Author Archives: Michele Kearns

Weekend Wisdom: Every Thought

While playing catch-up on reading my devotions, I came across this quote.

We are blessed to live in a country where we are able to do something about any idea that pops in our head whether we are in or out of the shower.

Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets our of the shower, dries off, and does something about it who makes a difference.

Noah Bushnell (Atari video game creator). Quoted in Day 9 Dream Factory devotion in Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson

What thought will you take captive and make obedient to Christ this week?

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Weekend Wisdom: Germinating Faith

Happy Saturday and Happy Sweetest Day!

We are experiencing our first taste of cold weather as temperatures dipped into the 30’s overnight. Currently, at 6:45 a.m., it is a “balmy” 35 degrees. Boy does it feel wonderful to hold a hot coffee mug, a mug that seems hotter than normal.

Today’s post is based on the devotion Sow A Seed (day 12) in Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge.

In this devotion Mark writes about sequoia, watermelon and mustard seeds and the power of their seeds.

If you have faith as small as a mustard seed…

Matthew 17:20

Our dreams need faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, to germinate. Faith steps out and prays bold prayers and then takes steps to make the dream come true, after all faith is an action verb (devotion for Day 7).

My dream is for this country to stay as the founding fathers envisioned – a country run by it’s citizens who had the freedom to make decisions for their lives. They did not want a country run by a tyrannical big government who told the citizens where to live, work and play.

My dream is not a small dream but I have buried that dream in my heart and am watering it with prayer. I have faith that if it is God’s will, this country will remain as a glorious light visible to all the world. (Matthew 5:14-16)

So go sow a seed and use your faith, even if it is as small as a mustard seed, to grow your dream.

Seeds of Faith (original artwork at the end of the prayer in my prayer journal.)

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Today’s Election Prayer – Preparing

Here is my prayer from this morning. It is just a teeny part of what was zooming through my mind after having a dream about not being able to find the alarm and turn it off. Also there was a dream about going to one of those skanky, nasty dirty bathrooms before my family and I took a doll for a ride. (I did not eat anything strange before bed last night.) Enjoy your day and may it be filled with blessing upon blessing from God.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Holy, Gracious and Loving Heavenly Father,

Thank you for being Holy, Gracious and Loving.

Thank you for the day.

Help me to know what to do to prepare for the next administration so I can thrive and survive under their policies and also help me prepare to survive the fallout, including any violence, that occurs from the election.

Calm my mind as it is extra hyper active with thoughts going in all sorts of directions.

Also change Melissa’s mind about who gets her vote.

In Jesus’ precious name I pray,

Amen!

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

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