Saturday, April 26, 2014

#AtoZChallenge - Welcoming and Proverbs 31



Welcoming - greeting an arrival with pleasure or kindly courtesy; causing a visitor to feel comfortable and appreciated.

15.  She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

Imagine the scene.  It is a cold winter morning.  You wake up and can almost see your breath.  You definitely don't want to get out from under your quilts and blankets.  But then it hits you.  A scent of coffee and warm bread and maybe some bacon and eggs (or something equivalent for the vegetarians amongst us).  Tempted?  

We want our guests to feel comfortable and valued.  Even if the person is a subordinate in some way, it is our duty to show them that their service is appreciated.

Sometimes it is more about what we give than what we get.

26.  She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Even when you disagree with someone, there is a way to express your opinion without belittling the thoughts and beliefs of other people.  The words of one of my high school English teachers comes back to me; she was commenting on a idea expressed by a student (not me).  She said, "That was a great argument.  You are wrong.  But you stated your point very well."  I don't want to tell you how many years it has been since I heard those words.  

Tell us the circumstances of an occasion when you felt welcomed into someone's house (or office, or religious service ....)
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10 comments:

  1. I have a friend who is super wonderful. Whenever you meet her, she is so warm, and she makes fresh food in minutes and would not rest till you are stuffed with the delicious food that she had offered, always smiling, always ready with a helping hand and a positive word. She is truly inspiring. Havent come across anybody like her as yet!! :)

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    1. Everyone should have a friend like that! :O)

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  2. Any time I meet someone new, or engage in a discussion with a friend, I feel welcomed into the their life and am grateful they have chosen to spend the moment with me.

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    1. That's a great outlook, Dean! Knowing how to be a good guest is as important as knowing how to be a welcoming host/ess!

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  3. Just mere hours ago, when friends cooked as a fundraiser. They opened their backyard and their hearts to so many of us. Feeling grateful.

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    1. How wonderful. The volunteer fire departments in our area often do a 'fish fry' as a fundraiser. But those take place at the station usually, not in someone's yard. How nice of your friends!

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  4. oh I love your take on the A-Z challenge LuAnn, positive stuff!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! If I want to be depressed, I just turn on the tv news! :O)

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