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Michele O'Leary Blog

Casual Conversations is for God to use my writings as His vessel to deepen women's faith in Him. Women will receive and grow in His Love and His Faithfulness.

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Michele Oleary

And the winner of the giveaway is Leigh Ellen. Leigh Ellen, you should receive the devotional before Saturday, December 1st.

Thank you to all who left a comment and for all the support.

Merry Christmas, to you and your family. Savor the season and hush the rush of the busyness…find rest and refreshment in our Savior.

Color Blind

Michele Oleary

“I don’t see color,” my husband said to me as he seen me crying in our truck.

I witnessed kindness this past weekend that struck a deep cord in my soul.

A van was broken down and was blocking a lane on a busy road and car after car passed it or went around it.

“That person needs help,” I stated as we stopped behind the van.

My husband pulled into a parking lot and stepped into the busy street. As soon as he did, another person stopped, and they forged a plan to help the person in the van that ran out of gas. Help was coming but the lane needed to be cleared for traffic to flow. The four strangers worked together to push the car out of the road.

God orchestrated a lovely event of kindness to show all who were driving by and to each helping hand.

As I watched and took note of the scene unfurling in front me, my heart swelled with joy.

As we said our goodbyes and departed from one another, a Holy Spirit awareness surged through me.

With a quivering voice and tears cascading down my face, I could barely whisper the words.

“This is what our country needs more of...this kind of kindness.”

“This is how God wants us to treat one another.”

The scene rattled me.

You see, my husband, who is white, teamed up with two Hispanic men to push a young black gentleman’s van out of the road.

True community.

Christ-Love community.

Race didn’t matter. It was people helping people.

We should all have that kind of color blind.

We need, “He created us in his own image...” only kinda color.

"So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27 NIV

Oh, friends, my heart weighs so heavy under the decay of kindness I hear, read, and see towards one another due to race, religion, or gender.

This is not a political issue; I am not even going there.

This is a heart issue.

Judgement kills kindness.

God made us out of love to love.

It all starts with the heart.

Sister’s, let’s check our hearts before our feet hit the floor each morning.

Say a little prayer of thanksgiving to our Lord in the newness of each day.

It places the lens of kindness in our heart and soul.

I still see that big, beautiful smile of the young man in the van as we waved goodbye...relief filled his face and I pray God's love flooded him too.

Sprinkle kindness on others, sweet ones, every day. It shifts the heart to see people for who they really are. Gods. 


Overwhelm Me, Jesus

Michele Oleary

"You have not been very nice to me lately..." stated my husband the other night as we were getting ready for bed.


The truth is I haven't been. Yeap, I have been a big grump.

I have been prickly, sharp, and critical...mostly to him.

Poor guy. We take out our frustrations on the ones we love the most. 

I haven't started 2018 on the right foot or with the right heart.

Frustration has continued to saturate me like a sponge in a sink full of dirty dishes.

My husband's honest remark poured over conviction and highlighted pride in my sinful soul.

As I woke up to a new day, I asked for forgiveness from my Heavenly Father and from my husband. 

Thank you, God, for always giving us a new day. A fresh start.

God and His grace ushered me into the book of Psalm to remind me what is most important to Him and what should be most important to me.

"Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song." Psalm 95:1-2 (NIV)

"Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and glory are in his sanctuary." Psalm 96:1-6 (NIV)

"Oh, sweet Savior, you washed away my heart of stone and refreshed my spirit with your reminder that peace in you wipes away a critical flesh-worldly heart. Amen"

I wrote in my Bible next to the verses in Psalm, "Overwhelm my heart, flood me, oh Jesus."

Yes, this is what it is all about. Praising our Lord and loving Him fully.

Sisters, praise God and sing a new song to Him. Declare His glory and salvation. Allow our Jesus to love you, so He can overwhelm your heart. Once we allow Him to flood us and overwhelm us, we can pour out His Love-Truths on others.

Will you allow Jesus to love you? Will you allow Him to overwhelm your heart? Friends, it is so freeing. 



My word for 2018 is "Peace."

The word "Peace" entered into my heart over a month ago, but boy, I haven't been living it lately. 

I will discuss more on God's peace in the next few weeks. 

Jesus. Our Peace provider. 

Do you have a word for 2018? If so, please share in the comments. 


Giveaway Winner: I want to thank all who commented on last weeks blog post. I appreciate your support. The winner is...Leigh Ellen! Congrats!!