Category Archives: Weekend Wisdom

Valentine’s Day Comfort and Joy

For those widows who are alone and grieving today, here is just one of many love letters from God found in the Bible. (My pastor is preaching on this verse today.)

For the mountains may depart

    and the hills be removed,

but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,

    and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”

    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

Isaiah 54:10

Also, I received an email this week from Ferree Hardy at Widow’s Christian Place with a list of several ideas for Valentine’s Day. One of them was to look the word “love” up in your Bible’s concordance (if your Bible has one). Check out how many times “love” is mentioned in the Psalms.

May you find at least one verse the brings you comfort and joy whether it is the first Valentine’s Day without your spouse or years have passed since you celebrated with him. But remember, God was, is, and always will be your Valentine.

Have a lovely day.

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. 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: Stuck On Abe

I am a subscriber to writer Charissa Stastny’s “Stuck On Love” newsletter. Yesterday she included these quotes from President Abraham Lincoln and I decided to “steal” them from her.

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” – Abraham Lincoln

 “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln

Happy Belated Birthday Abe.

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. 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.

Happy Birthday Grandma!

My grandma collected poems from magazines and newspapers which she put in photo albums. I never knew this until last year. Mom and I were sorting through books as we cleaned a small bookshelf she was giving me. Besides the bookshelf, I also brought grandma’s book of poetry home with me.

So in honor of her birthday, here is one of the poems in the photo album.

Grandma’s Favorite Flower

GOD’S UNFAILING BIRTHDAY PROMISE

From one birthday to another God will gladly give

To everyone who seeks Him and tries each day to live

A little bit more closely to God and to each other

Seeing everyone who passes as a neighbor, friend or brother.

Not only joy and happiness but the faith to meet each trial,

Not with fear and doubting but with an inner smile.

For we know life’s never measured by how many years we live,

But by the kindly things we do and the happiness we give.

Helen Steiner Rice

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. 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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