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Do you want to Live Happy?

“The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes” – Psalm 19:8

I have a friend who is going through treatment for cancer. He’s a young man, very talented, very athletic. If he had not told me, I would have never known anything was wrong. I’ve never once heard him complain. He’s always friendly, upbeat and enjoys life. I asked him the other day how he could keep such a good attitude during such a difficult time. He said, “When I get up in the morning, I ask myself, ‘Do you want to be depressed today or do you want to live happy?’ I choose to live happy.”

Understand that if you’re going to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. Happiness is not going to fall on you. You have to choose it by choosing right thoughts and focusing on the Father. You have to set your day in the direction that you want to go. You have to choose to meditate on His Word because His Word lights your path and gives joy to your heart. Today, choose to live happy, set your focus on Him, and embrace the blessing He has in store for you!

Don’t Put it Off

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”- Psalm 118:24

Many people are waiting for their circumstances to change in order to be happy and enjoy their lives. All the time I hear things like, “As soon as I get out of this problem, I’ll be happy.” “As soon as I lose ten pounds…as soon as my business grows…as soon as my child straightens up…” No, if you don’t put your foot down and decide to be happy right now, there will always be something to keep you from being happy.

God never intended for us to put off our happiness. We have a choice to make each and every day. We have to set our minds in the right direction. That’s why David said, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” He was saying, “This is the day to be happy; not tomorrow, not when the weather clears up. Not next week, when I don’t have to work so hard. Not next month, when I make it through this difficult time.” No, choose to honor the Lord right now by choosing to enjoy your life. Get rid of the excuses and rejoice because this is the day that the Lord has made!

Dont Wait to be Happy

Be Happy Now

We convince ourselves that life will be better
after we get married, have a baby, then another.
Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old
enough. We’ll be more content when they are.

After that, we’re frustrated that we have
teenagers to deal with.
We will certainly be happy when
they are out of “that stage”.

We tell ourselves that our life will
be complete when our spouse gets his
or her act together. When we get a nicer car,
when we are able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire.

The truth is, there’s no better time
to be happy than right now. If not now, when?
Your life will “always” be filled with challenges.
It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide
to be happy anyway. Happiness is the way.

So, treasure “every” moment!
Treasure it more because you
shared it with someone special.
Special enough to spend
your time with…

Remember that time waits for no one.
Happiness is like sugar,
Just a little can make you smile.

Pass on some happiness!

Mother’s Day

When God Created Mothers

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime”when the angel appeared and said. “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And God said, “Have you read the specs on this order?”She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts…all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said. “Six pairs of hands…. no way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,”God remarked,
“it’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

“That’s on the standard model?”asked the angel. God nodded.

“One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. ‘I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”

“God,”said the angel touching his sleeve gently, “Get some rest tomorrow….”

“I can’t,”said God, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick…can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger…and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower.”

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,”she sighed.

“But tough!”said God excitedly. “You can imagine what this mother can do or endure.”

“Can it think?”

“Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,”said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

“There’s a leak,”she pronounced. “I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.”

“It’s not a leak,”said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s it for?”

“It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

“You are a genius, “said the angel.

Somberly, God said, “I didn’t put it there.”
Happy Mother’s Day.

Recipe For The New Year

Take 12 fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly cleansed from all old memories of bitterness, hate, and jealousy.

Cut these months into 30 or 31 equal parts. (This batch will keep for one year. Do not attempt to make more than one batch at a time-many people spoil the entire lot in this way.)

Prepare one day at a time as follows:

Into each day, put 12 parts of faith,
11 parts of patience,
10 parts of courage,
9 parts of work
(some people omit this ingredient and spoil the flavor of the rest),
8 parts of hope,
7 parts of fidelity,
6 parts of open-mindedness,
5 parts of kindness,
4 parts of rest
( leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad, “don’t do it” ),
3 parts of prayer,
2 parts of meditation,
and 1 well-selected resolution.

If you have no conscientious scruples,
add a teaspoonful of good spirits,
a dash of fun,
a pinch of folly,
a sprinkling of play,
and a heaping cupful of good humor.

Pour love liberally into the whole,
and mix with strength.
Cook thoroughly in a warming heat.
Garnish with a few smiles and a sprig of joy;
then serve with quietness,
and cheerfulness.

A Happy New Year is a certainty.