Devotional

Farmhouse Hospitality

Home Sweet Farmhouse

Our farmhouse is slowly starting to feel like home. A majority of the painting is done. The living room carpet has been professionally cleaned, and most of our furniture is in. Today we will add the bookshelves and game cabinets along with a couple of end tables.

We are still waiting to get carpet installed upstairs in the kids’ bedrooms and hallway. Once that is done, the kids can get their beds and the rest of their belongings. Right now they have their dressers, hanging clothes in the closet and are sleeping on mattresses on the floor.

Beautiful wood laminate flooring has been installed in the dining room, we are just waiting for a transition piece that we had to special order. That piece will transition from the laminate flooring in the dining room to the carpet in the living room. I can’t wait to get that finished and see how nice it will look!

Our big project now is the kitchen. If you follow my social media you probably saw a picture of some of the layers of wallpaper that need to come off. The walls have various textures and need some work before we paint them. Also, the flooring that we installed in the dining room will extend throughout the kitchen. I’m really looking forward to the island we are going to add to offer more workspace and storage! So much to do!

While we are doing all of these renovations to bring the house up-to-date and make it comfortable for us, we also have another bigger reason for it all – Hospitality!

Our House-God’s House

When my husband and I bought our first house 20-some years ago, we determined that we didn’t want to just keep it to ourselves. We wanted to share it with others. Our goal was to welcome friends and family in, to get to know pastors, missionaries and fellow church members, to host family gatherings and give our children and their friends a place to hang out.

We believe that our house and belongings don’t just belong to us, they were given to us by God and are to be used to serve Him. We want to be a blessing to others, to feed them, to encourage them, to get to know them. Inviting folks into our home and spending time with them can be one of the best ways to reach out and encourage others.

What Does the Bible Say?

How we use our house and belongings reminds me of the parable of the talents Jesus told to his disciples in Matthew 25. It’s a familiar passage, but I’ll write it out to refresh your memory.

Matthew 25:13-30

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more. His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; Here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours. But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’.” (ESV)

Jesus here is teaching about himself as the master. He has entrusted each of us with assets – talents, abilities, money, possessions, etc. and he expects us to invest those things for his service. We are not to bury them, but to invest them and improve upon what he has given us. When he returns, we are to present to Him what we have accomplished for Him.

What Can You Do?

It is my desire to use my farmhouse to be a blessing to others and to glorify God. But how can I accomplish that? Here’s a random list of things I have either done in the past or plan to do in the future.

  1. Invite a friend over for coffee (or tea or hot chocolate).
  2. Invite a family over for dinner after church.
  3. Host a visiting missionary, pastor or travelling college students.
  4. Host a family dinner, reunion, or birthday party.
  5. Host a Sunday School or church picnic or cookout.
  6. Invite someone over for a holiday meal who has no family close by.
  7. Invite a group of friends over for snacks and a game night.
  8. Host a hymn or Christmas Carol sing. Invite your friends to bring their instruments to play along and a snack to share.

Does all this sound overwhelming to you? It’s okay. You don’t have to have your house spotless or even cook a gourmet meal. It shouldn’t be about the house or the food, but about the fellowship. Let’s all stop making excuses and start reaching out to one another. I have found that often the most fun and rewarding times are the impromptu get-togethers when we just decide to order pizza and then run the vacuum cleaner 5 minutes before everyone gets there. I find I am less stressed and less focused on preparations and more relaxed and focused on people.

Maybe you are not in a position to invite folks to your house. Maybe your house is too small or having people over just isn’t your cup of tea. Then consider what you can do. Do you have the financial resources to take someone out to eat? Perhaps you are good at other things such as making phone calls, writing letters or blessing someone financially. Whatever you have that you can use for the Lord and to be a blessing to others, use it. God hasn’t given us all the same abilities and resources. He has blessed us each differently and He expects us to use what we have for Him.

Let me encourage you today to be like the good and faithful servant. Take what the master (God) has given you and invest it. Grow what you have and make it useful for Him, so that some day He may also say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Wife, mom, grandma, and country girl. I am living by faith and encouraging others to do the same. I integrate faith, family and country living.

6 Comments

  • Virginia Wood

    Hello there! I don’t think you know me, but I came into our church in 1974! I was there the first time your family appeared and thought, “Maybe that is my new best friend.” but, alas, I have never been able to speak to you. My husband had a stroke a year ago April 9, and thus my life completely changed. We have recently started back to church, having stayed away several months due to Covid, etc. No, we haven’t had it, just being cautious. I have often thought of emailing to introduce myself and, lo and behold , I stumbled upon your blog a few minutes ago. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

  • Susan McCurdy

    Great thoughts, Kelly! I bet it is chilly there now. I have always appreciated your hospitable spirit. I think it starts with that. Our spirit says “welcome” with a smile and openess to others. You are a great exampl of this! Thank you for being so in my life!

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