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Welcome to our final week in the Just Open the Door study on Biblical hospitality! We are using this Bible study workbook by Jen Schmidt, and this week we're covering Week 6: "The Uncomfortable Yes."

Here is this week's video (about 26 minutes):


(link here)



And here is a summary of what I shared in the video about our reading this week:
  • Hospitality won't always be easy. Sometimes it will include difficult people and difficult situations where we are called to love as Jesus loved us.
  • As hard as they are, difficult situations refine us and turn us to the Lord.
  • We look forward to the great wedding feast at the end of time foretold in Luke 14.
  • God is inviting everyone to the feast, but not everyone wants to partake. 
  • The danger we all face is that we dishonor Him by choosing two good things instead of God: work and family. If we choose to pursue them over the mercy and generous invitation of the Lord, we won't be able to enter into God's great kingdom. (Luke 14)
  • The quote I referred to:
The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20). The greatest adversary of love to God is not his enemies but his gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable. John Piper
  • We have the chance to extend an even more beautiful invitation- the good news of Jesus' great love with each invitation we give.

And that marks the end of our study of Biblical hospitality! I am so thankful you went along with me on this journey! I feel like I learned so much, and gained a new perspective on the Scriptures. I am so grateful for this study and all the time and effort it took to write it. Thank you, Father, and thank you Jen Schmidt for being obedient to your calling. :)
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Welcome to a our sixth week in the Just Open the Door study on Biblical hospitality! We are using this Bible study workbook by Jen Schmidt, and this week we're covering Week 5: "At the Table." 

Here is this week's video (about 30 minutes):


(link here)


And here is a summary of what I shared in the video about our reading this week:
  • While there are so many ways to offer hospitality, one of the most natural and effective ways to show it is to share a meal around a table. 
  • Jen points out that eating a meal is mentioned over 700 times in the Bible, and over 50 times in the book of Luke! (I still find this astounding).
  • Acts 2:42-47 gives us our example of living in community and what an amazing impact it has on the proclaiming the Good News. 
  • My favorite section of Scripture that has been with me for 23 years (so far).
  • Hospitality wages war on evil and brings light to the darkness. Jen shares on page 120: "We expand God's kingdom as we share the truth around the table... All those excuses, all the reasons we try and convince ourselves that opening the door is too much of a hassle, should be viewed as part of the battle."
  • This article was one of my favorites, and I was excited to read one of my favorite quotes from it for Day 3.
  • This week reminded me of Luke 14, when Jesus tells us why we should invite the poor instead of those who can repay us. 
  • Ideas on how to live an open-doored life in our busy, tightly scheduled North American culture.

If you're studying along with me, we'll do our last chapter next week! Complete your assignments, and if the Lord allows, we'll get together to discuss it next Wednesday, June 20! :)
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Welcome to a new week in the Just Open the Door Bible study on Biblical hospitality! We are studying this thought-provoking workbook by Jen Schmidt, and this week we're covering Week 4: "When Hospitality is a Challenge." 

Here is this week's video (about 24 minutes):


(link here)

And here is a summary of what I shared in the video about our reading this week:

  • When we base our obedience on man's opinion or approval, we aren't serving Christ. (Galatians 1:10)
  • What are you filling your life up with? Or to paraphrase Jen, what do your calendars and receipts say about what you value most?
  • What would you do if you only had one week to live? What does the Bible tell us?
  • If God calls us to do this hard thing, He most certainly will equip us. (Hebrews 13:20-21, Philippians 2:12-15)
  • One thing I'm probably trying to avoid showing you when you come to my house. ;)
  • If a friend in your life models hospitality well, try to pay careful attention and learn from their good works. We can learn so much from others!
  • What is one baby step you can take toward opening your door this week? (My answer).
  • A few ideas for easy, no-fuss hospitality.

If you're studying along with me, we'll do Chapter 5 next week. Complete your assignments, and if the Lord allows, we'll get together to discuss it next Wednesday, June 6! :)
I'd love to hear your thoughts! 
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Welcome to our fourth installment in the Just Open the Door Bible study on Biblical hospitality! We are using this awesome book by Jen Schmidt, and this week we're covering chapter three: "The Power of One." 

Here is this week's video (about 30 minutes):


(link here)

And here is a summary of what I shared in the video about our reading this week:
  • Hospitality can start with you: just one person being purposeful where they are.
  • In the Bible we see that ordinary women doing ordinary things right where God placed them can sometimes bring much glory to His name! (I loved filling out a table about this in the book!)
  • You can start by using the gifts and opening up your home and heart to people in your life now.
  • It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.
  • According to Jen, Biblical hospitality serves three big purposes.
  • Why wouldn't we want to share the best news ever? 
  • What I would do if our fave fast food chain was giving away free chicken sandwiches for a month. :)

If you're studying along with me, we'll do Chapter 4 ("When Hospitality is a Challenge") next week. Complete pages 85-105 in your book, and if the Lord allows, we'll get together to discuss it next Wednesday, June 6! :)
I'd love to hear your thoughts! 
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I don't know why time seems to go by so quickly in the summer, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with having fun. ;) We are enjoying each day so much that I before I turn around it seems to be bedtime again. :)

Here are six things that have been going on around our house these days:

1. Paint colors still haven't been decided for the den. :)


I am drawn to the bottom one, while Robert prefers the top. So what happened after we painted these on? I decided we need to try one more shade of blush, of which we have yet to buy a sample. :)

2. The garden is taking shape.


I need to make its progress a post of its own! The plants are growing faster than our kids. :)

3. We made a trip to IKEA. 


IKEA is always a fun place for me. This time, we let the kids pick out their own bag of candy in the cafe, and we hadn't gotten a minute away from the register when Ivy started choking on a piece. Praise be to our Father in Heaven, she gagged it up and was fine after a few tears. Nothing stops my heart like choking, and she's given us a few scares with candy. I would be 100% fine if she never had another piece! I'm so thankful she was okay, and IKEA stayed a happy place. :)

4. I apparently tried to blind the kids for a photo op. 


The sun and the temperatures here have been crazy high for this time of year. I have a feeling it's going to be a scorcher. We're already watering the grass!!

5. I started reading this book:



My friend Ruth at The Better Mom sent me a copy of her new book (along with the cutest little air plant!), and I've really enjoyed it so far. I've known Ruth through blogging for many years now, and I am loving getting a little glimpse of her life. She shares so honestly about the struggles and thoughts we moms all have that I have found myself nodding in agreement right along with her. It's so much harder to be a mom than I ever thought, and yet it's so much more wonderful than I ever thought it would be too.

I love how she shares an encourages us to give up ourselves and die to our own desires. This is the truth that Jesus died for us to be able to see, obey, and live! I haven't finished it yet but I know it will be good. It's already been an encouragement! :)


 6. We have been in a season of high discipline.


Maybe not the picture you'd expect with that title, but having a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a 10-month-old has been keeping me so much busier these days. Littles are a rowdy, messy bunch who like to push the limits of pretty much everything. :) It was a tough season when I had just three littles, and it's still a tough season when I have teenagers, middle kids, and those three. ;)

The challenge for me is to remember just how precious, sweet, and tiny they all are in the midst of the crazy, and I think these kinds of moments when they randomly decide to hold hands give me the perfect opportunity to do just that. 

Oh, how I love those little babies. :)

What have you been up to lately? 

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Welcome to week two of our Just Open the Door Bible study on Biblical hospitality! (If you're just joining us, we're studying this book by Jen Schmidt.) This week we're studying the model of hospitality, Jesus Himself! :)

Here is this week's video (about 25 minutes):

And here is a summary of what I shared about our reading this week:

  • Jesus is the ultimate model of hospitality.
  • I share a story of when I thought I lost one of our babies, and the many emotions that followed.
  • Because God pursues us, He gives us the love and desire to pursue others in the same way.
  • Jesus had no home, yet He offered hospitality wherever He went. We can do the same wherever we go!
  • Jesus is the model of sacrifice (Ephesians 5:1-2) in coming to do the will of the Father, and offering up Himself as the ultimate food and drink to anyone who will partake. (John 6:35-40)
  • Our sacrifice for Him in giving up our own will and lives is worship, and we can worship God by praising, doing good, and sharing what we have. (Hebrews 13:15-16) 
  • We can also serve others by bearing their burdens- physically, emotionally, and spiritually (in prayer). (Galatians 6:2)
  • How I would like to improve in hospitality toward those in my home.
  • Our assignment this week: look for a way to show love to someone in our daily path and then do it. :)

So awesome, right? We have such a great opportunity to joyfully share what the Lord has done for us!  What an exciting thing it is to love and invite others into His kingdom. :)
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Welcome to week one of the Just Open the Door Bible study on Biblical hospitality! :) I hope you have been enjoying your study if you're following along. :) I know I have been grateful for how deeply we've dived into the Scriptures this week in our chapter called "Why Hospitality?" I am just loving this book so far, and I am so glad Jen Schmidt invested her time in discipling us by writing it! :)

Here is this week's video (about 25 minutes):




And here is a summary of what I shared in video about our reading this week:
  • Hospitality actually begins (and ends) with God; He created the world and provided man with food and a place to live. (Genesis 2:8-9)
  • After the fall of man, God provided a sacrifice and a way for us to be restored into His fellowship through His Son, Jesus.
  • Jesus stands at the door and knocks, waiting for us to hear His voice and open it to Him. (Rev. 3:12)
  • One day, after Jesus returns, the Lord will again provide for us and host a marriage feast for His people-- another example of sharing a table together in fellowship.
  • When we are believers, we love others because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).
  • There are many examples of hospitality in the Bible, with even God Himself providing for His people in the wilderness. Romans 12:13(b) also calls us to pursue it.
  • Jen shares that there is a difference between entertaining and hospitality. One focuses on yourself, while the other focuses on loving God and meeting the needs of others in love.
  • One part of hospitality I need to work on specifically. (~14:15)
  • Jen's quote on why we need to stop apologizing. (about 16:40)
  • Our "homework" assignment she gives us this week. (22:34)

I can't wait for Week 2. :) If you're following along in the book, read pages 35-55 and start on your assignment. ;) 

I'd love to hear your thoughts: what mental hurdles do you feel like you need to overcome before you invite someone over? What keeps you from opening your door the most and why?
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I can't believe this guy turned 13 last weekend:


Birthdays keep getting more and more interesting around here with every passing year. As part of his gift, Elijah made Noah a treasure hunt by hiding these clues all over the house:


I don't know how he came up with them, but here was one of the last ones that led Noah to find Heidi on the shelf:


I was super impressed with his treasure clue skills. :) The hunt was even fun to watch!

Two teenagers!! They told me it would go fast, and it is.


Before you know it, the boys will both have mustaches like this:


Oh, the laughs we got from the costumes my dad gave Noah. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time! :) It kills me. He's the perfect 80's movie police officer!! :)

After his dinner of choice (chicken, mashed potatoes, and salad), we watched the premiere of their latest film, The Greatest Love (Not A Romance Story):


This one was almost exclusively an action film where the main character gives his life for the princess (John 15:13). There was no romance involved, the boys assured us before it started. ;)

We're venturing into new territory with another teenager in the house. The jokes and the appetites are both endless. :)


One thing is for sure: life around here is never dull. :) We are thankful for this guy and the love and care he shows for everyone around him. What a blessing Noah is to us!!
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Welcome to the introduction of our Just Open the Door study! :) I'm so excited to learn about what the Scriptures teach about being hospitable! 

Each Wednesday, if the Lord allows, I plan to post a video here (and live here at 12 p.m. CST), and the highlights of what we're talking about each week. :)

Here's the introduction video to our study:  (~15 minutes)
  

And here are few thoughts from the video, in summary:
  • Biblical hospitality is so important because God commands us to offer it in His Word. And as believers, we are called through love to obey God's commands.
  • It's important to let God's Word transform our view and change our hearts toward hospitality.
  • Jesus commands us also to love Him, and love our neighbors as ourselves. (Matthew 22:36-40)
  • With our tired seasons, busy lives, and house projects, we may be missing the chance to love our neighbors the way God called us to. (I know I have been!)
  • I tell a personal story of spiritual/pride battle that happened to me just last weekend.
  • Hospitality gives us the chance to build up other believers, and show unbelievers the truth of God's love, and the invitation He offers them into His kingdom.
  • If we can focus on the bigger, eternal picture of hospitality as God shows us in the Bible, the temporal, earthly things will become less important, and loving others will become more important.
If you're following along with us in the book, complete Week 1: Why Hospitality (pages 11-33) and we'll come back together next week right here and on Facebook to discuss it together! :)
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a new morning feels so good.
After a busy weekend hosting two dinner parties and attending a college graduation, we unintentionally took Monday completely off. It felt so great! :) My to-do list was still waiting for me today, but I felt much more capable of tackling it after a day of recovery.

Here's a glimpse of what I would like to do this week, if the Lord allows:

read my Bible (usually with kids present) + pray (with kids present + alone) daily
blog 3x
exercise 5-6 hours
go on one family walk 
work on Mother's Day gifts
order wood for house projects
buy bamboo + construct bamboo trellis for garden
buy paint for den
practice music 15 min/day
clean house (focused) 30 min/day

Tomorrow, Lord-willing, I'll be sharing the introduction to the Just Open the Door Bible study, if you want to come along with me! (Week 1 will officially start on May 16, so you won't need a book until around then). I plan to do a shorter live video on Facebook Live tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12 p.m. if you want to join me. I would love to see you there!! :)


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