Category Archives: Weekend Wisdom

Rejoicing Even Though There Are No Figs

Today’s post is very special. My niece (Joe’s family) posted on Facebook about how verses 17 and 18 were speaking to her that morning.  The same night I got a text stating her husband had passed away. I was stunned, but it made sense as to why she was relating to those verses.

So in honor of my niece and her late husband, here are the famous last 3 verses of  Habakkuk’s Prayer.

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Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,

    nor fruit be on the vines,

the produce of the olive fail

    and the fields yield no food,

the flock be cut off from the fold

    and there be no herd in the stalls,

18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;

    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

 

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God, the Lord, is my strength;

    he makes my feet like the deer’s;

    he makes me tread on my high places.

 

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The second deer was in my backyard early one morning shortly after Rommie passed away. He/she was gaining up enough speed to jump over the fence to get back to the woods.

 

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.

Thankfulness – Adelaide Anne Proctor

Happy Thanksgiving my dear readers! May you find a reason to give thanks even if you are grieving or working through another nasty life event.

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Here is a poem I found from A Sacrifice of Praise, Second Edition, An Anthology of Christian Poetry in English from Caedmon to the Mid-Twentieth Century; Edited by James H. Trott.

May you have a joy-filled Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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My God, I thank thee who hast made

The earth so bright;

So full of splendour and of joy,

Beauty and light;

So many glorious things are here,

Noble and right!

 

I thank thee, too, that thou hast made

Joy to abound;

So many gentle thoughts and deeds

Circling us round,

That on earth darkest spot of earth

Some love is found.

 

I thank thee more that all our joy

Is touched with pain;

That shadows fall on brightest hours;

That thorns remain;

So that earth’s bliss may be our guide,

And not our chain.

 

For though who knowest, Lord, how soo

Our weak heart clings,

Hast given us joys, tender and true,

Yet all with wings,

So that we see, gleaming on high,

Diviner things!

 

I thank thee, Lord, that though hast kept

The best in store;

We have enough, yet not too much

To long for more:

A yearning for a deeper peace,

Not known before.

 

I thank thee, Lord, that here our souls,

Though amply blest

Can never find, although they seek,

A perfect rest –

Nor ever shall, until they lean

On Jesus’ breast.

 

Adelaide Anne Proctor

(1825 – 1864)

 

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.

 

Weekend Wisdom From Martin Luther

Weekend Wisdom is making a brief comeback in honor of Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

This was his favorite Psalm, one he went to in times of strife and trouble.

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Psalm 46

English Standard Version (ESV)

God Is Our Fortress

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.[a] A Song.

46 God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present[b] help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
    God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

 

Martin Luther’s Most Famous Hymn

Martin Luther wrote hymn’s and this one is his most famous and is based on Psalm 46. Lyrics courtesy of Hymnary.org

Video courtesy of Michel Héroux

1 A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2 Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same;
and he must win the battle.

3 And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

4 That Word above all earthly powers
no thanks to them abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours
through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever!

Psalter Hymnal, (Gray), 1987

 

Resource: For more information about Martin Luther and to see the cities that played a pivotal role in his life, watch Pastor Adam Hamilton’s series on the Reformation at Church of the Resurrection, Leawood Kansas.  (The link takes you to the Sermon section of the website.) He filmed the series in Rome and Germany, which means you get to see Luther’s stomping grounds.

 

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 42

Good Sunday Morning!

Hope this finds you well and enjoying a hot beverage or a cool beverage depending upon your climate.

This weeks verse is about everybody’s favorite thing to do – wait.

Yes, I hate it too. I’ve been waiting 5 1/2 months for a change to happen and the change is scheduled to happen today. unless I’ve done something stupid prior to today. (I’m putting this post to bed on Tuesday night.) More on the change next week.

This change does not mean I am soaring with the eagles – yet.  Right now I am rising with the robins.

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So I am not done waiting on the Lord to do more things in my life because even though it is no longer full moon, the werewolf is still tearing down the front door.

May God show us how He is using this verse in our lives this week.

 

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Robin Photo: Michele Kearns

Full Moon Photo: Michele Kearns

Eagle Photo by Rachel Pfuetzner on Unsplash

Weekend Wisdom Courtesy of So Hyang

Good Morning. Here is your wake up call – no coffee necessary. This video appeared in my Facebook news feed when it was shared by Kevin Sorbo.

While I still prefer Elvis’ version, So Hyang does a wonderful job singing Bridge Over Troubled Water. 

May this lift your spirit today.

Enjoy!

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“Bridge Over Troubled Water”

When you’re weary, feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all
I’m on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on, silvergirl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
If you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

Weekend Wisdom: How to Shine Your Armor

The positive verse for this week was Ephesians 10:13

.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

So it is only appropriate to end this week with this quote from William Cowper

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;

Prayer keeps the Christian’s armor bright;

And Satan trembles when he sees

The weakest saint upon his knees. 

For Satan knows God hears and answers every prayer.

Praying When The Going Gets Tough

I know it is tough to pray when things are not going your way. It’s been an 8 year battle to find a job that pays the bills. The job’s I’ve had have kept me financially limping. Through it all prayers of all shapes and sizes were prayed and continue to be prayed.

But it is not time for God to answer prayers related to my career.

He will answer them in His own time.

Just as He will answer your prayers.

Let’s Make A Deal

I will keep shinning my armor with prayer if you keep shinning your armor with prayer.

Deal?!

 

Official Irish Blessing of JoyReturns

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of the Kearns ancestors who came here from Ireland, here is the official Irish blessing of JoyReturns:

 

“May green be the grass you walk on,

May blue be the skies above you,

May pure be the joys that surround you,

May true be the hearts that love you.”

 

Enjoy the day in moderation.

FYI – Joe’s blood was 100% Irish, mine is 75% German and 25% Scottish (Maxwell Clan).

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