Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Review: A Life That Says Welcome...and an update :)

Well, we spent the month of January and some of February with my family in VA.  We had a wonderful visit and we were even able to bring a little someone special back with us...that's right, I'm expecting baby #2!!!  We're so excited and can't wait to meet this new blessing sometime in early October 2016!  Anyway, I say all that to say that I didn't really have a chance to write out my goals for the year until we got home.  One of my biggest goals for this year is to read a new book every month (or review an old one :d).  This book was the first of many (I hope) in 2016!

A Life That Says Welcome by Karen Ehman is a wonderful reminder on the importance of hospitality, especially as Christians, and includes some practical ways to prepare your home and heart for guests!  Karen starts out by giving you a little bit of background into her own life and journey from clueless cook to welcoming hostess.  Turning to the Scriptures she presents examples of hospitality and the importance of making sure your heart is right first before you open your home to others.  Also she shares "Our families need to come first as the recipients of love, creativity, and handiwork."pg.44.  Its so easy to get into the mode of serving and impressing others that we forget about our own little brood and how to serve and bless them.  What a great reminder!  From there the book proceeds to cover practical ways to stay on top of dirt and clutter, ideas to decorate your home, recipes for big crowds or picky eaters, and how to take hospitality on the road.  All together I was inspired to become more hospitable to the people around me and to be open to however the Lord may want to use me in this way!

I hope you all had a blessed Resurrection Sunday celebrating the victory our Lord had over death, hell and the grave!  All glory to Him!  What a joy to be His child!
Learning to delight in Jesus,
Hannah :)