Category Archives: Weekend Wisdom

WW: Always Let The Light In

One of the ways to keep your house warmer is to keep the drapes, curtains, and blinds closed. However, that keeps out the light. I work from home and open the drapes every morning so the light gets in, even during frigid Northeast Ohio winters.

Got to let even the gloomy, overcast winter light inside. Light is light and it drives out darkness, whether it is the darkness in a room or the darkness in your soul.

No matter how cold the weather is where you live or in your soul, always

Let the light in.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9
English Standard Version
(ESV)
(emphasis mine)

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also used managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Weekend Wisdom: Groundhog?

Happy Groundhog Day!

The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears.

Bill Vaughan

Ok, I know this is not a groundhog. You will just have to pretend this little squirrel is a groundhog that popped up through his hole and disappeared again.


Read more at Brainy Quote

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Weekend Wisdom: Be Bold Not Beige

The wicked run away when no one is chasing them,

    but the godly are as bold as lions.

Proverbs 28:1
New Living Translation
(NLT)

Joe’s favorite color was beige. Yep! I told him beige was boring. He said he was just a boring guy. I told him he was NOT boring. Beige is a neutral that compliments every color which is why he liked it.

While beige might be acceptable in fashion, it is not acceptable when it comes to your faith. You need to be bold and step outside your comfort zone which might include following a Bible reading plan, attending a small group one evening a week, serving as a member of your church’s leadership team, or spending a set amount of time praying every day.

Boldness in faith will be different for everyone because we are unique individuals.

You could also choose to be like Benaniah in the Bible and not only chase a lion but jump into a pit with him.

Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.

2 Samuel 23:20
New International Version
(NIV)

Where did this get him? Benaiah started out as one of David’s Mighty Men and ended up being chief of Solomon’s Army.

So be bold in your faith and in the rest of your life. You only get one life, so don’t be beige.

Related Reading: Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio Parable of the Talents and the Proverbs 31 Woman

Mark Batterson: In a Pit With a Lion On a Snowy Day; How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

Mark Batterson: Chase the Lion; If Your Dream Does Not Scare You, It’s Too Small

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

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W.W. – Are You Taking Off Your Shoes?

Heaven is here on earth and since God created everything, everywhere you step is holy ground. So take off your shoes if the weather is warm where you live.

30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’[f] Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look. 33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 

Acts 7:33
(emphasis mine)

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Weekend Wisdom: Charity vs Investment

Today’s quote comes from a new book I am reading – The Conservative Heart by Arthur C. Brooks.

It is an absolutely wonderful quote and the truth. In order for poor people to rise about their circumstances, the rest of us need to invest time and energy into helping them. There are numerous ways you can help poor folks and I will leave it to you to use your imagination and figure out how to invest in the poor.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Weekend Wisdom: New Thing

Weekend Wisdom is not a new thing. It was born out of a desire to publish every day when I started blogging but did not know if I could write 7 posts a week. Publishing quotes, poems, and scripture meant I had two days where I did not have to publish original content.

It is with great pleasure that I bring Weekend Wisdom (a.k.a. WW) back. I pray these posts provide encouragement and uplift your soul as you end your week and get ready for a new week.

May you see the new thing God is doing in your life this year.

“Soda Dam” – New Mexico 1992

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:19

“Downstream From Soda Dam” – October 1992 Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Springs, NM

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also used managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

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Weekend Wisdom: An Invitation To The Weary

This verse was in my Instagram. It showed up at the end of a rough week. I was dependent upon people due to the car having a radiator leak. It’s rough being dependent upon other people helping you out. Where I live life is all about self-sufficiency. How dare you be dependent upon other people – but that is a subject for another post.

It’s ironic how verses show up when you need them. A reminder to put the burden of my car issue on Jesus’s strong capable shoulders so I can rest and breathe easy because this humble and gentle man shares in my burdens.

I pray this verse speaks to you.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

New International Version

(NIV)

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