Saturday, February 23, 2008

Weekending with the McVays or Wanted unpaid workmen!

Romans 12:13Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.



This weekend Jessica & Rachel came up from Houston to stay with us in the country. What fun to have friends from Houston come and visit us for a weekend.



Please come and stay with us especially if you live out of town but be warned we are going to live life together during that time! If you are around the house we'll have you out working along side of us. You'll get to (Just like Jessica & Rachel did)



  • Help build a chicken coop

  • Paint a shed

  • Go to Annika's Skating birthday party!

  • give my kids a bath & get them ready for bed (Thanks Rachel)

  • Help me cook

  • Goggle late at night

  • Reuplster my chairs


(Activities vary by weekend, this list is not a guaranteed list of fun and frolic, just possibilities of the incredible excitment around the farm!)
As a young Christian woman my goal was not hospitality it was an attempt to show 'whoever' how nice my house was and what a wonderful homemaker I was. Somehow the glory was not pointed at the Lord but pointed at me, me, me, me! So I tended to work really hard prior to their arrival which would leave me tired and a wee bit grumpy.

According to miriam Webster dictionary hospitality means to be hospitable treatment, reception, or disposition and hospitable means the following:

1 a: given to generous and cordial reception of guests b: promising or suggesting generous and cordial welcome c: offering a pleasant or sustaining environment2: readily receptive :

I did not notice cranky, tired and overworked in that definition! Or that the guest should compliment the hostess on the lovileness of her home and her incredible homemaking skills! My life manual also says “…Keeping God’s commands is what counts” 1 Cor 7:19b Thus, a change for me was in order.

What my handy dandy life manual says is that I am suppose to ...

  • Offer hospitality to one :another without grumbling."1 Peter 4:9
  • Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.Titus 2: 4-5
  • As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.Provebs 27:17
  • No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12
So we have set up our lifestyle to be hospitable! All three girls share one room (because it is not good for man to be alone, but that is whole different post) and that leaves a room open for weekend guest! (Really, we are waiting for you Sarah, Jen, David, to come and stay with us!) I keep the pack and play in there and we have a bunk bed for you. We are like a really cheap not so fancy bed & breakfast! I try to keep our room full of guests and oh how the children



Don't be a sad or lonely single/married couple/college student who attends LHBC without a family to love you here just drop me an e-mail or give me a call and let me know you are coming out and we'd love to entertain you too. Especially, if we don't know you yet!(You want to call be cause we live in the country and if we aren't home you'll be lonely!)


Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Gal. 6:9-10

I really want to encourage everyone to set up a lifestyle of hospitatlity. This is an intentional act, ask people to come and stay with you! Get a fold out couch, pile the kids in one room (let them learn how to love one another!) do whatever you need to do to refocus your life to His glory! It's another way that we can obey him and be like salt & light! If our life is not our own(1 Cor 6:20), certainly our house is not our own! How can we use our homes to glorify God, everyday?

Well, we have more have guests coming so I have to go! Glory!

1 comment:

Jennifer Bacak said...

Yep, that's why we have space free, even with four kids, to have someone live with us. God has given us homes, and they are to be shared, not hoarded. That's never okay. God has shown us that clearly, and that if we have room, and as long as children can bunk together, which they can, we should have a home open to others.
It's often crowded around here, but I am probably more blessed by the people who come and go than they are by us.
jenn

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