Monday, May 3, 2010

~Happiness is.... ~

What does it take to make you happy?  I was thinking about this today as I was having my devotional time. Is it going shopping for that perfect dress or that new shade of lipstick, or maybe going out for dinner dancing with friends.  Is happiness found in drinking or taking drugs? Maybe it is landing the perfect job that you thought you always wanted. Making a million dollars before you reach 40. Having that new car or home. Too often we spend a lot of time and energy pursuing happiness as if it is something we are owed.

Even as adults we make major life decisions with happiness as the goal.  It is  in our country's Declaration of Independence.  Finding happiness is that elusive thing that we as humans strive to have.  But what does happiness really mean?  In Websters dictionary it says that happiness is a state of well being, contentment.  That sounds plausible, but what does the bible say happiness is:
    
"Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves” (Job 5:17).
“Happy is he who is gracious to the poor” (Prov 14:21).
“Happy is he who keeps the law” (Prov 29:18).
“Behold, we count those blessed who endured” (James 5:11). 
“If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed” (1 Pet 4:14)

The only times where we can experience genuine happiness and contentment is when we are right with God and He gives it to us. We can strive for all that is temporal but it won't last.  You won't feel content with it.  God says:

“Godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment”  (1 Tim. 6:6 ).

I can tell you from my own personal experience that  my happiest memories were shared with God.  When He healed the lung cancer I was over the moon!  When I was going through chemo the Holy spirit was always with me.  The contentment and joy was almost overwhelming.  My wedding mass where Peter and I became one, the baptisms of Jeannie and Peter our children.  These are moments that stand out in my memory. I don't think that it is a coincidence that these moments were shared with God.

 When watching mama as she passed on into the next life, it wasn't her possessions that she wanted near to her.   It was us her children and the contentment that comes with knowing you are going to be in heaven soon.  I can remember that when I called her she told me that she was going home and to hurry.  I caught the next flight out and was at her bedside that night.  Every second that I had left with her was more precious than gold!  I knew she was going soon and oh how I would miss her! These are the things in life that matter.  That bring us real happiness.  The love of God and family there is nothing more important.  There is nothing else that brings such joy, happiness and contentment.  After all God is love and love never fails.  The bible says that everything else will pass away but these three things remain:  Faith Hope and Love and the greatest of these is love.

5 comments:

I love this post! The lace on your site looks like your vail! I just happened to be on here reading a recipe you left because I can't cook worth a cent... but I saw your newest post and love love it!!

I found your site on facebook through a friend who linked it. I must say that it's a lovely site and I think that you write well and write from the heart. I wanted to start a blog once but I am too old to know how to work such things. Not only that but I have a hard time writing from my gut so to speak. I appreciate women like you who take time out of their day to write from their hearts and souls, especially about the Lord. So many people are afraid to talk about the Lord and His greatness in their lives because it's no longer popular to do so. I fear for the future with these kids running things but I know that I trust in the Lord to guide me and when He comes, what a glorious day it will be.

Sorry for going off on a tangent dear, I just love this post and this blog and will become an avid reader. I am going to join facebook just so I can like it. My grandaughter's friend posted a link to this site. God bless!

My daughter Jean designed the page for me and she did a beautiful job. Thank you so much for noticing it.

Rebecca,
Thank you so much for your kindness! I was afraid when I started this site that I would be made fun of. I really don't care I love the Lord with all my heart, spirit and soul! When He saved my life from cancer, I promised Him that I would share His love and His miracle working power with everyone I meet! I thought this would be a great way to do it> God Bless your heart! You can go off on a tangent with me anytime you want! Be sure to thank your Grandaughter for me!!!

Please write more often! I found this very heartfelt and well written. I lost my mother too recently and she was 70, died of pnemonia. Thank you for this blog. It's so nice to escape to a positive place on the web from the everyday rustic world. The internet is usually so vile and violent. I appreciate having a nice place to escape to

Thank you so very much for your comments! This is why I started this blog. I Needed a place to talk about what I was going through in my life with my mama passing and getting cancer shortly after. It has been a roller coaster ride with Jesus as my pilot. I just feel blessed and very lucky.

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