52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 38

Good Sunday morning to you. I hope you are well and your day is filled with joy.

Interesting Fact

My English Standard Version (ESV) indicates Paul took this line from a hymn to the god Zeus by Epimenides of Crete. Only Paul meant “Him” is Jesus. He was using a phrase familiar to the Greeks.

Just thought you would find that interesting.

Have a wonderful week and remember to think about this verse and pray God will use it in your life this week.

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Photo taken at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, OH where I go every fall to get 1 caramel apple – already had mine for this season. Also picked up a peck of gala apples so I can have some toasted cheddar and apple sandwiches.

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.

A New Tagline For A New Site

One of the recent changes to the site,  besides the design and adding Instagram,  is the tagline.

Oldie But A Goodie

The old tag line was

“Michele’s Adventures Through Widowhoood.”

It implies an end to widowhood. However, my widowhood will come to an end only by marrying again or walking through the gates of heaven.

I’ve not had a date in the 9 1/2 years since Joe’s passing so marriage is not an option and I am fine with staying single. What I need a man for is his brute strength to mow the yard, fix plumbing issues and other house hold chores this klutz has no business doing.

In With The New

The new tagline is

“A Fiercehearted Widow Living a Joy Filled Broken and Bittersweet Life.”  

The tagline incorporates words from some of my favorite books:

Changing my tagline to something more positive will hopefully help me be more upbeat and fierce about life and see joy even though I am broken and life is filled with lots of bitter moments. (a.k.a. rebuilding a career)

Sweet From The Bitter

Here are just a few bitter moments:

Those bitter moments lead to the following sweet moments:

  • Launching this blog.
  • Co-facilitating a grief support group for 5 years.
  • Meeting new people – (J.T., Jeff, Jennifer, Katherine, Gina, Valerie and Mary – just to name a few).
  • Working a seasonal virtual call center position – hopefully, I convert to permanent in November.

These are just a few of the sweet moments God has brought about through my bitter experiences.

Headed For The Future

Not sure what the future hold as I attempt to live out my tag line, but come along with me as I continue to head for a new place, a new life, one step at a time.

 

(Disclosure: I am on Holley Gerth’s book launch team for Fiercehearted: Living Fully, Loving Bravely. I was also on Ann Voskamp’s book launch team for The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life.)

 

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.

 

My Fiercehearted Journey Begins 

Holley Gerth’s new book Fiercehearted:Living Fully, Loving Bravely arrived yesterday. It releases October 3rd, but I received an advance copy because I am a member of her book launch team.

I read two chapters last night before the sinus infection told me to go to bed. It is already marked up with hilighter and notes penciled in the margins.

Guilty As Charged

The sentence pictured above is what I am guilty of doing sometimes when I get angry. Even though my temper is inherited, that is not a valid reason for slipping into the abyss of darkness, bitterness and hardness. I am aware of my weakness, so I must control my response to anger.

I do control my anger and moodiness better than previous generations, but there is always room for improvement.      😀

More, More, More

Look for more posts inspired by Holly’s book in the weeks to come. There will also be a full review once I finish reading it.

You can learn more about the book and pre-order it at Fiercehearted.com.

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 37

It is because of what Jesus did on the cross that gives you and me the strength to do what we do every day – even the cooking, cleaning, laundry and wiping snotty noses and dirty butts.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 

Philippians 4:13 

(KJV)

 

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Coming tomorrow the traditional 9/11 post. 

 

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.

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 36

This verse is easy for anyone of any faith or no faith to understand.

May God add His blessing to the reading, understanding, and doing of this verse.

Love your enemies,

bless them that curse you,

do good to them that hate you, and

pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. 

Matthew 5:44

KJV

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Prayer

May the word I have read, Lord, be planted deeply in my mind and heart.
Help me not to walk away and forget it, but to meditate on it and obey it
and so built my life on the rock of your truth.

(from Prayers for Our Lives: 95 Lifelines to God for Everyday Circumstances) non-affiliate

 

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.

Instagram Joins JoyReturns

You will notice I’ve added the Instagram widget. It is a peek into bits and pieces of my everyday life. I am not sure if it will be a permanent feature on JoyReturns but will try it for now.

August Instagram

During August I ran a series called 31 Hot August Ohio Nights, which was inspired by the classic Neil Diamond song Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show. Every night I took a picture of night time in Ohio.

It is good for me to do this series as being a Virtual Logistics Call Center Representative I am home all day so after my shift, I am forced to go outside and snap a picture. This also gets me using my brain in a different way than I did in the previous 8 hours.

September Instagram

A couple weeks ago, I remembered another one of Neil’s songs is September Morn and September follows August so I need to do 30 Ohio September morn’s. The major hurdle is – I am NOT a morning person. Oh well, we all need to step outside our comfort zone so we can learn and grow.

Not sure how I am approaching this series but you just might find pictures of 30 different coffee mugs.      😀

Oh, and Ogle Ohio (my photography blog) will play a role in this challenge as well.

Here is Neil to get this party started.

Thank you to Stuckon70sAgain

Thank you to Jefferson Weiller

 

 

 

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