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52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 41

Wow! Week 41 already. Hopefully these verses have helped you find more joy and peace as you see how God is working in your life. I have been feeling especially peaceful the past week, not sure why. I keep telling myself to trust the feeling and don’t be convinced that the other shoe is going to drop.

So here is this week’s verse. It is a verse I’ve focused on before and need to focus on again as what thought was an anthill is now a mountain.

This picture of Galveston Bay was taken in 2009 when I was there for a wedding.

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Write 31 Days 2017

Well, since it is October 1st and I have not made up my mind about a topic for Write 31 Days, neither JoyReturns nor OgleOhio (photo-blog) will participate.

I will attempt to publish more this month as I need to get back into the swing of writing but the desire for Write 31 Days is non existent this year. My desire for most things is non existent this year. Life has once again been very rough all year and I’m mentally and physically worn out.

So I will set my sights on Write 31 for 2018.

My October

I am starting another round of Sara Borgetede’s Faithful Finish Lines Fitness Program. Becky of So Very Blessed website has joined Sara in running the program. Faithful Finish Lines lasts for 7 weeks with each week focusing on a particular aspect of faith, fitness and food such as no sugar week and food journal week (ugh! hate those weeks).

As for fitness, I will be doing a 30 day plank challenge and a legs up against the wall challenge. 

For the faith part I will be using Sara’s 30 Days of Praising God in the Storms of Life and as of October 3rd I will be participating in the Fiercehearted Bible Study with Holley Gerth. There will be a book review on Tuesday when Fiercehearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely releases.

So that is what I have planned for October.

Have a joy filled week and see you Tuesday.

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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 by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used her 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.

 

 

Dad’s Folded Flag

My father’s folded flag is in a case on the cedar chest I inherited from my maternal grandmother. I’m not sure how many people have seen a flag like this up close and personal.

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My father served in the Navy from 1952 – 1956 and was a cook on the USS Moore (destroyer escort) and a secretary for an admiral in Alaska.

I heard the infamous story about how his ship was on the way to the Korean war when the armistice was signed, ending the conflict. So they turned around and went to Hawaii.

I was blessed to receive this flag at his 2011 funeral service. However, there have been and will be many other daughters, sons, wives, husbands, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers who will receive a folded flag at a younger age than me.

Thank you, Dad, for serving this great country.

Thank you also to Dad #2, Uncle D., Great Uncle R. and any other family members I may have missed.

Finally, thank you to all the service men and women who have fought and died for our freedom.

 

 

 

 

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 39

This picture was taken this week as the sun rose up over the house. Once I saw this week’s verse I knew I had to use this picture.

The Lord IS light, strength, and salvation. May you and I remember this as we go through this week and may we see an example of all three in our lives.

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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 by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used her 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 38

Good Sunday morning to you. I hope you are well and your day is filled with joy.

Interesting Fact

My English Standard Version (ESV) indicates Paul took this line from a hymn to the god Zeus by Epimenides of Crete. Only Paul meant “Him” is Jesus. He was using a phrase familiar to the Greeks.

Just thought you would find that interesting.

Have a wonderful week and remember to think about this verse and pray God will use it in your life this week.

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Photo taken at Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, OH where I go every fall to get 1 caramel apple – already had mine for this season. Also picked up a peck of gala apples so I can have some toasted cheddar and apple sandwiches.

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 by seizing new opportunities. 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.

A New Tagline For A New Site

One of the recent changes to the site,  besides the design and adding Instagram,  is the tagline.

Oldie But A Goodie

The old tag line was

“Michele’s Adventures Through Widowhoood.”

It implies an end to widowhood. However, my widowhood will come to an end only by marrying again or walking through the gates of heaven.

I’ve not had a date in the 9 1/2 years since Joe’s passing so marriage is not an option and I am fine with staying single. What I need a man for is his brute strength to mow the yard, fix plumbing issues and other house hold chores this klutz has no business doing.

In With The New

The new tagline is

“A Fiercehearted Widow Living a Joy Filled Broken and Bittersweet Life.”  

The tagline incorporates words from some of my favorite books:

Changing my tagline to something more positive will hopefully help me be more upbeat and fierce about life and see joy even though I am broken and life is filled with lots of bitter moments. (a.k.a. rebuilding a career)

Sweet From The Bitter

Here are just a few bitter moments:

Those bitter moments lead to the following sweet moments:

  • Launching this blog.
  • Co-facilitating a grief support group for 5 years.
  • Meeting new people – (J.T., Jeff, Jennifer, Katherine, Gina, Valerie and Mary – just to name a few).
  • Working a seasonal virtual call center position – hopefully, I convert to permanent in November.

These are just a few of the sweet moments God has brought about through my bitter experiences.

Headed For The Future

Not sure what the future hold as I attempt to live out my tag line, but come along with me as I continue to head for a new place, a new life, one step at a time.

 

(Disclosure: I am on Holley Gerth’s book launch team for Fiercehearted: Living Fully, Loving Bravely. I was also on Ann Voskamp’s book launch team for The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life.)

 

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 by seizing new opportunities. 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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