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What We Need to Spend More Time Doing In 2021

You, me, and We The People need to dig deeper into God’s word this year. I’m not talking about just reading but meditating on what you read and praying more passionately and more often.

It is not just me that believes this but my friend and fellow blogger Sherline from Sherline’s Watchu Thinking Blog is also thinking this way.

I’ve been praying more often and with more passion than before and planned to continue doing so this year. When I saw Sherline’s post a few days ago it served as affirmation that prayer combined with a deeper dive into God’s word is most important for getting through 2021 for We The People.

Pray is the most powerful weapon on earth. We all have access to it, no password, thumbprint, or retinal scan needed to access it. Just pick up the Bible and start reading. Pray back to God the words or the sentiment of the passage you read.

If you feel intimidated, there are plenty of resources out there to help you along the way.

Here are a few from my bookshelf.

Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation, Find True Peace in Jesus – by Robert J. Morgan.

Biblical meditation is the powerful practice of pondering, personalizing, and practicing Scripture.

Robert J. Morgan – Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation, Find True Peace in Jesus – Introduction pg. X

Morgan states that even though we practice Biblical meditation, we will still “struggle with the shadows.” I can testify to the truth behind that statement. While I’ve upped my prayer practice, I still have anxious moments thinking about whether or not I am prepared for all this year will bring. When anxiety sets in, I immediately ask God to calm my fears and take deep breaths. Eventually I become calm again.

The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions edited by Arthur Bennet.

I have LOVED this book ever since I got it years ago. In fact, the copy you see in my picture is my second copy as the first one fell apart from so much use. Here are a few lines from my two favorite prayers:

The Valley of Vision – LORD, HIGH AND HOLY, MEEK AND LOWLY, Thou has brought me to the valley of vision, where I live the depth but see thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

pg xv

AND

REGENERATION – O GOD OF THE HIGHEST HEAVEN, Occupy the throne of my heart, take full possession and reign supreme, lay low every rebel lust, let no vile passion resist thy holy war; manifest they mighty power, and make me thing for ever.

Pg 47

I know you too will find prayers and devotions that resonate with you as well. These two prayers are to be read at my funeral, providing we are allowed to have funerals when I die.

English Standard Version Study Bible – Crossway. I have several versions of the Bible other ta the ESV. I also have a New International Version (NIV) and a Living Bible (TLB). I like how different translations word verses. However, if I have to suddenly pack up and bug out in a hurry, it will be the NIV Study Bible that goes with me as it is smaller than my ESV.

So I encourage you to get one of these books or any other book you find that appeals to you start digging in God’s word and praying more this year.

I will be publishing other resources to help you get through whatever fecal matter is going to hit the oscillating unit this year.

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.

6 Biblical Tips For Surviving Unemployment

These tips apply whether you are experiencing a short or extended transition period.

Tip #6    “…Love your neighbor as yourself.”  

Matthew 23:39

Just because you are in transition does not mean you are worthless like most of society would have you believe.  You are one of God’s children and that means you are loved by him. You are not worthless to him and I guarantee He has plans for you.

Now that you believe that about yourself, believe and act it towards others also in transition.

Tip #5     Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

Start an encouragement file/journal/notebook.  Share the quotes, poems, scripture, and articles you find with another unemployed person or two, or three, or four …etc.  Hold an encouragement party where people share what they find and then work on their files together.

Tip #4     Be joyful always

1st Thessalonians 5:16

This is the role of your gratitude journal as well as your encouragement file.  Keeping a gratitude journal will help you realize all that you have, which in turn helps keep you joyful.

Tip #3     Pray continually

1st Thessalonians 5:17

Prayer works.  Send up brief quick prayers as you go through your day, thanking God for even the littlest thing that lifts your spirit.  Do this in addition to your morning and evening prayers.

Tip #2     Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (emphasis added)

1st Thessalonians 5:18

Realize that as bad as you have it, there are people out there who have it worse than you.  Give thanks for the blessings He bestows upon you every day.

The blessings are there, you just need to look for them.

The #1 Tip  

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” 

Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

 Surviving unemployment starts while you are employed, whether you are a worker, lower management, mid management or C-level. 

  • Your position can be eliminated at any second.
  • You could find yourself in transition at any given moment.
  •  The company you work for can be bought out or go bankrupt anytime.

If you were to be become part of what society deems “The Untouchables”, you would want to be treated with dignity and respect.  You would want help finding a new position.

So treat those who are in transition the way you would want to be treated:

  • Don’t eliminate someone because they have 15, 20, 25 or more years of work experience.  Don’t eliminate a potential new hire just because they are your customer.
  • Do offer to meet someone for coffee to learn about them, give them advice and pass their resume on to a hiring manager you know.
  • Do offer support and encouragement when you find out someone is out of a job.
  • Do offer to speak at job seeker meetings about your particular area of expertise.
  • Be willing to train a person whose experience is similar to the position you have available.
  • Respect people who have learned new skills while seeking a new job, whether they have taken advanced courses in Word, Excel, Access or Powerpoint, or maybe they have dove head first into blogging and gaining a deeper understand of using Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook for business. If they have a deeper understanding of social media, hire them.  Every business needs social media people now-a-days.

Final Thought

Though you mourn your situation and are poor in spirit, you will be blessed by God in His own way and according to His time.

You fit into God’s overall plan and His plan is perfect.