Have you ever gone on a God Hunt? A God Hunt begins when you teach yourself to look for God’s hand at work in the every day occurrences of your life. Here’s one of my personal God Hunt Sightings:
During my influenza (sort of) week, I spent one afternoon in my sunny writing study just poking through files, pulling out books I loved when I read them but haven’t read since, and I discovered three writing journals tucked away in the back half of a bookcase shelf.
Writing journals, I thought to myself. I forgot I stored them here during that bout of organizing when I purged every drawer, the storage armoire, and the closet of my office.
Oh dear!—the last entry in the first journal I opened was made February 24, 2004—almost 10 years ago. I had been writing down my thoughts about writing—an exercise in potential pretension, to be sure. Perhaps I felt that my writing in this journal at least was too self-conscious, the effort of a writer attempting to be “writerly.” Perhaps that is why I abandoned the effort.
Near the end of these pages, however, I noted a prayer I had created November 9, 1998. It was quite lovely and my handwriting sort of fit the message. I think I was attempting to record these thoughts for posterity (oh, dear)—the scrawl in my prayer journals (which should all be burned before I die) are for my eyes alone—but this prayer was carefully inscribed.
All things good and
and all things well—
today & again
blessing & sweetness
& near too.
again & again
This prayer would have been lost to me had I not written it in my journal.
I spy God!
Award-winning author Karen Mains has long had an interest in spiritual formation and the obedient Christian walk. She has written about the God Hunt in her book by the same name, The God Hunt: The Delightful Chase and the Wonder of Being Found. A hardback copy can be ordered from Mainstay Ministries for $10.00 plus $4.95 shipping and handling. Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to autograph a copy for you.
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, Africa 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.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. They 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 congregations at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
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