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Draw The Circle – 40 Days of Praying for the Country and Election

Happy September!

Later this month, I will be starting another read through of Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge. This time I will be praying for our country, our leaders and the election. Earlier this year I circled Ohio for 40 days.

I have a new copy of the book because the other one was so worn that I did not think any new words or thoughts would jump out at me.

Again I will be writing my daily prayer in a spiral notebook. The same one I used when I prayed for Ohio as there is a lot of space left in it.

I encourage you to get a copy of Draw the Circle and write a prayer after reading that day’s devotion. I believe writing out your prayer helps you increase your faith so you can live out the saying on the coaster below –

“Faith is not believing that God can, it is KNOWING that He WILL.

Thirstystone coaster I bought at Bed, Bath and Beyond many years ago.

I am not sure how I will handle these 40 days here on the blog. Weekend Wisdom starting the 26th of September will consist of quotes from the book.

Starting on September 24th, I will read the introduction and start with the Day 1 devotion on the 25th of September.

So join me on the 24th of September and pray as you feel led for this country, our leaders and the election.

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

Romans 13:1

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

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

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