How are you friends? I hope you have had a great week. Our Sharing Life series is focused on women mentoring women, and the words we offer here are centered around one of three themes: Faith, Friendship, or Food. There have been some wonderful posts in this series and I hope you have had a chance to read them all. Today, I want to lighten things up a bit and give you a glimpse into one way that I take mentoring very seriously.
If you have explored my website at all, you know there is a link to my Tasting Grace events. In case you are not familiar with Tasting Grace, may I tell you about it?
Tasting Grace is a mentoring in the kitchen event. So many women did not have the experience of standing beside their mothers or grandmothers in the kitchen learning how to prepare home-cooked meals. Because of this many women either do not have cooking skills or are intimidated by the idea of preparing meals from ‘scratch’. It is into this setting that God has called me to help women learn about preparing home-cooked, delicious meals for their family.
Once a month I invite 5-6 women into my kitchen for a short devotion and a couple of hours of standing shoulder to shoulder in order to learn to make a few homemade dishes that they can replicate at home for their families.
Our time in the kitchen has brought forth some tasty dishes like pound cake, chicken and dumplings, chicken and cornbread dressing, chicken noodle soup (um, chicken seems to be a theme here), fruit cobblers, cheese rings, salads, canned strawberry jam, and so much more. While we chop and mix and sauté we share life, marriage, children, joys, and heartaches. We have laughed and cried together. We have prayed and eaten together. We have made new friendships and renewed old ones. We have tasted the good grace that God showers on women as they do life with other women.
Not only do I host Tasting Grace sessions in my home, I take it on the road to other homes and churches. I love sharing the fun that is Tasting Grace.
Last year all this fun turned into a book by the same name. Tasting Grace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Bible Study offers ladies the opportunity to host a Tasting Grace session in their own homes and churches. The book is a combination 4 week Bible study focused on the topic of mentoring AND a how-to guide for hosting your own Tasting Grace event. The picture of the book below is my affiliate link to the Amazon page for the Bible study in case you would like to pick up a copy for yourself.
Now, I would love to share a few photos from previous Tasting Grace sessions so you can see what kind of fun we have. I hope you enjoy them AND I hope you catch the fever for mentoring in the kitchen.
It is always an honor to be asked to share at other blogger’s blogs, and today I have the privilege of being featured at my friend, Melanie Redd’s, blog. She interviewed me about my new Bible study, Tasting Grace: A Mentoring in the Kitchen Bible Study. Melanie is a woman with a heart for Jesus and other women, so I am blessed to sharing at her blog.
Melanie is also hosting a giveaway of ONE COPY OF TASTING GRACE, so be sure and stop by Melanie’s blog, read the interview, and enter the giveaway.
Here is a bit of the interview to whet your appetite.
Melanie – What do you hope women will do with this book? How would you love to see them use it?
Leah – Our hope is that Tasting Grace will become the catalyst and tool that women need and use to begin developing face-to-face relationships with other women, speaking into their lives and hearts and teaching Biblical truths to them. Our social media-driven world has made those face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder relationships increasingly rare in our day. Our mothers and grandmothers knew and experienced the value of them, but women today are, by and large, missing out on them.
Jan and I would love to see Tasting Grace used in several ways:
As a Bible study to teach women about biblical mentoring; either individually or in a group setting,
As an event planning guide for women to host Tasting Grace cooking sessions in their homes and churches,
As a method of outreach to those who have yet to meet Jesus,
As a way to encourage women to prepare homemade dishes for their families.
To read the rest of the interview, please click THIS LINK.
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Thank you for coming to my corner of the WWW today. I’m pretty excited about what I have to share with you on this first Friday in August. For the vast majority of the life of my blog, Fridays have been a day for either posting with a link-up or just a general post about random things. Fridays have been easy and good, and I want it to remain so.
However, I am feeling led to establish a theme for Fridays. Given the direction that my ministry has taken over the past year or so, it was not difficult for me to determine what that theme would be. God has taken me from a larger, stage-centered ministry to a smaller, more individual-focused ministry in the past year. While I still adore speaking and teaching publicly, God has made it clear that this season is about sharing life with others. The crowning jewel of this season is Tasting Grace ~~ both the event and the book.
I sense that God is encouraging women of all decades to return to the biblical practice of mentoring. In our social media driven world, we are starved for authentic, soul-nurturing, God-honoring relationships. A text message will never fill that need. Nor, may I say, will a blog post. But, I believe God is calling me to be more intentional with my Friday posts.
To that end, I will set my heart on offering posts on Friday that encourage us toward SHARING LIFE. My Sharing Lifeposts will center around three areas:
Friendship and Mentoring
Food and Cooking
My desire is to offer something that encourages you in one of these areas. One Friday post might be a recipe that I love or that I want to try. Another Friday might be a life lesson that God prompts me to share with you as your friend and mentor. Yet another Friday post could be a challenge from Scripture, a Bible study recommendation, or a testimony (mine or that of a friend). Sharing Life on Fridays will be all about encouraging each other on this journey that we are taking.
I hope you will eagerly anticipate Fridays and find something here that blesses you.
For our first Sharing Life post, I would like to offer you a recipe that has been passed down for a few generations in my family. It is for Baked Squash. My family has never been big on deep-fat fried foods, so this recipe for Baked Squash gives us the comfort food feeling without all the deep fat calories. I not only use this recipe for squash, but I also use it for okra or green tomatoes.
So, for a family recipe like this one, the measured amounts are a guest-imate. When you make the coating for the veggies you make it thick enough to stick, but thin enough to easily coat them. Make sense???
For a downloadable version of this recipe, scroll to the bottom of the post.
8-10 inch cast iron skillet
7-8 medium yellow squash (may use okra)
1 large onion, sliced
¼ – ⅓ cup canola oil
⅓ – ½ cup self rising corn meal
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
Wash and slice squash. Peel and slice onion.
In skillet mix oil and cornmeal, as well as pepper and salt. Turn heat to medium-high and cook, stirring regularly. Cook until mixture begins to brown, then turn off heat.
Mix in squash and onion and coat vegetables with cornmeal mix.
Bake in oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stirring with metal spoon or spatula every 15 minutes. Bake until squash coating is golden brown.
If you came to my little corner of the world today looking for a Revelation post, please come back tomorrow. I have something else to share with you today.
For months and months, my sweet friend, Jan Morton and I have looked ahead to this day. We have worked, written, cooked, planned, prayed, and hoped for today. Our hearts are so full over what happens today, because our hearts are completely taken with Tasting Grace.
Today, our book, Tasting Grace, is born, launched, put out there for all the world to see and purchase. We are excited and nervous to see how you like it. We have never been more certain of anything in this world as we are that God ordained Tasting Grace for such a time as this.
Women need other women as never before. How many real-life, face-to-face, heart-to-heart conversations do you have in a day? Our guess is that most of us have less than a handful. On the flip side, many of us converse via email and text messaging as often as we have face-to-face conversations. Maybe more often. Friends, this is not how it should be.
We were made for conversation, for intimacy, for sharing, for relationship. This is why Jan and I are so excited about Tasting Grace. This book is a beautiful tool from God to encourage women to do life, face-to-face, with other women. It is exactly what Paul wrote about in Titus when he encouraged the older women to mentor the younger women. Y’all, this book will help you be obedient to the call of God to speak into the lives of younger and younger-in-the-faith women.
It is chock full of Bible study, recipes, devotions, and tips that will help you in your mentoring journey. Perhaps you are a younger woman who desires a mentor. Wonderful! Ask an older women to work through it with you and give you some of her wisdom for life.
Jan and I are eager to hear from you. We want to know what you think about Tasting Grace. We want to hear how you plan to use it in your own sphere of influence. Today is the day you can purchase Tasting Grace. It is also the day you can tell us what you think. Here are some links to help you do both.
Thank you for supporting and loving us as we seek to be obedient to the call of God on our lives. We are grateful to each and every one who purchases Tasting Grace.
To celebrate the ‘birth’ of Tasting Grace, I am giving away one copy to a reader. Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below. If you are receiving this post via email and would like to enter the giveaway, please click HERE to be taken to my website. U.S.A entries only, please.
Have you ever entered a space…a home, a store, a church, a website…where you instantly felt hospitality and friendship? That is what I want for the people who enter my space….my home, my website.
There are a few places like that on the internet that I visit on a regular basis. Places where I find conversation, hospitality, and encouragement. One of those places is Grace Table, the creation of Kris Camealy. Grace Table is a beautiful website that is all about hospitality and home and the heart. A lovely bevvy of hosts pour out their hearts there each week with the purpose of extending hospitality to all who enter. I always find a blessing at Grace Table.
Today, it is my distinct privilege to offer a guest post at Grace Table. Kris welcomed me to share a bit about my new book, Tasting Grace, with the Grace Table family. I am so pleased to do so….AND to be giving away an AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF TASTING GRACEto a Grace Table reader.
So much of life happens there. We celebrate the good times and mourn the sorrowful times over plates laden with food. Homework papers are returned to the classroom, randomly decorated by ketchup splatters. Friendships and romances happen over coffee and dessert. The kitchen is always the heartbeat of any home-based gathering, even when there is generous conversation space in the living room or the deck outside.
I was blessed to grow up in the kitchen, watching my Grandma, my Mom, and my aunts create tasty homemade dishes that nourished the tummy and soul.
Please click HERE to pull up to Grace Table and read the rest of my post AND enter the drawing for a copy of Tasting Grace.
This video is a quick and dirty one that I shot today. God prompted me to share how He appointed and uses Tasting Grace, the event, to expand the ministry that He designed for me years ago.
PRE-BUY is still going on for Tasting Grace, so click over to THIS LINK and order yours today. Once you order, email a copy of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your FREE .pdf version of the book!!!! FREE IS AWESOME, y’all, so take advantage of this. Pre-buy ends July 18th so order today.