Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

7 Light is sweet,
and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 However many years anyone may live,
let them enjoy them all.
But let them remember the days of darkness,
for there will be many.
Everything to come is meaningless.
9 You who are young, be happy while you are young,
and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
God will bring you into judgment.
10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart
and cast off the troubles of your body,
for youth and vigor are meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 (NIV)


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16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. — Luke 2:16-20 (NIV)


To ponder…what does it mean? From the American Heritage Dictionary:

  • To think about (something) with thoroughness and care.
  • To reflect or consider with thoroughness and care.


Mary pondered them in her heart… She treasured up first and then pondered. Why is this written this way? Why is it important? Can anyone really understand what this means if they have not given birth? I believe pondering is important here. Let’s put ourselves in Mary’s shoes. Look at what all she has experienced in the past 9 months before she gave birth.


Before a baby is born today, there may be baby showers where gifts, tokens, and all types of things for this precious soul that is about to come into the world are given. A mom will not only treasure these things but will pay (or should) close attention to the gifts and the attitude the gifts are given—the attitude of the heart.


I believe Mary was overcome by the outpouring of attention to her beautiful little baby. She kept these things close to her heart. More than likely she thought quite frequently about this time as her son was growing up. It was a momentousness occasion. It gave her peace and joy. I wonder if while watching her grown son die on the cross she thought back to that time when He was born and so much attention was on her son and his future. I suspect Mary also pondered at the cross, too.


Do you treasure? Do you ponder? The attitude of the heart… It matters so much. It matters everything. Mary pondered these things in her heart…she treasured and pondered…she kept what all people did for her son in her heart. She did more than think about it all—more than making a scrapbook of memories. The actions of others and that moment in time was forever emblazoned on her heart both at the birth and at the cross.


Please understand the Lord, the Love we are supposed to share, and please tattoo it on your heart.


Have a most blessed day! 😀


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I remember watching the lone fig tree during summer as the figs would grow and my anticipation would swell thinking of


their wonderful taste that would come. It seemed to take forever for the figs to mature. Whether it was berries and plums we picked in spring or pears and figs in late summer, each fruit was like a sweet gift.


43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. – LUKE 6:43-45 NIV


Our heart supplies everything within us to give us life, strength, and nourishment. The heart of the mind is no different. What is in our heart matters. If we have a good heart—seeking to do good, then we will do good things and speak good things. If we have an evil heart, evil will be what comes forth.


Take care of your hearts—the one that pumps blood to all parts of your body and be careful of the heart of the mind. It is the center of your being, that thing that gives purpose and life. It is just as important as the heart organ—probably more so.


May your day be blessed and may you be comforted. 😀


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Need what I have

I have what I need and I need what I have.


To reach a state of internal peace we are constantly striving to reach some plain or plateau different from where we


are when in reality we need to quit working so hard to get there. You may have heard, “Grow where you are planted.” Or, perhaps you have heard, “Bloom where you are planted.” Look around. What right next to you gives you peace?



I have what I need and I need to *give* what I have.


May your day be blessed beyond measure! 😀


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Each year at this time there is an art festival downtown featuring a nationality or certain culture. It was good weather Saturday, so my daughters and I went down to get some German food and visit the art stands. We stood in line in the warm sun (we got burned) for about 20-30 minutes before we gathered our food and looked for a place to sit. Well, of course there were no seats and I motioned for us to gather around this big block thing that was helping to hold up the tent. I was going to stand but decided to sit on the ground. Not long after this couple came up and told us to take their seats.


Then this lady at the table said my daughter could sit in her mother’s seat until her mother returned and when she got there a man gave up his seat for my daughter. Can you believe this? I’m not used to people being so nice.


The Lord will provide as long as we trust in Him. Things may not always go the way we want them but He will provide in the way that we need. Some may argue this point especially in sickness and in death, but those are a natural part of life.


I don’t want to get very far into my family situation on this blog, but when the girls’ father left I was concerned about what might happen since I can no longer provide for myself or anyone else. God had been telling me that He would take care of us—for several months this is what I heard when I prayed before the news came. Do you know how hard it is to trust completely? I had a conversation about this with one daughter—about how I believe God would provide—and she said that she didn’t understand God but that no matter what the family seemed to go through, it seemed that we were taken care of. I said that was God.


God sees our pain and suffering and he doesn’t want us to be in the middle. At times, these occasions are tempering different parts of our lives, beating back what is not needed and making strong of what is. Trust in God. He is there when we need Him. I know.


May your day blessed and your week filled with happiness! 😀


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