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Welcome Tornado Season! – A Life Update

Happy Spring!

I wish I had an action-packed life update for you but alas…it has just been work (virtual call center), eat, and sleep since January.

Oh wait, I forgot about going from tornado sirens to snow to sun and green grass in about 16 hours.

I finished work one day in April, grabbed an apple from the fridge and went to sit on the porch and eat my apple before working overtime. I opened the door and was met with tornado sirens. (I highly recommend tornado sirens as a great late afternoon pick-me-up.) 😉

I flew back to my spare bedroom office and advised everyone in the chat I was out due to the sirens and then ran outside on the back deck to see what was going on. This picture was taken before the rain started.

What I learned from watching the Facebook live from one of the local TV stations is if the National Weather Service sees rotation on the radar they are going to issue a Tornado Warning, even if all is well on the ground. And all was well on the ground, no wind, rain, lightning or thunder.

When the rain came it was a gentle rain. I have video of the storm and a bird comes flying across the screen. There was also a lot of birds chirping in the video. I can’t get the video to upload to my blog or I would show it to you.

Then the next morning I work up to this:

Yep – snow.

Then in the afternoon, this was the scene:

Welcome to Northeast Ohio where Mother Nature’s hormones are extremely out of whack.

Book Launch

The highlight of the year so far was being on Christie Purifoy’s book launch team for her new book Placemaker, Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty and Peace. What made it so special was feeling as though we were a group of girlfriends getting together for a book club, even though we met on Facebook. The atmosphere was warm and cozy which made this launch team experience one of the best.

Bible Study

The church that I am a member of is doing the Bible Study, Experiencing God, Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry and Richard Blackaby and Claude King. When I found out about this, I thought “You could blog your way through this book.”

Yes, similar to the movie Julie and Julia where Julie Powell blogs about cooking her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I need to make up my mind quickly if I am going to do this as we are already on week 3 or 4. It would mean a blog post per week for 26 weeks or I could write the posts and publish one a day the month of October in memory of the now defunct Write 31 Days.

I am through chapter 4 and have some conflicted thoughts I am mulling over.

The Soundtrack of My Spring

Here are some of the musical tracks I’ve been enjoying:

Still Rolling Stones by Lauren Daigle from her CD Look Up Child – play this every morning.

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J.S. Bach (Organist Unknown)

Symphony Number 5 in C minor Op 67 by Beethoven (West–Eastern Divan Orchestra Daniel Barenboim, conductor)

Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin (Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic Orchestra)

Hallelujah Chorus – London Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, John Pritchard – I play this at the end of long, hard work days.

Stomp – Brothers Johnson – This is how I start my weekend.

Alexa played Symphony #5 and immediately went into Rhapsody in Blue which really caught my attention. I never thought putting those back to back on a playlist. Guess my Echo Dot is good for something – we have a love/hate relationship.

And speaking of playlist…I am working on creating 2 playlists on Spotify. One is entitled Cardio and the other is Inspirational. I will let you know when the lists go live.

See You In September

Well, that’s all that is new and noteworthy in my life. See you in September with another life update that hopefully will not involve tornado sirens.

I leave you with a picture of the golden retriever statue Joe bought in 2004 that I dressed up for Easter. Joe and Rommie are up their in heaven shaking their heads in disbelief. 😀

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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, lover of chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also an amateur photographer.

Living With My One Broken Heart

In the new devotional book The Way of Abundance, a 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life,  Ann Voskamp asks at the end of the Day 4 Devotion,

  • How are you living with your one broken heart?
  • How is God asking you to step toward an abundant healing?

These are the first questions, I’ve been able to answer. The other 3 days left me sitting at my computer in a stupor saying “Duh! I don’t know.”

My One Broken Heart

How am I living with my one broken heart?

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A heart that’s been broken more times than I can count in the last decade. First with Joe’s passing, then a year later being laid off due to a departmental reorganization, and then years of struggle rebuilding my career. So the answer to “how am I living wth my one broken heart? is:

  very messily

Life has been messy for the past few years. It’s what happens when every year is worse than the last one and you do not know what to do to improve your life. Fortunately, I have a job but as much as I love it, there are bills that can not be paid. Changes are coming soon which hopefully will mean a brighter future.

Abundant Healing

How is God asking me to step toward an abundant healing? The answer to that question is simple, painful and frustrating –

He is asking me to put my trust and hope Him.

Trust and hope are the two things that have slowly disintegrated in my life the last 4 or 5 years (I’ve lost track).

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It is hard to trust and have hope in God when everybody else’s life is flourishing and yours is heading down the crapper, no matter how hard I pray,  how long I pray, or the wording of my prayers. But I am called to put my trust and hope (confidence in a future event) in God even if he changes my residence to the city’s sewers.

More Questions

So those are my answers to Ann’s questions. I will be blogging about questions to other devotions as well.

 

What are your answers to these two questions?

 

(Disclaimer: I am on Ann Voskamp’s book launch team and received a copy of some devotions for review.)

 

 

red-rose_signatureBio: 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, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of chocolate, red roses and golden retrievers and is an amateur photographer.

New Year’s Eve Wisdom – Adelaide Anne Proctoer

I used her Thankfulness poem on Thanksgiving Day and then found a verse from today’s poem on QuoteGarden.  Thanks to Poetry Nook for the entire version.

May Adelaide’s poem speak to you this blessed night.

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The Old Year’s Blessing

by Adelaide Anne Procter

I am fading from you,
But one draweth near,
Called the Angel-guardian
Of the coming year.

If my gifts and graces
Coldly you forget,
Let the New Year’s Angel
Bless and crown them yet.

For we work together;
He and I are one:
Let him end and perfect
All I leave undone.

I brought Good Desires,
Though as yet but seeds;
Let the New-Year make them
Blossom into Deeds.

I brought Joy to brighten
Many happy days;
Let the New Year’s Angel
Turn it into Praise.

If I gave you Sickness,
If I brought you Care,
Let him make one Patience,
And the other Prayer.

Where I brought you Sorrow,
Through his care, at length,
It may rise triumphant
Into future Strength.

If I brought you Plenty,
All wealth’s bounteous charms,
Shall not the New Angel
Turn them into Alms?

I gave Health and Leisure,
Skill to dream and plan;
Let him make them nobler;—
Work for God and Man.

If I broke your Idols,
Showed you they were dust,
Let him turn the Knowledge
Into heavenly Trust.

If I brought Temptation,
Let sin die away
Into boundless Pity
For all hearts that stray.

If your list of Errors
Dark and long appears,
Let this new-born Monarch
Melt them into Tears.

May you hold this Angel
Dearer than the last,—
So I bless his Future,
While he crowns my Past.

 

 

See you on Tuesday 1/2 when I will announce my Word for 2018.

 

christmas signatureBio: 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 working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. 

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 51

Welcome to the next to the last week of 52 Bible Verses for a Joy-Filled Year. This weeks verse pertains to forgiveness, something a lot of us grapple with doing.

Forgiveness is not about the other person, forgiveness is about you. It is about removing ill will from your heart so there is room for God’s blessings. You can not receive His blessings with hatred, evil, and anger clogging up the arteries of your heart.

So forgiveothers…then go live a blessed life.

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And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Mark 11:25

ESV 

 

 

christmas signatureBio: 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 working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 50

It’s week 50 and we are in the home stretch of this series.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 4:19 

God does supply all our needs. He recently supplied me with a roof over my head thanks to the bank and I working out an arrangement regarding my mortgage. Now, hopefully,   He keeps that need fulfilled by keeping me employed at my current job. It would be nice if He also supplied a second income.

These pictures were taken 18 months ago. God supplied the birds need for food by having people give them bread. (not sure this is the best diet for them.)

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He also supplied the Canadian goose’s need for food with an ample supply of fish in the park’s pond.

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So too, will He supply all our needs here in this world and in heaven through Christ Jesus.

 

christmas signatureBio: 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 working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 48

Hopefully, you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are now preparing for Advent. I was blessed to spend the day with Mom and we had a terrific turkey dinner at Denny’s Restaurant. It’s just the two of us so why bother cooking?

I do not have much to say about this weeks verse. As always, may God show us how this verse applies to our lives this week.

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You will show me the way of life,
    granting me the joy of your presence and
the pleasures of living with you forever.

Psalm 16:11

(NLT)

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May you experience the joy of His presence this advent as you prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

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“Manger Set”

 

 

 

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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 working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 47

How to keep your mind stayed on God? Most people think that praying or reciting Bible verses and Bible Journaling is the way of keeping your mind on God. While they are good ways to keep your mind on God, if you open your eyes and drink in the beautiful scenery around you – that will also help you keep your mind on God.

We often go through our day with eyes closed to His beauty and therefore miss His presence and His peace.

So during this week keep your eyes open for God’s beauty all around you and experience His perfect peace and then remember to give thanks for His perfect peace.

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Here are some peaceful photos I took at Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary/Wolf Creek Environmental Center in Sharon Center, OH.

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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 working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

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