It’s my MOMtor Monday at Mothering From Scratch. In honor of the holiday season, I’m dishing up some words on finding your sweet spot as a hostess.
I wrote this post last Tuesday morning in the MIDDLE of freaking out over being a hostess. We were scheduled to host men’s group at our home and we just weren’t quite company ready. Recovering from knee surgery left me a bit “cleaning challenged” the past few weeks. Between the giant dust bunnies and the clutter counters… well… you know the drill.
Sometimes, God uses my blog to teach ME. This was one of THOSE posts. (Go read it, you’ll see what I mean.)
Last Tuesday, I had to take a deep breath and just let it go. (Remember, “It’s not worth it.”)
I had to remember that those men were here to spend time with each other. There were the very LAST group of people I needed to worry about impressing. Being worried about impressing a group of men OTHER than my husband just seems wrong somehow and God was very quick to help me see that.
Given that my husband has been the one doing most of the cooking and cleaning over the past month, the house was more a reflection on HIM than me. If he wasn’t worried about how the house looked to HIS friends then it was not worth re-injuring my knee over.
I really did let it go. I did what I could (not much) and quit fussing about the rest.
About an hour later, my husband called to tell me he’d gotten the schedule messed up and that we would NOT be having guests.
They will be here THIS week instead.
The house isn’t any cleaner. The kids are out of school.
And I’m not the least bit worried.
As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”
The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” ~Luke 10:38-42 The Message (emphasis mine)
Don’t let yourself get worked up over nothing.