Weekend Wisdom: Turtle Thoughts

As you go into this week, a week when several states are starting to or continuing to open up, get out there and make life happen.

Seize the day each and every day.

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

Leonardo da Vinci

Take Leo’s advice and don’t let life happen to you. Be a person of accomplishment, however you define accomplishment.

This is the start of a new series – Turtle Thoughts. It will run periodically on weekends. Leonardo and Michelangelo will do most of the talking as based on my research Raphael and Donatello were too busy making things happen to leave behind quotes. If you are confused, click here.

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 also does not think or pray like you normal people. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Weekend Wisdom: Remain

Good old Merriam-Webster defines remain as

2: to stay in the same place or with the same person or group

So stay with Jesus. He loves you and will never leave you.

Remain in His loving arms and open your heart to His love by surrendering your life to Him.

Praying you have a weekend filled with lots of love.

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 also does not think or pray like you normal people. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

The Character Traits of Your Potential Spouse

The subject of marriage came up in a recent conversation with some friends. It got me to thinking about character traits a man should possess who may become your spouse.

These traits apply whether you are a young person getting married for the first time or are widowed and dating or thinking about dating a man who may become your second spouse.

Remember, marriage is not to be entered into lightly as it is until death do us part. Unless he hits you once either before or after you say “I do.” If he does, end the relationship immediately for a godly man will not hit you.

A Godly Man

If you want to know if your boyfriend or fiance is a godly person, watch how he treats those people under his roof. While it is important to know how he treats others, godliness starts at home.

A godly man will treat his mother, father, siblings and pets with dignity and respect if he still lives at home. He will treat anyone living under his roof with dignity and respect – including you and your children.

He will live out this verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

and this verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:19

Do not quench the Spirit.

He will encourage you and not stop the Holy Spirit’s work in your life.

His Temple

Does he take care of his body by eating right and exercising?

Does he smoke and/or drink?

Does he take care of your body? If he smokes and you have asthma, he is not taking care of you. If he drinks and drives with you as a passenger, he is not taking care of you.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19
English Standard Version
(ESV)

Jesus paid a price on the cross so your fiance or boyfriend would not have to die a grizzly death. How is he repaying Jesus for what he did? How is he glorifying God with his body?

1st Corinthians 13

Sometime ago, I read a post about how 1st Corinthians 13 (The Love Chapter) is a good way to determine if a man is someone you should date and/or marry.

Here’s Paul’s version:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1st Corinthians 13
New International Version
(NIV)

Let’s rewrite this passage and insert the name of your fiance, “Bill.”

  • Bill is patient
  • Bill is kind
  • Bill does not envy
  • Bill does not boast
  • Bill is not proud 
  • Bill does not dishonor others
  • Bill is not self-seeking
  • Bill is not easily angered
  • Bill does not keep a record of wrongs
  • Bill does not delight in evil
  • Bill rejoices with the truth
  • Bill protects all things
  • Bill always trusts
  • Bill always hopes
  • Bill always perseveres

Can you say the above characteristics apply to your fiance?

They will not apply 100% of the time as no one is perfect. However they should apply 90 percent of the time.

And remember, Bill should ask these questions and insert YOUR name into his own list.

These character traits apply to you too my dear.

Related Reading: 3 Benefits to Dating a Widow

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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 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 also does not think or pray like you normal people. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

A Mother’s Day Card

While today maybe the day we officially honor mother’s, everyday should be mother’s day.

“A mother’s love is more beautiful than any fresh flower.”

Debasish Mridha

Merriam-Webster.com also define’s mother as a verb meaning

to care for or protect like a mother

So if you care for a furchild, elderly parent, or are someway mothering the next generation, today is for you too.

May it be filled with precious memories.

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: Joyful Noise

Since life has been still, quiet these past few months, I decided to remind everyone that we are to be noisy. There is a time for stillness but also I time to let ‘er rip!

While this picture of the cardinals was not taken recently, it has been cold enough that frost advisories, freeze warnings and snow combined with rain have been in the forecast.

So no matter what the weather in your area – be joyful in a noisy way today and always!

9:12 UpdateSpecial Bulletin: Check out OgleOhio for a picture taken this morning.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100
New International Version
(NIV)
biblegateway.com

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

National Day of Prayer 2020

I invite you to pray with our prayer group tonight from 6:30 – 7:00ish p.m. Eastern (we usually run over a few minutes). Wherever you are, bow your heads in prayer at that time.

The official nationwide broadcast is 7 pm to 8 pm. tonight

Here is my prayer, the prayer of a history lover, based on the verse selected for this National Day of Prayer.

Galveston Bay (2009)

My Prayer

Dear Holy, Gracious and Loving Heavenly Father,

I thank you for being Holy, Gracious and Loving.

Forgive We the People for not being filled with the knowledge of Your glory, particularly as it relates to the history of our country. Forgive us for forgetting our history and Your involvement in our country’s founding.

May We the People not just see and know your glory in the present and the future but let us develop an interest in history so We the People will spend time researching and understanding the knowledge of Your glory the founder fathers possessed.

May We the People visit the past to learn what the founding fathers knew about You. They wove the knowledge of your glorious presence through out our founding documents and in events and speeches (including sermons) that happened in the decades leading up to our independence.

May We the People, use the knowledge of your glory to insure domestic Tranquility and promote the general Welfare of our neighborhoods, cities, counties, states and the country.

May We the People in times of national crisis cling to your words in the Bible and to the Constitution as Your glory is woven through out both. The health and safety of We the People of the United States does not mean our constitutional rights get thrown overboard.

So most Holy, Gracious and Loving Heavenly Father, protect us from the evil one who is using politics, religion, and this virus, (among other things), to pit We the People against one another in an effort to prevent us from enjoying Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

For it is Your name and reputation at stake – not that of us mere mortals.

In Your son Jesus’ Holy and Precious name I do pray.

Amen.

Benediction:

24 The Lord bless you and keep you;

25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;

26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26
English Standard Version
(ESV)
biblegateway.com

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

Back To Normal

I had a picnic at the cemetery on Sunday. Numerous people were out there tending to graves, letting little kids ride backs in the back unused section and just walking around for some fresh air and exercise. Cemeteries have always been a great place for social distancing.

There are ponds, lots of trees, Canadian geese and the occasional swan or two. It really is more like a park than a cemetery, which is why I chose it.

I ate my Panera Cesar with chicken salad and drank my green tea, then read part of Beth Moore’s Chasing Vines book. It was a lovely mid-70’s day.

Afterwards I headed home. On the way I decided it would be best to stop at a red light instead of blowing through it. The guy behind me was not pleased and flipped me off. 🐦

So you see despite the pandemic, somethings are already back to normal. 😀

.Bless him Lord.

The Legal Pad: This post was NOT sponsored by Panera or Beth Moore’s new book Chasing Vines.

See you Thursday.

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 also does not think or pray like you normal people. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

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