The Rose of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy this post from one of my favorite bloggers. God Bless You.

ME and the Boss

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“When you have planted

the rose of Love

into your heart

your life has not

been in vain.”


~ Omar Khayyam


The rose bush requires plenty of nurturing;

pruning, feeding, dusting, watering and

just like love, the more attention that is paid to it

the more beautiful are the blooms.

Have faith, believe, the more love that you give

the more you will receive in return.

Today, don’t let life pass you by, satisfy your ego,

put your heart and soul into everything you do

and love unconditionally.

Love is a blossom the requires much nurturing.

Love is helping someone love themselves.


ME and the Boss






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Let Us Pray-Draw the Circles Lenten Challenge

Today is day 1 of the Draw the Circle Lenten Challenge. This is my second time through Mark Batterson’s book Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer ChallengeActually I am on Day 39 from the first read through and also starting Day 1 on the second read through. At the time I started this book, I picked February 11th as my end date and did not think incorporating lent into my plan.

I was about 1/4 of the way through the book when I decided to re-read it for lent. Doing this prayer challenge has been amazing. There is something special in upping your prayer time, and praying specific verses over your life and the lives of others.

What God Is Not

While I believe reading Mark’s book during Lent or any other time of year will change your life, God is NOT a vending machine or a genie in a bottle.

There is no guarantee God will answer your prayers during this 40 day challenge.

Although I guarantee you if you stick with this, you will grow in your faith.

My Unanswered Prayer

He has not answered all my prayers.

I applied and got a phone interview with a company that works the unemployed. After all, I’ve rebuilt my life after Joe’s passing and have spent 7 1/2 years working on rebuilding and stabilizing my career, and learning new technology so who better to be a “cheerleader” and provide encouragement to the unemployed?

I have prayed, begged, and told the mountain this situation represents to go jump in Lake Erie.

However, God said “No” or maybe it is “Not Yet.”

And so I keep working on developing other plans and taking other roads that may lead to career stabilization.

Thank You

During this challenge please remember to thank God for who He is and all He has done, is doing and will do in your life. If you do not see Him working in your life, ask Him to open your eyes to His abundant goodness that surrounds you.

I am praying for all of you who are taking up this challenge. I know God will work in and through you.

You are welcome to email me at michele dot kearns @joyreturns dot com and update me on how He is impacting your life this Lenten season.



Weekend Wisdom: Strong

Praying at least one of these quotes will speak to you today and always.


Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.

Thomas Carlyle

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

Hermann Hesse

Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.

Leo Buscaglia

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