Using Your Gifts {Giveaway & Link-Up}

January 5, 2015

Happy Monday! We have a lot going on this morning. First, thanks for being with us as we co-host for Make A Difference Monday, a place to get intentional about starting our week focused on the positive and dream up ways we can make a difference in the world. Second, Kristin is thrilled to be guest-posting for Amy Sullivan today. We absolutely love her book, When More is Not Enough, and are excited about the chance to talk about being generous with our gifts and talents. Lastly, Amy is giving TWO of our readers the Kindle version of her book. How awesome is that?! Just comment below in order to be entered into the drawing. The giveaway will end this Sunday, January 11, and we'll contact the winners at that time.

Here's the first part of Kristin's post -- be sure to check out more of Amy's blog, then head back here to enter the giveaway! 

I once heard Shauna Niequist say that in order to host people in your home, all you really need are 15 minutes and three items: bacon, a laundry basket, and baby wipes. Fifteen minutes before someone is due to arrive, throw some bacon on the stove to make your guests feel welcome, grab a laundry basket to pick up any items your guests might trip over or sit on, then finish up by using baby wipes to get rid of any sticky messes lingering on tables and floors.
Not only do I love that her “necessities” concept includes bacon, I love the idea that true hospitality requires very little preparation. Instead, it requires only a willingness to invite others into your home, regardless of its imperfections.
For me, it was especially freeing to hear her say that less-than-perfect is really more-than-enough.
You see, even though a good friend of mine recently told me that hospitality is a gift of mine, inside I thought: Well, she doesn’t know that I nagged my husband about moving his pile from the kitchen counter and yelled at my kids to get upstairs just before she arrived. And even though I didn’t have time to bake anything homemade, I’m mystified as to how a giant stain appeared on my pregnant belly. So, really, I’m not sure I’m gifted!
Read the rest of the post HERE. But don't forget to come back to enter our giveaway to win Amy's book, When More is Not Enough - How to Stop Giving Your Kids What They Want and Give Them What They Need! Just leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of the Kindle version of Amy's book (you will LOVE it!). 

Make A Difference Mondays is a weekly linkup designed to encourage and inspire us to live each day on purpose—making a meaningful difference in someone’s life in even the smallest of ways. Five women regularly co-host this link-up. Read on to learn more about the vision, mission, and how to link up!

Mission: Our mission is to provide a consistent gathering place for like-minded women to build online connections, share inspiration, and provide mutual encouragement and accountability as we seek to live intentionally and make a difference in the lives of those around us.

Vision: Every Monday we invite bloggers to link up any blog posts that encourage women to live life on purpose, including testimonies or goals from your own life, small acts of kindness or service, creative tips or ideas for showing consideration to others — the possibilities are endless. Our objective is to use our God-given time and resources to his glory! 

Also, just a heads-up: the Make A Difference Mondays team has created a Facebook community group to stay in touch beyond the blog posts AND we also have a new #MADMlinkup group Pinterest board: Make A Difference Mondays Pinterest Board.



  1. Oh wow! You hit my button. I love to have people over but the stress of getting my house "perfect" keeps me from doing it most days. Thanks for your encouragement!

    1. It's a constant battle for me, Nancy -- sometimes my inner hermit/perfectionist wins out, but I try not to let it! :)

  2. Hi Kristin, I found your blog via Amy's site and I'm so glad that I did because I love the heart I see in your writing. I can't wait to spend some time on your site. Thanks so much for the link-up and the chance to win.

    1. Hi Heather! Thanks for your sweet comments, and for stopping by. :) Blessings to you!

    2. Heather,
      You will love it here. Dig in, girl!

  3. Bacon--I love it :-) . I have a super easy cookie recipe I should use with this theory. Being a gracious host can be stressful, but it can also bless when we get past our mess and worry just about treating our guests.
    This book sounds very encouraging.