Author Archives: Michele Kearns

My 2020 Word of the Year?

Most people post there 2020 Word of the Year posts on January 1st or sometime later in the month.

Not me.

I have to be different.

But then again, I am still not sure I have a word for this year even though we are into August.

Late last year, I kept coming across the word “believe.” I thought maybe that needs to be my word for 2020. Although it seemed too much like “hope” my word for 2019.

Believe would be believing in God keeping His Word.

So I started looking for another word using DaySpring’s Word of the Year chooser. I answered a few questions and it the first word was “Abide.” Hmmm…not too sexy. I tried again and got “Stand.” Hmmm..once again, not very sexy. The third time I got “Bloom.” Finally something fun, sexy and lighthearted – just like me!

So I loosely committed to the word “Bloom” with a touch of “Believe” thrown in.

Then Covid-19 hit.

All of a sudden believe, abide, and stand made sense for this year filled with uncertainty.

Believe

“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.

Habakkuk 1:5

Believe in the Bible, the word of God. Believe He is always on this throne and has got every aspect of 2020 in His hands. Believe He is doing a work in these Corona Virus, rioting, looting days that we can not fathom yet.

Abide

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:4, 5

Abide would be staying connected to God’s word so it can be connected to me. Bearing fruit in this life is possible only if we keep reading and meditating on what is said in the Bible. Well if there ever was a year when you need to stay immersed in the Bible, 2020 is it.

Well I guess abide makes a good choice for word of the year.

Stand

Stand firm in God as my rock, fortress, and deliverer, and everything else God says He is in the Bible. Know on days where I am ready to tear my hair out, I can seek refuge in Him.

In addition to standing firm in God’s word, I will also stand firm in the Constitution. I will stand firm in the founding father’s vision – a country governed by the citizens and not the government. So stand makes sense as a word of the year.

Bloom

So here is what I have decided to do. I will treat believe, abide, and stand as seeds and plant them deep in my heart. I invite you to join me because if we plant the seeds of believe, abide and stand in our heart and soul then with God’s help we will all personally and professionally bloom. We will blossom into the fullest brightest bloom even during this chaotic year.

Just because it is August does not mean it is too late to bloom in 2020 and have some bright shining moments in

Then we will use our two lips to praise and thank God for allowing us to thrive and prosper this year.

We will also give him praise for bringing us through this Corona mess and setting this country back on the path to prosperity.

God bless you as you believe, abide, stand and above all – bloom during the remaining months.

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: Hiding PLace

One of the verses I discovered while doing a search for Bible verses about masks. This was Biblegatway’s verse of the day yesterday.

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.

Psalm 119:114 (ESV)

Below is the full section of Psalm 119 that contains this verse.

113 I hate the double-minded,
    but I love your law.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield;
    I hope in your word.
115 Depart from me, you evildoers,
    that I may keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,
    and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
117 Hold me up, that I may be safe
    and have regard for your statutes continually!
118 You spurn all who go astray from your statutes,
    for their cunning is in vain.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross,
    therefore I love your testimonies.
120 My flesh trembles for fear of you,
    and I am afraid of your judgments.

Psalm 119:113 – 120 (ESV)

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. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Weekend Wisdom: Olivia and Melanie

Welcome to August!

Today’s Weekend Wisdom pays tribute to two time Academy Award-winning actress Olivia de Havilland who played Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in Gone With The Wind. Ms. De Havilland moved to heaven this week at the age of 104 years old.

I felt ‘Gone with the Wind’ would last five years, and it’s lasted over 70 and into a new millennium. There is a special place in my heart for that film and Melanie. She was a remarkable character – a loving person – and because of that, she was a happy person. And Scarlett, of course, was not.

Olivia de Havilland

Gone With The Wind is my favorite movie, followed very closely by The Sound of Music and then Jaws.

“Be kind to Captain Butler. He loves you so.”

Melanie Wilkes (speaking to Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind)

So be kind and loving to the Captain Butler’s (the bad boys and girls) in your life. We certainly need more people loving others nowadays.

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. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

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