Let Us Go To Innisfree With Yeats

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

Enjoy this lovely poem. May it bring you a sense of calm.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

Courtesy of PoetryFoundation.org

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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 is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Weekend Wisdom: Prayer

President Trump declared today a national day of prayer. So here are some scriptures about prayer and a prayer from David.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18

16 Rejoice always, 

17 pray continually, 

18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

2 Chronicles 7:14

14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Psalm 25

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.

I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.

Psalm 25: 1-2, 4-7
New international Version
(NIV)
biblegateway.com

Related Resources:

C.S. Lewis On The Coronavirus. – Best words I have read about the Coronavirus yet. This showed up in my inbox from Ann Voskamp’s Only The Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend. You can sign up for her newsletter at her website.

The Valley Of Vision; A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions – complied by Arthur G. Bennett

Still Rolling Stones by Lauren Daigle – I keep coming back to this album over and over. The songs on here are appropriate for this time in history.

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: What God Gave Us

Here are scriptures to help you deal with the panic that is gripping our country.

Yes, we were given self-control. That is why people are buying up toilet paper.

Am I panicked over this situation – no.

I am living my life as normal, getting up stumbling across the hall and working my virtual logistics job, walking across the yard to get the mail, and going to the grocery store and the drug store.

All will be well because even though the Corona virus is in the air – God is STILL on the throne.

He’s got this.

He knew about COVID-19 and all the other germs, bacteria and viruses before He created the heavens and earth.

So stay calm and remember what Jesus (God the Son) said:

33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33
English Standard Version
(ESV)
biblegateway.com

Yes indeed, He overcame the world by dying on the cross and rising from the grave 3 days later.

There is no need to panic, just take appropriate precautions…and quit hoarding the toilet paper.

Now I am off to the grocery store.

Related Reading: You Are A Woman Of Promise, Not Panic by Bonnie Gray for (in)courage. This article is very powerful and brought me to tears.

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

Take Up a Hobby For a Joyful Life

Photography was my hobby before Joe and I became a couple. Then after our wedding things changed. Joe watched a lot of TV and wanted me to do what he was doing – so I watched a lot of TV with him.

Then when he passed I had trouble figuring out who I was as a single person. One day while cleaning out my closet, I came across my film camera and decided to get back into photography. The first thing I did was upgrade my camera to a Cannon EOS Rebel Xsi.

I dove into figuring out how to use it and began taking pictures everywhere. It gets me out of the house, seeing various places in Ohio, and getting my exercise by walking.

McKinley Monument, Canton, OH
Bonnie Park, Strongsville, OH
Mapleside Farm, Brunswick, OH
Alderfer-Oenslager wildlife sanctuary
Ohio Erie Canal Lock, Independence, OH

Due to car issues, I’ve had to stay in the local area and sometimes be content with photographing the sights in my backyard.

The car issue was resolved last October so I will be able to boldly go farther distances once the weather warms up and this nagging cough is gone.

It was good for me to get back to photography as it makes me look at things from different angles. Coincidentally, I done that at various jobs through out my career – find unique ways to solve problems by viewing them in ways other people don’t see.

I also look at the world around me and think “Oh, that would make a good picture.” You do not want to know how many pictures I have on my computer. It would boggle your mind.

So decide to take up a hobby in order to refresh your mind as you use it in a different way from your normal daily activities. It will help you lead a joyful life.

Mallards joyfully gathering at the park. (March 2020)

Related Resources: OgleOhio my photography blog that I started in 2012 because while one blog is good, two is better.

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: Taking Refuge

May the Lord be our deliverer and stronghold as we go into this week after springing forward this morning.

Special prayers for those of you who start your work week on Sunday mornings.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,

    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,

    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 18:2
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

Weekend Wisdom: Unconfined Joy and Blistered Feet

Ah…This gem reminds me of nights my friends and I spent at the local disco back in my college days.

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;

No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet

To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.

~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

Joy was definitely unconfined even when we stumbled on blistered feet across the parking at 2 a.m. to the local pancake house. We needed to refuel for the walk back to the dorms. I miss those plate-size pancakes smothered in blueberries and drowned in maple syrup then washed down with endless cups of coffee.

Now at 2 a.m. you might find me stumbling on bunion feet to the bathroom. 😀

Have a great weekend and may your joy be unconfined whether you are dancing or just walking around the block.

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

Sabbath – Living a Joyful Life

Well, well, well…boy did I open a can of worms in doing research on incorporating Sabbath as a key to living a joyful life. My head is spinning from all the information I discovered.

 So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.

Genesis 2:1-3
New Living Translation
(NLT)
Emphasis Mine

According to the above verse, the seventh day is the Sabbath which means Saturday. However, there is an ark full of information about worshiping on Saturday versus Sunday. Whether you choose to attend services on a Saturday or Sunday is between you and God. I will not debate that in this post.

For the sake of this post, we will focus on the fact that God set apart a day of the week for rest and worship. Since God rested, we are to do the same.

Remembering the Sabbath is one way we set ourselves apart from the rest of the world. We are to be in the world and not of it.

That being said…I do not attend church.

My work schedule is Sunday – Thursday, at least as of the day I am writing this post. By the time it publishes my schedule could be different.

I do not have one day I consider a Sabbath. Instead, my sabbath is Friday and Saturday morning. On those mornings I rest from my logistics contact center job. There are no alarms blaring and I sleep until God wakes me up.

The mornings consist of lounging around and doing some Bible reading while drinking coffee, reading inspirational articles and praying. Any work done on the computer is working on this blog, whether it is maintenance or writing and editing posts.

Then in the afternoon, I get away from the house (weather permitting). When you live alone and work from home, it is imperative to get around people, whether it is visiting the library, walking the mall or parks.

My worship consists of playing Lauren Daigle’s Still Rolling Stones from her Look Up Child CD on workday mornings. It reminds me that God is still rolling all sorts of stones in our daily life. Whether it is grief, unemployment, or terrible stats as work – God will roll those stones away in His time. I play that song as a daily reminder and a way to thank God for rolling stones.

On my days off I play the entire CD. It restores my soul and helps set my mind on the right path for the day.

Perhaps after I leave my job in about 10 years, I will return to attending church on Sundays or maybe I will find a place that has Saturday services.

Make rest and worship a habit so you can renew, refresh and restore your soul. Whether you do this on a Saturday or Sunday is up to you, the times your church offers services and your work schedule. God understands that there are those of us who need to work Sundays to bring home the bacon so we can pay the bills.

Related Resources: Restoration Year: A 365 Day Devotional by John Eldredge

Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World by Shelly Miller

SabbathTruth.com“Everything You Wanted To Know About The Sabbath.”

The Truth About Sabbath? (video) – An opposite view from SabbathTruth.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

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