6 Easy Ways to Start Inviting

6 Easy Ways to Start Inviting

A couple of weeks ago, we ran an article about the importance of inviting and how inviting others into our homes reflects how God invites us into his arms. We received a lot of feedback, including lots of questions about how to start inviting others when it’s not already a part of your home’s culture. Here are just a handful of ideas of how to practically approach inviting so that you can use the safety of your home to pursue hearts and engage.

Kara’s Collection: I miss him... A story of one dear veteran.

Kara’s Collection: I miss him... A story of one dear veteran.

From an article originally posted November 11, 2013…

I miss one veteran today. One handsome, larger than life, lover of my heart, veteran named Homer Lakes. With a name like Homer, no middle name is necessary. My heart hurts at his lonely state, days spent in a nursing home, quiet and lonely. I wonder if the workers in the shift change have any idea how special this man is? Do people listen to his tall tales, do they know his generous heart?

Stories like this…

Stories like this…

Entering this second Kara-less year has brought less fear but more shock. The shock is not a numbing shock, but more of a head-snapping shock, a What happened? or Is this really my life? shock.

Days, weeks, and months passed at an unstoppable speed, and now a year. I am also shocked at the speed of life. One year has passed, almost 14 months. Year two of birthday celebrations is clicking by, and a second wedding anniversary without Kara was May 16th.  Would have been 18 years, but I am joy-filled to have had 16 with her.

Kara’s Collection: Seeking Grace-Silencing Lies

Kara’s Collection: Seeking Grace-Silencing Lies

From an article originally posted November 7, 2013…

There was a season of this journey I dreaded the mail. I struggled with the endless pile of bills. I worried over imaginary problems. I failed to see the truth of God’s provision of a good job, health insurance, and a husband that wasn’t anxious over these details. My faith was so weak, and I really struggled to see the care in God’s provision. Mostly, I struggled with huge guilt over the endless bills coming into our home. I felt guilty that my illness was straining our budget. My guy had a different perspective, he saw the great care, the ability to fight this terrible disease, and the need for each additional procedure.

Shame on Me: How God’s love exposed me for who I truly am

Shame on Me: How God’s love exposed me for who I truly am

This week at our women’s Bible study, we are sharing passages of Scripture to pray over each of us throughout the summer. I chose Isaiah 43: 1-3:

Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

For a while, this has been my favorite passage, and my favorite part of the passage is the first two lines. Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Over the course of my life, I have been called many names. Some have been good, but many have been hurtful. Many have been shaming and ugly.