My granddog Bailey and my girl Tessa
Cypress and Sage is a lifestyle blog about life, comfort, events, and people in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
Welcome to my “little bit of heaven” in Wimberley, a charming village south of Austin that beckons lovers of art, music, nature, and shopping.
Welcome to my world of small town traditions, personalities, and hospitality.
The friendly and generous reception and entertainment
of guests, visitors, and strangers.
Hospitality at my home includes a few essential ingredients.
A comfortable place to relax like a swaying hammock, an Adirondack chair,
a sun-bathed chaise lounge with lumpy cushions, or a wooden rocker on the porch.
A beverage. Always available is sweet iced tea,
a steamy coffee with cinnamon dusted whipped cream in a cute mug,
or an icy bottled drink.
Add background music, scented candles, snappy conversation, any homemade food, and a wandering Australian Shepherd that drops petals of fur like an obsessively devoted flower girl. This is my perfect, never fail, five-star hospitality recipe.
The gift of hospitality is more than nailing Pinterest recipes and engaging in winsome chatter with friends and family. The deeper assignment is to welcome strangers into your space and make them feel like friends and family by creating a safe environment that connects people and builds relationships. This can happen in your home or at church, work, school, club meetings, the park, the gym –
pretty much any social group you are a part of that is open to strangers.
When I was little, I used to sing a mean little ditty when I didn’t want to be inclusive. “Tick Tock, the game is locked. Nobody else can play.”
Ouch. I sang another passive-aggressive song when I wanted a toy
my friend clutched in her little fingers.
“Share with one another.”
These songs were not performed with love in my heart.
My motives were selfish. My lips sneered, my hand on my hip.
Don't be five-year-old Peggy.
Who could you welcome into your group and bless with hospitality?
You may meet your new best friend.
Comfort & Joy
Cheerfully share your home with those who
need a meal or a place to stay.
1 Peter 4:9 NLT
Angeline Redfern was an exceptional party planner,
but Las Vegas stripper, Krystal Mayflower, had the gift of hospitality.
Read about them in my novel, All In For Life.
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