Spiritual Prepping

{Day 28} Spiritual Prepping – Joyful

Now that you have laid down and slept in God’s safety, it is time to get up and…

Let joy be the defining trait of your character. Let joyful be the first-word people use to describe you before they use words like honest, hard-working, and generous – among others.

Be joyful because Jesus Christ died to set you free from sin so you have life everlasting. If that does not make you joyful, I do not know what will.

Then scatter your joy to the people in your little piece of God’s world. How?

Just smile. You can send flowers if you want to as well. But when you are out and about running errands, just smile at the people you see along the way. Your smile just might make someone’s day.

Party On!

I also associate being joyful with celebrating life. Whether it is big events like job promotions or little things like the first dandelion or the first leaf changing color. We get so wrapped up in the hubbub of life we don’t stop and celebrate the little things or even small accomplishments.

Now we shall see if I take my own advice as work put more responsibility on me and my teammates. The additional duties start on Sunday.

I will also figure out a way to incorporate more celebrations on JoyReturns for next year.

So start being joyful, living joyful, and celebrating joyfully even in the hard times.

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Jeremiah Bullfrog (link)

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


Movin’ and Groovin’ Monday: Joy

I know I just brought back Movin’ and Groovin’ Monday but it is going away again and tomorrow’s post will explain my change in plans.

Until then get your boogie shoes on and get dancing or should I say hoppin’. Today’s song will certainly pump you up so you have the necessary energy to tackle your grief, unemployment or any one of life other journeys.


40 Days of Joy

Faith & Jeremiah

Greetings From Jeremiah

(A little nonsensical post for a Monday as you get back in the groove.)

In the header picture is a bullfrog candle I found while looking for Christmas decorations and decided he had to play a role in “40 Days of Joy.”

Now the prophet Jeremiah was known as the “Weeping Prophet.” Well when Three Dog Night released the album “Naturally” (1971) they really gave Jeremiah something to weep about with “Joy To The World”

According to Wikipedia the original lyrics were “Jeremiah was a prophet” but no one liked it.   Somehow it became “Jeremiah was a bullfrog.”  I can just imaging God having a hearty laugh, and Jeremiah telling God:

 “Give me a break.  You put me through a lot when I was on earth and now THIS?!” 

Who says God does not have a sense of humor?

Here’s the link to 2:32 of Joy.  May it bring you joy today.  If the song does  not, then the clothing people are wearing in the video certainly will  😉

Equal Time

For those of you who prefer the Christmas carol, here is a link to a wonderful performance by Faith Hill.  May it bring you joy as well.




“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11