I have always felt called to serve.
I mean, we’re all called to serve, HIM. But I mean my calling, I feel, is in literally serving. HIM, of course, but literally.
Since moving into my new place, I’ve experienced overwhelming love and compassion from friends and family. My mom yesterday took me grocery shopping to get me started and helped me make a list for my errands. She spent time in worship with me and cried when she hugged me goodbye (even though she’s coming over today… so much love). My dad took apart my bed and other furniture and is bringing them over today. My older sister showed SO much excitement for me when she saw the house and my little sister said she’d miss me 😉. My friend Laura brought me a housewarming gift of a little elephant holder (that I’ve put my bananas in), my friends who have come over have been so gracious, and I got to cook for them last night and I made penne bolognese pusscata with goat cheese.
I love the time I get to myself in my bedroom, and I’ve found myself closing my eyes and blessing the room as if just overcome by the need to… Thank-you Lord! Praying over this house, that it may be a temple of His Spirit and that the devil might be nowhere in sight. I pray that Jesus would welcome and overcome all who enter here! And I pray that my time in this new place would be to His good glory and pleasure. There is excitement in this new place that, now that I’m in, must and will only be for serving HIM.
And what I am learning is that that looks a lot like hospitality and selflessness in the case of this house. Not letting others take advantage, but still seeing my privileges as not just for me, but for service. And I am living with incredible girls… two who are close friends, girls who love the Lord and aim to know Him only more every day and two who I am getting to know a little bit more, both who are sweet and friendly.
I am so excited to be exactly who He needs me to be here. And I am already loving hosting people to “MY” house, as I keep over excitedly repeating, and pray that His non-judgementally loving light will fill the place from top to bottom.
OH, and here’s the recipe for my pasta:
Penne Bolognese Pusscata
454 g penne pasta, cooked according to package
1/4 c grapeseed oil
2 large carrots, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 14 oz can pusscata tomatoes
1 lb lean ground beef
2 tsp dried rosemary
2 tsp dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
Goat cheese, crumbled
1. In large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add carrots, onion, and celery; simmer, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes, or until onions just start to brown.
2. Stir into tomatoes and beef, mixing until beef is browned. Heat to boiling; boil 1-2 minutes. Add Rosemary, basil, and salt and pepper. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer at least 45 minutes.
3. Split pasta into 4 bowls; heap sauce on top. Crumble goat cheese over each bowl and sprinkle more Rosemary on each. Broil 2-3 minutes if desired, for a melts cheese and extra hot, fresh serving!