Author Archives: Michele Kearns

Dear Holy Spirit – I. Believe. In. You.

This a continuation of the I. Believe. In. You. series. Prior posts: God, Jesus,Readers, Santa, and American Worker.

I thought this post was published years ago but it was not. So on this occasion of Pentacost 2020 – (May 31st) It is only appropriate this post finally be published.

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:1-4
English Standard Version
(ESV)

Dear Holy Spirit,

I. Believe. In. You.

I believe in Your work throughout the Bible.

I believe You are a person but have another form of existence other than matter.

I believe You are our advocate and praying for us when we do not have the words to pray.

I believe You work boldly, mightily and powerfully in our lives either through a gentle voice whispering “Widow’s Website” or whipping through our lives like a white tornado.

I believe You were at work in the lives of the men and women who had a role in the founding of this country. From Reverend Johnathan Mayhew’s 1750 sermon based on Romans 13 justifying the right of rebellion against tyrants, to the American Revolution, to the writing of the Constitution and the writing of the Declaration of Independence, and so on through out every event in our history.

I believe You can come today like a mighty rushing wind and descend upon We the People just as you descended upon the disciples in the upper room thousands of years ago.

I pray You do that today and come into people’s hearts that are protesting and rioting. Come into the hearts of police officers, mayors and governors. Come into them so mightily and powerfully that they know it is You and they kneel in thanksgiving.

Thank You Holy Spirit for the work you will do in the hearts of We the People today and every day.

Amen!

Recommended Reading: How To Be Filled With The Holy Spirit – A. W. Tozer (4 short chapters).

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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: Peaceably

The United States Constitution gives We the People the right to peaceably protest. It does not give us the right to burn down buildings, loot stores, and break windows in other people’s property or government buildings such as what happened at the Ohio Statehouse Thursday night.

Article [I] (Amendment 1 – Freedom of expression and religion) 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Article 1
United States Constitution
(Emphasis mine)

What The Bible Tells Us

Here is what the Bible instructs us to do. It contains a verse that I have rarely heard quoted. Pastors and ministers have stopped after the 19th verse.

17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:17-21
English Standard Version
(ESV)
Emphasis mine

Now I DO NOT advocate ACTUALLY dumping burning coals on someone’s head. Besides, if you pray for them and then tell your enemy that you prayed for them, you will confound and confuse them. Knowing you prayed for them will mess with their head and they will wonder what you are up to.

So pray a blessing on any and all people causing uproar in your personal life and causing uproar throughout our country. Then if you feel called to protest, do so peaceably.

Here is my blessing for you, your family, your friends and our country:

The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance[a] upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26
English Standard Version
(ESV)

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 also does not think or pray like you normal people. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Not a Moment Too Soon, Not a Moment Too Late

I ain’t afraid of no virus.

Do I want it? No. Do I want my friends and family to get it? No. Do I want my readers and their friends and family to get it? No.

I am secure in the knowledge that God will call me home when my time on Earth is done. When He is done weaving my story through out His story I will go live with Jesus.

He will not call me home a moment too soon or a moment too late. My time of birth and death was preordained by God, long before I was born.

I am here because my Psalm 139:16 moment has not arrived – yet.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;

    all the days ordained for me were written in your book

    before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:16
New International Version
(NIV)

It brings me joy knowing that God has this all planned. All I this daughter of God needs to do is focus on fully living a quality life that brings glory to him.

Neither you nor I will leave this life a moment too soon, or a moment too late because He is still in charge.

“May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way.”

(2 Thessalonians 3:16, NIV)

Related Reading: Fiercehearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely by Holley Gerth

10 Bible Blessings to Pray for Those You Love – Guideposts.org

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 also does not think or pray like you normal people. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Normalcy Returns

A sense of normalcy is returning to my life and with it joy.

During morning break on Sunday I replaced the air filter in the furnace knowing that the air conditioner would come on this afternoon when temperatures soared in the 80’s.

Then Sunday night I walked barefoot to the mailbox to get the mail I forgot to get on Saturday. It was wonderful to feel the grass between my toes. Most of the dandelions are nothing but bald stems. Those with “hair” remaining are about to be dust in the wind.

This was May 9th, the day before Mother’s Day.

And today as I stepped down the front steps onto the stones in the border and onto the grass.

I am so confident that the freezing weather is finally behind us that I washed my parka at lunch and put it in the closet.

However, the surest signs of normalcy in life are several streets in the neighborhood blocked off due to road construction. Yes, the lovely orange and white flowers have popped up everywhere. Some of you might call these flowers barrels but we in Ohio call them our state flower. 😀

May you notice signs of normalcy returning in your life and may they bring you joy.

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 also does not think or pray like you normal people. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Memorial Day Wisdom “By The Dawn’s Early Light”

Dawn’s early light is breaking here in Northeast Ohio at the time this post is published.

Here is a little wisdom courtesy of Francis Scott Key, with the help of a trio of cowboys.

I almost did not post anything today as I could not find any poem, quote or scripture that spoke to me.

Then I remembered this video from Chad Prather with Steve Helms and Ben McPherson.

It is the best version I’ve heard in a long time, because of it’s simplicity. No fancy musical arrangement, no fancy vocals being belted out to bring down a mounted deer’s head off a wall. Just good old fashioned A capella singing.

Never forget our flag still waives because of the men and women who died to protect our way of life. Today we remember and honor them and humbly say:

“Thank you for paying the ultimate price. You are not forgotten. “

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 also does not think or pray like you normal people. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Weekend Wisdom: Faith

Here’s a quote for you to meditate on as you go about your life this week.

Go into this week with a mustard seed of faith and act with all the power and glory of your faith.

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 also does not think or pray like you normal people. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Weekend Wisdom: It Will Move

Jesus uttered today’s Weekend Wisdom to his disciples after they could not heal the demon possessed boy – talk about poor customer service! Then the father escalated the situation up to the man he knew could cast out the demon harming his son.

After casting out the demon, Jesus told His disciples in private why they could not cast out the demon.

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Jesus Christ
Matthew 17:20
New International Version
(NIV)

So what mountains in your life have you not been able to move?

In the book Draw the Circle, The 40 Day Prayer Challenge, author Mark Batterson reminds us to speak to the mountain about our God. (Day 14)

After all, it took only one little stone from David’s slingshot to take out the “mountain” Goliath who used fear to keep the Israelites shaking in their boots. David had faith in his God and told Goliath

 “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45 (NIV)

Imagine the mountains you will move after developing faith the size of a mustard seed.

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 also does not think or pray like you normal people. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

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