about food and drink and pretty placemats and scented candles.

But it IS always about the heart.

So, no matter where you find yourself in life or ministry, keep your eyes open for opportunities to

Show heartfelt hospitality.



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About Leah {Embracing Grace}

Leah Highfill accepted Christ as her Saviour and became a child of God at the age of 18. Originally from the USA, she and her husband moved to the mission field of Canada in 2005, where she served in full time ministry as a pastor's wife for 10 years. During their tenure there, they became dual citizens. Leah and her family recently returned to NC and are currently enjoying a much needed sabbatical for the year of 2015. She homeschools her children {Small Son is 9 and Tiny Daughter is 7} and teaches private piano lessons on the side. She can be found reading, writing/blogging, playing the piano and violin, or ice skating. A friend to ministry wives everywhere, Leah has a passion to inspire hope and to encourage women in their walk with God. Her first book, Expecting Grace, was published in 2013. Expecting Grace is the story of Leah's experience and survival of a life threatening pregnancy, and of many medical and financial miracles along the way. Her second book is currently in process. Join her grace-filled journey right here at Embracing Grace!