Tag: Crazy

2021 – Reflections On A Crazy Year

Good day!

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

Well, 2021 lived up to my word of the year – CRAZY!

When selecting crazy as my word, I had envisioned having a crazy faith like the widow in Luke 18.

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Luke 18:1-5 (NLT)

Crazy faith was needed:

  • for an event in April. Maybe one day I can explain what happened
  • for knowing my car would get me back and forth during trips throughout Ohio
  • for believing I could learn a new position at work
  • for believing I would eventually adjust to my new work schedule
  • for writing the 31 Day of Spiritual Prepping series

Finally, crazy faith was needed for just believing that if I kept running around like a chicken with my head cut off, that I would reap a harvest if I did not give up. I did not give up and a plentiful harvest was reaped.

Thank you God for being gracious and loving towards me as you got me through this crazy year.

My hope is in you for getting this country and the world through 2022.

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.

A Crazy Word For 2021

(Author’s note – I know I said this post would be publishing tomorrow but I changed my mind as there is another post I want to publish on Tuesday so I needed this one to be published today .)

Some people pick one word or even 3 words to use as they navigate life through the year.

In 2019 my word was Hope.

In 2020 my words were Believe, Abide, Stand and Bloom. (Like Lays Potato Chips, I could choose just one.)

While I was indecisive about 2020’s word, I am not indecisive about my word for 2021. It came to when I was reading Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge. I got to day 10 which is about a widow and a judge. After reading that day’s verse and the first paragraph, I had my word for 2021 and that word is…

CRAZY

The title of the devotion for Day 10 is Crazy Faith and the accompanying Bible verse is

It is the story of a widow with crazy faith that she will get the justice she seeks if she keeps showing up at the judge’s house. (Spoiler Alert – she does get justice)

Batterson writes:

I love the parable of the persistent widow. I don’t mean any disrespect, but I think persistent is a nice word for crazy. This woman is crazy, but when the cause is a righteous one, it’s a holy crazy!

Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson, Day 10 Devotion – Crazy Faith

So that is what I aim to have this year – a crazy faith, a holy crazy faith.

What does crazy faith look like? Well being persistent is part of it. Being persistent means showing up, never giving up, never surrendering (except to God’s will). Crazy faith also means:

16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)

and

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

Philippians 4:4 (NLT)

Won’t you join me in having a crazy faith 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.