52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 26

This week is the half way mark for the series. How is your year so far? Are you noticing any difference since you started incorporating these verses into your life? How is God working in your day?

Today’s verse is appropriate for the halfway mark.

“…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 

Wherever you go for the next 26 weeks, God will be there.



Weekend Wisdom: Creative Quotes

Welcome to Weekend Wisdom, a semi-regular series where I share quotes, scripture, and/or poems for your weekend. This series started as a way for me to blog 7 days a week when I began blogging.

Here are wonderful quotes from creative people. May at least 1 inspire you to get creative. (Post contains affiliate links)



I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning… Every day I find something creative to do with my life.

Miles Davis


The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.

Albert Einstein


Creativity is the answer. I always prefer the creative solution to an expensive solution.

Keenen Ivory Wayans


Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.

Henri Matisse

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Using Creativity To Deal With Grief

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There are numerous creative ways to deal with grief.

Being creative will take your mind off your situation, even if only for a short time.

When Joe passed I was cleaning out the closet in our spare bedroom and found my film camera in the back corner. I figure an upgrade was in order and so I bought a Canon EOS Rebel XSI and got back into photography.

Photography helped me connect to who I was before Joe and I married. It was one of the hobbies that slowly faded away after we said “I do.”  And 9 years after upgrading the camera is only going 1/2 as strong. It only focuses in manual mode instead of both manual and auto focus mode. (yep, yet another thing in this house broke.) UGH!!!


A List of Creative Endeavors.

  • Crochet
  • Knitting
  • Photography
  • Watercolor
  • Finger Paint
  • Bible Journaling
  • Play Musical Instrument
  • Dancing
    • Ballroom
    • Disco
    • Line
    • Jazz
    • Tap
    • Ballet
  • Painting
  • Sketching
  • Melting Crayons on Rocks (my sister and neighborhood friends did this)
  • String Art
  • Spirograph
  • Sewing
  • Quilting
  • Macrame
  • Jewelry Making
  • Quilling
  • Pottery
  • Weaving
  • Wood Carving
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Sculpture
  • Felt
  • Decoupage
  • Embroidery
  • Crewel
  • Ribbon Embroidery
  • Soap Making

I am sure there are lots of other creative outlets I’ve left out. Remember, you do not have to be grieving, being creative is a great way to deal with any of the stresses in life.

What creative skill will you choose to deal with grief?

What creative skill will you encourage a grieving person to pursue?

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You can still enter the giveaway for the Bible Journal and purchase Sara’s kit.

Bible Journaling Kit still on sale for $18 (normally 21).

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Reminder: 24% of sales will go to Golden Retrievers In Need (G.R.I.N) once my commission from sales reaches $100.  This is in honor of marrying Joe 24 years ago.



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.

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