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{Day 18} Spiritual Prepping: Kind

Here is a bit of wisdom to start your work week. It is based on the 31Day Five Minute Free Write Challenge prompt: Kind.

Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Proverbs 14:31 (NIV)

The one who created both the rich and the poor in His image does not want you showing contempt for what He created by oppressing the poor.

Needy and poor do not always pertain to finances. Someone can be physically, spiritually, and mentally needy or poor in addition to being financially needy.

You can be kind to the needy by email, phone, and snail mail. However, the ultimate way you can be kind is to pray for someone. We underestimate the power prayer. We also under estimate how greatly being kind whether through prayer or other means honors God.

One of my favorite blessings to pray for someone is known as The Priestly Blessing. It was given to Moses by God for Aaron and and his sons to use in blessing the Israelites.

24 The Lord bless you

    and keep you;

25 the Lord make his face shine on you

    and be gracious to you;

26 the Lord turn his face toward you

    and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

This was sung at the end the service in my childhood church. I loved it then and love it now.

So go be kind to someone today in whatever way you deem appropriate based on the person’s situation. For someday it could be you that is needy or poor.

Speaking of kindness, here are some colorful flowers to brighten your day and make it more joyful. Wish I could deliver these in person to everyone.

May the Lord bless and keep you today and always.

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 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 loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

{Day 17} Spiritual Prepping: Psalm Sunday – Eyes

You can write your own blog post about what this verse means to you. My brain can’t put together an intelligent thought this morning. I slept 8 hours last night snuggled under my comforter, with windows closed and the furnace on. How lovely it was to safely sleep in God’s peace.

Now off to try and wake up my eyes before church.

Have a joy-filled day and remember to lift up your eyes to the one who is your help.

Heaven

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

    the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)
(picture of earth taken by my father somewhere between 1952-1956 in Alaska)

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 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 loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

{Day 16} Spiritual Prepping: Temporary

Today’s verse aligns with the 31 Day Five Minute Free Write prompt: Temporary.

To me there is no better verse that reinforces the fact everything is temporary in life.

I probably would have gotten in trouble for not using this verse in this series. It is the one that was recited by former pastor and is recited by my current pastor after reading the sermon scripture.

Most importantly it reminds us that everything and everyone in this world is temporary.

The following are just a few things that will come to an end and be nothing more than an antique in the distant memory of someone’s mind:

  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The United States Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Amendments to the Constitution
  • The various denominations – Reformed Church in America, Presbyterian, The Catholic Church, Baptist, Pentecostal etc…
  • Books written by your favorite Christian leaders – Billy Graham, Paul David Tripp, Elisabeth Elliot etc…

Yes, all of these things and so much more, will one day be Gone With The Wind as they are not God’s word.

Now it might be one hundred, five hundred or one thousands days, months or years from now when they cease to exist. Even when they do, God will still exist as He is not temporary. He never has been and never will be.

So whatever life throws your way, remember life is temporary and a new, deeper, more fulfilling life awaits us.

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 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 loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

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