52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled, Positive Year – Week 11

Feeling hung over today?  I am too, but that’s what happens when it’s day one of Daylight Savings Time. Oh how I wish someone would just pick and time and stick with it. None of this flip-flopping back and forth.

If President Trump wanted to do something that everyone could get behind, picking either Eastern Standard or Daylight Savings time would be the thing to do.

So enjoy a day of stillness and work some extra stillness into your week as you make the adjustment to the new time.

I will be enjoying a nap after church and possibly in church as well.


By the way, the background in today’s picture is the wood from around my office window  with a little enhancement provided by PicMonkey.



52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 10

Welcome to the first Sunday in March. Can you believe it is March already? How is your 2017?

This weeks verse was hard for me to write about.

So here are my thoughts.

Prayer is the best and least used tool in a Christian’s arsenal.

You are righteous in God’s eye’s because of you accepted what Christ did for you. So confess your sins, make amends with one another and pray for people because your fellow humans need your powerful and effective prayers.

God bless you and may He work this verse powerfully in your life this week.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:16 


3 Cheerful Flowers for Funerals

Since my posts about funeral songs are the most popular, I decided to do a post about Funeral flowers.

Now 99% of flowers are cheerful looking but these are the ones I decided are the most cheerful for funerals. My information is from a  Teleforal article about flowers and their meanings. There is more information in this article than what I have listed.

Yellow Roses

I love the idea behind yellow roses – given by friends as a symbol of their strong friendship to the deceased.

However, I think they should be given to the widow by friends as a sign of their committment to retain a strong friendship even though her husband has moved to heaven.

Friends tend to drift away when someone becomes a widow. They go back to their nice, comfy, cozy life and forget about the widow. Even when the widow calls needing some type of help they are often too busy.


I also love the idea of sending hydrangeas as they can be planted by the widow and will last for years. The article indicates the flower is given as a gift of thanks for understanding and is a symbol of heartfelt sincerity.

Daffodils and Tulips

Yellow daffodils and tulips are a symbol or renewal and fresh starts, which is why they are thought to bring encouragement and hope to those who are grieving or feeling blue due to going through a nasty life event.

Back in high school our band went to Holland, Michigan and performed in the Tulip Festival. One day we drove all around town looking at all the pretty tulips and stopped at every tulip farm in the area. Once you’ve seen a red tulip, you’ve seen them all.

I am still not fond of tulips, so when I next go through grief – yellow daffodils or yellow roses would be the most appropriate to send me.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas for the next time you are faced with sending flowers for a funeral, or if someone is going through a rough time.


Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She encourages widows and educates society by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she’s used her skills in the banking, collections, insurance, outdoor products, grief support, and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can view her photographs at OgleOhio.com because one blog is not enough.



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