Do not neglect to extend hospitality to strangers [especially among the family of believers—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 AMP
When I was asked to be involved with the food for Refresh, I knew I would enjoy the experience! I grew up with a mom who loved the art of homemaking and reaching people’s hearts through food. It became natural to me; I am in my comfort zone in that realm. I believe when our hearts are open to people, our homes will be too.
As a busy young mother, I found a life-giving outlet in reaching out to people through hosting them for meals, parties, etc. It was something I could do while also taking my rightful place in the home. Hospitality is a command in the scriptures, and God gives strength to fulfill His will through us when we feel unable. If our hearts are open to God and His people, amazing things can happen when we allow ourselves to be used. Many times I have been blessed by going the extra mile and opening my home in spite of the fact that I didn’t feel like it!
Simple is always beautiful, and it is restful! I will always remember a lesson I learned many years ago. We stayed overnight in a community in Connecticut, while traveling in that area. We were put up in a home that was very simply furnished. I remember the clean whites of the walls, the curtains, sheets and towels. For breakfast we feasted on toast with homemade jam. What a treat… Nobody apologized! It was simple, restful, and beautiful. Hospitality is not about entertaining, but about meeting the needs of people.
Over the years I have been involved with food preparation for large crowds and find it challenging yet fulfilling. I love organization and that definitely is the key! I have also become more comfortable with crowds the more I’ve done it. That’s how it is in anything we do in life. The more we give of ourselves, the more it becomes a part of who we are.
I am Nathan’s wife, and mother to Jewel, Crystal, Joshua, Benjamin, Ginger and Suzanne. Each of our children have given us a wonderful mate whom we dearly love and thank God for. My relationship to Jesus is the joy and power of my life. Serving the people of God is fulfilling for us; Nathan serves as bishop in three congregations in the Southeastern Conference. Windmill Farm Bakeshop is our business in our hometown of South Boston, VA. I enjoy homemaking, gardening and all-out Southern hospitality. My door is always open and I would love to serve you a cup of my hand roasted coffee!