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Marriage, Personal

February 26, 2019

Marriage Monday: Opening Our Home

Let’s be honest for a minute, at our core, we are pretty private people. If it were up to us, we would spend just about every evening in our homes, by ourselves. The problem is, we know that it isn’t good for us, our social skills, our spiritual lives, or even our marriage.

Because we understand the importance of spending time with friends and getting to know new people, we have challenged ourselves over the past several years to open our home to people, even when we lived in a small apartment. We realized that it doesn’t matter the size of the space at all or where you are, but that a space is what you make it!

We have been in our home for almost a year and a half, and of the times that we have welcomed friends, family, and our community group have been some of the most enjoyable times so far in our home. I think we can honestly say that we don’t regret a single night of it.

Both of us are creatures of habit. We enjoy having a routine and sticking to it. Because of that, we have to remind and encourage ourselves to be inviting! A while ago, we decided that we would pick a night every week (most weeks), and invite someone over to our home.

Our community group met at our home last winter/Spring, and we were so excited to use our home as a space where we can get to know this group of 12 or so people from all different stages of life in our most favorite place. But now that we are meeting at other homes, we still want to steward our space well.

One of our favorite thing is getting to have our wedding couples who are local to the Anderson area over for dinner or a board game night! It’s great to just get to hang out with no agenda and get to know them more.

We bought our home with the intention of sharing it with others. So we have loved getting to do that and hope to continue encouraging each other to invite people into our home and lives.

Hosting was out of our comfort zone at first, but it has stretched us and made us grow in several different ways. Now, we feel so comfortable with it and love getting to invite people into our home.

Hebrews 13:2 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Now that we are being purposeful about inviting people over, we’ve realized that we enjoy it, and we are starting to think that we are want to become much more hospitable and inviting to others. Our prayer since we’ve moved in was that God would use our home to spread love and comfort.

Want to come over? Let us know! We play a mean game of scattergories! 🙂

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