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Sacred Ordinary - I finally found a way to explain what it means to me: "It is forged in the daily and tempered in the ordinary. It is a slow and steady and deliberate gathering of the years. It is a combination of keen attentiveness—to God, to self, to others, to life—and holy indifference—to trifles, to insults, to useless distractions. It is planned, not in some goose-stepping mechanical way, but in the sense that it builds on a resolve to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of you, and to take every though captive and make it obedient to Christ."
- Stephen A. Macchia

2016 I have chosen to live in light of ETERNITY. "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 10:39 KJV I want my little life that I have been given to be a testimony for the blood that was shed for me on Calvary's cross.


This year and for the years to come, it is about surrendering to God and giving my family and those I meet along the way, JESUS! I am going to let my light shine. LIFE is SHORT! We do not know when we will die. Each day we need to make the most of the time that we have, for it may be our last. AS FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST, all of us should live each moment in light of eternity.


The decisions we make in this life determine where and how we will spend the next. We should, therefore, make certain that the right decisions are made.


The final states are fixed, there is no second chance. Finally, we should have heaven constantly on our mind so as to have an impact in this world. (Especially our family)


I want to leave an Eternal Legacy. Living in light of Eternity causes us to focus on what is truly important. It is not about the furniture we own, the clothes we wear, the places we want to travel or even the church we attend. IT IS ALL ABOUT SOULS and if they KNOW JESUS PERSONALLY.


Lord, remind us just how brief our time here on earth will be. Our days are numbered, our life is fleeting. Each of us is just a vapor, a breath. Are we living in light of ETERNITY? Are we ready to meet our maker?

Living in Light of Eternity
Christina

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Lost Art of Hospitality

by Dayspring - August 3, 2015 

 
We all have a general idea of what it means to show hospitality. Merriam-Webster describes hospitality as the “generous and friendly treatment of visitors and guests.” And there are many scriptures that teach the importance of it, like Romans 12:13 “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” But with the demands of family, work, and numerous other commitments, how can we take time in our busy schedules to practice it?

We can all think of people we know that we would describe as having the “gift of hospitality.” It just seems to come easy to them. They love cooking and having people over for meals, and they have a beautifully decorated house to entertain in. But these aren’t the most important aspects of hospitality, actually. It all starts with love - serving in love. Here are some thoughtful and simple ways you can reach out and show hospitality to those around you:

1. Baking

If you enjoy baking, bake extra treats for neighbors and friends - cookies, a cake, a pie, a loaf of banana bread–those who are stretched for time will appreciate your homemade goodies so much! You can also put together various dessert plates with a variety of goodies!

2. Dinner

Treat someone going through a challenging time to dinner - in your home or at their favorite restaurant. Or invite someone who could use a break for coffee or tea to a nearby coffee shop and spend some time catching up!

3. Hosting

Open your home as a meeting place for a Bible Study or small group - a great way to get to know others in your church and your neighbors. Refreshments can be simple - coffee, tea, soda, and a simple snack like cheese and crackers, or cookies.

4. Delivering

Is someone you know under the weather? Or do you have an elderly neighbor that can’t get out much? Take a meal or snack to them and offer to pick up any items from the store they might need. While you’re at it, think of getting them an encouraging gift. I love adding these tissue cards when someone I know has a cold as they not only serve as cards, but they’re memorable tissue box covers with uplifting messages.

5. Gardening

If gardening is your thing and you’re growing a vegetable garden this summer, share your bounty with those around you - everyone loves fresh-grown veggies and it’s a great way to connect with your neighbors.

6. Potlucks

You may not have the time or budget to host a large meal, but how about hosting a potluck and providing the main dish? If it’s a large gathering and the weather is nice, have a potluck picnic at the park or in your backyard.

7. Tea

Do something out of the ordinary for the women in your church or neighborhood - host a tea party, complete with scones, small sandwiches, and tea cookies or cakes. Make several pots of tea - include an herbal tea and flavored tea for variety, and have a tea tasting party! These Daily Grace teapot and teacups would come in handy for this!

As you open your heart and home to others, remember to also share and show God’s love to them. Hospitality is a ministry of serving - it’s a way God can use you to reach out and bless those around you!

Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
HEBREWS 13:16 (NIV)