Joyful Life

It Is What It Is – Or Is It?

Well hello there, it’s me. I figured it would be good to end the month with a regular post instead of a brief Weekend Wisdom post. It’s been a productive few weeks just not in regard to this blog or my photo blog. While the weeks were filled with accomplishments, they also drained me of physical and mental energy. (It’s not that catchy thing-a-ma-jiggy; had that in February 2020.)

Now I better finish this post and get it scheduled before Dracula, Barnabas Collins or some other vampire comes and drains most of my energy again.

May you be filled with joy and energy today and every day.

Eliminate This Phrase

The phrase “It is what it is” irritates me worse than a pebble in my shoe.

I have always

HATED

that phrase.

It’s even more despicable than the phrase “next year.” If you are a fan of any Cleveland sports teams (especially football) you know the sickening feeling you get when speaking the words “next year” after a dismal season.

WHY?

I could never put my finger on why I despised “It is what it is” so much. Then a couple weeks ago Kaitlyn Bouchillon wrote about it in her post Get Your Hopes Up. She too disliked the phrase but did not know why until It was pointed out by someone else that “It is what it is” leaves no room for hope.

BINGO!

That is why I hate it, my soul deep down knew there was no hope in “It is what it is.” No room for hope means you are permanently stuck in the valley of the shadow of death.

That is simply not true. Where there is God, there is hope. Even in life’s valleys.

So I challenge you and me to eliminate “It is what it is.” from your vocabulary. Then encourage others to find hope even in the deepest, darkest situations so they too never use or believe “It is what it is.”

My Prayer For You

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. Michele is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Weekend Wisdom

Weekend Wisdom: Ferree Hardy

Today’s wisdom comes from author and fellow blogger, Ferree Hardy. She too unexpectedly became a widow when her first husband Bruce passed away. In 2012 her wonderful book Postcards from the Widows’ Path, Gleaning Hope and Purpose from the Book of Ruth was published.

In her book, Ferree takes you through her grief journey while sharing wisdom from Ruth, Naomi, and Orpah’s stories.

Gleaning wisdom from a quote can take some thought. However, the wisdom in this quote is very straightforward. The only thought required is whether or not this applies to you.

Committed companionship, someone you can depend on when life proves to be undependable, is a sign of a true friend.

Ferree Hardy – Postcards from the Widows’ Path, Gleaning Hope, and Purpose from the Book of Ruth
(Chapter 9 – Signs of a Good Friend, pg 83)

I encourage you to check out widowschristianplace.com and order a copy of her book. It is not just for widows. There are lessons everyone can learn from Ferree’s book.

F.Y.I. Ferree found love again and is happily re-married.

God bless you with a joy-filled day.

Coming tomorrow: Project 3:16 – Ruth

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 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 loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Weekend Wisdom

Weekend Wisdom: Mug

My favorite coffee mug has a hairline crack in it. I got this mug at the local Hallmark store 5-8 years ago.

2018

So it was time to get a new mug and put this one in the china cabinet. It took me a while but this is the mug I found through an ad on a friend’s website – Digging Deeper With God. It is bright and colorful with a great piece of wisdom written on it.

Psalm 39:7

May this mug last me just as long as the birdie one but may the words not only remain in me but may my actions reflect these words forever.

May the words also remain in you and your actions reflect them forever.

(Oh and P.S. It was a “balmy” 32 degrees when I took this picture.)

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 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 loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.