The following guest post was submitted by Sisterlisa of The HomeSpun Life. We both savored The Relevant Conference last month, as well as appreciated the gorgeous fall colors of the area! Hospitality and relational living are passions of my heart, and it is a joy to bring you her post today.
Autumn is my favorite season. It’s the time when leaves begin transforming into a brilliant display of artistry. Autumn is when the best of scented candles are created and each morning I light them throughout my home to give that warm glowing ambiance to my tiny abode.
When you live in a small space like me, the need for the simplest of décor is needed to keep the living space free from clutter. Most moms will say that a home filled with children tends to become cluttered easily, even more so in a smaller residence.
I love to cook oatmeal on the crispest of mornings, just as the sun is peeking over the horizon. Even better is sautéing apples and raisins with cinnamon to give our home a home baked fragrance to wake the children.
There is something I enjoy doing each year as the thankfulness holidays approach and that is to teach my children about hospitality. The greatest way to teach hospitality is to use it with our own families.
Have you ever stayed in a Bed and Breakfast Inn before? I have had the privilege pillowing my head on fluffy white pillows next to night tables adorned with lace in a few different towns. The hostess of the home bakes early before the sun rises so the guests can wake to the aroma of her country cooking.
There’s nothing I like more when I first open my eyes than to breathe in the scents of fresh brewed coffee and fresh baked apple muffins. How much more will my children enjoy this? (Substitute cocoa for the coffee of course.)
There’s something special about creating traditions for the family. When they grow up, those special little things will be reminders to them, reminders of home. Are we raising our children with traditions to bring their hearts home for the holidays?
Creating an atmosphere of hospitality for our families and guests doesn’t have to be expensive. I don’t necessarily consider my little town a place with an abundance of gorgeous colorful trees, but there are enough that I can drive to a few places close to home and gather some bright orange, red, and pale yellow leaves for my table. Add a couple of tiny orange pumpkins and some acorns as accents with an apple scented candle to make the dining room table inviting.
It’s an invitation to the place where we will commune together in the Lord over hot spiced oatmeal, fresh baked apple muffins, and morning devotions.
Will you remember to be hospitable to your family during this season of thankfulness? When your family knows that you’re hospitable to them first, your guests will see that hospitality runs deep in your faith.
Hebrews 9:2 “A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand, the table and the consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place.”
Make your home a tabernacle for the Lord, a Holy Place, lit by His Lampstand, and commune with the Bread of Life.
Join Sisterlisa sometime for more articles about relational living at The HomeSpun Life.
If you are interested in submitting a guest post in the next month or so for Frugal Granola, feel free to email Michele!