Category: Weekend Wisdom

Nehemiah Part 2

While working on yesterday’s post, I read chapter 4 which deals with a threat from “Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites” (verse 7).

The last verse that deals with the opposition stood out as important for the chaotic time we are living through.

14 And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, 

“Do not be afraid of them.

Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, 

and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”

Nehemiah 4:14

May we remember the Lord is always great and awesome.

May we always fight for our family, home, and country.

After all, our great and awesome God has placed us here for such a time as this.

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. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Weekend Wisdom: F.F. Bruce

I found this gem of a quote in the little book Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Promises of Hope and Encouragement compiled by Barbara Farmer and published by Pocket Books.

God’s peace is joy resting.

His joy is peace dancing.

F.F. Bruce

I did a search on F.F. Bruce (Frederick Fyvie Bruce) and discovered he was a Scottish Biblical Scholar. He is known for supporting the historical reliability of the New Testament. I added a couple of his books to my list on Amazon – New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? and Romans: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, Volume 6).

May you experience God’s peace and joy this weekend.

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. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Weekend Wisdom: Eat, Drink & Be Merry

The other night found myself writing after waking up around 1 am-ish. I checked my phone to see if there were any missed calls. There were none, but one of my apps notified me that shots were fired in another city.

Then I crawled back in bed and prayed no one was injured or killed and that the police would find who fired the shots. Today’s verse popped into my head while bemoaning to God about society falling apart.

24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, 25 for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 (ESV)

So I came to the conclusion that since shootings are increasing we may as well find enjoyment in our work, and what we eat and drink for they are provisions from God. And some stray bullet can take it all away in a fash.

Now off to pray some more for our country.

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. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.