31 days of living free: heart, home, and hospitality

Hospitality // Allume 2014 Keynote Shauna Niequist // #quote #inspiration #hospitality

In the quiet of the morning, I’m sneaking into the dark corners of the living room, an old mug brimming with coffee as my only companion.

As I sit here and I look at this place we get to call home, I wonder how my heart can be free when it comes to true, life-giving hospitality.

Allume is an amazing women’s gathering that took place last week. The theme for this year was hospitality, and the leaders have generously shared the keynote speaker sessions online for free.

Yesterday, on a whim, I watched Shauna Niequist’s talk, and wow. Cut to the heart.

We long to be loved but many of us settle for being impressive.

I heard that and thought, oh, no that’s definitely not me. But maybe not. What would I see if I searched those deep recesses of my heart?

Many times, I think hospitality means a beautiful table with fresh flowers and an amazing meal that this busy mama has no desire to make. So, many times, I think hospitality is not for me.

Hospitality is for homes that are perfect and kids who don’t do laps around at dinner, right?

True hospitality is when someone leaves your home feeling better about themselves, not better about you.

That flips my views on hospitality upside down and inside out. I fall into a trap of seeing everything in my life with a me lens without even realizing it. Hospitality is about letting our hearts be free to love others. Hospitality has more to do with grace and less with bigger and better. Hospitality is creating a space in which we allow others to enter into so we can love them well.

True hospitality is giving people a place to be when they would otherwise be alone. True hospitality is creating sacred space for God to move in us and through us.

Do you feel free to welcome others into your heart? Your home? What is holding you back?

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here.

2 thoughts on “31 days of living free: heart, home, and hospitality

  1. Beautiful post Kayla!
    “Hospitality is creating a space in which we allow others to enter into so we can love them well”

    I think there’s another equally important side to this and is is about allowing our hearts to be free to allow others to love us.
    We talk and hear so much about living others but how’s that work if someone won’t allow themselves to be truly loved? Are we, ourselves, willing to be authentic and trusting and vulnerable enough to let people love us? I think that is actually a more difficult thing. It’s scary. We might get hurt. No, we will get hurt. But loving openly and authentically in both directions is worth any hurt for it is the only place where we are truly free to be who we were made to be.
    If I do all the loving but will not let you love me, well..,you may not leave feeling better about yourself.
    My 2 cents. Your mileage may vary.

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