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52 Bible Verses to a Joy Filled Year – Week 31

Well here we are, week 31 of 2017 already. A week that will see me learn, excel and grow while leaning on God for strength to climb a new mountain.


fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 

He will strengthen and helping us reach the top of our mountains. May God show you how He is helping you climb the mountain or mountains of your life this week.


Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

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Weekend Wisdom: Biblical Strength

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

Psalm 28:7

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 29:11

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:26


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

1 Thessalonians 3:13


But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:3

If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:11

Good And Evil

(Author’s Note: Sorry for no post yesterday and the late posting today.  Have been a little under the weather and working on my monthly project for a friend.)

Good and Evil

I felt the need to address the issue of good and evil again.

God does not cause pain and suffering in our lives because He is love.

God takes the bad things that happen and makes sure good comes from them.

It was evil that caused the blood vessels to rupture at the base of Joe’s brain.  God saw what a mess evil had made and decided the best way to heal him was to have Joe move to heaven.

This decision was painful for those of us left behind but with God’s help we adjusted to life without Joe physically being here.  He is and always will be forever in our hearts.

So when bad events happen in life, remember God did not cause them.  He will see you through whatever evil has come your way.

Fear not, for I am with you;

Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  

I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you,

I will uphold you with

My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10



A Winter Post


“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am you God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

A couple months ago, I had dinner at the local Chinese restaurant with my good friends Lennie and Jane.

After dinner we got the traditional fortune cookie.   My fortune is one that I have gotten before:

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

It got me to thinking about the truth behind the question.

Winter Weather

Winter started yesterday.  The season God intends for the earth to rest and rejuvenate.  The season He blankets the earth with snow making everything clean, a reminder of what happens to our sins as a result of Jesus’ death on the cross.  His blood makes us clean by washing away our sins. 

Harshness of Winter

The weather today was rainy and 60 degrees, not bad for the first day of winter, but oh are we going to pay for it come January.  I can just see snowstorm after snowstorm waiting for us.  The woods will soon look like this:

Last Winter

Northern Behavior

Here in the North, people forget how to drive in snow from one winter to the next.  This results in major traffic jams and a 25 minute commute to work taking 2 ½ hours.

Shoveling is also not fun, which is why Joe bought a snow-blower with either a 29” or 33” clearing path (I forget which).  He had the driveway done in record time.  My neighbor now does the driveway after all Michele messing with anything mechanical is scarier than a Stephen King novel  😉

I will deal with the cold and the snow, but God you can ship the ice to the South Pole.  It is beautiful to look at but trying to walk or drive on it is awful.

Truth #1

Remember if it were not for the harshness of winter, we would not appreciate spring’s beauty.

Personal Winter

Personal winters can happen even during beautiful weather.  Joe passed just as the season was changing from winter to spring but for me, it was the beginning of a very long winter.   I had glimpses of spring during my personal winter and slowly my spring arrived. 

So many times life is like this, one personal winter after another or one long extended personal winter.  God uses these winters for good.  In a way they too are a period of rest, rejuvenation and cleansing.

Winter = Blog

My personal winter lead to me starting this blog.  Blogging is not something I would have done if Joe was still here, partly because I am not sure what would have become my niche.   Although, I could have blogged about  job search as that personal winter would have occurred in 2008 instead of 2009 had Joe lived. 

Rely On

It is during the harsh personal winters you need to rely on family, friends and most importantly – God.  While not all of your family or friends will stick around during your winter, God will always be there with the shovel, kitty-litter or snow-blower.  Whatever it takes to get your unstuck and moving forward and back to feeling joy again.

Truth #2

Remember, it is because of surviving life’s harsh personal winters that we fully appreciate feeling joy.


“Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.  One has to follow it, even though one enters into a way full of difficulties.”

Mother Teresa


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