Category: Project 3:16

Project 3:16 – Ecclesiastes

The next stop on our journey through the 3:16’s of the Bible is the cheeriest, most, chipper, joy-filled book of the Bible – Ecclesiastes. What a wonderful book to read for Mother’s Day! (tons of scarcasm)

Although what mother has not said the following when trying to get her children to stop dropping crayons down the register, sliding in their stocking feet across the linoleum floor and smashing into the wall pretending they are figure skaters, or just trying to get them to clean their room?

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

Ecclesiastes 1:2

Oh, the fun my sister and I had annoying Mom with our antics.

Under The Sun

Let’s get serious now. When I read this week’s verse, I immediately thought of our court system, and especially the leaky Supreme Court.

And I saw something else under the sun:

In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
    in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

Ecclesiastes 3:16

I will not say any more about that situation.

While 3:16 stands on its own, 3:17 should bring reassurance if you are disturbed by seeing wickedness.

I said to myself

“God will bring into judgment
    both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
    a time to judge every deed.”

Ecclesiastes 3:17

Rest assured, God will judge the wicked people in our court system – in HIS own time.

Knowing the wicked will not go unpunished should bring peace to everyone.

Now quit reading and go spend the day with your mother or go be a mother to someone who needs your wise counsel.

May your day be filled with sunshine, lilacs, and overflowing joy whether or not you are a mother.

Lilacs in Sunshine

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 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.

Project 3:16 – Proverbs

Well fooey! We have to skip Psalms as chapter 3 ends with verse 8.

From the Lord comes deliverance.

    May your blessing be on your people.

Psalm 3:8

So hi ho, hi ho, it’s on to Proverbs we go.

Chapter 3 is about the Further Benefits of Wisdom (notice how Wisdom is referred to as a “she”). Here are the verses that are grouped together with 3:16 in my NIV Bible.

Blessed are those who find wisdom,

    those who gain understanding,

14 for she is more profitable than silver

    and yields better returns than gold.

15 She is more precious than rubies;

    nothing you desire can compare with her.

Proverbs 3:13-15

Long life is in her right hand;

    in her left hand are riches and honor.

Proverbs 3:16

Her ways are pleasant ways,

    and all her paths are peace.

18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;

    those who hold her fast will be blessed.

Proverbs 3:17-18

As you bloom wherever you live and in whatever circumstances, may your roots be sunk deep in God’s wisdom – for that will surely bring you joy.

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.

Project 3:16 – Job

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed Easter.

We are resuming our journey through the 3:16’s of the Bible with the book of Job, as Esther chapter 3 stops at verse 15.

Job was a righteous man. God told Satan to destroy everything in Job’s life. God knew Job was a man of integrity and would not curse God.

Losing everything was just the first test. The second test was Job being inflicted with sores from toe to head. While a lot of us would shake our fists at God for allowing us to experience all this extreme hardship, Job did not curse God. He held on to his integrity.

He’s better than me.

In chapter 3, Job curses the day he was born. While 3:16 stands on its own, it is painful. I am including verses 11-19 so you get the whole picture this group of verses paints.

“Why did I not die at birth,
    come out from the womb and expire?
12 Why did the knees receive me?
    Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?
13 For then I would have lain down and been quiet;
    I would have slept; then I would have been at rest,
14 with kings and counselors of the earth
    who rebuilt ruins for themselves,
15 or with princes who had gold,
    who filled their houses with silver.

Job 3:11-15 (NIV)

Or why was i not hidden in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day!

Job 3:16 (NIV)


17 There the wicked cease from troubling,
    and there the weary are at rest.
18 There the prisoners are at ease together;
    they hear not the voice of the taskmaster.
19 The small and the great are there,
    and the slave is free from his master.

Job 3: 17-19 (NIV)

May you never curse the day you were born.

May you adopt this philosophy from Job when it comes to suffering:

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;
    I will surely defend my ways to his face.

Job 13:15 (NIV)

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.