Tag: Isaiah 43:19

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 OgleOhio.com

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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.



God’s Hand In Michele’s New Job!!!

As you read this, I will be starting my last two weeks at my call center job.

On May 26th, I will start a new job in a new industry – the relocation industry.  I will be doing customer service, marketing, and office administration for a company that specializes in moving executives.

So I get to add another industry to my varied career background, a background that includes:

  • retail sales
  • banking
  • collections (mortgage loans, lines of credit, automobile loans and leases, and student loans)
  • grief support
  • outdoor products

I have the ability to learn different industries and learn them well enough to be known as the go-to person if someone has a question. The exception to this is the outdoor products. I can answer basic questions about systems and decipher what customers are talking about, (“the rope that goes around the circles that spin the knives.”) but there is a whole lot of technical knowledge I do not possess that would require me to attend lots of training classes.

Over-joyed But Surprised

Surprised is a word that describes how a lot of people felt when they got my email or phone call. Everyone wondered how this came about because there were no requests from me about having an interview and needing prayers that I have all the answers to the questions.

This went down quickly. I got an email from a friend I met while volunteering. She knew I was struggling and needed a break. So when this position came open, she got in touch with me and asked if I was interested. I told her yes and we exchanged emails and phone calls about the company and my role.

I completed the application and submitted it and my resume, along with the background check form and went for a drug test. I was running a few minutes late going to work after the drug test when I got stopped by a train. I sat there for 11 minutes as a train with hundreds of tanker and box cars crept along the tracks. I was not the only person late for work that day. Guess God knew that it would not look suspicious when numerous people were late.

Then came the text that told me everything was fine with the background check and drug test so go ahead and submit my 2-week notice.

Everyone at work is happy for me but hates to see me leave.

Living The Bible

My friend offering me a break is an example of someone living out Proverbs 3:27 and James 1:27

Never walk away from someone who deserves help;
    your hand is God’s hand for that person.

Proverbs 3:27

(The Message) 


 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27


There were numerous people in the past 6 years of career instability who had a chance to be the hand of God to me but instead turned their back, but that is a subject for another post.

God’s Hand

God’s hand was in this situation from the beginning. After all, He placed Isaiah 43:19 on my heart earlier this year. I just could not see “a new thing” until 2 weeks ago.

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.

Thank you God for doing a new thing in my life that brings me out of the wilderness. Please forgive all my grumbling.

May you see God’s hand at work in every aspect of your life.

* “the rope that goes around the circles that spin the knives.” translates to “the deck belt that goes around the pullies that spin the blades.” Pullies are attached to spindles and the blades are attached to the bottom of the spindles on riding mowers.