Category: Crazy Faith

Thoughts On 2022

The main goal of JoyReturns is to provide encouragement for widows as they journey through grief and building a new life. However, any grieving person could learn from my adventures. Even someone not grieving can learn from what I’ve done and not done since Joe’s passing. If I can work through grief and rebuild my life, then anyone can do it.

I’ve also stated I will not sugar-coat anything because Jesus dealt with life head-on and I will too.

My Thoughts

Is 2022 going to be rougher than 2021 or 2020 – yes. I have felt this year would be worse for our country for months. Jesus said:

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

John 16:33 (NLT)

Now he was not specifically talking about 2022, but every year until God sends Him back to straighten this world out.

There are two words and one phrase I believe will describe 2022 for our country:

Words: Bloody, Hell

Phrase: Bloody hell!

Make no mistake, these are NOT the words that are my guide for this year. Those words are:

Also, I will be praying I am wrong about what 2022 holds for our country. With the cost of food, gas, electric, and heat going through the roof, along with this nation being so divided I do not see how this year can be better.

But as long as God can see it being better, that is all that matters.

So here’s to a healthy, joy-filled and prosperous 2022!

“God bless us, everyone!”

Tiny Tim – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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 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 loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

2021 – Reflections On A Crazy Year

Good day!

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

Well, 2021 lived up to my word of the year – CRAZY!

When selecting crazy as my word, I had envisioned having a crazy faith like the widow in Luke 18.

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Luke 18:1-5 (NLT)

Crazy faith was needed:

  • for an event in April. Maybe one day I can explain what happened
  • for knowing my car would get me back and forth during trips throughout Ohio
  • for believing I could learn a new position at work
  • for believing I would eventually adjust to my new work schedule
  • for writing the 31 Day of Spiritual Prepping series

Finally, crazy faith was needed for just believing that if I kept running around like a chicken with my head cut off, that I would reap a harvest if I did not give up. I did not give up and a plentiful harvest was reaped.

Thank you God for being gracious and loving towards me as you got me through this crazy year.

My hope is in you for getting this country and the world through 2022.

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 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 loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Living With

Severe weather can occur anywhere in the country. No state is free from experiencing severe weather, Whether it is tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes, or earthquakes, no state is free from experiencing severe weather.

The most important thing to remember about living with severe weather and its devasting after effects, is we are also living with God.

Immanuel = God With Us

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14
“Manger Set”


Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”

Matthew 1:22-23

God is with us, to comfort and guide us all the days of our lives.

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 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 loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.