Project 3:16

Project 3:16 – Isaiah

Joy is not the only thing that has returned, so has Project 3:16.

We are skipping Song of Solomon (ESV) / Song of Songs (NIV) as verse 15 is the end of chapter three. Now onward to Isaiah, the first of the Prophetic Books.

Major Prophets

The major prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and Ezekial could envision or see things normal people could not see. This reminds me of life today. There are those of us who see trouble in the here and now (high food and gas prices) but also based on the here and now, we can see potential challenges are on the horizon (food and gas shortages).

Isaiah’s Theme

Isaiah “reveals the full dimensions of God’s judgment and salvation.”, according to the NIV Introduction. The God who punishes but then redeems His people, Israel.

Israel is a nation blind and deaf. (6:9-10; 42:7)

NIV Introduction – 1985 version

An excellent example of God using Isaiah is verses 3:16 and 3:17

The Lord says,
    “The women of Zion are haughty,
walking along with outstretched necks,
    flirting with their eyes,
strutting along with swaying hips,
    with ornaments jingling on their ankles.

Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion;

    the Lord will make their scalps bald.”

Isaiah 3:16 – 17

God saw how the women were strutting their stuff and decided enough was enough. He used Isaiah to tell them of their sin and the consequences they would face. It was not just the daughters of Zion’s sins that got called out. Isaiah spends the first 5 chapters calling out all of Israel’s sins. That’s a lot of sin.

Will our country repent and ask forgiveness for there is no difference between the United States and the Israel Isaiah called out.

Imagine how much joy we would all experience if we repented and asked for forgiveness.

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 the amateur photographer behind the blog

Weekend Wisdom

Weekend Wisdom: New Thing

Weekend Wisdom is not a new thing. It was born out of a desire to publish every day when I started blogging but did not know if I could write 7 posts a week. Publishing quotes, poems, and scripture meant I had two days where I did not have to publish original content.

It is with great pleasure that I bring Weekend Wisdom (a.k.a. WW) back. I pray these posts provide encouragement and uplift your soul as you end your week and get ready for a new week.

May you see the new thing God is doing in your life this year.

“Soda Dam” – New Mexico 1992

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:19

“Downstream From Soda Dam” – October 1992 Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Springs, NM

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 used 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

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Weekend Wisdom

Something New: May Edition


Last month I wrote a post about how God placed Isaiah 43:19 on my heart earlier this year, and listed all the new things He did so far in 2015.

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

Well, I decided Something New is going to be a post published on the first of the month.

Here’s the May edition:

The “something new” God did was the new job as a Customer Service Assistant for a moving company specializing in relocating executives.

Along with the new job comes a new lunch time, length of lunch, lunch room and commute to work.

The new job is the major new thing God did in my life this month.

New B-I-B-L-E

One day I started doing research on the word “submit” (Greek: hupotasso) and ended with me downloading a new Bible – New Spirit-Filled Life Bible Kingdom Equipping Through the Power of the Word. (New King James Version)  I searched Google for the best version of the Bible and NKJ was one of the ones recommended because the Masoretic Text was used for the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus was used for the New Testament translation. There was something about the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible caught my eye when I was searching on Amazon and I downloaded it.  So far so good, will keep you updated once I’ve read more of it.

An Encounter With Mr. Rimsky Korsakov

My final new experience is one I could have done without – I stepped on a bee yesterday.  One of those fat black and yellow ones (the prior 3 bee stings came from honey bees). It was a burning pain. After the sting, I hobbled to the bathroom and took 2 Benedryl. Years ago I heard you have a 20-minute window after a sting to get Benedryl in you to help with the swelling. I had it in me within 1 1/2 minutes and it does work.

The swelling and redness went away and stayed away. I cleaned the wound and applied coconut oil (anti-bacterial properties) and a band-aid. Will keep it covered until the little hole has healed.


Those are my new experiences for the month of May. Stay tuned for next month’s Something New to find out what new ways God works in my life during the month of June.