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52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 42

Good Sunday Morning!

Hope this finds you well and enjoying a hot beverage or a cool beverage depending upon your climate.

This weeks verse is about everybody’s favorite thing to do – wait.

Yes, I hate it too. I’ve been waiting 5 1/2 months for a change to happen and the change is scheduled to happen today. unless I’ve done something stupid prior to today. (I’m putting this post to bed on Tuesday night.) More on the change next week.

This change does not mean I am soaring with the eagles – yet.  Right now I am rising with the robins.


So I am not done waiting on the Lord to do more things in my life because even though it is no longer full moon, the werewolf is still tearing down the front door.

May God show us how He is using this verse in our lives this week.





Robin Photo: Michele Kearns

Full Moon Photo: Michele Kearns

Eagle Photo by Rachel Pfuetzner on Unsplash

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 39

This picture was taken this week as the sun rose up over the house. Once I saw this week’s verse I knew I had to use this picture.

The Lord IS light, strength, and salvation. May you and I remember this as we go through this week and may we see an example of all three in our lives.

Psalm 271

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 her 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.


52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 18

Thank goodness it is Sunday and the start of a new week. A week where hopefully my career turns around.


This weeks verse is a short one, so write it down over and over to get it’s message into your heart and head.


I will be writing it down a lot.

May God bless you in the doing of this verse through out the week.


Happy 80th Birthday Aunt P.  Hope you are having a big, glorious bash in heaven. Love you. 

(Aunt P. moved to heaven 3 weeks ago.)

Weekend Wisdom: Biblical Strength

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

Psalm 28:7

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 29:11

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:26


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

1 Thessalonians 3:13


But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:3

If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:11

Weekend Wisdom: Strength

The sun shines not on us but in us.

John Muir

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

Marcus Aurelius


Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.

Marcus Aurelius


Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

Hermann Hesse

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

Napoleon Hill 

Strength & Peace


The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace.

Psalm 29:11

This passage seemed appropriate considering I was at the funeral home tonight (for a neighbor, not a relative).

The Lord gives us strength and peace when trouble enters our world – we just need to lift our eyes towards heaven.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from? 
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121:1-2

He has enough strength and peace for everyone.  

My Wish

May you find joy in knowing God has strength and peace to see you through your troubles any time of the year – including Christmas.  


 May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;

The spirit of Christmas which is peace;

The heart of Christmas which is love.


Ada V. Hendricks

“It’s Hard!”

This holiday season, I have heard grieving people say:

“It’s hard.”

Over and over and over and over etc….

Bad Mantra

Yes getting through the holidays without your spouse is hard, but I beg of you please don’t make it your mantra! 

Whether it is your mantra for the holidays or for life in general, do not keep repeating “It’s Hard.”

It is fine to acknowledge the holidays are hard but the more you repeat “It’s hard” the greater the risk of a self-fulfilling prophecy. 


Acknowledge life is hard or the holiday season is hard – once.  Then repeat this scripture:

The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Nehemiah 8:10

Feel free to replace “your” with “my” if you want.  Focusing on a positive phrase will help you find joyful moments. 

There will still be difficult times but tackle them head on don’t sit around and just cry “It’s hard, it’s hard” Just take a deep breath or two and repeat scripture or other positive phrase. 


Another way of not focusing on the holidays being hard is to count your blessings.  Write them down in a journal or say them over and over. Counting your blessings will help you focus on something other than what is wrong.  It is a great attitude shifter.

Get Help

If necessary talk to a pastor, counselor, or participate in a support group.  A strong person seeks and gets help.  A weak person focuses on the negative and tries to deal with the holidays and/or life alone.

Know & Realize

Focus on His joy being your strength during troubling times.

Realize He is always there for you with very broad shoulders and long arms to wrap around you. Take advantage of His presence, letting it bring you comfort and joy.


No matter how steep the mountain, the Lord is going to climb it with you.

Helen Steiner Rice