Five Minute Friday – Why?

I am linking up with Kate Motaung and friends for Five Minute Friday. Yes, the blog post is written in 5 minutes, with a few extra minutes for tweaking.

Today’s prompt is

“Why?” 

 

  • Why is there pain and suffering in the world?
  • Why are there school shootings?
  • Why are parents kidnapped and murdered?
  • Why? Why? Why?

The answer is:

because evil is in this world

Evil is real.

Evil lives in people’s hearts, therefore when someone is hell-bent on doing evil, he/she will see that scheme is accomplished. No amount of rules, regulations, and legislation will stop an evil person.

President Kennedy knew this and said that if someone wanted to kill him badly enough, that person would make sure it happened.

Evil has been alive and well in this world ever since Adam and Eve ate the apple.

Evil will continue to have free reign over people’s hearts – unless we turn back to God.

14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

The solution is simple, give this world back to God through prayer, worship, and giving thanks.

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red-rose_signatureBio: 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, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of chocolate, red roses and golden retrievers and is an amateur photographer.

A Lenten Valentine

I wish everyone a happy Valentines Day and a blessed Ash Wednesday and Lenten season.

In honor of Valentine’s Day and the start of Lent happening today,  here is a little something I whipped up last night after work.

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A symbol of the price paid by the “Valentine” who loves you so much, He gave up His life for you.

Prayers for safe travels today whether it is to church or restaurants.

 

P.S. The crown of thorns hangs in my living room and was a gift years ago from a woman in a Bible Study.

 

red-rose_signatureBio: 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, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of chocolate, red roses and golden retrievers and is an amateur photographer.

 

Weekend Wisdom: Fan into Flame

What better time than Lent to “fan into flame the gift of God.”

 

 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 

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for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Flame Photo by Jordon Connor on Unsplash.com

 

Weekend Wisdom Goes To The Birds

This edition was inspired by the cardinals, blue jays, and some other little birds in the woods behind my house this morning. They were having so much fun gathering food from the bird feeders the neighbors on either side of me have put out.

The birds would sit in the woods and watch who was at what feeder and decide when was the appropriate time to visit them.

So enjoy these quotes. My favorites are in red.

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing. 

~Eric Berne

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. 

~J.G. Holland

 

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Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window, except that the birds might eat them.

~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

God loved the birds and invented trees.  Man loved the birds and invented cages. 

~Jacques Deval, Afin de vivre bel et bien

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Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

  ~Author unknown,

quoted in The Ladies Repository: A Monthly Periodical, Devoted to Literature, Arts, and Religion, September 1874,

commonly misattributed to Henry Van Dyke and Henry David Thoreau


He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Eagle”

 

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There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before. 

~Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion and Other Essays

 

 

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song. 

~Chinese Proverb

All quotes from QuoteGarden.com – my favorite site for quotes.

 

red-rose_signatureBio: 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, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of chocolate, red roses and golden retrievers and is an amateur photographer.

No Words Unspoken

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My friend Jeff Nischwitz sends out a daily email about how you can transform your life and your organization.

Yesterday’s email was about his Mom’s passing and how it made him realized that in an instant anyone of his friends, family or even himself could be gone.

This is true.

Joe was alive one moment and the next he was gone. He was served breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and when the staff went to get him for physical therapy at 8 a.m. – he was gone.

Like Jeff and his Mom, there were no words left unsaid between Joe and me. However, I would love the opportunity to tell him “I love you.” one more time and to hear him respond “I love you, too dear.”

But that exchange will not happen.

Maybe it will once I get to heaven but perhaps the only person I will say “I love you.” to in heaven is Jesus.

So learn from what Jeff and I have experienced – leave no words unspoken and say “I love you.” every chance you get. Because there will come a moment when you want to say it but your beloved will not be here.

Or you may not be here.

 

red-rose_signatureBio: 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, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of chocolate, red roses and golden retrievers and is an amateur photographer.

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