happiness

Jesus and Germs

img_2028Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ’em? “Wash your hands and say your prayers, ‘cause Jesus and germs are everywhere!” We washed and we prayed, but like so many others, our family was not spared from the awful strain of flu quickly making its way around the entire nation. For the past seven days, the six of us have taken turns being patient and nurse. We’ve Tamiflued and Theraflued, and y’all, we’re tired of the flu.

The flu has reached epidemic proportions this year. Currently schools have closed in eight states as officials scramble to keep the sickness from spreading more. It got me thinking… wouldn’t it be nice if happiness could spread like germs? What if we picked it up at the grocery store from the cashier who smiled at us or at the post office by the stranger whistling an upbeat tune? We’d probably not be able to know exactly who or where we got it from, but we wouldn’t mind having it. No doctors office, shots, or medicine needed.

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Can you imagine such an outbreak? Even people shopping in Wal-Mart would be walking around looking like they are happy to be there. Proverbs tells us that a joyful heart is like medicine. In a world where so many are hurting, we need to be busy spreading joy, spreading kindness, sharing smiles, sharing love.

If you’re sick, stay home. Drink lots of fluids. Keep your germs to yourself. But if you are well, do your part to spread some joy to someone who might need your smile today!

Have a blessed and flu-free week, y’all!

 

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Design for the Present

Design for the Present

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn

 

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The Truth of Happily Ever After

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We’re taught from an early age that one day our knight will ride in on his white horse and then – and only then, life will be perfect.  Then and only then will we live happily ever after.  The dream of such a possibility is a delusion.

The world constantly tells us that  ‘happily ever after’ is only attainable when you marry the perfect spouse, drive the best car, have the most beautiful home, and the dream title at your dream job.

Happily Ever After is not a state of being.  It is an attitude.  It a choice of the heart that no matter what life throws your way, you are content.  It is living at peace with who you are, where you are, and with what you have.

Philippians 4:11-12 tells us,

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

Our happiness should never be dependent on another person or set of circumstances.  True happiness is found only through a relationship with Jesus.  Jesus told us in John 14:27,

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

When the peace of God dwells in your heart, happiness abounds there as well.

One day the Prince of Heaven and Earth will return on a white horse to rescue all of those who call on His name.  He will set us free  from the chains of sin and death.  At that time eternity will become our happily ever after.  And that’s better than any fairytale ever told.