Change the world around you, one door at a time
He has called, equipped and appointed you to do amazing things right where you are. Look for those opportunities.
Seize those moments. Just Open the Door.
Change a generation with something as simple
as an invitation.
For many of us, inviting people into our lives and homes feels more like inviting judgment on our entertaining skills and stress on our already maxed-out schedules. But what if you knew that opening your front door had the power to radically change the world? To make an impact and leave a legacy with everyday invitations?
Jen Schmidt has set out to reframe how we think about hospitality and to equip us to walk a road of welcome in our daily lives. Jen knows that every time we choose open-door living—whether in our homes or by taking hospitality on the road just like Jesus—those we invite in get to experience the lived-out Gospel, our kids grow up in a life-lab of generosity, and we trade insecurity for connection.
Just Open the Door is a personal yes-you-can guide to offering the life-changing gift of invitation. Whether you’re a seasoned host looking for renewed inspiration or a nervous newbie not sure where to begin, these personal stories, practical ideas, and poignant insights will give you the confidence you need to see your home as the most likely location for changing the world around you, one open door at a time.
Open- Door Living
Open-Door Living is a gift book inviting you to replace the expectations and anxiety of hosting with encouragement and easy ways to welcome people into your home and point them to Christ. Jen Schmidt starts with an invitation to the heart of hospitality, then shares her best practical ideas to remove stress from four aspects of hosting: food, cleaning, atmosphere, and connection. Featuring beautiful graphics and devotional reflections, Open-Door Living will give you the confidence you need to share the gift of your home.
“Perfection is the enemy of done. Wait, forget that, sometimes perfection is the enemy of even starting.” justopenthedoor.com
This book and bible study are for any woman that wants to:
Change Her Corner of the World
You have more of an influence on your neighbors, friends, and your children than you realize. When you open the door, you are making a change for future generations.
Be confident in her own home
We put a ton of pressure on ourselves when it comes to our homes. This book will give you the tools to feel confident in your not-so-perfect house.
Live out the Gospel
Did you know that the Bible actually calls us to be hospitable? It’s one of the many ways we can show love and Jesus to those in our sphere of influence.
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Just Open the Door Bible Study
Over 7 sessions, we will look at hospitality as one of the best ways to live out the two greatest commandments: loving God with all your heart and mind and loving your neighbor as yourself. We will learn to replace cultural expectations with biblical hospitality to create a legacy of invitation, view welcome as worship and reflect Jesus as we become women of influence.
“Changing your “have to” to “get to” is like getting a whole new do-over.”
As you study God’s Word, 122 women from the (in)courage community come alongside you with 312 devotions, sharing stories of how God’s story has changed their lives. Because of His grace, they have found beauty in the brokenness and hope in the hard. With each devotion, they sing the praise of the One who has authored their story.
The (in)courage Devotional Bible traces ten themes throughout the Bible. A specific color and pattern helps you find each theme’s reading plan, devotions, and “Women of Courage” profiles, as well as two beautifully designed Scripture verses (one from the Old Testament and one from the New).
With 365 readings, each day begins with a passage of Scripture, tells a story of everyday faith, and encourages you to take a moment to breathe with a simple but fun way to complete your day. So kick off your shoes and join us for a relaxing but special time, where friends come together and share the real stuff of everyday faith.
With stories from 80 writers, these pages become the very place your soul can exhale, where you can:
· Connect with the hearts of women through stories that echo your own.
· Find beauty in the ordinary and sometimes messy moments of your everyday life.
· See your own stories as an offering of hope to those around you.
· Treasure the unseen ways God moves through even your most regular days.
Founder of MoneySavingMom.com and New York Times best-selling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
Are you one of those people who wishes you could be more hospitable, but the thought of opening your home scares you? Maybe you feel like you don’t have a big enough home or you aren’t a great cook or you’re just plain freaked out by reaching out and inviting someone. (“Will they think I’m weird? What if they say no?”)
I get it . . . because that’s been me so many times too! And that’s why Jen’s book left me crazy convicted and inspired. In her down-to-earth style, she gives you the inspiration and motivation you need to baby step out of your comfort zone and get brave enough to open the door to your home and your heart—no matter the size of your home or your budget!
Best-selling author of A Confident Heart and former radio cohost, Proverbs 31 Ministries
What I love most about this book is that, in addition to countless creative ideas and wonderful hospitality tips, Jen gives us a bigger perspective of what it means to live a life of welcome! Instead of feeling guilty because I don’t invite people over as much as I want to, Just Open the Door gave me hope by showing me how to live a life of hospitality on the go. I’m so grateful for this gift of grace that has helped me see hospitality is about making a difference right where we are with what we already have!
Creator of The Inspired Room blog, New York Times best-selling author of Love the Home You Have, Make Room for What You Love,
and Simple Gatherings
If the mere mention of hostessing makes you want to pull your blinds, lock the door, or dive under the table, don’t panic. Just Open the Door offers an unexpected but encouraging invitation for all of us.
With humor and grace, stories, and solid scripture, Jen gently reshapes what we think hospitality has to look like and opens the door to consider what radical biblical hospitality feels like.
Jen invites us into this conversation just as we are (bedlam and all), but I guarantee if we take the message to heart, we won’t stay the same. Just Open the Door is a gift that will leave you refreshed, challenged, and inspired to live a life of welcome and worship in your home and neighborhood!
Angela Thomas Pharr
Bible teacher and best-selling author of Redeemed: Grace to Live Everyday Better Than Before
There’s no one I’d rather follow through the door of hospitality than my dear friend Jen Schmidt. Come open your heart to her message of God’s grace and His goodness. Soak up these pages and learn from our lovable teacher that the practice of hospitality does not have to be a burden. There is more rest and joy waiting than we have known. Just open this book and let your soul receive its wisdom. Let your heart laugh and be light. Let your life be stirred to love others more like Christ has already loved us.
Best-selling author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood
Finally, a hospitality book for all of us “good enough is good enough” gals! Jen is everyone’s big sister when it comes to giving us the much-needed nudge to quit sweating the decor and just start opening the door. Whether that ends up looking like potluck on paper plates or fine dining by candlelight, her focus is always on the people more than the place settings, and that’s what’s made all the difference in my own real-life, everyday invitations!
“The Nester,” author of The Nesting Place and The Cozy Minimalist Home
Full of grace, relatability, and permission, Jen’s message of encouragement is one every reluctant hostess longs to hear. For anyone who continues to put off having people over until next time, Just Open the Door is your new mantra.
Changing your “have to” to “get to” is like getting a whole new do-over.