grief, Unemployment, Weekend Wisdom

Weekend Wisdom: Be Not Offended

Here is a poem from the November 18th daily devotional in Streams In The Desert by L.B. Cowman; Edited by Jim Reimann. May it speak to your heart today and always.

Blessed is he whose faith is not offended

When all around his way

The power of God is working out deliverance

For others day by day;

Though in some prison dark his own soul does fail,

Till life itself be spent,

Yet still can trust His Father’s love and purpose

And rest therein content.


Blessed is he, who through long years of suffering

Not now from active toil,

Still shares by prayer and praise the work of others,

And thus “divides the spoil.”


Blessed are you, O child of God, who does suffer,

And cannot understand

The reason for your pain, yet will gladly leave

Thy life in His blest Hand.


Yes, blessed are you whose faith is “not offended”

By trials unexplained,

By mysteries unsolved, past understanding,

Until the goal is gained.

 Freda Hanbury Allen

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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. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog


31 Days of Joy: Day 21 – Honoring The Unemployed & Underemployed

Today I write to honor my fellow underemployed/unemployed friends, family, acquaintances and those whom I will never know.

An change in job status will test even a person with a strong faith. It is a grueling journey. You have 4 – 6 weeks to find a job before society looks at you as a worthless, unemployable person. Their attitude is “There must be something wrong with you since you can not find a job.”

Then there are those who believe that since you are a Christian, you must not feel defeated. You must cheerfully skip through each day like a 5 year old without a care in the world because the Lord will provide.

To the people who believe that I cheerfully say:

Bah! Humbug!

God grows you through trials and tribulations. God uses those times of despair to strengthen you. We are not called to be perpetually chipper people. We are called to live a full life and that includes going through the valley of the shadow of death, divorce, unemployment and other trials so we can grow into the person God knows we can be.

So to the men who stock tampons at Walmart and point customers to the condoms, to the women who are cashiering in hardware stores even though they are all thumbs when it comes to hammering a nail, to all the unemployed who are learning how to write resumes and learning how to network –

I honor you for your valiant efforts. I pray:

  • You use this time to learn new skills.
  • You find joy in unemployment/underemployment.
  • You grow in your faith during this time.
  • Our loving and gracious Father bestows enough manna for your daily needs.


12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Now I must go chase the golden bandit (retriever) running through the house with the stinky pair of hose I threw on the floor.

Wishing you a day filled with joy,



31 Days of Joy: Day 3 – Joy in God Moments

(Good morning and welcome to day 3 of 31 Days of Joy. I have joined the Nester’s 31 Days of 5 Minute Freewrites challenge. You can read my other posts here.)

Joy In God Moments

Two years ago this month, I became a freelance writer/virtual assistant.

To supplement my income, I took a seasonal position selling lawn mower parts in a high volume call center. The season will come to and end most likely later this month. Then I will be back to relying on my freelance writing to pay the bills.

I was thinking about this fact on my drive out of town Wednesday to visit my brother visiting from Arizona. I decided to pray about finding work – again. I told myself to stop panicking about it because God knows my needs. God having my back is one thing that was reinforced this summer as I read through the Psalms. There was no one Psalm that stood out, but numerous verses proclaiming God has my back.

I arrived at Mom’s and had a wonderful visit and lunch with her and my brother.  Then I headed home.

On the drive home, a white sedan exited the freeway and as he did I noticed his license plate – John 6:35. Not having memorized that verse I made a mental note to look it up after getting home.

Here is what I found: John 6:35

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

John 6:35

It was an answer to my morning prayer.

There is joy in knowing God’s got my back – always.

Thank you God!