I didn’t get around to taking any pictures from this last class which I was actually pretty sad about. This month’s class was FUN! We cooked Thai food!
I was telling Lisa (our wonderful host) and some of my other friends there that I feel like this group of woman, this class that Lisa teaches has evolved into a Titus 2 ministry!
“Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” Titus 2:3-5
I’ve mentioned that I look forward to the class every month, it has become such a wonderful time of fellowship for me and I feel like with every class, I grow a little bit more in the spirit-which feels awesome!! I feel like Lisa has figured out what her spiritual gift is (1 Corinthian 4:12) which is hospitality and teaching it to other young women. Hospitality is such an overlooked gesture I think. In our culture, I think we categorize hospitality with showing off our home or ourselves or making it more about us than serving someone in our home, which can be a real encouragement to someone who needs it. Hospitality is something I’ve struggled with over the years and still struggle with because I’m a perfectionist and I like my home to be clean and sparkling and the food perfect and almost ready so that my guests don’t have to do anything, and I’ve talked with my kids about best behaviors and such and for me, I know that when I get to that point, it becomes more of a show, than a time of laughter and fellowship with whomever I’m sharing my home with. I just recently spoke with a man from Africa who shared his testimony with us and I asked him what he missed most about his home (he hasn’t been back to Africa since he was a child) and he said he missed being able to just walk into his neighbors home and being completely welcomed. That the community is very tight and close, they are each other’s family. I thought that was so beautiful and so different from how we do things here in America.
I want to be the same person at home, that I am outside of the house and these classes, really help keep me grounded and focused on what it means to really have someone in your home. The Hospitality and Homemaking (the official name of the class) is really more guided to making your home a place of rest and encouragement with helpful tips on how to be prepared for when you have unexpected guests and to not stress about what you’re going to serve them to eat. How to encourage someone who may be under the weather, how to make your gift of hospitality appear nice looking without spending a ton of money and making the best of what you already have-and of course, we’re cooking new recipes. Many recipes which have become my family’s favorites.
So this month-we focused on some Thai food. We made Thai Spring Rolls (wraps) and Key Lime Whippers and Thai Bowls. You would not believe the smells coming out of the kitchen that night. It was seriously a little to delicious!
Hopefully in the next few weeks I can add a couple of those items to my menu and share them with you. It is something you would definitely want to eat!!