Can We Get Together, Tuesday?

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Five Minute Friday Topic: Visit

Here are the rules:
1. Write for five minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back to Lisa Jo Baker’s blog with the rest of the Five Minute Friday-ers.
3. Comment on the person who linked up before you. (Very important, must do!) Please join us!

When the word for this week’s Five Minute Friday was unveiled as “visit,” my first thought was of a visit from the Lord. True, He lives in us and is with us all of the time, but there are times when there is a tangible sense of His Presence, we might refer to as a Visitation from the Lord. Many of my friends and family members, as well as I, hold the possibility of such Visitation as the greatest desire of our heart. Nothing is more humbling and life-changing than time spent in the Presence of the Lord. This is true whether it be mere moments, hours, or days. Let it not be said that He visited and we were too busy doing other things to realize it. Increasing expectation for His Visits is my goal.

“Visit” is also one of my A to Z goals for the year. Paying someone a visit at their home is almost a lost art here in America. I am an avid reader of Christian fiction, and I often notice all of the visiting that goes on there. We just don’t seem to do that in real life. The last time I invited someone over to our house, and I am woefully ashamed to admit it, was for Jay’s birthday in July. It was so wonderful to have dear friends over, but we haven’t done it again and it has been six months.

As I set my goal for the year to “visit,” I had in mind a particular lady that I admire. I have a goal to invite her to lunch early in the year, and Larry and I have set a goal to have a meal with another couple that we love. Why is this so difficult? I do not have the answers, yet although I suspect it has to do with time, energy, and motivation. Time slips away so quickly and our intentions to “visit” could pass just as quickly into another year. We miss so much, so many opportunities, to deepen relationships when we do not make time to visit. Are we being robbed of the Jesus in others, and are we missing opportunities to let Him visit others through us. We need to come together and get with others as often as possible. It may be uncomfortable, and in may be inconvenient, but it will no doubt be invaluable in becoming the person God wants us to be.

When was the last time you invited someone to your home, or were invited to another home? Please share in the comments. Happy visiting!

Today’s Verse:   Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6 NIV

Try This: 1. Meditate on how you would prepare for a Visit from the Lord. Get ready.

2. Call someone, plan a visit.

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8 Replies to “Can We Get Together, Tuesday?”

  1. loved how you focused some on hospitality. i’ve often felt that practicing opening my home for others and working to make them feel welcome helps put me in the right frame of mind to open my heart to Christ and His workings in me…

    as missos on home assignment, we get to spend lots of time in others homes… as well as inviting many to come and visit us! we love this time!

  2. It’s sad those days of “visiting” has been replaced with busyness. I love to entertain small groups of friends, but I’ve let that go by the wayside, too. My house has been in an uproar for years because of renovation. I’m always waiting to get it in order. It’s time I quit using that for an excuse. Great post.

    1. Shelley,
      I saw a little sign once that said,

      “If you want to see me, come anytime.
      If you want to see my house, make an appointment.”

      I always wanted to cross-stitch that and hang it somewhere to remind me that I want people here to see ME, not my house ….
      And yet, I have the same thoughts you do … and let the state of my house keep me from DOING IT!

  3. Sharon, I agree! We have lost much in letting these times of “visiting” slip away from us.
    When I have invited guests or visited in someone else’s home, I almost always think, “I want to do more of this!”
    There are very few regrettable visits…yet we let opportunities slip away ….
    I’m with you — I’m going to make more of an effort this year!

      1. Unfortunately, my blog is suffering from lack of attention …. Have some big editing and writing projects right now, and although I have at least five blogs swirling around in my head and in draft form, I haven’t taken the time to just sit down and finish them.

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