Stretching Me Into Hospitality

Allume 2014 That's what God has been working in me. Hospitality.

This weekend I went to the Allume Conference and our theme was hospitality. Hospitality doesn't come natural to me...I don't often think of unique and creative (or even common) ways to serve those coming into my home. Hospitality is a non-negotiable, but I don't think it comes naturally to everyone.

That's not to say I don't want to welcome people in; it's just I often freeze with what to do next once they're in!

Allume challenged me this year; more than any other year I've attended (five years now). God is stirring this community and growing it and it has been so beautiful to watch unfold.

I love the web; it is a wonderful tool in many, many ways. It brings connections together and if allowed, can blossom into something tight and not easily broken. The catch is, we have to allow it to go beyond the screen.

There is nothing like hugging the neck of someone, skin to skin, heart to heart. But words are important, too, which is why I feel like I was born to write. But as a writer, we have to stop and look up, and often.

Unfortunately, I haven't fostered my writing much at all. I haven't allowed it space to grow and become better. I may write, but I'm not learning how to write better.

After this weekend, I've been inspired with a fresh vision and am really looking forward to what 2015 will bring. Not just to my blog, but to my community, my home, my life.

With the holidays upon us, I'll have plenty of opportunity to practice hospitality among friends, so that when the opportunity arrives to open my door to people whom I may not know very well, I can meet them with a better foundation.

I came home with a stack of fabulous books, signed up to become a Mary & Martha consultant and want to invite you into the next adventure with me.

For the next two weeks, She Reads Truth is doing a devotional series on Hospitality. I would love the Moms in the Word Community to follow along as I gather our next study. That's where I'll be reading and studying for the next two weeks. So be sure to head on over there to read Day 1 and follow along.

I met the beautiful women behind She Reads Truth this weekend, and let me tell you, they are a-mazing. Beautiful women with a beautiful vision to help other women dig deep into His Word. Women after my own heart -- which is to be after His own heart. ;)

Also, if you're interested in listening to the keynote speakers from Allume, you can do so for FREE right here. My favorite was Shauna Niequist. And then Sophie Hudson.