Everyday Hospitality

 A guest post by Amy Pittman:

          There is a word that is becoming lost in our “rush to and fro” society.  This word is hospitality.  It is called today “entertaining”—which leads to thoughts of perfect meals, and pristine homes and formal attire.  Oh my!  The world of pinterest perfection keeps us from giving hospitality because it seems unachievable. 

          The base of the word hospitality is hospital.  What do we receive at hospitals?  We receive care.  That is what hospital-ity is for, to love on people.  Show them we care, that their life holds value.

          We see hospitality in the Bible.  In II Kings 4:8, the Shunammite woman shows hospitality to Elisha—going as far as building him a room onto her home.  Lydia, in Acts 16:14-15, shows hospitality to the disciples.  Hospitality is part of following Christ.  Romans 12: 13 says we are to be “…given to hospitality”.

But let’s get to the nuts and bolts...

How do we show hospital-ity

in everyday life? 

Here’s the answer. 

Are you ready for it? 

Keep it simple! 

          Hospital-ity doesn’t have to be hard.  You don’t have to spend days preparing for someone to come over.  When you invite someone into your home, yes it should be tidy, but you want them to feel comfortable. 

When they leave they

should feel loved on. 

         Here’s the great thing though—if you are in the season of “littles” and the thought of having people over is just overwhelming, it’s okay.  You can still have people over, just make it simple.  Dessert and coffee, or pizza and brownies.  You want to have meaningful conversations with these people you love.  If you are stressed out about your meal, you’re not going to be able to relax and care for your guests.

       Also, hospital-ity doesn’t have to mean having people over.  Sometimes we need to take it to them.  When a friend has had a baby, or there has been sickness or death.  These times are obvious.  But, what about when they are just having a rough time?  When you know they’re down.  Take them their favorite cookie or some special something that says “I care”.  It could also be as simple as a card and a bookmark. 

Just let them know you care. 

     Freezer meals are another great way to be able to show hospital-ity.  Take a day and make up some “freezer friendly” dishes (lasagna is a great one).  This way you can be hospitable on the spur of the moment.  Oh and always use foil pans.  This way your recipient doesn’t have dishes to do. : )

I’ll end with how a precious

friend showed hospital-ity to me... 

         About two years ago I was going through an extremely difficult time.  I had begun dealing with anxiety and panic attacks, as the result of a too busy schedule.  I am a homeschool mom and with this precious friend lead a small homeschool group. 

         I was unable to attend one of our field trips because I just needed some down time.  So this sweet friend came and picked up my daughter for the field trip.  She also brought me a beautiful, soft, warm throw.  I love that throw to this day.  She knew I needed to be wrapped in comfort and love.

Let’s ask God to show us ways

that we can show hospital-ity!

Freezer Friendly Lasagna (feeds about 4-6)

1 ½ lb hamburger

1 lb Italian sausage

2- 15 oz jars marinara sauce

1 onion, diced

1- 16 oz ricotta cheese

2 c shredded mozzarella

½ c grated Parmesan (the green can is fine)

1 egg

2 cloves garlic minced or 1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

1 tsp dried basil

1 Tbl Italian seasoning

8 lasagna noodles

Olive oil

Brown and drain hamburger and sausage.  In the same skillet drizzle a little olive oil and add onion.  Let this cook over med-high heat till onion begins to soften.  Add in your marinara sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, and Italian seasoning.  Combine and let come to a bubble.  Then add your meat mixture and combine.  Turn the heat down to med and cook for about 20 min.

Meanwhile bring a stockpot of water to boil.  Add a little salt and a drizzle of olive oil (this will keep your noodles from sticking).  Add noodles and cook according to box directions.

Combine ricotta cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, and egg.

Layer in a 9x13 pan.  Add just a little sauce to the bottom of the pan.  Layer 4 noodles, half the cheese mixture, and then half the meat sauce mixture.  Repeat this layer one more time and sprinkle with a bit more parmesan.

If you are going freeze, cover with heavy duty foil and put in the fridge to cool down.  Then place in the freezer, it will keep at least 4 months.  If you are going to bake it for your family or to deliver.  Preheat to 375 and bake 20-30 min.

From frozen:  thaw in the fridge at least 24 hrs and bake using above directions.