When it comes to hospitality, my friend Karen Ehman says it doesn’t matter what size your house is, how it’s decorated, whether or not it’s spotless, or what you cook or don’t cook. The secret to making guests feel comfortable is more about the condition of your heart than the condition of your home.

In Episode 17 of the No More Perfect Podcast, Karen and I explore how to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others. We also discuss what it looks like to be hospitable to our own families–which is sooooooo important!

Karen has a knack for inspiring you to make others feel refreshed, rather than impressed. She redefines hospitality in a way that anyone can make it happen!

In our conversation, we explore and answer these questions:

  • What does it look like to have the goal of “refreshing others?”
  • How can we really see people and focus on what really matters?
  • How do we practically reach out to those around us?
  • How can we “take hospitality on the road” if we truly can’t host people in our home for some reason?

Listen in as Karen and I talk about the fact that hospitality is not so much about being organized, but more about being purposeful and intentional. This is a great episode to get your head and heart ready for the holidays!

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Reach Out Gather In: 40 Days to Opening Your Heart and HomeReach Out and Gather In by Karen Ehman

Keep It Shut: What to Say, When to Say It and When to Say Nothing At All by Karen Ehman

Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy by Karen Ehman

Empty Nest Full Life by Jill Savage

About Karen Ehman

Karen Ehman is a New York Times bestselling author, a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, and a writer for Encouragement for Today, an online devotional that reaches over four million women daily. She has written 15 books and Bible studies including KEEP IT SHUT: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All and Keep Showing Up: How to Stay Crazy in Love When Your Love Drives You Crazy. Karen has been featured on media outlets including TODAY.com, Redbook.com, Foxnews.com, Crosswalk.com, Focus on the Family and HomeLife Magazine. Her passion is to help women live their priorities as they reflect the gospel to a watching world. Married to her college sweetheart, Todd, and the mother of three and mom-in-law of two, Karen enjoys sending hand-written notecards, cheering for the Detroit Tigers, and feeding the many people who gather around her mid-century dining table for a taste of Mama Karen’s cooking. You can find Karen on her website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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