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Thursday Trash

Funny how today’s writing prompt “What chore do you find the most challenging to do?, arrived on a Thursday – trash day. Because I HATE taking out the trash. Going around the house emptying the wastebaskets, tying up the trash bags, hauling the bins out to the curb is a pain.

When Joe was here, I took the cans out upon arriving home from working. His philosophy was the last one home put out the bins. It made sense since I worked the late shift. But sine he’s been gone, it’s become a dreaded chore.

It seems unnatural to interrupt the flow of my quiet evening with taking out the trash.

I must work on being grateful for the ability to bag up the trash and roll it out to the curb every week. Maybe by giving thanks, my perception of taking out the trash will change.

May God bless you with a trash-free day.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. Michele is the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

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What Is Success

This quote that is attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson perfectly sums up my definition of success.

To laugh often and much: To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.

However, it really is a quote by Bessie A. Stanley. This portion is what I strive to do every day.

to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.

Why? Because as Matthew 25:40 puts it, what we do for others we do for Jesus.

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

Is this difficult, yes. Especially when you work in customer service and your job requires telling people “No” a lot everyday.

But nothing worth doing in life is easy. So do it anyway.

May God bless you with the ability to do life’s tough, routine work.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. Michele is the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

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Living A Joyful Life – Read Your Bible

This is the second post in the Living A Joyful Life series. You can read the first one here.

Once you are experiencing your high from exercising, read your Bible. Read life giving words.

My current favorite verse is:

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me;

    you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.

Psalm 3:3
New Living Translation
(NLT)

I do not care if you read the same verse over and over. The point is you are reading words that will comfort you and bring restoration and new growth to your soul.

Other Verses

Here are other verses you may enjoy reading.

Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
    while I am here in the land of the living.

Psalm 27:13
New Living Translation
(NLT)

Bible Reading Plans

You could start from Genesis and read all the way through Revelation, or you can follow a specific Bible reading plan. There are numerous plans you can complete in a year or two.

I like the one developed by Ferree Hardy of Widow’s Christian Place. She developed this plan and has refined it over time. Here is a link to her reading plan which I am following this year.

Also here is a link to her post on how to make Bible reading a delight.

There are also chronological Bibles you can buy so you can read the Bible in the order events happened.

It does not matter whether you read one verse over and over or if you use a reading plan.

Just read The Bible and you will experience a joyful life. You will still have tough times because Jesus said:

33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33
New Living Translation
(NLT)

May His peace be in you today and always, whether life is good or tough.

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 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