How to Not Go Crazy

Two weekends ago I had a sweet family of 5 come to visit. We had a great time.

This past weekend I had my sisters, brother, and parents come. That is 13 more people than normal. We had a wild fun time.

Then yesterday I had a surprise over-night visit from my cousin and his wonderful family. I hadn’t seen them in nearly five years. We had a great time of catching up.

How did I do it without going crazy?

1. My house isn’t sparkling ever. So why try to pretend it is? Did I try to clean up most of the clutter? yes. Did I get freaked and wig out. No. Why because I don’t do pretenses well anyway. My house is not perfectly picked up or even mostly organized most days. Seriously. I got lots done, but still had lots to do and I didn’t care. Neither did my guests.

2. If I am having fun most often my guests are having fun. I enjoyed the cooking and LOVED the help with the clean-up. I enjoyed watching the kids play together and catching a movie or two with the adults. I played outside to the point of near sun-stroke. (Not really, but I spent A LOT of time out in the heat and had A LOT of fun)

3. I focused on the people, not on my house or my food or anything else. I had ideas and plans, but if they worked great if not great. I was flexible and so were my guests. It worked well.

4. I prayed God would show me what to do and what to say and when. He poured out grace on me and our guests. I am pretty sure I have never had such a great time being a host.

What are some of your tips for not going nuts before and during times you have guests over? I can’t wait to hear from you.

Romans 12:13b “Practice hospitality.”

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2 Responses to How to Not Go Crazy

  1. These are such great tips! I find it hard to let go of the house cleaning stuff until I know someone really likes me for me. Once I feel confident in our friendshipi, they can come over the day before cleaning day and I don’t care.

    • Anonymous says:

      Tyler that is so TRUE. We often wait until we know others well to show them how we really live. But is it worth it to be all uptight when people don’t know us well? Can I enjoy my guests as well when I am worried what they will think? I am becoming more comfortable with who I am and not worrying what others think of my lack of organizational skillz. 😉

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