In learning how the Lord infuses His grace into our physical limitations, particularly when we are seeking to serve Him, I found that aA dozen eggs meant we could invite people for brunch.
Someone would invariably inquire, “Can I bring anything?” and we would assign sausage or bacon. Bread was sliced for toast with home-preserved elderberry jelly. A fruit bowl and coffee would complete the meal. The remains of half a square of cream cheese cubed into the scrambled eggs, figs in the fruit, blue and white ironstone china, and old white restaurant mugs provided flair.
How often, after inviting people home, I had no idea what we could serve and would simply depend upon the Lord to provide. Someone would slip five dollars into David’s coat pocket. Or, there would be just enough money to buy one certain ingredient which, when purchased, would round out an entire menu.
For many years we received weekly two brown paper bags of day-old bakery goods, cakes for desserts, and sweet rolls for continental breakfasts. We never bought a loaf of bread in that entire time. My mother would run into a meat sale and share a pot roast with us which we would serve for a dinner of eight.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen Mains serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
An award-winning author of several other books, Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
Likewise, pastors will find special resources to help them prepare effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.