Author Archives: Michele Kearns

Weekend Wisdom: Groundhog?

Happy Groundhog Day!

The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears.

Bill Vaughan

Ok, I know this is not a groundhog. You will just have to pretend this little squirrel is a groundhog that popped up through his hole and disappeared again.


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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 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: Be Bold Not Beige

The wicked run away when no one is chasing them,

    but the godly are as bold as lions.

Proverbs 28:1
New Living Translation
(NLT)

Joe’s favorite color was beige. Yep! I told him beige was boring. He said he was just a boring guy. I told him he was NOT boring. Beige is a neutral that compliments every color which is why he liked it.

While beige might be acceptable in fashion, it is not acceptable when it comes to your faith. You need to be bold and step outside your comfort zone which might include following a Bible reading plan, attending a small group one evening a week, serving as a member of your church’s leadership team, or spending a set amount of time praying every day.

Boldness in faith will be different for everyone because we are unique individuals.

You could also choose to be like Benaniah in the Bible and not only chase a lion but jump into a pit with him.

Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.

2 Samuel 23:20
New International Version
(NIV)

Where did this get him? Benaiah started out as one of David’s Mighty Men and ended up being chief of Solomon’s Army.

So be bold in your faith and in the rest of your life. You only get one life, so don’t be beige.

Related Reading: Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio Parable of the Talents and the Proverbs 31 Woman

Mark Batterson: In a Pit With a Lion On a Snowy Day; How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

Mark Batterson: Chase the Lion; If Your Dream Does Not Scare You, It’s Too Small

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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Rejoice And Be Glad

We will rejoice and be glad that our Holy, Gracious and Loving Heavenly Father blessed us with another day filled with His new mercies.

Rommie’s Favorite Bible Verse

We will rejoice and be glad during the hardest of days that friends show up with pans of lasagna, boxes of Kleenex, and are willing to just sit and let us cry, vent and beat the couch pillows as we grieve.

For his anger is but for a moment,
    and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.

Psalm 30:5
English Standard Version
(ESV)

Now go tell your friends and family that you love them. Put down the phone, turn off the television, take off the headphones and spend time together rejoicing, being glad and enjoying each others company as you celebrate life.

For while life is sweet…it can be short.

One more thing –

I LOVE YOU!

Related Reading: (in)courage – A Man Who Cried When His Friend Died

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

W.W. – Are You Taking Off Your Shoes?

Heaven is here on earth and since God created everything, everywhere you step is holy ground. So take off your shoes if the weather is warm where you live.

30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’[f] Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look. 33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 

Acts 7:33
(emphasis mine)

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: Charity vs Investment

Today’s quote comes from a new book I am reading – The Conservative Heart by Arthur C. Brooks.

It is an absolutely wonderful quote and the truth. In order for poor people to rise about their circumstances, the rest of us need to invest time and energy into helping them. There are numerous ways you can help poor folks and I will leave it to you to use your imagination and figure out how to invest in the poor.

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

Seeing His Hand

This is not what I had planned for the first Wednesday post, but I thought it was appropriate after what happened last weekend.

Rainbow Over Woods Behind House – June 2008 (photo by Michele Kearns)

When trials come that devastate, we can’t see the mercy, only the devastation. We can’t see God in it, but I promise you, He is there. His mercy is real, and no matter what we go through, eventually we will see His hand.

Kate Battistelli
The God Dare, Will You Choose to Believe the Impossible?
pg 143

It may take time but you will see His hand, along with His goodness and mercy following you all the days of your life.

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

Suicide Help

I published this post on June 19th, 2019.

Unfortunately there is a need to publish it again.

While this death hits closer to home, it is not my story to tell, so I will not be sharing the details.

Here is the link to Pastor Adam Hamilton’s sermon

Like a Broken Vessel: The Gospel and Suicide.

He is pastor at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.

Resources:

  • National Suicide Hotline:  1-800-273-8255

If you or a loved one need help, please reach out. We are all in this life together and each person is a cherished son or daughter of God.

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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