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52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled, Positive Year – Week 33

It is important for us to remember a couple of facts  while trudging through a winter or desert of life:

  • God loves us
  • NOTHING will separate us from his love


May you and I remember that this week and always.



Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, not height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Romans 8:38 – 39



Ocean Photo by Stefanus Martanto Setyo Husodo on Unsplash

Height Photo by Tim Trad on Unsplash



June’s Coming Attractions

arrangement5Besides the 52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year series, you will read about dreams and not quenching the spirit in others. The post is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:19.



A post about lessons learned so far being a Virtual Customer Service Representative will run around mid-month. I will also be sharing before, during and after pictures of my office makeover. Actually, it looks more like a command center for The Men In Black or James Bond with all the computer equipment on my desk.


I’m too sexy for my headset.

Areas of Life

My 6/19 post will detail how I am progressing in remaking my life – physical self, mental self, physical surroundings, family & friends, career, finances, fun/hobbies and romance/significant other. My goal is to have all areas made over in time for next year’s 25th anniversary of joining the Kearns family. (It will be a quiet celebration between me, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.)

There will be a few other posts as topics come to mind.

Stay tuned as you never know what adventure I will be sharing with you.

Here is the link to the Right Said Fred office video – I’m Too Sexy . It just might be toooooo sexy for you to handle.         😉





13 Month Journey

(My word for 2017 is “Bold” so I am writing periodically about “Bold” decisions that I make)

Thirteen months from today will be my 25th wedding anniversary.

Notice I did not say “our” anniversary.

While Joe and I are no longer married, it is still the anniversary of when I legally joined the Kearns family – and that deserves to be celebrated. It will be a quiet celebration between me, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I do not expect a shindig.

Double Milestone

When the 25th anniversary arrives, the 10th anniversary of Joe’s passing will have come and gone (3/29).

A decade without him and what accomplishments do I have to show for the past 10 years? Not much. There is this blog, my photography blog and taking care of Rommie until her passing. But there have been more failures than successes. These failures, mostly career related, have left a lot of bumps and bruises on my heart, mind and soul.

However, my current life is in shambles. Most of the 8 areas of life stink. –  career does not stink as I started a wonderful job, working for a wonderful company.

I just came up with the idea for this journey 24 hours ago, so there is no grand plan for the following areas – yet.

  • Growing career helping people solve problems and/or rebuild their life.
  • Staying in this home.
  • Getting as physically fit as a superhero.
  • Get mentally fit (this means faith). The rest of my mental self is well.
  • Get back to photography (my shutter quit after 9 years).
  • Spend more time with family/friends.
  • Be more financially secure.
  • Romance/Significant Other   Got to get the other areas straightened out before I start work on this area.

Good News

The good news is you can always begin again, right where you are at, with what you have, on any given day, in any area of life.  God’s mercies are new every morning.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23


The Countdown Begins

So I have 13 months to finally get my act together and turn this life around so it honors and glorifies God, and honors Joe’s memory.

Come with me on this journey. I will post on the 19th of every month, unless that is a Sunday as I do not want to interrupt the 52 Bible Verses For A Joy Filled Year series.




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. You can view her photographs at OgleOhio.com because one blog is not enough.

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 9

It’s Sunday again and time for a new verse to focus on this week. John 10:10 is a wonderful one to keep in your heart and mind, especially since Lent starts on Wednesday. 

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10

What is a full life, an abundant life?

It is green pastures, still waters, banquet tables, overflowing cups, and lying down in peace at night. (Psalm 23 and Psalm 4:8)

We have a full, abundant life now and for all eternity because Jesus went to the cross for us. 

Focus on the abundance you already have and give thanks for it. 



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.


The Life We Lead

I believe it is possible for a person to love another person despite the life they lead.

In fact that is what I believe we are required to do. 

So love your neighbor as yourself even though:

  • She is on welfare and has a kid every other year.
  • He plays in a rock band and they rehearse until 2 a.m. on the weekends.
  • He or she is bedding a different woman or man every night and twice on Sundays.
  • He spends 80% of his time traveling and ignores his wife and kids when he is home.
  • She is a widow who has not dated in 4.5 years and there are no prospects on the horizon.
  • He is a widower who has spent every day the past 10 years crying and begging for God to bring his wife back.

There is something about the life we lead that any other person can find offensive.

So spend this weekend loving your neighbor as you love yourself.  You just might develop a new respect for him or her. 

“Elvis Country”(Legacy Edition)

I have a subscription to “emusic” as that is the service that came with my computer.  It is a great service.  It does not have the selection yet that I-Tunes does but they are slowly and steadily rectifying the situation.

A Special 

Earlier this month they ran a special – download 16 classic Elvis albums for 4.99 each.  Now I am a huge Elvis fan.  So I jumped on it.  No, I did not download 16 albums, but I did download Elvis Country-Legacy Edition.  I started listening to it and I was blown away.

The song selection is awesome, most of which I never heard before.  The type of music ranges from ballads (“Love Letters”) to religious (“Life”) to  Yee-Haw country/rock-a-billy ( “A Hundred Years From Now”) to booty-shaking (“I Washed My Hands In Muddy Waters”).

Part Of A Couple?

If you are married, engage, or dating listen closely to the message in “This is Our Dance” a love song waltz.  If you are in your first year of grief, SKIP THIS SONG.  It is also advisable to skip “The Sound of Your Cry” a very powerful and moving song about a break up.

Exercise Class

If you want to dissolve a serious amount of body fat, listen to “Got My Mojo Working/Keep Your Hands Off Her”, “Whole Lot-ta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, and “I Washed My Hands In Muddy Waters.”  There is a raw stripped-down nakedness to these songs – shades of early Elvis. You can’t help but “Shake Your Groove Thing” when these songs play.

These are just a few of the 29 songs on the album. I could go on and on about “Sylvia”, “Heart of Rome” and “Tomorrow Never Comes” but I will let you discover these gems on your own.

So go buy the cd or download it from your music service and remember to dance because:

“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” 

Japanese proverb.

(from “life is a verb” by Patti Digh, “37 Days To Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally)

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