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Modern Girls Should Still Practice Hospitality

By: Guest Blogger

All my life, my family has welcomed people into our home on a regular basis.

From Bible studies and dinners to parties and overnight guests, my family has valued hospitality. I’ve watched (and helped) my mother cook giant meals and clean our house in preparation for guests.

My sisters and I have set countless tables and sampled many desserts before people have come to our home.

All throughout this, I’ve noticed that, in today’s culture, hospitality tends to be shoved under a rug. We like the idea of Pinterest perfect parties and afternoons that come out of the pages of a magazine, but in reality, not everyone wants to welcome people into their homes. There are too many distractions, too much do, we’re not ready, why can’t we just go to Burger King…

This is a real tragedy.

Embracing hospitality doesn’t necessarily mean turning into Martha Stewart. Hospitality is much more than being able to whip a nice dinner for guests. Recently, I asked my grandmother, the queen of hospitality, some questions to learn more about this lost art and its importance.

Here’s some of our conversation:

1. Why is hospitality important to you?

Hospitality is important to me because it’s my gift. God gave me the gift of hospitality and I want to use it to the best of my ability.

2. Why do you think women in today’s culture should embrace hospitality?

Hospitality makes a community. When you are hospitable, people are drawn to you. Not to mention, God wants us to love our neighbor. Showing hospitality is a way to show God’s love.

3. What advice on hospitality would you like to give to women in today’s culture? 

I think women don’t show hospitality because their house is messy and they’re not prepared for guests. I always try to be ready. For example, if my husband says someone is coming over, I can make a chocolate cake. I can do this because I try to make sure that I always have the ingredients to make a chocolate cake on hand. I also try to keep my house as tidy as possible for guests as well.

4. Any final thoughts? 

I think we all should try to be hospitable because God wants us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Hospitality is a way we can show his love.

Hospitality shouldn’t be forgotten or swept under a rug.

Hospitality is important in the Bible. We see Abraham showing hospitality to strangers (Genesis 18:1-8), Mary and Martha showing hospitality to Jesus (Luke 10:38), and the people of the early church showing hospitality to each other (Acts 2:46).

In fact, hospitality is even commanded in the Bible! 1 Peter 4:9 says, “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

Hospitality is something that needs to be practiced and valued, especially in today’s hurting culture.

For ideas on how to practice hospitality, check out some of our recent posts:

Why Modern Girls Should Embrace the Lost Art of Homemaking

Bethany’s Secrets to Planning, Hosting, and Throwing a Fabulous Party

What do you think?

How can you show hospitality this week? Do you have any advice on hospitality for others? What impact have you seen hospitality have?

This guest post was written by Micaiah Saldaña. She is a teen writer and blogger. Check out her stuff at Notebooks and Novels. To Submit a guest post to GirlDefined, click here.

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  • Great article Micaiah!

  • Wonderful article! Hospitality has been something I’ve always WANTED to do–host parties, invite my friends over, build a community. But since I live at home, that makes it very difficult on my family. However, like you said, hospitality is about building a community, and you don’t need to host parties to that.

    Hospitality is part of the way you interact with people. It’s your body language and your words. Part of being hospitable is just smiling!

    I love being encouraged here on Girl Defined to be open and hospital, and I hope to practice that when I move out this summer. Until then, my hospitality isn’t in opening my house–that’s my parents’ job. My hospitality is being welcoming to new people at our church, or having a conversation with a friend who’s hurting. It’s just being kind to people. :)

    Thank you again, Micaiah!

    • I understand how you feel. Practicing hospitality can be hard without a house of your own, but I agree that part of being hospitable is just smiling and that it is part of the way you interact with people. =)

      You’re most welcome! I hope that your ministry to others through hospitality is blessed. =)

  • Rachel M.

    Great article Micaiah!!

  • Clara

    Maybe have a playlist of christian music to keep the mood fun? Have some snacks, and party games as well as board games? Icebreakers?

  • Hannah B

    Thank you for the article!! I had a very big opportunity to host some people last week and another coming up.

    • You’re welcome! I’m glad you’ve got those opportunities! =) It’s great to hear about others being able to practice hospitality. I hope everything goes well!

  • Amber

    Yes I agree with Clare, music, even if it’s just instrumental, helps to set the mood and avoid awkward silences.
    As for what to do, I would suggest figuring out the evening schedule beforehand, and then when your guests arrive letting them know the order of the evening, like, first we’re having a snack and then we’ll play some board games. It would help to clear some of the awkwardness of being unsure what to do. Some of the best games, in my experience, to help to BREACK the ice, are parlor games such as occupation, mafia, or Pictionary and tubo are great too. Hope this helps!

  • I was just thinking about this yesterday! Great article! We definitely need more hospitality.

  • Linda M. Lucas

    Lovely! You are so right! I have experienced your grandmother’s hospitality and I treasure all that she has done for my family. She is a precious gift from God, no doubt about it! I have also learned that we can practice this in many different ways that open tremendous doors not only in ministering to family & friends or to fellow brothers and sisters in Christ but an amazing door to evangelism, especially with welcoming international students into our home for tea or game night etc. can be an amazing journey with God that can plant seeds that have potential to go where the we cannot go and end up reaching entire families. All in the name of ‘Hospitality”. :)

  • Lauren

    Thank you for this blog! I think it’s incredibly important to embrace hospitality and even though I am still young, I can’t wait for the day to invite people into my home to spend time with them!


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