welcome-homeHospitality…what a beautiful and frightening word. It invokes feelings of all kinds. All of us can think of someone immediately who makes us feel warmly welcomed in their home, or even just in their presence. The act of hospitality brings safety to our hearts and is an expression of love…it truly is a gift to those who are the recipients of it.

As a young 20 year old, I remember, having left my mother’s house, realizing now I was responsible to “show hospitality.”  The pressure was on, and I felt unequipped and confused.  At the time I was stuck in the all too familiar “comparison trap.” My house didn’t look like hers, I hated cooking, my resources were limited, and I was truly a selfish young adult.

Somewhere along the way, I came across a beautiful book by Emilie Barnes called Welcome Home.  This book inspired me to just be “me.” It gave me permission to dream and enjoy the gift that I bring to my home: the gift of myself.  Within this book, Emilie shares her story about how she makes her home a place of beauty and love for her family and her guests. Everything from play spaces for children to office spaces for adults and guest rooms for visitors. She inspires women to be their own unique, creative self who loves God by loving others.

If you struggle with expressing hospitality, I suggest you pick up Welcome Home by Emilie Barnes.  Through the pages of this book you will discover the joy and fulfillment that comes from making your home a place where others find love and security.

**Note from the editor: This book in its new, revised form goes under the name Home Warming.

This post was written by Julie Snellgrove. To read more about her, click here.