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Sue Donaldson on Simple Hospitality

Is the idea of hospitality overwhelming? Good news -- it doesn't have to be! Sue Donaldson joins me today to talk about simple hospitality.

39 min / Published

Sue Donaldson is all about hospitality!  If the idea of hospitality is overwhelming, it doesn't have to be! Sue shares all about simple hospitality.

Meet our Guest Sue:

Sue Donaldson and her husband, Mark, live in San Luis Obispo, California. Sue is a former high school English teacher and she spent some of those years in Brazil with Wycliffe Bible translators. Together, she and her husband have raised three daughters who keep them at the bank and on their knees, says love and gifting is connecting people to one another to God and His Word. She's a speaker, a blogger and a podcaster, who has a heart for hospitality.

Connect with me and let me hear your thoughts:

Website - www.thismomknows.com
FB - www.facebook.com/thismomknows
IG - www.instagram.com/thismomknowspodcast

Topics we cover:

  • The difference between hospitality and entertaining
  • How Sue learned about hospitality and its importance
  • Steps to nurture hospitality if it wasn't modeled in one's upbringing
  • The story of Sue's mother's experience with hospitality
  • Breaking the chain of ungrace and practicing imperfect hospitality
  • The significance of hospitality in building relationships
  • Hospitality as an opportunity to introduce others to God
  • Extending hospitality and being the hangout house for children's friends
  • Importance of making children feel comfortable in their home and with their friends
  • Different approaches to hospitality in different households
  • The role of the husband in hospitality and setting boundaries
  • Challenges of hospitality for working women and finding a balance
  • Sue's experience with hospitality in Brazil and overcoming language barriers
  • Making friends through intentional invitations and shared meals
  • Simple steps to practice hospitality even with a busy schedule
  • The joy of inviting others and allowing them to contribute
  • The longevity of friendships formed through regular gatherings
  • Sharing easy recipes, particularly chocolate cake
  • Sue's favorite gadget

Resources mentioned:

Sue shared a verse from Philippians 4:13
Tune in to her podcast, Living the Life Legacy
Come to My Table: God’s Hospitality and Yours
Hospitality, 101: Lessons from the Ultimate Host, a 12-Week Bible Study
Table Mentoring: A Simple Guide to Coming Alongside

Say Something Special: 252 Conversation Starters,The Ultimate Guide to Stimulating Table Talk
Be sure to sign up for her free mentoring worksheets other freebies on https://welcomeheart.com/lets-get-connected-youre-invited/
Check out her Conversation Starters Card Set and her books on  https://welcomeheart.com/from-welcome-heart/

Sue's favorite gadget is her KitchenAid mixer, and her favorite hospitality hack is keeping frozen cookie dough ready to bake fresh cookies.

Link to transcript: https://www.thismomknows.com/blog/episode-37

Connect with Sue:

Website: https://www.welcomeheart.com/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/suemooredonaldson
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suemooredonaldson/
Email: sue@welcomeheart.com

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  • hospitality
  • simplicity
  • sue donaldson
  • conversation starter
  • entertaining
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