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Rashawnda is a Christian blogger and the author of Give God Grief, written after the sudden death of her nine-year-old son. Rashawnda’s posts offer faith-filled encouragement and help others to view everyday situations through the lens of Scripture. Rashawnda lives in Louisiana with her husband and children.

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  1. Rashawnda,
    Like you, I’ve been in that situation in which I’m just looking forward to some uninterrupted “me” time. I’ve greeted interruptions with the same irritation and yet those uninvited interruptions wind up being awesome time spent in the presence of the Lord….just not in the way I would have done it. Funny how God works. I guess that’s why He’s God and I’m not. How good of you to be there for that young woman. I’m so thankful that God doesn’t get irritated when I do life my way and then when it doesn’t go well, I come knocking on His door with my sorrows and complaints. He is a good, good Father. Thank you for modeling and sharing His love.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev, thank you so much for your comments. It’s great to know that God doesn’t see our many knocks on His door as interruptions. Instead, He graciously welcomes us whenever we call. An awesome Father is He!

  2. Thank you for sharing this great post, God bless you for giving of your time and support for that young girl – it’s such a good model that we should all follow. Helping those in need when we ourselves are weary, God steps in and gives us the strength and uses us to do his good work and/or be of comfort to those who need it.

  3. This post fits in so beautifully with Jen’s message in Just Open the Door, and it’s a flashing light with sirens for me, because I’m perfectly fine with hospitality on my own terms, following my agenda (and my invitation!). It’s this very thing, the unexpected guest when I had other plans, that would send me over the edge.
    Thanks, Rashawnda, for modeling a godly response.

    • Hi Michele! I’ve always been like you: fine with hospitality on my own terms! I thank God for teaching me to embrace others, even when it’s not a part of my plan!

  4. Thank you for sharing your heart and praying with the young woman who turned up at your door. What good is our lived experiences and wisdom if we don’t pass it down to the next generation? God created that space of time just for that purpose and You Accepted(!) with Grace.

  5. I love that your impromptu hospitality was perfectly planned by God! What a beautiful story!

    I had a similar experience just walking to the mailbox one day and a young girl, a stranger walking past our house, obviously upset and crying, and I reached out to her and wrote a post about it last fall. It was impromptu front porch hospitality, also ordained by God in His perfect timing.

    http://www.kathycheek.com/2017/10/perfect-timing.html

  6. Rashawnda, How I would love to have you for a neighbor! May the Lord help me to follow your example and be that friend that is needed. God bless you and than you for sharing.

  7. Rashawndwa,
    It’s a blessing that you were there for someone in need, thank-you for sharing with us.
    Have a blessed day all,
    Penny

  8. Glad you could help her, so often it is telemarketers who interrupt my prayer time.

  9. This is a great story and is it the whole story? Many hard working, packed scheduled, competent, tired women love their neighbours, their loved ones and don’t get enough rest or self care and end up taking it out on their loved ones. I know this from personal and professional experience as a therapist. It’s great to practice hospitality and it’s great to have boundaries. I wonder if there was a hidden cost to this story.

  10. Rashawnda,

    In this crazy, fast paced world we all have times when we want to be alone. We don’t want any interruptions & get upset when they come. If we aren’t careful we could miss out on a God ordained opportunity. I have personally had many interruptions-most coming at an inopportune time. I got up, sometimes reluctantly & took care of the situation. In the end I was glad I got up & helped out. We both got blessed. When we open up our homes, we open up our hearts to one another. Thanks for being willing to op en your home & heart.

    Blessings 🙂