While I was at the Illustrated Faith event in Virginia, I had the opportunity to meet Connie Denninger and see her studio where friends from her neighborhood gather to do Bible Journaling and other creative endeavors. While I was standing in her studio, I felt that nudge from the Holy Spirit…”You can do this.” Immediately I felt the protest begin: “but I live in a messy, little home.” But the sense that I just need to do this persisted. So I called Connie and she gave me some tips:
- Practicing hospitality is different than entertaining. It’s simply opening your home and welcoming others.
- It’s ok to “Clear a path,” especially with small children in the home.
- Whatever you decide to do, keep it simple. Imagine doing the same thing 100 times.
So with these things in mind, I invited a friend and her children over. I had coffee, cookies, and M&Ms. I cleared off our kitchen table and set out art supplies. The older kids spent an hour in their Bibles (believe it or not)! I have taught Sunday school forever, and I’ve read Bible stories with my son at bedtime, but it was a new experience to be in my home talking with kids about Bible stories. I am going to do my best to make this a regular weekly practice at our home! If it’s just our children and me, that’s ok, and if friends want to join us that’s awesome!