Have you been burned in the entertaining realm – and you quit “cold turkey,” saying you’d never do it again?
I do know women who have put forth years of effort in “always having the party,” and then down the road they are so burned out, they completely quit practicing hospitality “cold turkey!”
Do you have relationships with friends that have gone sour?
How can you mix it up when you have the same couple over time and again?
Are we required to reciprocate?
Are friendships really a two-way street?
What do you do when you see friends running from intimacy?
This heartfelt comment I received from a reader recently might really hit home with you!
I am feeling lonely for some good adult conversation. I think I have trust issues to work through...... our couple of friendships have been disappointing to me of late. I find myself very distrusting!
Ouch! This does hurt. And when trust is gone, it’s hard to light up the fire for entertaining again and reach out and give to others! When we feel hurt inside, do we just assume that it’s “ok” to feel this way, or do we check it out first? I read recently that 90% of anger in our hearts stems from frustrated plans or bruised egos.
It tells us that it’s okay to be ticked off, and then it tells us that we don’t have to forgive (because that person really doesn’t deserve it, right?)
It's about grace
Forgiving and moving on from past hurts has one cure: Grace. It’s beautiful and it’s free. It’s refreshing and it overflows to those around us, including our guests. It covers up our pain and it’s something that we can never get enough of!
Have you been burned by relationships, or are you just burned out by entertaining? Or both?! What have you done to resolve these sorts of issues and move forward into more gracious living?
I’d love to hear your story and address your issues in future posts, if you'd be willing to share.
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(Photos: My cousin Anni's beautiful photography "Turkey on a cold morning!" - Brrrr! Snowstorm last year - taken right around the corner from our home.)