Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What does hospitality mean to you?

Let your gra.cious attitude be known to all people. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5

I grew up in North Carolina. If you heard me talk, you would know it! I've been in Arizona for ten years, but my accent still remains. I hope I also keep the southern hospitality I grew up with.

My parents loved everyone and it showed. Our home was a place of refuge for the weary. There were often impromptu gatherings or individuals stopping by just for prayer. People were just drawn to our home. I saw miracles take place in our living room. My mom also spent a lot of time on the telephone listening to and praying for friends.

I've heard the expression, "What you are, you reproduce." I hope that is true because I've always wanted to be just like my parents.

Jerry and I have been married for almost 32 years, and every day we strive to live a life of hospitality. Whether people are in our home or we meet them at the coffee shop, our goal is to be a godly example to them and let them know they are loved.

To keep up with the times, I feel one way I can be hospitable is to share with you on this blog. I don't claim to have all the answers. I just want to get some dialogue going between us. Please feel free to comment anytime.

You can begin by sharing what hospitality means to you.


  1. Debbie,
    I am excited about your blog! I was just praying for you guys yesterday and your possible service for the LORD. Today this appeared, YEAH!

    I had been to your house and I felt truly welcome there. To me that makes hospitality. We have a friend here who has that gift ,too. They just want to be with us sometimes. They'll invite what becomes a large group over and we will eat applesauce and beans ( and be filled and blessed and grateful)We will just feel so welcome.

    Thanks for including me. I am so blessed to know you and to now have something more to talk about to our Father about you.

    Doris Brown

  2. Hospitality ... the ability to make one feel welcome ... the ease of conversation and just being yourself ... no expectations other than a time of remembrance together ... leave feeling better than when you arrived ... an atmosphere for building relationship and that, my friend, is what you are all about ... Love ya ... Christi

  3. what a great blog name!!!!

  4. Love it! You and your family truly exude hospitality!

  5. I hope you never lose your southern accent as well :)