Being happy with what you have is enormous. It is the proper perspective and a key to happiness, rooted in joy and peace. Without joy and peace, you will never be content and happy long term, regardless of you current and any future circumstances. And peace and joy only come from God for He is joy and peace. Only the Originator of the forces of joy and peace can bestow these to you. And God is that Originator. So, to have joy and peace, you have to humbly ask God for them (after you have accepted Jesus as your Savior), and He will happily give them to you. It is so simple. Then you have the keys to contentment in any circumstances (and eternal life in heaven so yay!!). And that is priceless. If you are already saved and contentment is a struggle, something in your life is not in line with God’s plan for you and/or you are thinking worldly and not Godly and you can re-adjust and get right and then humbly ask God for peace and joy. He loves giving us whatever we need when we ask Him. He is a good, good Father!! So there you go. Tools for life. Prayer. Who knew! 🙂
In an ever increasingly complex and ever decreasingly user friendly world we live in, seemingly quite tense and hostile and quite literally playing out wars between good and evil, we need to breathe in some simplicity. We need a mental break. We need to go to a good church. We need to read God’s Bible. We need to pray. And we need to put on some I Love Lucy reruns and just laugh. We need park time, movie time, hiking time, ice cream rime, sitting on a porch swing time, baking and eating time, beach time, sunset watching, whatever give you enjoyment and simple joys. These are the positive tings we need to balance the weight of the world pushing in on us all the time. It is important. Schedule it in. Demand a break for yourself and those around you who feel your inner tension. Exploding onto them too. Be a humanitarian, for heaven’s sake (lol) and enjoy some simple joy therapy. Laugh. Relax. God is still very much in control and we need to be ready for Him. 🙂
On friendship: True friendship is rare and precious. Be the friend they need you to be and they can return the favor in time. Love unconditionally. Read your Bible and pray.
On parenting: You are not taking care of babies as much as you are raising Godly adults. Be who you want them to be. Be patient but be a parent not a friend. Friend comes later. Love unconditionally. Read your Bible and pray.
On marriage: You are not perfect either. Work on you. Do not be selfish but be generous. Love unconditionally. Read your Bible and pray.
On caretaking: Take a break once in a while and breathe fresh air. It is not selfish. Rest. Exercise. Lo e unconditionally. Read your Bible and pray.
On being in a band: These are your people, your family. Rock on. Be generous. Love unconditionally. Read your Bible and pray.
On art: Once art fits a category, it is less art than it was when it didn’t fit. There is no box. Express yourself freely. Love unconditionally. Read your Bible and pray.
On being an American: Pray for your President and good leaders. Expose wrongs. Stand for right. Love unconditionally. Read your Bible and pray.
On worship: Every act of obedience is worship. It is a lifestyle not an event. May or may not involve music but always involves concentration. Love unconditionally. Read your Bible and pray.
Everything you do is for God not man. Almighty God is who we serve. Humbly pray to Him and He helps and loves you every time. Stick close to Him and life is better, peaceful, joyful. You got this. ❤
God knew how my life was going to be so He gave me the gift of laughter. Laughter heals. It is a fact. When I have been in horrible situations, I was given the gift from God to find something funny in it. I have been able to laugh at myself and my many accidental catastrophies as well as the situation and use my extremely vivid imagination to imagine other funny things happening in the ugly and serious situation. I love to laugh because it has been a saving grace from God all my life and I needed grace from God for much of it. There are wonderful old shows like I Love Lucy or Dick Van Duke or movies like Princess Bride to start you out if you need help but I have found the best tool is my mind. But whatever it takes, climb on this laughter band wagon. Do not allow anyone to steal your joy. Just refuse them permission to throw off your groove, your happy place. And if anyone wants you to be serious, just say “No. Because you wish it.” And laugh. Laugh until you cry. Laugh until you feel like laughing.Then go from there. 🙂
When you lose someone who loved you dearly and took care of you quite a while, you, or at least I did, tend to think you will never have someone love you like that. When someone you loved and who loved and took care of you is suddenly my gone from your life, you think no one will ever love you and take care of you again. At least that is what I thought. And with a lot of prayer and Bible reading and serving in worship and using the gifts God gave me, I began to feel what I thought was not possible, a deep love from God that filled every hole over time until I feel secure again in Him. I am God’s daughter, now that my Daddy is with Him in heaven. I am dearly loved and cared for by someone who knows me better than anyone else ever has or could. It is possible to feel loved unconditionally and I am and feel and appreciate every inch of it. And something beautiful is happening. My husband and I are growing deeper in love with each other and I am so very blessed by it. Every marriage has struggles and I spent so much time caretaking my Daddy and Mom for a while too that we had lost our spark. We both loved and appreciated each other but love had settled at a level workable but not magical. And the magic spark has returned now and I am in love with my husband and he is loving me and what a beautiful gift that is!! Mundane previously is exciting again, goals are being accomplished together, teamwork, mutual support and respect, trust, fulfillment, all flowing freely from a God ordained bond of love and music. We make beautiful music together. And this magnificent gift is completely and entirely a gift from God and result of Him restoring my soul with deep love and healing and peace and comfort. Nothing half as good could happen without God’s direct involvement and blessing when a broken heart is mournfully and humbly placed in His hands. God blesses and never ceases to amaze. Oh how I love Him!! Thank you, God!
While different cats have different personalities, having had many cats throughout the years and being thus somewhat of an expert, they all behave in some very similar and rather predictable ways. All of them sleep a lot. This is important because when awake they are very much energetic and busy. All of them eat a lot when they are awake or do their best to. All of them in time get used to you and socialize with you, by cuddling or tolerating your existence or being in the same room with you or playing with you. All of them talk when they have something to say, some have more than others. All of them, if you stop feeding them and they can get away, they will leave and find food. After eating if they like you otherwise will return. If you mistreat them, they will escape if they can. What does all this have ro do with the price of eggs? We all, every human being on the planet, needs certain things. We all have different personalities (some people several) but we all need certain things to live and survive and thrive and all of us are somewhat predictable to an extent with what we need. When we don’t get it, if we can, we eventually get away and find what we need. This sounds selfish to some and base/rudimentary/feral, but there it is. People run away from people/situations all the time to get what they really need. We all have those needs. But the thing that separates us from animals is that we are complex in our brain development in that spiritual matters/God are important aspects of our lives and we live by a set of moral laws and higher thinking with a complex language. We are not just feeling, emotional beings, we also have a spirit and soul that yearns to please and worship our Creator. When we don’t please and worship God and instead fill up on substitutes (like addictions, other people, our own abilities or looks, some hobby that takes over all our energy, whatever), we keep chasing that satisfaction that will never come unless we do what we are designed to do. And listen, nothing in our past or present is big or ugly enough to keep us from changing our focus to please (by obeying and praying) and worship God. Then bam! New life, no need to run away anymore. There is peace and joy in every aspect of your life when you please God and worship Him as you were designed to do. And not doing so deprives us of our God given destiny for peace and joy. That choice is ours alone.
Tonight we drove around and looked at the lights, stopped for pizza downtown and saw more lights. It was beautiful, serene (pretty hard to come by), calm, easy and hopeful. There may be evil pervading most areas but here right now there is a pervading calm and happiness. Because of light? Because one Light came to earth and shared Himself with the world. There is light and hope from Him still, harder to see sometimes, but right now as the dark grows darker, what light we have from Him still shines brighter. We have His light in us and it still offers hope and peace and joy and nothing can change that ever. That is truly beautiful and that is why we celebrate Christmas with Light. 🙂