Because I have enough… Graciousness and hospitality are forever intertwined since it is quite impossible to practice one without the other. More than Thanksgiving table place settings, décor, or even good food, a hostess is defined by her graciousness… or sometimes, unfortunately, her lack of it. So just what does it mean to be gracious and how can we all practice a little more graciousness this holiday season?
We can begin by knowing that we have enough, enough of the things that really count.
A gracious host or hostess is marked by a kindness that is grounded in the respect she has for her guests.
She is known for her thoughtfulness and her generous, cheerful spirit.
Her inclusive tendencies make each of her guests feel warm and welcome.
A good hostess is able to be gracious because she knows that God has dealt generously with her and she has enough of the things that matter- enough compassion, enough forgiveness, enough selflessness, enough joy.
Because of His abundance, her “character bank” is never empty. She has enough to make plenty of withdrawals. And so she does, giving freely, joyously, and without holding anything back.
From guest to hostess, let’s purpose to make this Thanksgiving our most gracious yet.
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What an inspiring message. Your message has been a blessing to me. So often we fail to recognize all the blessings our Saviour has laid at our feet.
Thank you for the beginning to a season of Thanksgiving.
Thank you so much for your comment. I wrote this blog post as a reminder to myself too! I get so busy during the holiday season. It becomes easy to begrudge what I should be viewing as opportunities to bless others and share Christ. I can because He did! Praise the Lord!
What a very special message and a beautiful table to fellowship around! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Come to next weeks Thanksgiving party on Tuesday at 8:00 am, CST, see you then!
Have a bountiful Thanksgiving!
I be there for sure, Miz Helen! Thank you so much for your visit. I cannot wait to see what goodies will be shared at your Thanksgiving party! You are the best hostess.