The hour had grown late for me, and when the last guest left, I donned my pink P.J.’s, and washed my face for bed when there was a quiet knock at the door. “Are we too late to join?”

“Absolutely not! Please, come right on in.” She walked in with a friend I had not met, with a hot pink streak down the front of her bangs and black fingernail polish. I opened the doors wide and invited a stranger to enter as a friend.

Brownies and refreshments were passed into the hands of our guests. Despite having no makeup, or nice cloths, or exquisite food or great musical atmosphere, deep meaningful conversation bubbled up as we all talked about walking different but similar paths…

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The rest of this story can be read over at Outside the City Gates.  Would you join me over here and tell me about the simple ways you show hospitality?

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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