The Impact Of A Little Hospitality

The Impact Of A Little Hospitality

Alice Hogan

I am always delightfully surprised at the impact a little hospitality can have on people. God has blessed me with so many opportunities to share his love, and the gospel in my home. So I probably feel the most involved in ministry right around my kitchen island. Whether it’s sharing a meal, playing a game, hosting a Disciple Group or just doing a craft project…. It is truly my desire to share everything He has given me for His glory!

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My job does not define me…but I love it!

My job does not define me…but I love it!

Carrie Fox

My name is Carrie and this is where my feet can be found most often at work.  Although my job does not define me, I’m grateful I get to use my God given talent, at a job I enjoy.  I get to make people feel good about themselves, speak life into them, and talk to people about Jesus when I feel led.  God has truly blessed me with a will to work, success and he puts specific people in my life there.  Shining the light of the Lord into the dark places in people’s life, especially from my own experience, is really my favorite part of my job.

I haven’t always talked to my clients about my faith but as my faith has grown so has my confidence and excitement to share it with others.  I would consider most of my clients friends and try to create a safe environment for the new ones.  I love to hear what’s on the hearts of my clients and where their family is in their faith journey.  I try to gently see where they could go next, and what their next step could look like for them. Even if that just means building trust in our relationship.

I pray for my clients and colleagues.  I pray in the morning before work, how can I show them God?  I pray for them while I’m shampooing.  In quiet times in the appointment I talk to God.  Ask what he would have me say or do, guide my thoughts and my actions.  I can feel the Holy Spirit with me at work at lot.  I thank God because alone I’m a nervous, bumbling wreck.  So sometimes talking to people comes natural and sometimes when I feel the nudge and I’m awkward.  But I always try to step out in faith if I feel the door open for me to say something.  I don’t ever want to miss a chance to speak truth into someone’s life.  I truly believe it means eternal life or death.

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Blessed With A Gift?

Blessed With A Gift?

Jean

What do you do when you have been blessed with a gift, entrusted to be responsible with what God has put in your hands?  This was the question when my parents left the home place to me when they passed away.  The property is now in the hands of the third generation of our family.  Upon the acceptance of this gift, I made the decision to honor my parents by being a good steward, and by keeping the property maintained and appreciated by all those who knew the family.

The first action of being a good steward was to remodel the house that I grew up in.  The other areas of remodeling began with tearing down the old buildings that had deteriorated and moving the old driveway for easier access to the property.  Cleaning out old fence rows of underbrush and trees too close together to be able to maintain.  Adding new buildings, planting trees and grass.  Many of the projects and years behind us, I felt the need to share my gift as a blessing with others.  At the end of 2016 that dream started taking shape after sitting at the feet of Joby Martin and his teaching of the gospel week after week.  The Lord opened my mind and my heart and inspired me to use my gift as a place to serve those seeking the Lord.  Those needing a place to rest, a change of place and a change of pace to allow them time to gain perspective on what God had entrusted them with.

As a result of many prayers, I have been blessed and surrounded by a great group of people wanting to support this mission through prayer, donations of time and finances.

Moving forward, I pray and ask all who will, to pray for this mission to reach those that need a place to find comfort in the Lord.  A place for all people to deepen their relationship with the Lord and an inspiration to the local community to find in His mercy and grace a belief that it is not about our actions but rather about or relationship with Him.

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Diligently Seek Him

Diligently Seek Him

Lauren

Being a full time wedding photographer, most of my days are spent at home, in front my of computer with a cup of coffee (or three). As I retouch what seems like an endless amount of photos, I find myself thinking, ‘How can God use me as a disciple when I barely leave my house?’ It’s by loving Him whole-heartedly and loving others selflessly. Each day He gives my life purpose & direction. He provides roughly 50 couples a year, as well as families and individuals, for my husband and I to love. I want our couples to not only love one another, but pursue Christ’s love above anything else.

I want to serve others so they can see Christ’s love in us, and what is a better time than when they are beginning their life of love together? A common question we get to ask our couples is, “So how did you guys meet?” It opens the door to not only share our personal love story, but the ultimate love story. It’s easy to love each other, and even ourselves, but He wants to be loved first.

God has given me a gift to use for his glory. He has lead me on a path that I could not forged on my own. Through my experiences, both good and bad, the path He has chosen for me has shown me more of who He is and how I can disciple others.

“Also consider that since God has called you, He is completely able to reveal your purpose to you, and He will as you diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

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I’m an outlet for His glory

I’m an outlet for His glory

Madeline Hill

When you’re a stay at home mom of 3, you don’t get much “me” time. In fact, you don’t get any. A stay at home mom is basically a hot dog cooking, butt-wiping, game creating, Netflix navigating, tantrum dodging maid. There’s nothing more exhausting or life-sucking. There have been many times over the last 5 years that I’ve longed for some tasks outside my home, to feel needed to accomplish some tangible goals. But when I stop and think about it, I know my purpose is so delicately important right where I am. I am needed more desperately at home with my children than anywhere else. Not only am I the one meeting ALL their physical needs, I am daily cultivating hearts and minds, creating little people who know the value of kindness, patience, gentleness, and service; little people who also understand the consequences when we choose to act without them.

I’m certainly not the perfect model of mercy, grace, and love for my kids (I yell. A lot.), but I strive to point them to the one who is. They know I don’t wish for them to please me, but Him. If creating Jesus-following, kindness-spreading disciples isn’t important work, I don’t know what is.

One of the great things I’ve been able to keep doing as a stay at home mom is help lead worship at our church. I’ve been a musician since childhood, singing all my life. I even have a degree in musical theater (cue the jazz hands!), so being able to use the gifts I’ve been given, even in this season of life, has been so meaningful for me, and has given me a tangible opportunity to make God known. I love hearing that I was able to help usher the spirit to somebody, or that I have modeled a passion for worshipping Jesus without holding back.

I know the season I’m in will change. One day I will look back and wonder how it could have gone by so fast. But what a comfort to know that God doesn’t need me for any of it, he has just chosen me to be another outlet for His glory.

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