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All We Are Left With

 

The post At The End Of All Things. by my friend and fellow blogger Andrew, really hit me hard yesterday. His wisdom and common sense are gained from being in the process of moving to heaven.

Here are some of the words that spoke to my heart.

At the end of all things, all we’re left with is our faith, and our hope, and our love. These are the imperishables, but they’re ours to throw away if we choose.

Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart

Yes, at life’s end all we are left with is our faith, hope and love. Whether we love well or poorly, love is our greatest legacy.

Will you be like Andrew and become love?

I encourage you to read Andrew’s post, it will give you a different perspective on your life.

Andrew ends his posts with a musical theme. Today’s music is from the late Jim Croce. Lyrics are below.

“I Got A Name”

Like the pine trees lining the winding road I got a name, I got a name Like the singing bird and the croaking toad I got a name, I got a name And I carry it with me like my daddy did But I’m living the dream that he kept hid

Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by

Like the north wind whistling down the sky
I’ve got a song, I’ve got a song
Like the whippoorwill and the baby’s cry
I’ve got a song, I’ve got a song
And I carry it with me and I sing it loud
If it gets me nowhere, I go there proud

Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by

And I’m gonna go there free

Like the fool I am and I’ll always be
I’ve got a dream, I’ve got a dream
They can change their minds but they can’t change me
I’ve got a dream, I’ve got a dream
Well, I know I can share it if you want me to
If you’re going my way, I’ll go with you

Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by
Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by

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 seize new opportunities to rebuild their lives. 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 14

Thank God it’s Sunday again. Hell week is over. The last week of March is brutal because it is the anniversary of Joe’s passing.

Couple that with still being unemployed and no income because unemployment ended, and being stabbed in the back twice by people who know my situation and refuse to assist and there is fear, frustration, anger and rage in my house. I realize it needs to be gone.

Instead of one verse to meditate on, I’ve used two in this post and linked to one more. The first verse is the one I chose and the second one is from Norman Vincent Peale’s 52 Weeks to a Positive Life card series.

So it is the start of a new day, week and month which means time for new beginnings, which will hopefully calm the fear. New beginnings spring up just when you lease expect them, mostly because our eyes are blind to seeing them. We are dwelling on the past.

“Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 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.

Isaiah 43:18-19

Prayer

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

2 Timothy 1:7 

Dear Holy, Gracious and Loving Heavenly Father,

We humbly and gratefully come before you today with praise and thanksgiving for your love, graciousness and your mercies being new this morning as they were yesterday morning and as they will be tomorrow morning. Thank you for every day being a new beginning.

Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross, a death we deserve because of our sin.

Holy Spirit I ask that you work mightily in our lives. Give us a spirit of power, love and self-control this week as we go about our lives. Let others see the fruit of your work in us every day.

Prevent us from dwelling on the past, give us eyes to see the new beginnings and the courage to seize the opportunities they represent. For you will bring us out of the wilderness by making streams in our desert.

In Jesus’ holy and precious name I do pray –

Amen

 

 

{ Day 9 } 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster – BEAR

Scripture Meditation

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Psalm 91: 11-12

Welcome to Day 9 of 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster. Today’s “trick” is

Bear

Bearing The First Year

There is a protective cloud around you the first year. It acts as a buffer zone between you and the world. It gradually fades throughout the first year. Some people refer to it as a “fog” or a “haze” God puts around you. In a strange way it makes life easier to bear. It is hard to explain how because there are plenty of intense grief moments during the first year.

Think of it as God’s arms wrapped around you, comforting you. I guess that is why grief in some ways is easier to bear, because of his protective arms.

Slowly during the year, He removes the “fog.” So after you will see clearly once you make it through the first year.

Bearing Fruit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

Fruit_Spirit

Living out this scripture during the first year, will also make grief less hard to bear. The grief monster does not like it when you bear your grief with forbearance (patience), or when you do random acts of kindness or being faithful in your walk with Jesus.

What fruit are you bearing as you travel through your grief journey?

Quote Meditation

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.

Henri Nouwen
10-10-2011_3by5Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns.com. She encourages widows and educates society about grief and life as a widow by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she has used her skills in the banking, collections, outdoor products and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can see more of her photography at OgleOhio.com.

Holiday Weekend Wisdom: Dr. King

Here are a few of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s quotes. May at least one of them resonate with you.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others? ” 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

 

The time is always right to do what is right.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

 

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

31 Days of Joy: Day 4 – Joy in Rest

It is 9:01 a.m. as I write this post.  I have been up 36 minutes.

There was no alarm clock singing its shrill song this morning, for I am not working today. (Cue Mr. Handel – Hal-le-lu-jah!, Hal-le-lu-jah!)

I woke up at 6 and promptly rolled over and fell back into a deep, restful sleep.  Every now and then I would here Rommie come into my bedroom attempting to get me out of bed, but I felt called to asleep. I could not have gotten up even if I wanted. It is as if the hand of God was holding me down, telling me to sleep.

I felt very relaxed, warm and cozy. The warmth was probably from the sun streaming through the eastern window. God knew I needed the sleep as my monkey brain was in overdrive this week chattering about the household chores, errands, and job search activities that need done. God used this restorative sleep to shut the monkey up.

Plus God knows this next week is a 48 hour work week and I need to store up the energy for it.

Thanks for the deep, relaxing sleep God. I felt very loved by and connected to you.

Now this very rested and restored blogger is off to eat her Scottish Oatmeal with 2 tablespoons ground flax-seed meal with a pinch of organic honey swirled in. Then it is off to the dry cleaners as the interview suit needs cleaned.

May you experience joy in a deep, relaxing sleep in God’s arms today.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

 

 

Weekend Wisdom: Make Me An Instrument

This poem by St. Francis of Assisi seemed like a good one to post this weekend.

 

Make Me An Instrument

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, 

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy. 

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love, 

For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 

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