Category Archives: Weekend Wisdom

Weekend Wisdom: Billy Graham

His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Matthew 25:23 

There is no doubt the Reverand Billy Graham heard those words when he entered the gates of heaven this week. Below are a few of the many quotes attributed to Rev. Graham. May one of them speak to you.

 

 

“The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.”

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“We are the Bibles the world is reading; we are the creeds the world is needing; we are the sermons the world is heeding.”

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“Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.”

 

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“Believers, look up – take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.”

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“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”

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 All quotes from Crosswalk.com
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, 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.

Weekend Wisdom: Fan into Flame

What better time than Lent to “fan into flame the gift of God.”

 

 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 

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for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Flame Photo by Jordon Connor on Unsplash.com

 

Weekend Wisdom Goes To The Birds

This edition was inspired by the cardinals, blue jays, and some other little birds in the woods behind my house this morning. They were having so much fun gathering food from the bird feeders the neighbors on either side of me have put out.

The birds would sit in the woods and watch who was at what feeder and decide when was the appropriate time to visit them.

So enjoy these quotes. My favorites are in red.

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing. 

~Eric Berne

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. 

~J.G. Holland

 

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Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window, except that the birds might eat them.

~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)

God loved the birds and invented trees.  Man loved the birds and invented cages. 

~Jacques Deval, Afin de vivre bel et bien

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Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

  ~Author unknown,

quoted in The Ladies Repository: A Monthly Periodical, Devoted to Literature, Arts, and Religion, September 1874,

commonly misattributed to Henry Van Dyke and Henry David Thoreau


He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Eagle”

 

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There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before. 

~Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion and Other Essays

 

 

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song. 

~Chinese Proverb

All quotes from QuoteGarden.com – my favorite site for quotes.

 

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.

Wednesday Wisdom: A Variety of Links

Mercifully my work week has come to an end. Even without my cousin’s passing, the work week would have been brutal. Right from the first phone call last Friday, with one of my UK delivery drivers, I knew my week would be tough.

So I am short on words right now but long on links. The following links have been sent to me or I stumbled upon them while surfing the web.

Enjoy these non-affiliate links while I put some words together for next week.

I love you and God bless you.

Blogs:

When God Isn’t Good – a post about when God does not answer prayers the way you want.

Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart – A blog my friend Andrew writes even though he is dying of cancer. I love this post about hope.

You Can’t Do It – Powerful post from Crystal Stine about not being able to do it all, about not being enough. If we were enough we would not need Jesus.

Through Ink & Image – LOVE! The artwork on Lynn’s blog. Her God-breathed words are inspiring as well. I found her site because she started following me.

The Daily Norm – I’ve been a follower of Nicholas DeLacy-Brown’s site for years. From sketches to paintings to photography you will find amazing work on his site. And then there are the Norms – adorable one armed blobs with a blueish glow.

Websites:

LiveHappy – a cheery website filled with lots of inspirational articles. You can also subscribe and get their physical magazine in your snail mail mailbox.

The Devoted Barn  I fell in love with this rescue organization a couple years ago while following the story of Lefty, a dog that was scheduled for euthanization. Lefty is currently living out his life at the barn per court order. Sadly he was diagnosed with cancer and due to his age and how far cancer has spread, treatment is not in his best interest. I am heart broken. Follow them on Facebook to see their videos. They will warm your heart and put a smile on your face.

Books:

Healing After Loss, Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman – still recommend this short page-a-day devotional 10 years later. My copy is now in 2 pieces.

God’s Healing for Life’s Losses; How to Find Hope When Your Hurting (GriefShare Presents)  – This book is for any type of grief – divorce, job loss – and not just a friend or loved or passing away.

Music:

Because what’s a link post from Michele without music.  😉

Crowder – All My Hope – Still playing this a lot.

If You Know What I Mean – My favorite Neil Diamond song (I Am I Said is a very, very close second). This song is smoky, sensual and I just melt when I hear it. I’ve seen him in concert many times and his performances were stunning. It’s sad that he had to retire from performing because of Parkinson’s and not of his own free will.

Because what’s a link post from Michele without something from Elvis  😀

Elvis – “The Making of ALOHA” – 45th Anniversary – (TSOE 2018) – An interesting look with the producer/director of the Aloha From Hawaii TV Special.

Hopefully, you enjoyed these links.

 

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, 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.

 

 

 

Weekend Wisdom: How Do I Love Thee?

Death came to my family yesterday when my cousin unexpectedly passed away. Yes, he leaves a wife behind.

Shocked and stunned are the 2 best words that describe our family right now.

Most of us have no words, however, I do.

The words I have come from Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Read these words.  Live them out. Hold your spouse a little closer.

Because you really do love a spouse better after death. (more thoughts on this later.)

 

XLIII. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

 

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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 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 an amateur photographer.

Sundae Silence – Sunrise

Starting today there will be a new series – Sundae Silence. It will simply be one of my photographs. Hopefully, it will be your sweet treat to start your week or end your week depending on how you view Sunday’s.

Just spend a few moments in silence enjoying the picture. No words will accompany this blog post after today. I know there is or was one other blogger who did a Sunday Silence series. I’m following his/her lead because I struggled with finding a quote, scripture or poem for Weekend Wisdom.

Enjoy!

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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, 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.

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