52 Bible Verses For A Joy Filled Year – Week 8

Good Sun-day morning and welcome to week 8 of 52 Bible Verses. Hopefully God is using the selected verses in your life each week.

February In Ohio

It was 67 degrees here in Cleveland, OH  and all this week temperatures  will be above normal. This week’s picture was taken at one of the many local parks yesterday.

 

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Context

This weeks verse comes from the section of Matthew 6 that pertains to not being anxious.

Do Not Be Anxious

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[g] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Your Assignment

This week, your assignment is two-fold:

  • Seek His Kingdom
  • Seek His Righteousness

Praying you find His kingdom and righteousness this week.

(Thank you to Biblegateway.com for providing the context to this verse.

 

 

 

What I Planted In Faith

When Joe passed I made the decision to stay in our house. There was no doubt in my mind this was the right decision. Joe and I searched long and hard for this house (4 months and 1 week). A house he knew was good for us, but deep down inside he knew the house we bought must be a good place for me if I outlived him.

 

Movin’ On Up

After we moved in, Joe mentioned moving up to another house. I told  him no.

He asked the following question:

You mean you do not want a bigger, nicer house?

I replied:

You can move into a bigger, nicer house with another Mrs. Kearns but this Mrs. Kearns is staying put right here.

Turned out that conversation was very prophetic because it will be 9 years next month he moved into the bigger, nicer mansion in heaven with numerous Mrs. Kearns’ (His Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma etc..).

Me – I am still trying to stay planted in this 1,100 square foot ranch with an amazing view.

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My Backyard

What I Planted In Faith

After Joe passed and I got laid off from the bank, I planted in faith:

  • A better paying career so I did not have to move.

After starting this blog, I planted in faith:

  • God’s use of this blog to help widows and help my career. (It has helped widows but blogging is not an impressive skill to potential employers or career counselors at the local workforce development center.)

 

I am attempting to keep faith in God growing the seeds but it is tough, even when using music, Bible study, daily devotions, prayer and exercise as tools.

A New Tool 

Recently I came across a quote by Elisabeth Elliot on Kaitlyn Bouchillon’s blog

Don’t dig  up in doubt what you planted in faith.

The quote pertains to Kaitlyn’s word for 2017 -Planted.

In my case the quote pertains to what I planted in faith since Joe’s passing – that God would help me achieve my dreams.

Digging Up In Doubt

However, there are times I find myself doubting staying here is God’s plan. So when I read Elisabeth Elliot’s quote the other day, I reminded myself this is where I’ve always felt I needed to be and therefore – stop doubting.

I must keep the faith so I’ve made Elisabeth Elliot’s quote a part of my life. I have it taped to the wall above the computer screen and even have it taped to my car’s glove compartment. Got to do whatever it takes to fight off doubts planted by the devil. In God’s time, what I planted will bloom.

What Did You Plant? 

Remember what you planted in faith and keep watering it with your prayers instead of digging it up with your doubts.

In God’s time what you planted will bloom.

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52 Bible Verses For A Joy Filled Year – Week 7

Well it’s week 7 of the series and we are faced with a tough verse to live out. God’s power, wisdom and goodness far exceed the same qualities in humans. That is why we should lean on God for direction and guidance in our lives.

Even in grief and career transition you must lean on the Lord. I know easier said than done. It’s been eight years since my initial layoff which occurred one year after Joe’s passing and my career is still in the limping stage.  I have yet to land a job that pays the bills.

I will explain more in another post this week as this pertains to my career.

Sorry for no pretty picture this week, but Frontier Internet, PicMonkey, and my computer are in a conspiracy against me. It should only take a few minutes to create a graphic but I started several hours ago and am no closer to creating a graphic than when I started.

Have a joy filled week and my your internet and computer work wonderfully together.

God Bless.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 

Proverbs 3:5 

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