Project 3:16 – Ecclesiastes

The next stop on our journey through the 3:16’s of the Bible is the cheeriest, most, chipper, joy-filled book of the Bible – Ecclesiastes. What a wonderful book to read for Mother’s Day! (tons of scarcasm)

Although what mother has not said the following when trying to get her children to stop dropping crayons down the register, sliding in their stocking feet across the linoleum floor and smashing into the wall pretending they are figure skaters, or just trying to get them to clean their room?

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”

Ecclesiastes 1:2

Oh, the fun my sister and I had annoying Mom with our antics.

Under The Sun

Let’s get serious now. When I read this week’s verse, I immediately thought of our court system, and especially the leaky Supreme Court.

And I saw something else under the sun:

In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
    in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

Ecclesiastes 3:16

I will not say any more about that situation.

While 3:16 stands on its own, 3:17 should bring reassurance if you are disturbed by seeing wickedness.

I said to myself

“God will bring into judgment
    both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
    a time to judge every deed.”

Ecclesiastes 3:17

Rest assured, God will judge the wicked people in our court system – in HIS own time.

Knowing the wicked will not go unpunished should bring peace to everyone.

Now quit reading and go spend the day with your mother or go be a mother to someone who needs your wise counsel.

May your day be filled with sunshine, lilacs, and overflowing joy whether or not you are a mother.

Lilacs in Sunshine

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 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: Romans Reminder

Just a little reminder from Romans on how to deal not only with distressful days but with every day.

Rejoice in hope,

Be patient in tribulation,

Be constant in prayer.

Romans 12:12

And yes, I am preaching to me more than you. Last Monday brought the most tribulation I’ve seen in a long time.

Tribulation – noun – distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution

m-w.com

So whether life brings you distress called Monday, widowhood, divorce, or any other numerous tribulations, remember Romans 12:12.

Then go buy yourself some chocolate.

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 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.

And The Thunder Rolls

This line from the Garth Brooks song The Thunder Rolls was a good way to describe last night. All photos taken with my Motorola Z3.

Then among the birdies chirping and doing their best aeronautic maneuvers, the tornado sirens went off. I flew through the house briefly pausing at the kitchen window and noticed the trees standing still before proceeding down to the basement.

There is video of the weather when the sirens sang their song, but I’m having trouble uploading it. That’s just the way my week is going one issue after another.

In this week where the thunder rolled in several situations, I am thankful for basements, tornado sirens, and tonight’s warning not producing a tornado or strong winds.

Have a joy-filled day and remember to give thanks even when the thunder is rolling in your life.

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 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.