May 11, 2023
Bonus verse – Romans 12:13 -When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
This past week I have been pondering the will of GOD and am I acting in it? My life at the moment feels very mundane, ordinary and well not very much like a blessing. I saw how GOD was giving my friends these amazing adventures to utilize their talents and I was jealous. So I came to GOD and asked why won’t you use me? It was an honest conversation but it probably sounded very much like a two year old tantrum.
GOD reminded me of cookies and these 2 verses “build each other up” and “ …always be eager to practice hospitality.”
I wrote down the definition of hospitality on a post-it and put it on my computer for the week: “Hospitality is simply an opportunity to show you love and care.”
Graciously God showed me this command in a gentle way.
1) Remembrances to call back to memory where GOD had been faithful and used me “the cookies”:
One Monday, I kept on feeling the Holy Spirit tugging on me to make chocolate chip cookies for small group that night. I didn’t want to. Didn’t have time too – didn’t care too – a million different excuses. Finally gave in and made those cookies but with a VERY cranky attitude. Why were these cookies so important that I had to interrupt my day to make them?
This is where the awesomeness of God comes in. As I sat the cookies down at small group, the leaders 4 year old son, started giggling and doing a happy dance. His mom asked him why the happy? He said, “I prayed for cookies and God even gave me my favorite.” I was humbled. God saw. He answered. He heard the tender hearted prayer of a 4 year old’s request for cookies.
2) People to gift the practice of hospitality to this week:
A friend who lost her husband on Thursday.
A 91 year old widow who was grieving the second anniversary of his death.
A retired couple struggling with recovering from a string of surgeries and unplanned changes.
If I am honest the gifts I gave this week were small and maybe a little mundane but my prayer is that they uplifted the spirit of those who received them. That GOD would use them.
I also chose this week to remember GOD sees us where we are at. He knew His people needed the personal caring touch of others. In all types of circumstances: joy, sorrow, fear, grief. That special touch. To be the caring hand of God in a real world that reinforces God’s promise that He sees us. He sees us in our sorrow, our aloneness, our joy or even on our very worst day.
So today I chose to make it a day where I show God’s love and care to those around me. Choose your birthday to be that day where you love those around you.
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