One day I sat down and wrote four pages of complaints against God in my prayer notebook. Even the national economy seemed against us.
With Daddy sick I attempted to assume some of the responsibility for the retirement farm. It seemed suddenly important to plant the huge garden plot, nearly the length of two ranch-style houses. If health came again, if mentality was restored, life would be blowing in that fresh air, not the empty stares of dry-clodded earth or fruitless weed-riot.
So we planted it willy-nilly one half morning and afternoon with children pounding tomato stakes and longing for the creek. The plants were too close together, and we lost the onions to wildness and the butternut squash got crowded out by the cucumber. You see, I am only lately come to horticulture.
We angled the big tractor out of the barn and my 12-year-old son and I struggled with gears and chokes and levers in order to mow the huge lawn. We crawled on our knees to catch each good mulberry while the rest of last week’s crop fermented on the ground under the huge spreading, nesting place.
One afternoon while pounding five-foot iron stakes with a 20-pound mallet in 93-degree heat in order to anchor the tender fruit trees with rubber hoses against the bending west wind, I noticed I was unusually tired. “It has been a long year,” I thought, then hurried to finish a chapter in a book I was writing. I napped instead and woke feeling feverish. A blood test later revealed I had developed a case of mononucleosis, which lasts for six weeks—if you’re lucky.
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.
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.
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 microfinance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, 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.