Category Archives: Faith

Historical Weekend Wisdom: Liberty Bell Inscription

Happy Independence Day!

There is more inscribed on the Liberty Bell, than this verse. The link will take you to the Liberty Bell site so you can learn more about the bell’s history.

Below is the full verse of Leviticus 25:10

10 And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his clan.

Leviticus 25:10

Remember because of what our founding fathers did in establishing this country you are able to pursue happiness and live the life your current life. If you do not like your current life, you have the freedom to make the changes necessary so you are living the want.

You do not find such freedom in other countries.

Give thanks for this country and your life.

Pray that We The People of the United States are able to preserve our American way of life.

God Bless You and God Bless The USA!

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

9 Bible Verses to Grow Your Faith

Recently I read an article in Joyful Life Magazine titled How to Build a Faith that Overcomes Fear: Even (And Especially) Amid A Global Pandemic. Author Jana Carlson talks about how knowing God is the key to building our faith.

That got me to thinking where would be the best place to start in the Bible for knowing God. The verses Carlson mentions in her article are wonderful ones for building a faith that conquers fear by knowing God. However I wanted simple, one-liners. Verses that would be easy to pray for a grieving widow or anyone else whose faith needs built up.

Then it dawned on me – I AM. The best way to start knowing God is through the I AM statements.

They tell you who God is, was and will be because He is ever faithful and never changing.

There are 7 or 8 I AM statements depending upon with whom you talk. The 8th is John 8:58 and I have also added Exodus 3:14 where God, via the burning bush, calls Moses to lead his people out of Egypt.

  • God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14)
  • And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
  • Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).
  • I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).
  • I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:11).
  • Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25).
  • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
  • I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser” (John 15:1).
  • Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

Each verse tells us who God is and when we understand who He is, our faith in Him will grow. Then we can deal with grief and other troubles in life better, and in turn help other struggling people grow their faith.

Read, meditate and pray over these verses. Write your thoughts about them in a journal. Keep coming back to these statements. Memorize a verse a day, week or month. Ask God to speak to you through these verses.

May these verses help you focus on who God is so your faith grows.

This one is my favorite – so far.

Related Reading: The Eighth “I am” statement in John’s Gospel | David Bahn – Reflections

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

The 2020 Verse Of The Year

I had another Panera picnic at the cemetery on Sunday before the searing heat set in. There was a lovely breeze and since it was Father’s Day there was quite a crowd coming to pay their respects to fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers.

As I sat there eating my Caesar Salad with Chicken, I opened my Bible and flipped to Genesis. A highlighted verse jumped out at me. I thought, well this is a good verse for 2020.

Is anything to hard for the Lord?

Genesis 18:14 (NIV)

Now God said this to Abraham after telling him that he and Sarah would become parents even though they were both old. Sarah was in their tent and laughed. (Don’t feel bad Sarah, I would laugh too.)

The point being nothing is impossible for God.

We would do well to keep this in mind. If giving Sarah and Abraham a son in their old age was not impossible for God, then neither is dealing with:

  • The Chinese Flu, Corona Virus, Covid-19 (or whatever you want to call it)
  • A cop committing murder
  • Riots
  • Looting
  • Murder Hornets
  • Poisonous blue slugs on Texas beaches
  • Election Season
  • or any other thing I may have missed that’s happened so far this year.

God will find a solution to all those situations and any thing else 2020 has in store for us because nothing is too hard for the Lord.

So write this verse on your heart, write it on a piece of paper and tape it to your bathroom mirror, or wherever else where you will see it. Pray about this verse, meditate on it and then rest in the arms of the Lord knowing He’s got these situations and more in His hands.

And it WILL be well with our soul.

Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored by Panera, I paid for my own meal.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

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