(Author’s note – I know I said this post would be publishing tomorrow but I changed my mind as there is another post I want to publish on Tuesday so I needed this one to be published today .)
Some people pick one word or even 3 words to use as they navigate life through the year.
In 2020 my words were Believe, Abide, Stand and Bloom. (Like Lays Potato Chips, I could choose just one.)
While I was indecisive about 2020’s word, I am not indecisive about my word for 2021. It came to when I was reading Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge. I got to day 10 which is about a widow and a judge. After reading that day’s verse and the first paragraph, I had my word for 2021 and that word is…
The title of the devotion for Day 10 is Crazy Faith and the accompanying Bible verse is
It is the story of a widow with crazy faith that she will get the justice she seeks if she keeps showing up at the judge’s house. (Spoiler Alert – she does get justice)
I love the parable of the persistent widow. I don’t mean any disrespect, but I think persistent is a nice word for crazy. This woman is crazy, but when the cause is a righteous one, it’s a holy crazy!Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson, Day 10 Devotion – Crazy Faith
So that is what I aim to have this year – a crazy faith, a holy crazy faith.
What does crazy faith look like? Well being persistent is part of it. Being persistent means showing up, never giving up, never surrendering (except to God’s will). Crazy faith also means:
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
4 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!Philippians 4:4 (NLT)
Won’t you join me in having a crazy faith this year?
Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.