Category Archives: prayer

40 Days of Praying for Our Country: Introduction

This 40 Day prayer journey is based on Mark Batterson’s book Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge.

I am writing out my prayers in the same spiral notebook I used for the 40 days of praying for Ohio. These prayers are based on the subject of that day’s devotion. There will be posts pertaining to the devotions and Weekend Wisdom will feature some quotes and Bible verses from Mark’s book.

It is Wednesday 23rd of September and I just started reading the introduction. These are the first two lines:

The forty-day prayer challenge is going to change your life. In fact, the next forty days have the potential to dramatically alter the rest of your life.

Mark Batterson – Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge (pg 7)

The next 40 days could change the rest of our lives in many ways. How it will change our lives remains to be seen, which is all the more reason to pray for our country.

If you need another reason:

14 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 NIV

Our land needs massive healing.

So join me in praying for our country for the next 40 days. Posts relating to the daily devotions will probably be 1 day behind.

Author’s note: The post on grief and memories is still going to be published. I’ve been slightly under the weather the past week.

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

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