Friday Night Meatballs: The Simplicity and Beauty of Sharing a Meal with Friends

The Simplicity and Beauty of Sharing a Meal With Friends {Friday Night Meatballs} - Intentional By Grace

It's Friday morning and I'm gathering ingredients to make spaghetti sauce. I chop onions, mince garlic, and add them to the large pot simmering on my stove. I saute and chop some more. The celery and parsley go in and the aroma fills the entire house. Soon the crock pot will be simmering with beautiful red sauce and the meat will be formed into perfectly, imperfect balls. I take my boys to the Continue Reading

How to Help a Grieving Friend {The Not So Helpful & the Helpful}

How to Help a Grieving Friend {The Helpful & the Not So Helpful} |

Guest post by, Ami Sometimes I think tragedy is the catalyst that compels Christians to function as Jesus intended, that is, one body integrally entwined with petty differences cast aside. When the bottom falls out, believers realize a startling truth— we desperately need each other. It’s a paradox. Pain and sorrow can create a church that radiates Jesus’ stunning beauty. I’ve experienced Continue Reading

9 Ways to Show Hospitality {When Hospitality is Hard}

9 Ways to Show Hospitality {When Hospitality is Hard} | Do you struggle to show hospitality as a family? Try these ideas for serving others. |

By contributing writer, Amy When I think of hospitality, I picture our dining room table packed with extra chairs, extra people, and extra-good food. I imagine kids running circles around the house while grown-ups drink coffee and laugh over funny stories. The thought makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. But sometimes, that kind of hospitality doesn't come quite as easily as the picture Continue Reading

How to Host an Ice Cream Social this Summer

How to host an ice cream social in your neighborhood. |

Summer is wrought with possibilities for getting to know your neighbors, hanging out with friends, and enjoying tasty summer treats! My favorite summer activity involves all three - old friends, new friends, and really yummy food. This summer we plan to host a neighborhood ice cream social! It's an easy, low-key way of showing hospitality to others; plus, it's a hit with adults, kids, and Continue Reading

5 Myths About Hospitality That Can Keep You From Serving

5 Myths about Hospitality |

This post is written by contributing writer, Jane from Devoted SONriser. If you're anything like me, you want to start practicing hospitality so that you can develop deeper friendships. But . . . You're also completely intimidated by the idea of hospitality. That is, the idea that you have to: Get your house fixed up perfectly. Have extra money to blow. Be able to cook an awesome Continue Reading

20 Ways to Be Intentional in Your Neighborhood {Part 2}

Loving Your Neighbors (20 Ways to be Intentional in Your Neighborhood) - Inentional By Grace

This is part two of our series on loving your neighbors. You can read part one here.  Loving my neighbors, and loving them well, does not come easily to me! It is way outside my comfort zone. And though none of these ways to be intentional in my neighborhood come naturally to me, I've found that over time it does get easier. So if you're in the same boat (or rather, the same comfort zone), Continue Reading

20 Ways to Be Intentional in Your Neighborhood {Part 1}

Loving Your Neighbors (20 Ways to be Intentional in Your Neighborhood) - Inentional By Grace

As newlyweds, my husband and I were invited to live in an apartment complex rent free. In exchange, we worked to facilitate community among the neighbors with the ultimate purpose of sharing the good news of the Gospel with them! It was a dream job! Get paid for doing something we already loved doing? Sign me up! We worked this job for nearly two years when the Lord moved us to a new place Continue Reading

How to Create a Welcoming Front Door with These Simple Tips

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As the world sheds its winter layers and the warm rays of sunshine burst forth, I get the itch to create beauty in and around my home. The old has gone. The new has come. Hallelujah! As I fling open the windows, shake out the rugs, and pack up the mud boots, I'm looking at my home with eagerness. I can't wait to freshen my decor and brighten my home with simple touches here and Continue Reading

Simple Meals for Hospitality

simple meals for hospitality to make having company more doable!

We love hospitality! We try to share a meal with others in our home at least two to three times a month. Sharing a meal in your home is one of the best ways to get to know someone (and let them get to know you!). Deciding on what to make when you have company over is one of the hardest parts of hospitality. Therefore, today I want to share some simple meals for hospitality that will make having Continue Reading

How to Have a Gingerbread House Party

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The Christmas season is the perfect time to be intentional and show hospitality by inviting people into your home. For us a gingerbread house party was just the thing! Where I live, people really tend to hibernate in the winter. Mounds and mounds and mounds of snow will do that to you. I have to work really hard not to do the same thing!  As a stay-at-home-mom, my time is limited, and with a Continue Reading