My House Might Be Messy… But The Coffee Pot Is Always On….

I find myself so busy these days and yet I also find myself reaching out to others more and more. Maybe it is because that I see a need in others as well as my self. Many years ago I had a friend who grew up in a poor family.  She recalls that there was always a pot of soup cooking on the stove top for dinner. Her mother always made the remark….”let’s not forget to add a little extra water this time”.  She would continually ask her mom….why do we need to always add the water, and her moms reply was…” because you never know who might stop by and need to chat and we will offer them dinner too”.

What an inspiration for me!!

To think she was ready for a unannounced guest.  What would you do if someone came knocking tonight?  Would you have to run around and hide those things no one should see?  Would you have to turn off the TV for the shame of what you are watching?  Would you just not feel like talking and maybe not even answer the door? Stop and really think with me for a moment….if an guest came over unannounced what would you do?

I have family and friends that when I have knocked they greeted me on the door step and we chatted there.  I was never asked in, I never felt welcomed.  The “Pop-In” visit can make you feel like you have invaded someones territory.
Ever since I heard that soup story….I don’t have a pot of soup on but… I do tell my friends img_0330and family that ” the house might be mess but the coffee pot is always on”.  We have had so many friends pop in, visit, take a meal with us etc…. We love to hear feed back like….”when I visit you house it is a home”, “I feel welcomed”, “WOW… fells like a safe haven”, “I love the way your house smells”… (candles burning, coffee pot on etc….) and other wonderful remarks like this. I have told my kids that this house is not ours…the Lord gave it to us and we need to use it for Him.  I remember the night we moved into the current house we are in ….my husband made us bow our heads and thank God for it and asked Him to use it for His work.
What has happened to the gift of hospitality?  What has happened to the gift of friendship?  The Bible speaks clearly on both of these matters and since the Bible has not changed why have we changed?
  • Do you have this gift?
  • Do you enjoy having people over?
  • Do you enjoy being an encouragement?
  • Do you enjoy serving the Lord?

Did the Lord give you a gift of a home that you know you should be using for Him?

We should use our gift of hospitality and be the type of person who have the attitude of an “Open Home”….we then would make others feel welcome.  I have spent many hours sharing a cup of coffee or tea with a friend and we have had some life cimg_1571hanging moments from it.  When we have a friend who needs a hug, a smile, a simple kind word…are you one of the first people they think of?

Do they consider your home a place where they feel like kicking off their shoes, having a cup of coffee, curling up on the couch and sharing their hearts?

My mother always told me that you can never tell when an angle might knock at your door for some hospitality.  Have I entertained angles in my home.  Just think of that!!!

The gift of hospitality doesn’t mean that you need a fancy home, lots of pretty things, lots of money or fancy food.  It is an attitude that you create when people enter your home through the front door ( that means ….yes you need to let them in!).
Roman 12:14
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

I Peter 4:9 a

Show hospitality to one another without grumbling….

Luke 10:38 b

….a woman named Martha opened her home to Him.

Hebrews 13:1-2

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Ladies, I know some of us work out of the home and also need to take care of our homes and family in addition.  I know life is crazy with the kids and schedule.  But we need to share this gift with each other.  It is time to dig out those teacups that grandma gave you, wash the coffee mugs, buy a few items to stash in the pantry to serve when someone pops in.  Sweep the dirt off timg_0328he porch and have the coffee pot ready.  You know never know….I might coming popping in on you one day soon for a chat!!!

Come join with me and start a few trend of “HOSPITALITY on the Rise”, make this gift a gift again!

Leave me a comment below and tell me how you have entertained and made people feel welcomed in your home.  Let me know if you are willing to join with me and to use this gift that we have been given.  I would love to hear from you!!!

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Modern Day Working Mama with a homespun twist and a dash of special needs and disabilities – a life of adventure a constant new norm!

4 thoughts on “My House Might Be Messy… But The Coffee Pot Is Always On….

  1. When I first bought my house 33 years ago, I too thanked the Lord for it, and asked him to help me open it for His purposes. This house hosted the “college and career” group for Bible Study for a couple of years, in addition to dinner and lunch guests for a memorable amount of years. He has truly blessed me (and my husband) with this home. Please come by anytime. I’ll put the coffee on 🙂

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    1. I remember many events you hosted and your wonderful basement with our college and career group. I am thankful for your friendship and we will make it a point to share a cup of coffee with you all this year! ☕️


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