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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

Memories of Sweet and Sassy Rommie

Five years ago today I said “See you later.” to my sweet and sassy golden girl. Can’t believe it’s been that long already.

“Can You Grin Like This?”

This was taken the day she discovered spaghetti is human rawhide. I managed to drop some uncooked spaghetti on the floor which she quickly retrieved. She then went outside and laid in the evening sun just holding her strand of spaghetti until she was ready to eat it.

So I am going to honor her memory today by playing outside, without a mask, as the fresh air is good for the body and soul. Rommie was all about embracing this God given day by playing. I suggest you do the same.

Swimming Lesson

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

Enjoy your day running free in heaven and partying with Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa’s. Love and miss you my golden girl.

Playtime Makes Me Smile

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

“You Must Remember This”

A few months ago, I wrote a post How The Lock Down Has Messed With My Brain. Well…let me bring you up to date on what the brain does now.

In in 1992, Joe and I saw Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto, Canada. We both loved it and enjoyed the show.

During lockdown, Andrew started a YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On where one of his musicals would be featured every weekend for 48 hours here in the United States (24 in the U.K.). As expected, one weekend Phantom was featured. It was the 25th Anniversary performance filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011. Wow! What a spectacular, spectacular performance.

So I bought the film on Amazon and have watched it a lot.

Masquerade

Act two starts out with a masquerade ball at the Paris Opera House where the attendees are celebrating the new year and a new chandelier The Phantom made the old one come crashing down at the end of act one. There is a lot of singing and dancing by a company of over 100 people.

Then the Phantom makes his appearance dressed in a flaming red hat and robe and wearing a skeleton mask. He informs the managers of the opera house that he has written a new opera, Don Juan Triumphant, and expects them to perform it. The Phantom’s true love, Christine Daae is to sing the lead instead of the current soprano Carlotta Guidicelli.

Before he lights up the hall with shooting flames and disappears, he tells the managers one thing to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to have their company do the Don Juan opera.

“Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”

The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera musical.
Photo by Ashwin Alok on Pexels.com

Well….

Anytime something strange happens in the world I am singing that line “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”

  • Murder Hornets – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Poisonous Blue Slugs – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Lockdowns Extended – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Slow re-openings – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Saharan Dust Clouds – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Riots – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Looting – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Murder Cops – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Mandatory Masks – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • The Constitution Shredded – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”

Yep. Anything that happens, my mind just keeps repeating that line from Phantom. Guess it is a coping mechanism.

My Dad’s cousin was a psychiatrist in Las Vegas decades ago, he would have a field day trying to analyze my brain. He’s probably up there in heaven telling Dad “Don’t worry, Bill. Her strange brain proves she belongs in our family.”

At least I am not having anymore nightmares about murder, rape and escaping to a neighbor’s house.

No matter what happens this year, remember things could always be worse which is the true meaning of “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”

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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