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 [email protected] 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.
In the spring of 2015, my friend, Jan Morton, posted pictures online of a ministry that she was doing in her South Georgia church. It was called Taste & See and was a mentoring in the kitchen ministry. My heart was so taken with what Jan was doing that I decided to try it for myself. I tossed out an invite on Facebook and, in a snap, had a handful of ladies take me up on the offer to come into my kitchen and learn to make homemade biscuits. The morning was a smashing success and led to more sessions with more ladies. I called my events Tasting Grace.
I began thinking about how Jan and I could share what we were doing with other women who have a heart for speaking into the lives of younger women. The Lord gave me the idea of writing a book that included every part of a Tasting Grace event. Thus Tasting Grace the book was birthed.
Tasting Graceis a book that offers women (and men, if they are so inclined) a complete how-to guide to hosting their own event. The book includes four weeks of Bible study with a focus on biblical mentoring. There are five days of Bible study in each week of the study that will take about 10-15 minutes each day to complete. Also in the book are recipes, devotionals, and tips from Jan and me on how to host a Tasting Grace kitchen event in the reader’s home or church.
Although the book will not be in bookstores until August 1st, my wonderful publisher, Warner Press, is opening up the order department for pre-launch orders. Beginning TODAY, and running through July 18th, you can pre-buy Tasting Grace. It would be such a blessing to me to know that my home folks, those of you who read my writing and support me so beautifully, were the first to order my newest Bible study.
If you pre-order the book, you will get some pretty cool extras, like a digital version of the book in addition to your print copy. TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE!!! You will also get access to a private Facebook page for the book. Finally, in addition to the wonderful recipes contained in the book, pre-buy friends will receive a few extra special recipes that are our favorites.
So, here is how you can order as part of the PRE-BUY. Click on this link to be taken to the Tasting Grace page on the Warner Press website. You are going to find a lots of information there about the book. You are also going to see the amazing, blessed endorsements the book has received. On the Tasting Grace page you can sign up for updates and FREE things. This page is the spot where you can order the book via the PRE-BUY OPTION.
Mentoring. Are you a mentor? Do you have a mentor? Today, I’m thinking all about mentoring lessons I have learned. Let’s start in Titus 2, the classic biblical passage on mentoring.
3 Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that is appropriate for someone serving the Lord. They must not go around speaking evil of others and must not be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good.
4 These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children,
5to live wisely and be pure, to take care of their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. Titus 2: 3-5 (NLT)
The Lord has given me the distinct privilege of entering into mentoring relationships with several young women. Each of these precious women bless me in unique ways. It is through these relationships that I realize I amthe ‘older woman’. Flitter, I am old enough to be a mother to the girls. May I let you in on a little secret? If you are one or two steps ahead of someone else in your Christian walk, then you, too, are an ‘older woman’.
I still sometimes wonder why in the world the Lord would allow me the privilege of walking with these young women? I, of all people, have blown it over and over. When I was their ages I was making one poor choice after another, in spite of being raised in a Christian home.
Why would the Lord allow me to speak into the lives of these beautiful women? One reason that has become very clear to me is that in some measure, I have learned that if I’ve blown it, I need to own it. The world is looking for authenticity. There are too many Christians walking around the dusty sod of earth looking like they are just happy all the time. I know better than that. No one gets it right all the time. No one. So, when I mess up, I’ve learned the best thing is to admit it, learn from it, and be willing to share what I’ve learned when God gives me opportunity. Please understand, I’m not seeking to glorify my sin, but rather to focus on how the Lord loves me and moves in to clean up my messes so He can use me.
As I look at Titus 2: 3-5 I find several things that correlate with the ideas I gleaned from Kinnaman’s book:
I learned that ‘to live in a way that is appropriate for someone serving the Lord’, I needed to learn what the Lord desired. It was imperative that I learned to see and love others with the heart of Jesus. That was HUGE for me!!
I ‘must not go around speaking evil of others’. This very much includes those who look, act, and believe differently from me. I had to learn to see everyone through the eyes of Jesus. In doing so, my heart has been softened and I have had the incredible opportunity to enter into dialogue with people whom I would not otherwise have connected.
My responsibility is to ‘teach others what is good’. In order to be able to teach others what is good, I had to know what Jesus calls ‘good’ and what He calls ‘bad’, which means I had to dig deeply into the Word in order to know my Savior’s heart. Once again, loving like Jesus loves is key. I must allow the Holy Spirit to lead me and speak through me, never abandoning my convictions, but speaking the truth in love and honesty.
As I seek to ‘live wisely and be pure’ through the power of the Holy Spirit, I can teach young women how to do the same, using examples of my own poor choices to encourage them to make better choices.
‘Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.’ The opposite of bringing shame on the Word of God is glorifying the Word of God. My heart’s desire is to illuminate the Word of God and the God of the Word and encourage young women (and men) to pursue Jesus, and only Jesus.
Has God put young people in your life? If so, you have an obligation to do these very same things. …to mentor them in living the Christ-life. Perhaps you are already mentoring a young person. I’d love to hear about that relationship. Have you ever had a mentor yourself? Tell me about them.
When I think of those words, my heart is immediately warmed. In case you are not familiar with the most-est, fun-est ministry that God has ever allowed me to do, let me give you my elevator version of the description.
Tasting Grace is my mentoring-in-the-kitchen ministry that allows me to invite women (age 13 and up) into my kitchen to share Jesus and cooking for a couple of hours once a month. Many women have never had the opportunity to stand alongside their mom or grandma or another woman to learn how to cook. So often our modern day default is fast food or frozen dinners. But, it does not have to be that way!
Ladies, our Bible tells us that it is the job of the older women (**cough, cough** that is me, and maybe you too) to teach the younger women how to keep their homes and serve their families. There are many ways to do that, but the way the Lord has me doing it is to carve out time to bring ladies into my kitchen to cook.
Registration is now open for the spring sessions of Tasting Grace. We will be learning how to can homemade strawberry (or other fruit) jam. We will also learn to make my all-time favorite salad ~ Mexican Layered Chicken Salad. I only have a few spaces left for these spring sessions, so if you would like more information about Tasting Grace or are interested in being part of a session, please click HERE to learn more.
If you have hung around LeahAdams.org for the past several months you are familiar with Tasting Grace. In case you are new here, let me tell you about THE. MOST. FUN. THING. I have ever done in ministry.
Tasting Grace is a concept that I borrowed from my sweet friend, Jan Morton. It is a mentoring-in-the-kitchen ministry that I host in my home once a quarter. Actually, as the word has spread about TG, it has become once a month rather than once a quarter. Rather than me typing out all the fun details of TG, I’m going to send those of you who want to know what it is all about over to the Tasting Grace page on my website. Click HERE.
In January and February I hosted the first and second winter sessions of Tasting Grace. Each group of ladies who attend TG is unique and beautiful. I am especially blessed by the Moms who bring their daughters to TG, and the winters sessions each had a mother/daughter pair included. By the way, TG would be a wonderful Mother/Daughter event should you wish to host one in your home!!
The menu for the winter sessions has been chicken and dumplings and cream cheese pound cake. TG sessions are usually 2 hours, but this menu requires a bit more time because the pound cake must bake for an hour and a half.
We had ladies that had never eaten honest to goodness chicken and dumplings. We also had ladies who had never used a sifter. In one of the groups the ladies seemed to have a fair amount of cooking experience, so I asked them if they wanted me to skip over the basics, such as bringing baking ingredients to room temperature before using. All of them emphatically said, “No, please do not skip the basics. We always learn something new from you.”
I have one more group in March which will complete the Winter Sessions of Tasting Grace. Last night I had the privilege of doing a biscuit making session with the incredible moms at one of our local MOPs groups. Because I am writing this on Thursday morning, I do not yet have any pictures from the MOPs session.
I am super excited to share some of the pictures from the January and February Tasting Grace sessions. If you are interested in attending a Tasting Grace session, or in hosting a Tasting Grace event in your home or church, please contact me via THIS LINK for more information. I will be posting dates and menus on the Tasting Grace page of my website for the Spring Tasting Grace sessions in mid-March, so stay tuned.
Ok, here are the pictures!
I am excited to announce that I, along with my friend and mentor, Jan Morton, have signed a contract with Warner Press Publishers to write a book about Tasting Grace. It will be a combination Bible study and event planning guide that will help ladies plan and host a Tasting Grace session in their own home or church AND give them a four week Bible study that looks at the topic of mentoring. The book will be available Summer 2016. Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks.