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What You Will Find On JoyReturns

Sorry there was no Weekend Wisdom last weekend but I’ve been doing some reflecting about my life and this blog. Today I want to explain the type of content you will find on JoyReturns, not many changes ahead as if it isn’t broke don’t fix it.

In order to fulfill my vision for JoyReturns ( “…That henceforth I may be the salt of the earth and a blessing to all.”) my blog posts will consist of inspiring, encouraging and/or educational content for widows. The posts will be gentle reminders to move forward through their grief journey and build a new life for themselves.

One of the best pieces of writing advice is “write what you know.” I know:

  • grief
  • the Bible
  • unemployment
  • learning new things (blogging)
  • rediscovering a lost love (photography)
  • the return of joy
  • living the joyful life

Posts about those experiences will be covered here on JoyReturns since I have gone through them. While my posts are geared towards widows, the advice may resonate with others grieving a different loss or society in general. If so, then that is wonderful.

Inspirational Source

Some of the inspiration and encouragement will come from the Bible as it is the single best source I have found for my me and my fellow widows. Yes, there are other books that are good and from time to time I will mention them.

Special Series

Occasionally you will find special series here on JoyReturns. For example, I am committing to bringing back The 40 Days of Joy series this Christmas. It will start on November 23 and end on December 31 of this year. Since the 23rd is 10 months from this Saturday, I better got crackin’ on putting it together. You will find poems, quotes, recipes, scripture, gift ideas and encouraging new content from me.

Also, I am considering a special series for Lent.

Oh and Weekend Wisdom (uplifting quotes, poems or scripture) will continue unless interrupted by a special series.

This is the type of content you can expect on JoyReturns for the foreseeable future.

Thank You, Thank You Very Much

I appreciate you reading JoyReturns and thank you for your continued support. I hope you will continue to stop by and that you find joy in the content.

God Bless You and Your Family.

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

Weekend Wisdom: Comfort in Election Insanity

My blog posts will fit into one of 5 blog categories – joy, grief, career, life and W.O.O. This is an example of a “life” post -just general thoughts, ramblings, and adventures about life. 


Stressed out, fed up, tired and weary of the election craziness already? Join the club.

Thursday night was the first Republican Debate I watched because it is the one closest to Ohio’s primary on 3/15.

Oh my heavens. The adjectives that come to mind are disgusting, childish, and pathetic. All were a disgrace to the Republican party – except for Governor John Kasich. Thank you Mr. Governor  for being the only adult on stage Thursday night.

Theme Song

There was one song that kept running through my mind as I watched the “bar room brawl” between Trump, Rubio and Cruz – Garth Brooks’ Friends In Low Places, not sure why guess it is because they lacked “social graces.”       😉

My Only Comfort

My only comfort in all this insanity comes from John 16:33 (ESV).

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.”

Yes, we will get through all the insanity of the primary and general elections because Jesus overcame the world so there is no one who will “trump” Jesus. (pun intended)

Now off to go pray some more for our country and this election.


Even In Our Darkest Hour

"Ask, Seek, Knock - Matthew 7:7-12

“Ask, Seek, Knock – Matthew 7:7-12

The candle was a gift I received at the 2009 Women’s renewal at church.  It has a picture of Jesus knocking on a door.   Friday night was the first time I lit the candle.  All the lights in the house were off when I took the picture.  See how the light of Jesus shines, even in our darkest hour.

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart!

I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

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