Help Yourself To Happiness

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seeks happiness, it’s true,
But finding it and keeping it
seem difficult to do.
Difficult because we think
that happiness is found
Only in the places where
wealth and fame abound.
And so we go on searching
in palaces of pleasure
Seeking recognition
and monetary treasure,
Unaware that happiness
is just a state of mind
Within the reach of everyone
who takes time to be kind.
For in making others happy
we will be happy, too.
For the happiness you give away
returns to shine on you.

Helen Steiner Rice

 

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34

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Amen, Amen

I CANNOT say,
Beneath the pressure of life’s cares today,
I joy in these;

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But I can say
That I would rather walk this rugged way,
If Him it please.

I cannot feel
That all is well when dark’ning clouds conceal
The shining sun;
But then I know
God lives and loves; and say, since it is so,
“Thy will be done.”

I cannot speak
In happy tones; the tear-drops on my cheek
Show I am sad;
But I can speak
Of grace to suffer with submission meek,
Until made glad.

I do not see
Why God should e’en permit some things to be,
When He is love;
But I can see,
Though often dimly, through the mystery,
His hand above.

I may not try
To keep the hot tears back; but hush that sigh,
“It might have been;”
And try to still
Each rising murmur, and to God’s sweet will
Respond—”AMEN.

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Help Yourself To Happiness

Everybody, everywhere
seeks happiness, it’s true,
But finding it and keeping it
seem difficult to do.
Difficult because we think
that happiness is found
Only in the places where
wealth and fame abound.
And so we go on searchinghappy.jpg
in palaces of pleasure
Seeking recognition
and monetary treasure,
Unaware that happiness
is just a state of mind
Within the reach of everyone
who takes time to be kind.
For in making others happy
we will be happy, too.
For the happiness you give away
returns to shine on you.

– Helen Steiner Rice

 

Roses Aren’t Always Red

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Roses aren’t always red,
violets can be white or blue
but what never changes ~ Lord
is the love that comes from You.

I know I am not perfect,
but You love me any way
Your love is the sunshine
that brightens up my day.

You love me like no other,
Your love is the real thing
You give me such happiness
with the joy that You bring.

Your love is ever steady,
forever it will go on
and when You are near
my soul pants like a fawn.

You know my heart,
and every beat that it takes
though it might skip around
You still forgive my mistakes.

Roses sometimes are red,
violets also can be blue
but Your love for me Lord . . .
is constantly ~ true!

Debra Ann Belka

 

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Difficult and Unexpected Places

“And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.” Acts 9:6

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What do you do, when you find yourself in a difficult and unexpected place? When you’re stuck and stewing in the when, where and what’s next?

Well, in the above referenced passage of scripture, Saul found himself in a very difficult place too. He needed to make a decision after meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus.

Suddenly, the location and direction of his life was revealed to him. His prior life perhaps even feeling like a waste.  Yes, moving forward would be difficult and would require hard and uncomfortable work, perhaps even facing those of whom he had ripped apart with his words and actions.  However he responded, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”

We often find ourselves in unexpected circumstances and places.  In places or circumstances we never planned nor wanted to be.  For some, we may be drowning in debt, inhibited by physical restraints, or suffering under the weight of trials in general.

Whether Jesus finds us today in a prison cell, or a mansion, whether He finds us broken and broke or absorbed by our own desires, Scripture tells us to heed Paul’s advice to forget what lies behind us and to press forward.

Regardless, of where we find ourselves, there is no barrier to moving forward in Christ. Its NEVER too late for a fresh start. Glory Hallelujah!  Trust that there are great and marvelous plans ahead for each of us.  So, lets get on our way and start today.  God has great plans for us.

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Guidelines-Effective Immediately

Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. Please, follow these 10 guidelines.

1. QUIT WORRYING: Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?

2. PUT IT ON THE LIST: Something needs to be done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all… God. I can take care of anything you put into My hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize.

3. TRUST ME: Once you’ve given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problem with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For My sake, put it on My list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.

4. LEAVE IT ALONE: Don’t wake up one morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here.” Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It’s simple. You gave Me your burdens and I’m taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don’t you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with Me and forget about them. Just let Me do my job.

5. TALK TO ME: I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’m in control. But there’s one thing I pray you never forget. Please, don’t forget to talk to Me – OFTEN! I love YOU! I want to hear your voice. I want you to include Me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with Me. I want to be your dearest friend.

6. HAVE FAITH: I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you are. Have faith in Me that I know what I’m doing. Trust Me; you wouldn’t want the view from My eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust Me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be?

7. SHARE: You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.

8. BE PATIENT: I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes Me a little longer than you expect to handle something on My to-do-list? Trust in My timing, for My timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.

9. BE KIND: Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for My sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please, know I love each of your differences.

10. LOVE YOURSELF: As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only — to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love Me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes My heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don’t ever forget……

 

-Author Unknown

Victory In Jesus

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

We were never promised an easy life as disciples of Christ.  In fact, Jesus warned the disciples that the path lying before them would be both steep and dangerous. During the course of bringing His Word to the world, they would become the very first martyrs of the Church. Hounded and persecuted to death on every possible side.  Yet still, Jesus urged them to be happy in this life.

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Yes, although the world would treat them wickedly, He had overcome the world, and His salvation was forever theirs. The power of the world is no match for Jesus, and because of His sacrifice, all it can do to us is kill the body and free the soul for eternal life with Him.

The road that we travel may at times seem steep, dangerous, and disheartening.  Be encouraged and don’t quit.  We aren’t experiencing anything that our Savior didn’t experience, He was victorious and we too will be victorious.