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Praying Circles Around Ohio

This was my prayer for Ohio on the 40th day of prayer challenge based on Mark Batterson’s book Draw The Circle, A 40 Day Prayer Challenge.

Lord, teach us to pray.

Luke 11:1
English Standard Version
(ESV)
(emphasis mine)
View from McKinley Monument; Canton, Ohio

Dear Holy, Gracious and Loving Heavenly Father,

I thank you for being Holy, Gracious and Loving.

Lord, teach Governor Dewine, Lt. Governor Husted and Director of Health Dr. Acton how to pray with fervor, an intense passionate feeling. Instill a desire to pray morning, noon, and night. As well as before meetings and news conferences. Let them especially pray before making decisions that impact peoples lives and dreams.

Lord, teach all Ohioans to pray with the same intense passionate feeling before we make any decisions, do any activities, and attend any events throughout our day. Teach us to start and end our day with prayer as well.

May we adopt “Lord teach us to pray.” as our state motto and help Ohio become a state known for residents who pray any time and any place…

because

“as Ohio goes, so goes the nation.”

In your son Jesus’ precious name I pray,

Amen!

Amen, Amen, Amen,

Amen, Amen, and Amen!

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. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Wrap up Of My Draw The Circle 40 Day Prayer Challenge

It’s mind-boggling what can happen in 40 days.

When I embarked on this prayer journey that is (April 30,2020) based on Mark Batterson’s book, Draw the Circle, A 40 Day Prayer Challenge, it was for the leaders and my fellow residents here in Ohio. It was to pray for our Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Director of Health to get rid of their fear, draw close to God through a relationship with Jesus, and to have the Holy Spirit work mightily and powerfully in their lives as they work to jump start Ohio’s economy.

All was going well. I would get up early to read my devotion, write notes in my spiral notebook, and write a prayer for reopening based on that day’s devotion.

Then George Floyd was murdered.

The protests began and turned into riots and looting.

Now I pray not only for excellent leadership in regards to the reopening but also leadership regarding controlling and eliminating the riots and looting.

This prayer challenge has had the greatest impact on me of all the ones I’ve done because it has caused me to think and ponder the most. Praying for leaders who are using fear to control and destroy people’s lives and businesses is not easy. Although I will admit Ohio could be like New York, Washington, or California and still be shut down. At least we have been slowly opening up our economy during my prayer challenge.

A lot of sentences jumped out at me this time that never did before. Here are just a few:

  • When we pray, we are building a monument to God, a memorial to Him. And those prayers never go unanswered. (Day 19; pg 109
  • Goliath held an entire army captive through fear. (Day 14; pg 84)
  • Going back to places of spiritual significance should be part of our spiritual rhythm. Day 38, pg 210
  • Love isn’t repetitive; love is creative. Day 29; pg 161

May you ponder one of more of these today.

While doing this challenge I got a 5 Subject spiral notebook and took notes while reading the devotions. The I wrote out my prayers for our Governor, Lt. Governor and Health Director based on that day’s devotion. I also got creative with using highlighter, watercolor pens, and stickers both in my notebook and in my book because that’s just who I am.

A new Draw the Circle book is necessary as I have marked this copy up so much, I am not sure anything new would jump out at me if I use it again.

And use it again I will because I will be praying through this book starting on Thursday, September 24th, 2020 – 40 days before the November 3rd election. An election that will determine the fate of this country. An election between keeping this country as founded or rioting and looting the Constitution and become more of what you see now – government control of our lives.

Don’t get me wrong, I will be praying for this country in the meantime but will use this book as a guide for my prayers starting in September. I will pray circles around this country because it is exceptional and pray it is God’s will to keep it that way.

Because…

Prayer is the difference between you fighting for God and God fighting for you.

Mark Batterson
Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge
pg 89

And we need Him fighting for us.

Will you join me starting September 24th?

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. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

“Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”

It’s About To Get Frightful

Well Christmas is over.  Now it is time for the snow at least if you live in Ohio.  Winter storm warning and blizzard warnings are out starting at 7 a.m. local time Wednesday morning.  Anywhere from 6-12 inches is expected by noon Thursday with parts of Ohio getting over a  foot.  Rommie and I will see at least a foot of snow by noon on Thursday.

Storm Survival?

Santa stopped over yesterday with a bottle of Canadian Black Velvet Whiskey.  He said to pour it into my morning tea.  Never thought of putting whiskey in my morning tea.  What a way to survive a winter storm.  (Santa was my neighbor.)

More Chaos

Despite the winter chaos coming, I need to get the starter on my car fixed.  Ye-Haw!  The starter quit on Sunday.  No place is open Christmas Eve to get a vehicle fixed.  So guess who spent the day at home yesterday.  Yes, it was Rommie and I.  No Christmas with the In-Laws who live an hour away.  Guess it was a good thing because if the car started and I got over there, it might not have started when it was time to come home.  This is the first time I had to cancel going over for Christmas and I feel sick to my stomach about it.

So hopefully every one had a blessed Christmas and enjoyed lots of wonderful food and great times with family and friends.  If you are in Ohio, get out the sleigh because it’s time for a “Sleigh Ride.” (John Williams & The Boston Pops)  Ah, it brings back memories of high school band.

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