I don’t know about you, but the last couple of weeks for me and my family have been c-razy. Three weeks ago my husband and I set out to DIY remodel our guest bath and start on decorating the nursery for the new baby. We thought we were way ahead of the game by starting this far in advance before the baby was born (Due Jan.17th). Oh, the best laid plans! God had another idea on how we would spend the next few weeks and possibly months.
In order not to bore you with all the ins and outs of what brought us to this point, I’ll just share with you the end result. After a hospital trip, numerous tests and ultra sounds, I’ve been diagnosed with a Subchorionic hemorrhage and have been given medication to prevent early labor AND am on STRICT BED REST. I can’t care for my son (20 months) alone because I literally have to be on my back 23 1/2 hours a day. I get to shower and go to the bathroom. That’s it. And I’m only 22 weeks pregnant!
So long cooking dinners and DIY projects. So long bath remodel and nursery; you’ll have to wait. And to my husband and son, I just ask for your patience while I care for the youngest and newest member of our family.
As a person who likes to do things for herself, this has been a truly humbling experience. I am continuing to learn on such a deeper level that caring for people and showing hospitality is such a BIG part of being a family, a church, a part of the body of our sweet Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:13
“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” 1 Peter 4:9
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:12
Here are 5 ideas on how you can do just that to care for the person in need in your life.
1. TAKE A MEAL
This Italian Chicken that I pinned a while ago on Pinterest would be an easy, almost one dish meal, to take to a friend or neighbor in need. Pair it with a salad or veggies (trust me, they are already getting plenty of pasta) and maybe a fresh loaf of bread for an easy, yummy meal. Oh, and try to take disposable containers. It will make their life and your life so much less complicated!
2. PLAY or COFFEE DATE
If they have small children, offer to pick the kids up for a play date. This will give mom a much needed break while also helping get out the energy of a restless child who has been inside all day. If the person you’re trying to care for doesn’t have kids, offer to bring them a Starbucks and just visit with them for a while. They will appreciate the company and the gesture!
Some people may need some help getting around town while they are down and in need. Offer to take them to a doctor’s appointment, to the grocery store, to run an errand, or offer to pick up their kids from school. If they can’t drive, they will really appreciate it.
4. OFFER TO HELP THEM CLEAN or DO LAUNDRY
Okay, so now we’re getting out of our comfort zone. You may be thinking, “Clean someone else’s house? Do someone else’s laundry? I can barely keep up with my own!” Not to fret. Spending 15-20 minutes doing some light sweeping, dusting, loading the dishwasher is not a big deal and can be done quickly without invading their personal space or your comfort zone. Another great thing you can do is clean out their fridge from all those meals people are taking them! People may resist this one, but trust me–they need it!
5. BE A FRIEND
Sometimes being hospitable doesn’t mean DOING anything. It may simply mean to stop, LISTEN (think Mary and Martha), and just be a friend. That will comfort them more than you know!
I can tell you that I have been SO blessed by the people who have surrounded us with this kind of love recently. I hope this encourages you to take a little bit of time by being hospitable to someone in need this week.
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