Keep the Doors Open…

…they will come. You don’t need a fancy house or a paved driveway.

Just keep your door and mind open and available to who God will send your way.

Welcome them in and start the process of knowing and being known.

Cramped quarters can work.

We had our first evening of a new small group season last night. We knew we’d have 7 of us from our previous year returning again but we didn’t know who else might show up for our first meeting. We had 6 new people show up and they found our home without having to call for directions. We were happy to welcome them in.

We are singles, couples, older, younger and in between. A good mix of ages from very different life experiences. The common ground is we want to follow Jesus. It will be good to get to know each other, grow together, and pray for one another. It’s good to be heading in the same direction with others.

Today I’m thankful for small groups also called life groups, cell groups or when we first started with this idea of smaller groups of people meeting outside of the church building we called them fellowship groups or Bible studies. We are thankful to have a home and chairs for people to fill.

The Last Couple of Days:

Dear and I have worked very hard the last two days in our basement. We moved out things we aren’t using to the garage so we had to also work on the garage organizing storage. We moved around furniture and now the room looks like a comfortable bedroom instead of a catch-all room. We pulled out a very heavy office desk system since we don’t use the computer in the basement anymore. We took an extra office chair out to the street with a free sign on it and it was gone by the end of the day. From the garage we offered up a smoker and barbecue to anyone at our son’s business and we have takers for both. Today we’re taking an antique chair frame that we’ve moved around for 30 years (why?) to an antique restorer hoping he’ll just take it off our hands. We are serious about getting rid of stuff. Thankful our bodies are still working today.

Anybody else out there hosting a small group, attending a small group or downsizing?

I’m linking up to Michelle’s Thankful Thursday and tomorrow to Susanne’s Friday’s Fave Five.

24 thoughts on “Keep the Doors Open…

  1. Hi Ellen, I really enjoyed this post. I have always admired your positive outlook on life and the way you are always thankful for the Lord’s blessings. I wish I lived closer because I would love to be a part of your small group. Your home looks so pretty and inviting, and good for you and hubby for getting rid of some “stuff.” That’s often a hard thing to make ourselves do. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, Ellen!

    Warm hugs,

    Denise

  2. Thanks for the encouragement! My daughter just moved to a new town and is experiencing some loneliness. I wish I could see her every day and be her best friend! But I know she needs to find new friends and if she can find friend s in Jesus at the same time all the better!

  3. Hello Ellen, you have a lovely home. You are so kind to welcome the groups into your home. It is nice to hear of such happy groups of people doing the bible studies. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

  4. Small group sessions can be good for the soul. Like you and dear, we’ve been doing some heavy lifting lately preparing to close the house. We wake up with some aches and pains the day after.

  5. What a coincidence, Ellen….Tom and I spent the morning cleaning up our yard and made two trips to the metal salvage yard to rid ourselves of scrap metal from our old roof. Our yard is cleaning up and it’s a good feeling to purge. I think even my husband is letting go of things, a true relief. Blessings to you and your family.

  6. Your small group sounds wonderful! I love it when there is a mixture of ages and life experiences. Our church hasn’t done anything like that in quite a while. I’ve needed to pull out a few things to get rid of but nothing major like you have going on. We do need to clean out our attic some time when it cools off a little. Glad you found takers for the items you were clearing out!

  7. Your home is certainly lovely and welcoming, dear Ellen, and how nice to have so many to share some wonderful fellowship. Downsizing is quite a job and I’m sure you have had some grateful ‘takers’. I’ve been sorting and donating, but still need to do more. It takes a certain amount of persistence! Hope you have sweet blessings for your weeks end. xx Karen

  8. Glad your meeting group went well – your home looks very welcoming. We are trying to declutter and downsize but until our kids move out it’s a losing battle – now they are definitely planning to move out they are beginning to gather things they will take with them. I think we will be more cluttered in the short term! lol

  9. I love how you wrote this post! You are right …just opening the door and being welcoming is just what people need. How wonderful that you are welcoming new friends into your home and walking with the Lord together, what a blessing this is, we too host a fellowship in our home as well and it has been a tremendous blessing… downsizing is always hard work but it is worth it …hugs!

  10. we host a small group and had our first meeting this week. There are 8 of us and we meet in our basement which has the TV for watching videos if needed, and come upstairs for snacks afterward. The group has been very supportive of each other and in the time we have been together it seems each one has had situations where care was needed.
    Last week I did some purging of unused items too, and our SUV was well loaded for the trip to the thrift store..

  11. Hi Ellen, your home s so warm and inviting, especially for cell group meetings, as the names of these groups have changed over the years, the message has remained the same. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Sue

  12. Hi Ellen, we sometimes host one of our small groups here although our house is very small. It’s important to be willing to open our homes! Your home is so inviting!

  13. How wonderful to have a small group in your home and one with such diversity is a blessing. what are y’all studying? I am in a small group with ladies from my church. And this time I am not the leader, but a co-leader. We are going through Multiply which is written by Francis Chan.
    You and your husband have done some great decluttering work! I, too, am doing the same. In fact all this month, I am decluttering 31 minutes a day and writing about it.
    Have a good week.

    • Hi Susan, right now we are revisiting the sermon with questions written specifically for small groups as a follow-up. Francis Chan has some great insight and challenges for us.

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