Women's Group

I belong to a women's group.  It is a variety of women in their 20's and 30's.  Some are married, some have kids, and some are single.  It is one of few groups that I have been in that seems to bring women in different seasons of life together.  I am really thankful for it.  We meet once a week and read a book or do a study together.  Each week we take turns hosting at different houses.  I really like this aspect of having people in my home but also allowing them to welcome me into theirs.  

I used to be really selfish about hosting.  I always want to host.  I even missed out on being better friends with some women because I sensed competition over who hosted things.  It was pretty ridiculous.  This group has really allowed me to branch out and be less selfish with my home.  I have been blessed to let others show hospitality to me.  I realized it was more important to focus on the relationship than showing off my house.

It is in those intimate conversations surrounded by a hot cup of tea that I feel most thankful for our home and the opportunity to create relationships in it.  I am not just passionate about a pretty home but in the full heart I receive in having people in it.

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  1. I feel like I'm somewhere in the middle with hosting. I always want to, but I'm just haven't made my home cozy enough yet. I always admire and am so grateful for those of you who enjoy hosting. It truly is a gift and a blessing to those of us like me, who struggle with it. Thanks Ashley!

  2. Good words Hannah. Thank you! I do have a few friends who I know do not like to host and are often relieved to know that I do not mind continually taking that on in our friendship. I am sure your hosting friends appreciate your willingness to show up! That is a gift in itself as well!

  3. I am really feeling pulled towards making an effort to create community. I read this really good book a few months back called "Bread and Wine" about how important community is and how much of community can happen around the table. this post totally made me think of it! I really like hosting..and I struggle with letting others host too haha. I'm working through it ;) The images of this post are gorgeous! It looks so warm and inviting!

  4. Then we would make perfect friends because I hate hosting! :o) I'm not very good at it, so I'm always thrilled when someone else offers. Ha!


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