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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 25

Happy Father’s Day!

There will no celebration with my biological father or step-father today since they both reside in heaven. However, I will honor and celebrate my heavenly father because He is my Father and chose my 2 earthly fathers for me.

Whether or not you are a father to human or fur kids, enjoy your special day and find rest in God today and everyday.

May we all find rest and hope in our heavenly Father this week and forevermore.


Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.

Psalm 62:5



Photo’s courtesy of Unsplash.com

Coming tomorrow an update on my turning my life around before 6/19/2018.

Thoughts and a Story About Life – Finale – Lemons Into Lemonade

Lemons Into Lemonade

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:10

God is excellent at making lemonade out of lemons. There is nothing that happens that He will not turn into good because He is God and that is what He does.

StrengthsFinder 2.0

Several years ago I took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 quiz. One of my strengths is Connectedness:

Description: “People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.”

“Fortifying the bonds between yourself, the people you know, or even those you will never meet gives your life special meaning.”

“You consider various ways to initiate, nurture, and sustain the linkages between individuals and groups. You bring people together. You help them discover reasons to cooperate and support one another.”

Had vs For

Did the particular bad event such as cancer, divorce or job loss have to happen – no.

Did the event happen for a reason – yes.

What Reason?

What good could possibly come out of brain cancer?  I do not know.  It is God’s job to know what good will come from such an evil diagnosis.


When will He make lemonade out of an illness, divorce, or unemployment? I do not know.

It is God’s job to know when something good will happen.

Not Permitted To Know

There are some things we are not permitted to know. We try to be God all the time, but we are not. He never designed us to know and understand everything that He does.

This is where faith comes in. It painful and frustrating waiting for Him take a bad situation and make something good out of it. I get that, been there done that (and not just with Joe’s passing).

We want it now but all things happen in His time.


Faith is what gets us through the waiting period. It is painful and frustrating waiting for Him to take a bad situation and make something good out of it.

Sometimes we do not see the good or His presence until we look back over the past. Then we see God’s handiwork woven throughout the tough days, weeks, months or years.

We might not see His handiwork until we get to heaven.

I have faith we will know the answers to “what” and “when” but only when God decides to reveal them.

In the meantime He will give us the strength to persevere one day at a time and HIs strength is often times found when we are still before Him.

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


10-10-2011_3by5Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. 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 view her photographs at OgleOhio.com.

{ Day 8 } 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster – Wait

Scripture Meditation 

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

 Psalm 27:14

I know it seems counter productive to wait as a way to move forward but waiting is an important part of your recovery.

Grief will not be rushed.

It can not be rushed. Oh how people try to rush grief but in the end it comes back to bite them somehow someway.

You can anticipate a 1 – 2 year dance with the grief monster. I was at the 18 month mark when I realized I was through most of my grief. I might have been that way at 13 months but I just did not realize it.

My situation was complicated with being laid off the week I came back from vacation for Joe’s one year anniversary. The key words are “my situation.” Your situation will be different from everyone else’s. Every snowflake is different and so is every grief journey.

I pray you do not experience a layoff after your husband’s move to heaven.

Snow Quote 2

Learning To Dance

God is with you as you wait for grief to leave. You can not rush the grief monster, you can only learn to dance with him through your grief journey. God will give you the steps so you will eventually stomp on Griefy’s toes.

God will also strengthen you. Lift your eyes to Him, the Healer. At the end you will say

“I made it through my grief journey, so I can do anything!”

How God Works

God will use different tools to help strengthen you. He does not only work through the Bible. He works through other books, people, places, and music. Anything you can think of, He can use to strengthen you. That is the type of power God has – the power to use anything to help you heal.


If at all possible, you need to wait to make big decisions such as moving, switching jobs and most importantly – dating again.

It is important to get through the first year dealing with all the holidays, anniversaries and other family events for the first time without your spouse. There are many, many memories that will come flooding back with each special occasion and even everyday events will bring back memories.


A lot of those memories occurred in your house. You need to process those precious memories and learn to live in your house without your spouse. Now you may be in a situation where you need to sell to move closer to family or your income will not support the house payment. Only you can decide if those two scenarios apply to you. If you do decide to sell, make sure you consult several people you trust before proceeding with the sale.


Work will usually help you by giving at least some time off during holidays the first year. If you switch jobs they may not be so understanding, especially since you are now low person on the seniority totem pole.

Also a new job will expect you to be up and running with your job duties in 90 days and having meltdowns will not help you meet that 90 day deadline.

So wait, wait till the time is right.


The first year is filled with lots of land minds that will explode in your face. Different events bring different types and sizes of explosions.  If you have a major meltdown during a holiday party you might scare away your date, who is your perfect next spouse but your meltdown freaked him out and he ran for the hills. If only you had waited and dealt with all the emotions the first year drudges up.

So wait, wait through the first year and let God strengthen you during this time so you will soar like eagles.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Quote Meditation

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.

Robert H. Schuller

Weekend Wisdom: Wait For One Another

The Bible verse for today is

Wait for each other

1 Corinthians 11:33

Waiting for one another requires patience. So with that in mind, here are some quotes about waiting and patience.

Quotes About Waiting

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.

Henry Van Dyke

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.

Robert H. Schuller

A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.

Tom Stoppard

Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.  

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is patient.

1 Corinthians 13:4

Be patient with everyone. 

1 Thessalonians 5:14

Bear with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:2