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Awakening Your Courage and Living Victoriously In Unsettled Times

Happy 1st Day of Spring!

Well we made it through winter weather-wise. However we now find ourselves in a winter of panic over toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizer.

Feeling anxious, stressed-out, or down right panicked over what this Coronavirus is doing to our economy and it’s impact on your job?

Then I have 2 resources today that will help you – Fear Fighting, awakening courage to overcome your fears and Battle Ready, Train Your Mind To Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously, both by Kelly Balarie.

I was blessed to be a member of both book launch teams. Below are mini-reviews of the books with links to my original reviews.

You need Kelly Balarie’s books. They were written for such a time as this.

Fear Fighting

Fear Fighting, awakening courage to overcome your fears is a book that will remind you that God is with you no matter what you fear. Kelly tells you how to demolish 8 fear inducers, including worry.

She points out we need to do we need to do whatever it takes to give Jesus and the Holy Spirit access to our hearts.

It is by dwelling with the Spirit that we go about abiding in the Lord.

Kelly Balarie
Fear Fighting, awakening courage to OVERCOME your fears
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And when you abide in the Lord, fear gets the boot.

Fear Fighting, awakening courage to OVERCOME your fears – by Kelly Balarie Link to my review

Battle Ready

I am writing this mini-review after being told I will have a new position at work. Learning something new is great and I am all for it. However, it is what I will be learning that has me anxious.

When I went through the book deciding what quote to feature when I came upon these words in chapter ten.

Warrior-Mindset Ten

Say “God Can, and I will Rest in That”

(Positivity)

Since the beginning of Lent, I have been sowing Isaiah 43:19 as my daily prayer because my life and job have seemed stale and I’ve felt stuck in the muck.

“See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.”

After today’s announcement at work, I need to work on seeing new faith in me and my abilities and faith that God knows what He is doing with my career. “God can, and I will rest in that” is going to be my mantra as I learn the ropes of this new position.

Yes, God, I see you not only doing a new thing in my life and career but also prepping me to be Battle Ready.

Battle Ready, Train Your Mind To Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously by Kelly Balarie – Link to my reivew.

Final Thoughts

Whether it is the Coronavirus upsetting you, being quarantined with the hubby and kids for 14 days, experiencing a temporary layoff because of the virus, or some other fear, both Fear Fighting and Battle Ready will help you deal with this unsettling time.

Remember this:

The truth is you’re moving from glory to glory.

Kelly Balarie
Battle Ready, Train Your Mind To Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously
pg 171

Hallelujah!

Rainbow Over Woods Behind House – June 2008 (photo by Michele Kearns)

The Legal Pad – All Links are non affiliate. However, I was privileged to be a part of Kelly’s launch team for both books. I did receive a free copy of Fear Fighting and Battle Ready.

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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

Weekend Wisdom: What God Gave Us

Here are scriptures to help you deal with the panic that is gripping our country.

Yes, we were given self-control. That is why people are buying up toilet paper.

Am I panicked over this situation – no.

I am living my life as normal, getting up stumbling across the hall and working my virtual logistics job, walking across the yard to get the mail, and going to the grocery store and the drug store.

All will be well because even though the Corona virus is in the air – God is STILL on the throne.

He’s got this.

He knew about COVID-19 and all the other germs, bacteria and viruses before He created the heavens and earth.

So stay calm and remember what Jesus (God the Son) said:

33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33
English Standard Version
(ESV)
biblegateway.com

Yes indeed, He overcame the world by dying on the cross and rising from the grave 3 days later.

There is no need to panic, just take appropriate precautions…and quit hoarding the toilet paper.

Now I am off to the grocery store.

Related Reading: You Are A Woman Of Promise, Not Panic by Bonnie Gray for (in)courage. This article is very powerful and brought me to tears.

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

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 39

This picture was taken this week as the sun rose up over the house. Once I saw this week’s verse I knew I had to use this picture.

The Lord IS light, strength, and salvation. May you and I remember this as we go through this week and may we see an example of all three in our lives.

Psalm 271

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used her skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

 

52 Bible Verses to a Joy Filled Year – Week 31

Well here we are, week 31 of 2017 already. A week that will see me learn, excel and grow while leaning on God for strength to climb a new mountain.

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fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 

He will strengthen and helping us reach the top of our mountains. May God show you how He is helping you climb the mountain or mountains of your life this week.

 

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 30

(Author’s Note: It is Monday 7/17 as I write finalize this post. The day this post goes live, an event will have already happened. I am attempting to keep a positive mind set about what the future holds, but given all the false reassurance from people over the past few years,  I am nervous. So here’s to a good event happening this week – whatever it is.)

 

For the thing that I fear comes upon me,
    and what I dread befalls me.

Job 3:25

When I saw this verse included in Norman Vincent Peale’s 52 Weeks To A Positive Life, I thought

“Now this is not very positive.”

However, the verse is intended to be a warning. Guard your thoughts. You are what you think you are, you become what you think you will become, you think evil will happen and it will because you reap what you sow. It’s not just the result of your actions that come back to you but the result of your thoughts as well.

It’s like the secret to a good yard – feed the grass. The grass will choke the weeds.

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Feed your mind good thoughts and read positive material and you will choke the weeds out of your mind and good things will happen.

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Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can view her photographs at OgleOhio.com because one blog is not enough.

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 14

Thank God it’s Sunday again. Hell week is over. The last week of March is brutal because it is the anniversary of Joe’s passing.

Couple that with still being unemployed and no income because unemployment ended, and being stabbed in the back twice by people who know my situation and refuse to assist and there is fear, frustration, anger and rage in my house. I realize it needs to be gone.

Instead of one verse to meditate on, I’ve used two in this post and linked to one more. The first verse is the one I chose and the second one is from Norman Vincent Peale’s 52 Weeks to a Positive Life card series.

So it is the start of a new day, week and month which means time for new beginnings, which will hopefully calm the fear. New beginnings spring up just when you lease expect them, mostly because our eyes are blind to seeing them. We are dwelling on the past.

“Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19

Prayer

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

2 Timothy 1:7 

Dear Holy, Gracious and Loving Heavenly Father,

We humbly and gratefully come before you today with praise and thanksgiving for your love, graciousness and your mercies being new this morning as they were yesterday morning and as they will be tomorrow morning. Thank you for every day being a new beginning.

Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross, a death we deserve because of our sin.

Holy Spirit I ask that you work mightily in our lives. Give us a spirit of power, love and self-control this week as we go about our lives. Let others see the fruit of your work in us every day.

Prevent us from dwelling on the past, give us eyes to see the new beginnings and the courage to seize the opportunities they represent. For you will bring us out of the wilderness by making streams in our desert.

In Jesus’ holy and precious name I do pray –

Amen

 

 

Weekend Wisdom: Surrounded

Today’s Weekend Wisdom was placed on my heart by God a couple months ago. The verse keeps coming back to me as my life keeps turning upside down every day.

Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. 

Psalm 27:3

Why will my heart not be afraid?

Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:19

"Downstream From Soda Dam" - October 1992 Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Springs, NM

“Downstream From Soda Dam” – October 1992        Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Springs, NM

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