Thursday, June 30, 2011

First World Problems

Can anyone just appreciate how ridiculous but truth-filled this video is?! Really liking it!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lemon Floats

Behold, the new summer dessert that will rock your world! Lemon Floats are a citrus-y creamy dessert. It will take you approximately 60 seconds to prepare so it's a great end to any BBQ or summer dinner. Here's the (super simple) recipe...

Lemon Floats

Glass mugs
Vanilla Ice Cream
1 bottle Galvanina Italian Sparkling Lemon Soda (from Costco)

Put 2-3 scoops of vanilla ice cream into the mugs. Fill the rest of the mug with the Italian Soda. Enjoy!

{The ingredients, all three of them!}

{The happy faces of those about to enjoy a Lemon Float}

Side note: I'm sure you can use any other type of Sparkling Soda to make it delicious. This is a recipe you can easily make to fit your taste if you don't dig lemons!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kale Chips

I am a big fan of Kale. Its fiber content aids digestion and intestinal health, it's full of antioxidants, and has a high content of Vitamin A, C & K. There are so many other health benefits besides these so we are glad to be eating a lot of this stuff all summer!

There are many ways to prepare Kale and cook it creatively but I just found my favorite way...make it into chips!

Kale Chips

Ingredients:

1 Bunch of Organic Kale
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Black Pepper

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Cut off the thick stems of the kale and wash remaining pieces
3. Cut or tear into medium size pieces, think bite size! (I forgot this step so my chips are HUGE)
4. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings
5. Bake until the edges are browned about 10-15 minutes

{They aren't gorgeous but taste delicious!}

Enjoy all those health benefits in a crunchy veggie chip!

A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

Proverbs 15:17

Monday, June 27, 2011

End of June Update

These little random updates are growing on me...

Let's do it list style this time.

#1. Ryan's cousin Zeph was meandering around CO this week so we scooped him up and Ryan decided to show him the art of mountain biking. Zeph and his friend Frank have never really been mountain biking before so my prayers were sky high that day...as it turns out they were needed. Well, the adventure began biking up Chimney Gulch (the mountain with the big white M on it) and ended at the bottom with a filleted knee and a trip to the Emergency Room. Yes, indeed poor Zeph had to get 10 stitches from his magnificent fall off a mountain into a pile of sharp rocks. His entire leg was covered in blood and had a gash so deep that poor Franklin nearly passed out. Ha! We treated the boys to a night out at Old C's to make up for the ER visit.

{Zeph's Hairy/Bloody Leg}

#2. If you go on-line and google a certain house in a certain neighborhood in a certain cute little town, you will see that such a house is "Under Contract". Woo hoo! I would say we are Under "Half" Contract because the sale is still pending and the bank is officially still deciding as of 8:09 a.m. if they can come up short on their loan. People, we are getting this house for $55K less that it sold for in 2004. That is amazing! The Lord dropped this house down $25K one random afternoon and we pounced on the offer. It needs a new front door, some windows to replace the boards in front (classy, no?) and some TLC in general but it's a dream spot. Pray we get this house if the Lord wants us there. And P.S. We are both under 3 miles from our work places at this location. Holla!

#3. We still have the cutest niece in the whole world.

#4. From our Family Farm Share this week we adventured into the makings of Spinach Lasagna, Banana Rhubarb Bread, eating the radishes raw (spicy!), and Tomatillo Salsa.

#5. I'll leave you with this final update: Marriage is rocking our socks off. In good and hard ways. We realize more than ever how much we need the Lord to pursue us and be the rock of our relationship and lives. In the midst of a busy summer of raising my salary for Campus Crusade and buying a house things can get hard quickly. We can't do this on our own. We mess up too much, are too weak, too selfish, too self-focused. With the Lord we receive abounding grace, an ability to forgive and humbly seek forgiveness, renewed passion for marriage and a love for each other that comes only from the Lord.

We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ

1 Thessalonians 1:3



Saturday, June 25, 2011

Heb 11

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

Hebrews 11:1

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Laminin

This picture isn't some dorky Christian manipulation of biology. Look up Laminin in ANY legitimate scientific textbook and you will see this:


Photo Source

This cross shaped protein literally holds our bodies together!! How cool is God's handiwork?! Laminin is the glue that keeps our bodies together. Wikipedia says, "Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement brains in almost every animal tissue". We would literally fall apart if we did not have this protein. Our bodies are such a testament to the Creator and how intricately we are knit together. He is just inconceivable to me!

Physically we need this little protein cross but spiritually we have to have it too. The world is ripping apart at the seams from the ravages of sin. People everywhere are desperate messes without the cross and hope of Jesus. It is only with the blood and sacrifice of The Cross that we can be preciously and perfectly held together. God gave us a cross physically and spiritually. So sweet.

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.

Colossians 1:15-17

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Eternal

Just loving the lyrics to this song titled Eternal by Sanctus Real. Listening to it on repeat this afternoon while I do my everyday stuff :)



For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

Apologies

We got this e-mail in our Inbox Monday morning after a more difficult Saturday night of babysitting. Can anyone just appreciate how sweet this little guy is? We love the kiddos all the more and wrote back that we forgave them and were excited to hang out again soon! (I took out the name at the end. The sweet parents are doing a great job if you ask us!)

Dear Carly and Ryan, I'm sorry for how i behaved when you baby sitting us i will be nicer next time.
from, ____


P.S. Does that little sad face at the end just break your heart?!?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Abudance

In addition to an abundance of fresh, organic vegetables lately we are realizing we have an abundance of other good stuff too!!

1. Family and friends who love us so well
2. Lots of summer plans with our favorite people
3. Eternal life (our favorite one!)
4. Bike rides
5. Ladies Bible Study (just for me, not for Ry)
6. Grilling, grilling, and more grilling
7. Walks, and runs
8. Rain
9. The Lord's unending provision
10. More and more opportunities to brag on God



See those dirty root veggies? Green onions and radishes w/ spinach in the background.


Some people eat foot long hot dogs...we get foot long rhubarb!

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.

John 1:16


Monday, June 20, 2011

Laughing at Peter

I don't normally laugh out loud when I read scripture but Acts 12 was pretty ridiculous today. This is a book about the early church and the earliest Christians figuring out how to navigate their faith with the new gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts begins with Pentecost, and shows how the people Jesus entrusted, set off to do the work they had been commanded.

Ok now onto the good stuff stuff:

Poor Peter was just having a hard day. He had been locked up in jail by an angry tyrant leader who had plans to kill him and/or release him to an angry mob of people (Acts 12:4).

As Peter was innocently taking a little nap between armed two guards one night an angel appeared to him. Now when I picture an angelic encounter I picture this beautiful, strong, scary being coming in peace. White lights, clouds, the whole shabang. This is what peter got...The angel hit him!!

He struck peter on the side" (Acts 12:8)

Ha!! I really hope it's not blasphemous to laugh at Peter getting slammed by an Angel. Oh phew, poor guy. You think the angel God sent would have gently sang Peter to consciousness, not hit the poor guy in the ribs.

But that's not all...

After a miraculous and daring escape through the prison and city Peter decided to go to the home of Mary, the mother of John, to let the believers there know he was alive and well. A servant girl named Rhoda ran to answer the door and to in her astonishment and excitement to see Peter she left the worn out guy standing in the dark, on the street fully exposed to the authorities pursuing him!! Poor poor Peter. Can you just imagine him standing there so confused about everything that just went down?!? He must have been totally bewildered. She did eventually come back for him but only after he continued pounding on the door to be rescued!

Whoever said following Jesus was easy should re-read Acts 12. Peter got a smack down by an angel after a long night in prison and was left by an giddy teenie bopper on the streets to near certain capture.

Sometimes scripture is just too much for me- I love it! I love the humorous side of God that likes to mix it up a little but still provides entirely. He is so unpredictable.

God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection

2 Samuel 22:31

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Natural Medicine Cabinet

For some of you who don't know I really dig anything natural, health-oriented and organic. You have to be careful to research legitimate brands and products but when you find those you are happy with, the benefits are amazing!

People often ask us if we eat healthy or take supplements to live longer. The answer is no. We eat healthy and take care of our bodies now to #1 honor the temples God has given us (1 Cor. 6:19) and #2 to have a high quality of life today! We understand we are not ultimately in control of our health or life (Psalm 39:4) but we feel strongly about being a good steward of anything we have been given.

So this post is to give you just a glimpse into our "medicine" cabinet that we use almost daily. (I left off our daily vitamin regime-perhaps another post...). It is full of good, affordable stuff that will keep your body truly healthy.

Barlean's Greens: This stuff will rock your world! It is full of greens, sea food vegetables, vitamins, minerals and everything good your body needs. We mix ours with Organic Applesauce.

We dig these Fish Oil supplements because they are a lot easier than swallowing fish oil-ick! Our bodies don't make Omega 3's so this is a good way to get what you need from an outside source. Keeps our joints, skin, hair, nails, cardiovascular system, and mind top notch.


What isn't peppermint tea good for? Digestion, stomach aches, easing respiratory congestion, and relieving headaches. It's Ryan's favorite anytime though.

Use some of those other name brands for headache remedies? White Willow supplements are a cheap and safe alternative that cure any minor headache we get.


Tea Tree Oil is our go to for disinfecting cuts and scrapes, putting in humidifiers when we have trouble breathing, or dabbing it on acne or bug bites. I love this oil for all household cleaning too.
Arnica in a cream form like this is amazing for PMS cramps (we are both thankful for it then!) and for any type of sore or swollen muscle. After a hard workout we rub this business into our calves or on our shoulders for relief.


This itty bitty picture is a bottle of Probiotics by Nature's Way. Each little pill contains 6+ billion friendly bacteria to aid digestion, fuel your immune system, stop infections all over your body, and increase intestinal health.

Finally, this book is my absolute favorite in natural cures and remedies. I think the authors are believers based on their writing, cool! This book talks about everything from boils to sprains, headaches to cancer. It doesn't substitute sometimes necessary medical care but I like being able to take care of myself and loved ones with this information. High recommended!

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,but God remains the strength of my heart;he is mine forever.

Psalm 73:26

None of these companies or brands even know I exist so I am promoting them by my own experience and preference. I am not a medicinal expert nor do I claim to be. I better not get any law suits because of your dumb mistake. No funny business people!! Enjoy these products and let me know what has worked for you in the way of health.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ongoing Celebrations

These are just a few random pics of the birthday celebration that Ryan's work had for him. After a long afternoon of meetings, they surprised him with a THREE LAYER Snickers Cake (honestly the best cake we've ever had) and a sweet card. He is so blessed by the people he works with!

{The amazing baker, Joyce Anderson}

{Me with that cutie Birthday Boy}

{Some hilarious tossing bean bag game}

The Nelsons took us out to White Fence Farm last night for a belated birthday celebration and the fun continues tomorrow morning for a Birthday/Father's Day Brunch.

What else do we have to share...

Today we enjoyed an early Father's Day breakfast and walk with the Nelsons, a hike with two wonderful co-workers of Ryan's, and finally we have a wedding tomorrow afternoon. We are busy this summer but it is busy with the best kind of stuff.

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.

2 Samuel 22:33






Friday, June 17, 2011

Organic Veggie Share

Tis the season for the things of green!!

We just received our first delivery of Grant Family Farms vegetable share:

Lettuce, Spinach, Cilantro, Green Onions, Parsely and Rhubarb.

Looks like it is salad and salsa for us this week! We are doing a 26-week Family Share with our good friends and since there wasn't really enough Rhubarb to do anything spectacular with, they whipped us up some Rhubarb muffins! Ever had them? A lot like a cranberry muffin (picture eating one of those with coffee and fall leaves) but this particular Rhubarb goodie is so summer-y and would go great with fruit salad or iced tea. Yum.

{The goods.}

{How beautiful is this business???}

{Blurry shot of the Rhubes.}

In other news...

Our vacation was epic. Such a needed and good time to escape for a few days. We took a daily 5 mile hike/walk along the river that ran behind our hotel, biked 9 miles round trip from Avon to Edwards, and enjoyed reconnecting and relaxing. It was a great trip but also glad to be back!

We officially backed out of the house we were under contract with. Foundation issues were mounting and it was a minimum of $17K to fix everything. Um, no thank you. We just submitted a new offer for a house in Golden. This one already has a sweet God-story brewing... We were asking the Lord to just consider lowering the price and within the next 12 hours there was word that the bank would accept $25K less than the asking price which just so happens to be in our price range! Dang Lord. We'll keep you posted.

Ryan heads back to work today and I get back into MPD (Ministry Partner Development) for Campus Crusade. We have some fun stuff planned this weekend with the Dads for Father's Day as well as a wedding, and a LONG bike ride.

Then God said, "Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food."
Genesis 1:29


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What Do We Deserve?

We Deckers really dig free stuff. Or cheap stuff. But mostly just free. At this fancy schmancy hotel we are staying at they offer you the "opportunity" to attend a 90 minute presentation on becoming a time share owner and member of their exclusive travel club. If you attend the presentation you get a free $100 prepaid gift card. Um, yes please! So on we went.

On this little presentation a very excited representative sits you down and explains to you exactly how you can travel all over the world with their company for a fraction of the cost of making traditional travel plans. That's all well and good but there was one question that our presenter asked of us that just seemed to strike us as strange:

"Don't you two deserve a nice vacation every year?"

What I wanted to say?

"I deserve HELL lady!"

What did I actually say?

"Uh...we don't deserve a nice vacation but we certainly enjoy it when schedules, finances and time allows!"

That answer didn't sit pretty with her and she talked around and around for TWO HOURS about how Ryan and I supposedly deserved to travel in 5 star hotels, enjoying private butlers, huge suites, and only the best quality of everything their company offered.

For the record, we really dig beauty and enjoying our surroundings or an experience. There is nothing wrong in our opinion in enjoyment or time off that because all good gifts come from the Lord. But there is a problem for me when I think I actually did something to DESERVE anything.

What I really deserve is hell. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). I am a sinner by nature and thereby inherited guilt. That guilt forces me to stand impure before a perfect God and I need a perfect Savior to stand in my place to earn me heaven and righteousness. If I got what I deserved it sure as heck wouldn't be a 5 Star Hotel...more like an eternity of brim stone and fire.

Anyway, our representative was entirely flustered by us but it's our hope that we provoked some new thoughts in her that weren't there before.

Final thoughts:

God is the creator of all things beautiful and we are meant to enjoy His gifts and goodness! But thinking I deserve anything is a filthy lie regarding my nature because what I earn on my own is death. I don't even deserve Jesus but by a choice and grace I get the greatest gift that I could never earn or deserve.

But God demonstrates his own for for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Carter Wedding!!

Happy Wedding Day Ali & Daniel!!


We have a very special wedding on June 12! Ali Kushniroff & Daniel Carter are getting hitched!

I have known Ali since my freshmen year of high school, we lived together during college and now we get be a part of this next stage in their new life! We are beyond pumped to celebrate this couple that loves the Lord and each other so much!

After their wedding tomorrow evening we head to Avon in the morning for a 4 day vacation to celebrate 1 year of marriage. We plan to hike, bike, swim, be outside, read, re-connect, and relax! But for now we are giving all our energy and prayers to the Carter Wedding!

Our prayer for those two as they enter marriage is this Psalm...

I love you, Lord; you are my strength.

Psalm 18:1

Friday, June 10, 2011

Seeking

"Who am I that I could stand in God's way?"
-Peter (Acts 11:17)

Clinging on to this as we proceed with the house and trust to see God show up!!

Ryan and a whole crew of family and friends went to view the house Wednesday evening again. (I had a wedding rehearsal). Everyone was pumped to see what the inside looked like and just get to explore. Our Realtor was so great to let us into the house again and she even went in the creepy crawl space to explore with Ry when no one else wanted to! The crew loved it and thought it was a terrific deal! There are a few aspects to the house that we have to check out but we are feeling clear direction to proceed and trust the Lord.

We accepted the bank's counter offer yesterday morning and are now moving into the inspection stage! Woo hoo! Whatever happens with this situation, we are believing that we cannot get in God's way and that His will, ultimately prevails. We'll keep you posted!

Who are those who fear the Lord?
He will show them the path they should choose
Psalm 25:12

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Happy Birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYAN JOHN!!!

It's Ryan's 25th Birthday today! WOO HOO!!!

We are celebrating with lunch at his office and Ryan's dream dinner menu made by our two best friends tonight. Dang we are blessed! He got new clip in pedals for his mountain bike but opened them early so I re-wrapped them and he has been ordered to act surprised when opened.

Enjoy a few pictures from Ryan's 24th year of life (below). Praying he keeps getting weirder, crazier, and more on fire for the Lord!! So many people are blessed to celebrate your life today Ryan John Decker III!


{Wonderful crazy Ryan Decker}

{Dwight captured his heart and inspired his style}

{Neti.}

{Doesn't everyone skateboard to their job interviews?}

{Sexy pose in his Africa shirt}

{Such a cute birthday boy}

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
celebrate his lovely name with music.
Psalm 135:3

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Unconventional

Drum roll please for this fine list of people God used for eternal and significant impact:
  • Noah was a drunk
  • Abraham was too old
  • Isaac was a daydreamer
  • Jacob was a liar
  • Joseph was abused
  • Moses had a stuttering problem
  • Gideon was afraid
  • Samson was a womanizer
  • Rahab was a prostitute
  • Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
  • David had an affair and was a murderer
  • Elijah was suicidal
  • Isaiah preached naked
  • Jonah ran from God
  • Naomi was a widow
  • Job went bankrupt
  • Peter denied Christ
  • The disciples fell asleep while praying
  • Martha worried about everything
  • The Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once)
  • Zaccheus was too small
  • Paul was too religious
  • Timothy had an ulcer....
http://www.angmail.fsnet.co.uk/withgod2.htm

I cringe to when I hear people say "God can't use me because..." or "I will follow God when..." or my personal favorite: "I would follow God but..." Wake up people! God's not in the business of perfect followers. Over and over he has used crappy people with even crappier sin to bring glory to His name. It's a slap in the face of God to believe you are the exception because scripture clearly shows ordinary, sinful, rebellious people were the instruments of the Almighty.

Nothing is too bad, too horrible, too ugly, too sinful, too crazy, too anything for God to turn around and use for His glory.

He certainly calls us to more and was not content to see any of the people above stay in their sin. But He met them in their darkest moment, in their most weakened state, at their absolute point of hopelessness where even dreaming God would glance at them seemed like an impossibility.

"I wish I could follow God but..." is a lie from the enemy. God clearly uses the unconventional and very unexpected! He just asks that we pick up our cross and follow Him to the ends of the Earth. There is no excuse for not baring it all to God and allowing Him to use the mess to create a message.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
Matthew 16:24

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

12 Miles Up Hill


Ryan Decker has decided he LOOOOVES biking. Absolutely crazy about it. So far his heart just quickens over mountain biking and road biking but probably one day he'll ride home on a unicycle and I won't be surprised...

Well he works with lots of other guys that also happen to share this love of biking so 3 of them decided to bike to work. No, not the 1.4-mile-flat bike ride to the new office right by our house, the 12 mile-UPHILL-the-whole-way bike ride to the old office off of I-70 and Genesee Park.

They didn't bike on 1-70 but there is a road that runs along the highway with less traffic. Way to go husband-you are a stud at so much stuff!

They are studs.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Influence

Ryan Decker and I were talking Sunday morning, sharing what we had been learning/processing lately and we got on the topic of influence. Now my husband is always full of good stuff but today I felt he was especially wise!

We were talking about how people become who they are and the choices they make influencing their lives. The epitome of my husband's glorious thoughts came when he asked me,

"Who do you want to be wife?"

Sha-bam hubs that is a GOOD question! It pours into these other questions below and however we answer them will shape and form our values, lives, lifestyles, thinking, and choices.

So...

Who do you want to be?

Who do you want to influence?

How do you want to influence?

Who or what is influencing you?!

How do you want to be remembered?

It was such a challenging series of questions for me to think through AND answer. Sometimes a honest answer to things like "who" or "what" is molding you can be an ugly answer if it's self-focused.

Is your influence a song, a show, an idol, a sport, a person, a truth, a philosophy, a grudge, a person, a goal, a lie, a group, a book or something else? Whatever we allow to influence us will result in a lifestyle and personality molding. I pray my influence (though I often fail) is ultimately Jesus.

So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 20:7


This is how the Lord responds: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman.You must influence them;do not let them influence you!

Joshua 15:19






Sunday, June 5, 2011

House Buying

We have found ourselves in the house buying market! We're pretty pumped about this possibility and can't wait to see where the Lord takes us.

Last Sunday we contacted a real estate agent (she is a rock star by the way!) and by Friday we had viewed 6 houses already! Yesterday we wrote up a contract and put down an initial offer on a house that we really like. We hear back Wednesday by 6:00 p.m.

Just some other random details: It's a brick ranch, 3 bed, 2 bath and PLENTY of room in the back for a garden and chicken coop. There's lots of other fun parts to this house but we have to keep ourselves as uninvolved as possible because we might not get the house. Pretty sure I already failed at that though...:)

Our goal in this whole process and in owning a home would be to glorify God more and release any resources He has allowed us to be a steward over. We are excited for an opportunity to just brag on God and how He provides.

We'll keep you all updated and hopefully before Wednesday night!

A house is built by wisdom
and becomes strong through good sense.
Through knowledge its rooms are filled
with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.
Proverbs 24:3-4

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hospitality

Our dear friend Katie just headed home for Tennessee after a short visit with us this week. We took that woman to the mountains for a hike, on a massive bike ride in Golden, to Ryan's work to play with water, and of course to the Coor's Tour (Short version people! Just wanted the free beer). Did I mention we were there by 10:30 am this morning?

Katie is also a fabulous baker and constantly blesses people with her mad skillz so she decided we should make homemade apple pie a la mode. Enter Ryan's drooling and swooning over this pie. I just helped a little, Sous Chef style.


{Just a half crust was apparently all this recipe wanted to make}

{Katie adding signature slices in the top crust of the pie}

{Have mercy! This thing was delicious}

So as we sent her on her way I started thinking more and more about hospitality and what scripture has to say about it. Good hospitality must stretch beyond a clean house and keeping them entertained from sun up to sun down. Ryan and I are not perfect at this or even adequate at times but here is what we're learning:

But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit
Jude 1:20

One of coolest parts of hospitality is prayer. Sure, sure I run the vacuum and dust or whatever but what better way to serve and host someone than to cover them in prayer? Prayers that they would arrive safely, prayers that they would leave your home more refreshed than they came, prayers for whatever life issues they might share during their time with you, prayers for a continued relationships to grow between you and them. Lots of ways to serve them before, during and after your time together!

When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Romans 12:13

Now I don't know if people who stay with us or come into our home are always going to be "in need" but what I gain from this verse is to anticipate and read people's needs. Are they thirsty, hungry, tired, needing to talk, dirty, sleepy, ready to chill, hot, cold, burdened, or something else? How can we meet some of their needs as their host and just serve them?

So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 8:15

Uh did the Bible really just say that? Holla! Learn to enjoy guests! Plan things of course, but just enjoy being with them no matter what you do. All of our guests and friends are different but when we host we try to think through what will they enjoy? What would they like to do with our time together? A hike? A home cooked dinner? A tour or outing of some sort? Time outside? Time to relax? Whatever it is, we want it to be enjoyable and celebrating of life!

Here is one of my favorite verses of all time just in general and on the topic of hospitality...

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!

Hebrews 13:2


I'll just end here. Do you even get so giddy thinking about entertaining flippin ANGELS? I just think that is so cool. Who knows if I have but if I ever do I hope my mind is off how clean the floors are and focused on Jesus-the source for all ability to love and serve people well.

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