Category Archives: Spiritual Prepping

{Day 20} Spiritual Prepping: Result

Getting extremely serious here today.

I’m sure I’ve read this verse before but it never spoke to me until a couple weeks ago when doing blog research.

Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!

Romans 3:8 (NIV)
Silver Linings

When evil things happen God walks through them with us and eventually we will see the silver lining. It may take days, weeks, months or even years because God operates on His own timeline and it is totally different than ours.

I believe Satan unleashes evil on this world daily. God sees what Satan does and says something like:

“Well Satan, I will just weaken the evil you did so it impacts has less impact on my beloved children. I will also use this opportunity to show you how your evil strengthens their faith because my children know I AM upholding them with my righteous right hand.

More Silver Linings

While God does bring about good from evil, purposely doing evil so God can turn evil into good is wrong.

Always has been and always will be.

Related Reading: Romans Chapter 6 (NIV) (courtesy of the study notes in my Bible)

P.S. I have more thoughts on this verse but they are not for publication at this time.

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 19} Spiritual Prepping: Effort – A Picture Post

Effort is today’s word prompt for the 31 Day Five Minute Free Write Challenge. And boy was this post an effort, especially finding a Bible verse. So here are my thoughts and pictures about effort.

It takes effort to work for a living.

It takes effort to work through grief.

It take effort to work at losing weight

“Tennis Shoes On The Pavement At The Mall.”

Life is full of mucky events that require a lot of effort to rake them under control.

The River Kearns (gully in the backyard)

While you are toiling away and expending a lot of effort getting done what needs done – remember this verse:

13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

Yes, you can get through the hardest of times with His strength.

His Living, Breathing Word = Your Strength

So are you willing to put forth the effort to get through the muckety muck of your life?

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 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.

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