" Use hospitality one to another without grudging." 1Peter 4:9
When we bought our home I was so thankful to the Lord for providing it for us and still am. I prayed when we moved in that God would use our home to minister to others whether it was by having missionaries stay with us or just having people over for dinner. Our calendar is always full with "dinner guests" and we wouldn't have it any other way. One thing we started doing the past couple of years is having the "Young Families" in our church over for a BBQ a couple times a year. It's always so much fun to spend time together, watching the kids play and just encouraging one another. We just recently had one such BBQ and I decided I wanted to try this "Pepper Relish" recipe that I had found on the back of a potato chip bag...man am I glad I made the effort! It was so good that I had to post the recipe here for you.
1/2 C diced yellow onion
3/4 C cider vinegar
1/2 C water
3/4 C white sugar
pinch chopped garlic
salt & pepper to taste
1. Place all ingredients in a heavy bottomed saucepan except for salt & pepper
2. Bring the mix to a boil over high heat & reduce to a simmer.
3. Simmer mix for 30-35 mins stirring occasionally , until almost dry and the vegetables are tender.
4. Remove the relish from the stove, season with salt & pepper; place in container & refrigerate.
If you don't regulary have people over for dinner, I would really encourage you to do it. It's always more of a blessing to us, I'm sure! It's such a great way to get to know people better. I used to really stress out about the house being perfect and clean and having this elaborate meal planned. After we had our 3rd child I came to the realization that if I was going to keep those standards I would not be able to entertain. That was not an option so I've lowered my standard and continued having people over, haha! I guess I just feel that it's not the food or a perfect house that is important. What's important is taking the time to get to know other people, finding out how you can be an encouragment to them or how you can pray specifically for them. It's hard to really know people if you don't make the extra effort to do so. I'm just thankful that the Lord has allowed us to minister to other's in this way!