It’s a warm word. An inviting word. A beautiful word.

More important, hospitality is a word that speaks to the heart of the our faith and calling.

8The bible shares that we are to “practice hospitality” (Romans 12:13)—to our brothers and sisters in Christ, to our friends and families, but especially to strangers and those in need (Leviticus 19:33, Hebrews 13:1-2). Showing love for others is not only an act of love and faith it is a loving response to the Lord’s example and to our very creation—the fact that God has made us for relationships and community! We are made and called to use the tools of our entire lives—including our homes, our hearts, and all our spiritual gifts (1 Peter 4:9-10)—to welcome and serve others and to offer them the hospitable gifts of comfort and care.

Kathleen and me
I  believe that women especially hunger to live this way.

The yearning to share ourselves and our homes with others is part of our God-given nature and the call of the Holy Spirit on our lives.

It is beautiful other centered living.


But several factors tend to hold women back in today’s culture.


Many of us have never learned the skills of managing a household and welcoming others into it. We compare ourselves to others and worry that our homes and their cooking skills aren’t up to snuff. We’re so busy caring for our jobs and their families that we just can’t summon the time or energy to “entertain.” And the never-ending avalanche of cookbooks, how-to magazines, and “beautiful living” television shows often discourages while it inspires—whetting our desire to do better, but also convincing us that what we have to offer will never be good enough.

What many of us need is a miracle—the miracle of a changed perspective. And that’s what I offer to women who are hungry to lead more beautiful lives and to share those lives with others . . . but who may feel inadequate, unprepared, or just too busy to do so. FREEDOM from perfection and the joy of reaching out.


I am inviting you to rethink what it means to be hospitable:

• It’s not “entertaining” . . . but providing a comfortable setting for people to enjoy and learn from one another.
• Not showing off . . . but sharing life, embracing hospitality as a message you give other people about their value.
• Not kitchen theatrics . . . but kitchen-based ministry, using food as a catalyst for community.
• Not dinner parties and open houses . . . but mealtime communion and openhearted living.
• Not house beautiful . . . but rejoicing in the beauty of shared meals and fellowship in a welcoming setting.
• Not doing something unusual for “company,” but creating an everyday lifestyle that provides welcome to family, friends, strangers . . . and yourself.
• And it’s not just for those with gorgeous homes, professional cooking skills, support staff on call, or special spiritual gifts. It’s the way God intended all of us to live . . . and what God calls, He enables!


I have always had a heart for this kind of miraculous hospitality. I have taught it in my popular workshops for the past fifteen years. And I have been living it for decades . . . as a college student just out on my own . . . as a young wife inviting another family to share a tiny apartment . . . as the stay-at-home mom with four small children hosting dinner parties for the movers and shakers . . . and as a single mom with four teens and a full-time career as an author and speaker. Lifegiving Hospitality is a warm, encouraging and practical message that the loving, serving reality of the hospitable life really is for them.
The best news of all is that we don’t have to wait for the change of perspective to begin changing our lives. The skills of hospitality are learned by doing—literally “practicing” it. And my desire is to provides the tools to do just that—including easy basics, time-saving tricks, and a small arsenal of foolproof, irresistible recipes But my primary teaching thrust is not “here’s how,” but “you can do it . . . beautifully, and have fun doing it!”


My heart is to give encouragement for any woman interested in a hospitable lifestyle is to “start simply, but simply start,” then move step by step toward a life that is more beautiful, full, and welcoming.

Won’t you join me friend?


For More on Lifegiving Hopitality ck out my books: Lifegiving and The God Who Sees You:



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