Keep Things Simple

My child, like Martha,
you are concerned about non-essentials.
You know you want guests!
Provide a place,
keep things simple and visit comfortably.
People truly want to see each other.
Allow room for Me at your gathering.
You can sing My praises together
as you visit with each other.
Fellowship is what I long for from My friends.
Sitting quietly together
is often a mark of true companionship.
Breaking bread is a strong component of friendship.
Keep the breads simple.
Love My children.

Throughout scripture we read where Jesus had meals with people. His personality and miracles of healing also drew crowds. The boy, who gave his lunch of bread and fish to the Lord, gave the opportunity for many people to dine together and talk about what they had seen and heard.

Luke 10:40 (NIV) “But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.”

Too many times, we can be distracted by elaborate menus when contemplating having guests over. However, this time I did want to invite three other couples to our home for lunch when the Lord seemed to speak this message to me. When they offered to bring something, I said “yes” and thus the salad and dessert were furnished.

It was a beautiful time as they related to us how they first had come to know the fullness of Christ, his incredible love and the Holy Spirit.

I have enjoyed times with friends when we had a loaf of bread and a delicious bowl of soup. It is wonderful to visit with friends simply.

Do you try to make your times with friends simple?


About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called
This entry was posted in Bible, Luke, New Testament and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s