Faith, grief

Take These Do’s and Don’ts To Heart

Yes, we have more trouble in this world today thanks to Russia invading Ukraine.

It’s always been my mission to keep this blog joyful but address issues head-on. Jesus faced reality and we will too.

In keeping with my philosophy, we are addressing the Ukraine / Russia issue head-on.

Don’t

Spend your entire day watching the mainstream media or scrolling through YouTube channels. Get out and live your life. Periodically check the headlines on a news website and click on the links that pique your interest. This will help anxiety, depression, and blood pressure levels.

Go go on a panic buying spree. Just because Russia attached Ukraine does not mean you need to buy up all the toilet paper.

Panic but don’t be apathetic either. Panicking about the situation will do you no good and blowing the invasion off like it’s no big deal does no good either. Remember, therefore but for the grace of God go you and me. It could be America being attacked, or you could have been born in Ukraine or Russia.

Do

Exercise, you will benefit from the endorphin rush.

Add these YouTube channels to your list of sources for information so you are getting a different perspective than what mainstream media is telling you.

  • Pinball Prepardedness – Pinball’s wife is from Russia. Also, review past videos where Pinball breaks down how invading Ukraine is not logical. Obviously, Putin is not a logical person.
  • Inside Russia – I’ve heard Pinball talk about this channel but never watched it. I will start now.

Pray – Pray for Ukraine, Russia (we are called to pray for our enemies), and their leadership. Russia has no weapon in its arsenal that is greater than the power of prayer. The same is true of the weapons in our arsenal and the arsenal of any other country. Pray is and always will be greater than man’s weapons. Also, pray for God to grant wisdom to our President as well as other leaders around the world.

Speaking of prayer, keep an eye on Patriot Nurse’s YouTube channel. She has done live stream prayer sessions before, usually later in the night. I participated in streams where she lead us in praying for Kabul during the United State’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. Would not surprise me if she does prayer live streams this time too.

Read your Bible. Comfort and joy can be found in the Bible. Ask God to speak to you through His word and He will do so. There is no greater joy than to hear God speak.

Keep an eye on Taiwan and China. Don’t be so busy with Ukraine and Russia that you take your eyes off China wanting to take over Taiwan.

God of Hope

The God of Hope is faithful and has never nor will never change. There will be silver linings from this invasion, I do not know what they are or when they will appear but they are there if we open our eyes to seeing God working in mysterious ways

God bless you and God bless America, Ukraine, Taiwan, Russia, China, and all the other countries of the world.

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.

Books, Faith, grief

Books For Widows and Other Grieving People

Here are some book recommendations to help you through your grief, whether you are a widow or grieving the loss of a friend or family member.

These are books I have read. While I highly recommend all of these, please wait about 4 weeks after your spouse or other loved one’s passing before starting to read any or all. This was the advice given to me by Joe’s aunt.

My well used copy. Cover has changed since I bought it.

Which ever book you choose, may you feel God’s comfort as you work through grief.

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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 a virtual logistics contact center representative. 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 music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Faith, Weekend Wisdom

Now And Forever More

I was not planning on publishing a post today but when I woke up yesterday this Psalm was on my mind.

Merriam Webster defines Song of Ascents as –

“any one of 15 psalms in the series Ps 120 to 134 sung by Hebrew pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem or possibly while ascending Mount Zion or the steps of the Temple. — called also Gradual PsalmPilgrim PsalmPsalm of Ascents

One of the definitions of Ascents is “the act of rising or mounting upward”, “an upward slope or rising grade”, “the degree of elevation”

Trinity Site – White Sands Missile Range

Psalm 121 – A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121 (New International Version)

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.