Trust is a lesson in adventurous thinking. Inviting people when you know you have nothing to serve, but depending on God to always supply, is adventurous living.
Every once in a while I became the recipient of large restaurant-size cans of food. A huge container of chicken salad became the staple for the makings for submarine sandwiches garnished with pineapple and mandarin oranges. These were served on two consecutive afternoons when I invited the women of the block to luncheons to celebrate with me the coming of spring.
Everything the Lord gives to us can be given back to Him. Then He, in turn, blesses and breaks and creates from it a bounteous provision.
I am not above saying to people we love, “Let’s have dinner together after church. I’ve got such-and-such in my refrigerator. What have you got in yours?” We have often enjoyed some odd but nevertheless nourishing meals together. And the spur-of-the-moment fellowship has been superb.
Karen Mains 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 Mains 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.
In addition, pastors will find special resources to help them create effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen 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.