Thursday, May 14, 2015


Hospitality can be defined as “the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.” In the New Testament, the Greek word translated “hospitality” literally means “love of strangers.” Hospitality is a virtue that is both commanded and commended throughout Scripture. In the Old Testament, it was specifically commanded by God: “When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt” (Leviticus 19:33-34, emphasis added).

During His public ministry, Jesus and His disciples depended entirely on the hospitality of others as they ministered from town to town (Matthew 10:9-10). Likewise, the early Christians also depended on and received hospitality from others (Acts 2:44-45; 28:7). In fact, travelers in ancient times depended heavily on the hospitality of strangers as traveling could be dangerous and there were very few inns, and poor Christians could not afford to stay at them, anyway. This generous provision to strangers also included opening one’s home for church services. Hospitality was indeed a highly regarded virtue in ancient times, especially for Christian leaders (Titus 1:8; 1 Timothy 3:2).

The writer of Hebrews reminds us not to forget to “entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). In the book of Genesis we read of Abraham’s humble and generous display of hospitality to three strangers. Wealthy and aged, Abraham could have called on one of his many servants to tend to the three unannounced visitors. Yet the hospitable and righteous Abraham generously gave them the best he had. And, as it turned out, he had entertained the Lord and two angels (Genesis 18:1-8).

Christians are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works” (Ephesians 2:10). As followers of Christ, we emulate His love and compassion when we show hospitality, not only to fellow Christians, but even more so to strangers and the less fortunate. In fact, we honor God when we are kind to the needy (Proverbs 14:31; 19:17). As Jesus said, “When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed” (Luke 14:13). Christ also taught us the second greatest commandment, to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39), and the Parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us that “neighbor” has nothing to do with geography, citizenship, or race. Wherever and whenever people need us, there we can be neighbors and, like Christ, show mercy. This is the essence of hospitality.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus discusses the hospitable behavior of those who will inherit the kingdom: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:34-36). In these days we often don’t think much about entertaining strangers, but hospitality is still an important part of Christian ministry (Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9). By serving others we serve Christ (Matthew 25:40) and we promote the spread of God’s truth (3 John 5-8).

Although we are required to have hospitality we need to learn to have discernment in who we bring into our home and expose ourselves and our families to.  There are many people in our day who are very lonely and may get shunned because of their intelligence, appearance, poverty, age, disability - things that aren't their fault but that people would rather shy away from.  It really doesn't matter what someone looks like or what their bankroll is...God loves them just as much as a rich person.  And if we are trying to be true Christians and emulate Christ, we need to seek them out and show them love...even just a smile can make a big difference in someone's day.  Hospitality doesn't always even mean having people over...there are small way of showing it...bringing someone a meal, smiling and saying "hi" to someone who looks like they aren't having a good day, carrying an elderly person's doing that you are showing someone the love of Christ.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Stuff Around The Farm

Hi y'all!  We added another goat to the flock - she's a purebred Nigerian Dwarf milk goat and she is pregnant, her name is Cassie but we have started calling her Stumpy because of her body structure :) lol  Don't know if I told you that Buttons and Eowyn are gone (they've been gone for quite awhile now).  So we have 5 adult ewes and 2 kid ewes right now.  Hannah decided to sell Snowy and get a pony - so Snowy is on craigslist now - and we now have a yearling stud pony that mom and Hannah are going to break.....he's pretty cute but quite a pill already!!!  I haven't taken many pictures of Stumpy but she is behind Hannah in this pic:

And here is a funny pic of Tilly...the escape artist!

We also just hatched 27 chicks - they are a mix of breeds for our layer flock.  And they are SO cute! :)  We've been letting our layers free range over the whole property lately now that we know Brutus won't eat them.  It is such a blessing to see them running around hunting for bugs!  Mom has been (unsuccessfully) trying to train them to stay off the porch :)

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Our family first watched "Courageous" last year and it has become a family favorite.  I have so many things to say about it, but one of the most precious things to me in the movie was that a father asked his daughter if she would be willing to trust him to know when the "right" man would come along. The daughter told the father yes, and the father then took out a ring with a heart on it, to remind them of the trust, and love between the both of them.  When my father gave me my purity ring...I didn't appreciate as much then, as I do now.  Many people ask me what the ring signifies, signifies my purity between me, God, and my dad that I will keep my heart faithful and pure until the day that my dad gives me away to my husband...if the Lord wills.

The main part of the movie, is to have fathers take a step up to the plate, and train their children in the admonition of the Lord, so that their children can have a strong faith.  I hope that you will all see the movie if you haven't already.  By the way, bring some tissue!

It really does take courage for men to stand up and lead their families.  Especially in this day where feminists will beat men down who stand up for what is right.  I am so proud of my dad that he is one of those few who are courageous and brave!

This movie really makes me appreciate the times that I have with my family!
I love you daddy!!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Cell Phones Vs. The Bible

Cell Phone's Vs. The Bible
Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phones?
What if we carried it around in our purse or pocket?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we turned back to get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to the kids as gifts?
What if we took it with us when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of an emergency?
This is something to make you go...hmm...Where's my Bible?
Oh, and one more thing: Unlike our cell phones, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected, because Jesus already paid the bill.
And no dropped calls!
Makes you stop and think, "Where are my priorities?

~Author Unknown