Wednesday’s "Nap Time" Question

Every Wednesday we will post a question related to Monday’s topic. We hope to start a virtual place through the comments section for you all to interact, share ideas, even pray for one another. Please grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and chime in to get the “conversation” going! 

On Monday Linnette helped us think through how we can pass on a love for hospitality to our kids in her post Pinterest Perfect vs. Family Friendly. I know I was personally challenged to think ahead more in preparing my kids (beyond requests to clean up all the legos!) to help them feel included in the hosting. What about you? Is this an area you feel is a strength or weakness? Are there any verses that encourage you as you think about hosting?

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8 thoughts on “Wednesday’s "Nap Time" Question

  1. One of the verses/promises that encourages me is mark 10:29 where Jesus says \”Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”I'm not certain exactly what it means or how it plays out, but I think Jesus has promised that as we sacrifice homes, chooses of where to live, even relationships that he promises to provide abundantly for our needs.


  2. Sherry, this blog is so fun! Thanks for all your work behind the scenes. I really love hosting, and I agree with you it's a challenge for me to prep my kids too. I'd like to work on equipping them with good questions and being aware of tangible ways they can serve; like filling up someone water glass or giving a house tour, etc. I feel like hosting isn't always talked about from a training perspective, so I'm loving the reflection and ideas just in reading here the last couple days.


  3. Hi Katie! I'm so glad to hear you are enjoying it. I have been really challenged by it myself. Isn't it funny how you think you are doing something to serve others and God uses it to grow you too? Looking back, by the time we were in the thick of parenting (a 2 yr old and a 2 month old) we were on our own campus for the first time. I wish I had paid more attention and asked more questions before that season on how to help my kids interact with guests. As a result we are STILL un-training them of bad habits we let go on way too long (thinking all college men are there to climb on and wrestle with. Yikes!). Some of that is okay but I want to work on helping them interact and make people feel welcome. I think another side of this we could explore is how do we help students know how to interact with our children. Let me know if you want to write that post! 🙂


  4. Haha, I hear you! We've definitely had the \”not everyone is your personal jungle gym\” talk. I find I have to be understanding that my kids are in a different mental state when students are over and I need to more verbal with directions and even okay reminding them of rules they definitely know. That helps the students too, they learn the rule and some even repeat what I say to create boundaries with the kids, \”your mom said don't go through my purse\”- which I think is great that our kids learn to respect students. After all sometimes they end up babysitting the kids! It's kinda funny now, thinking about it, when I'm not in the middle of it. But it's so interesting watching the kids interact and see their choices come out. Definitely can encourage or call attention to things that need to change. How do you help students interact with your kids in your home?


  5. Well, we don't have nearly as many guests as we did when we were on campus. I don't give a formal speech or anything when they arrive 🙂 (though we did do this at the beginning of STP). If I see something I don't like I gently remind my kids or ask the guest to stop whatever, i.e., my kids get very energetic when people come over. They are excited to have you here. If they do something you don't like please tell them.I expect them to respect you. ….or…please help them out by not getting them more wound up (starting a wrestling match in the living room or a nerf war in the basement). 🙂 One of my newer rules is I ask students to not let my kids play on their phones. I don't want my kids to get into the habit of thinking everyone's phone is their toy. And I don't want them to accidentally see something they shouldn't if they got on the internet.


  6. Great thoughts everyone! We haven't talked much with students about interacting with our kids, but we have with our staff team as they are a big part of all of our lives. I find that our staff model really well for our students: valuing our kids as individuals, helping us get them plates at meals/watching them some of I am engaged during an event, encouraging them/celebrating victories, and backing Dave and me as parents. It's such a blessing! One biggie for me is not talking about my kids (stereotypes or comparing them) in front of them.


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