Monday, July 23, 2018

Choose Happiness ~

* Wild flowers picked from my husband *

Happiness can be defined as a feeling of spiritual contentment 
that will carry us through the triumphs, pitfalls,
or even heartaches of life with calm stability, 
peace of mind and tranquility. 
Worry can compromise our joy.
Think on the wonderful word, tranquility 
doesn't it bring soothing peace to your heart?
There is a calmness that comes with it, giving one a sense of joy and happiness. 
Happiness is an act of the will ~ Psalm 144:15 ~
"Happy are the people who are in such a state;
Happy are the people whose God is the Lord"
We all have things in our lives that give us reason to be unhappy, 
but we have the power through Christ to make our own response 
to those happenings and choose happiness. 

~ ~ ☆ ☆ ♡ ♡ ♡ ☆ ☆ ~ ~

As believers our total commitment to the Lord will result 
in a Christlike response to various happenings as they occur.
We have the tools God has given us
~ His Word and his indwelling Spirit ~
so that we are able to pursue happiness. 
"Happy is the man that finds wisdom, 
and the man who gains understanding."
~ proverbs 3:13 ~
Happiness is enjoying everything the Lord has given us
and not fretting about the things that have been taken away our withheld from us.
It is trusting in God's sovereignty and omniscience.
God knows everything!
Our happiness will come as we daily live in obedience and faith in the Lord. 
Today and every day ~ choose to be happy!

~ ~ ☆ ☆ ♡ ♡ ♡ ☆ ☆ ~ ~

Heavenly Father, 
cause us to daily, seek first, your kingdom and Your righteousness.
May we be reminded of Your word, 
in that, all things work together for our good, 
to those who love God, and to those who are called according to your purposes. 

  Be happy!
~ Debbie ~

Two weeks today since my knee surgery 
and I am feeling great and exceedingly grateful! 
With each new visit in therapy a few more exercises
are added to my home-work notebook.
My eldest grandson was with us for the first two weeks
and he was such a tremendous help 
as my little nurse, dog walker and water boy for my flowers.
Having him here to look after the things that I know would have bothered me
made it much easier to rest and allow my body to heal.
It is with a grateful heart, that I am once again, 
thanking you for your up lifting prayers
and encouragement. 
God bless you!


Linda said...

What a lovely post. Keeping you in prayer. Hope you have a beautiful day, my friend.

Joyful said...

I love that God has answered prayer so well and in detail. Giving thanks for your healing. xx

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a wonderfully uplifting post.

Thank you dearest Debbie.

Continued love, hugs & prayers for your complete recovery ~ FlowerLady

Elizabethd said...

I can imagine that your grandson was thrilled to be such a help to you.

M.K. said...

That's wonderful news, Debbie! So glad you had help during those two weeks of first healing. May it continue!

Sandi said...

"but we have the power through Christ to make our own response"

Amen to these wise words!

NanaNor's said...

Dear Debbie, what a joy filled post and I love it! So thankful your grandson was able to help you 5he first two weeks; also thankful to hear your therapy is helping you move forward. May His blessings overflow in you today.
Love and prayers,

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Yes, you're so right, Debbie, happiness is certainly a choice for us to make. Sometimes it's hard, but through Jesus' help, we can do it. How wonderful for you to have had help from your oldest grandson. I'm sure it was a blessing for both of you. Prayers will continue my friend.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Debbie... it is a privileged to pray for your recovery :) so glad to hear that you are doing so well. How wonderful that your grandson was there to help his lovely grandma with things she could not do at this time... :) maria

Amelia said...

How sweet that your eldest grandson was able to be such a helper! That is a Blessing!

Yes. : ) We can choose Joy, contentment and thankfulness. So true, it's not to say that some days are difficult ones but in general we can sure choose that Joy. We can actually re-train our thinking to thanking God instead of worry. One way is we can start praying, talking to God about any worry and that way it's funneled to the Lord for something good.

What a sweet post, I'll continue praying for you to heal in a speedy manner so you'll feel good as new!

Anne Payne said...

Such a timely post, my dear Debbie! I'm glad to hear you are healing well and had some help to ease your worries. It's often too easy to focus on the negatives in life, after all we are bombarded with them on all sides, but we must remain faithful and stand firm with the Lord's help to look above and, as you say, be thankful for all things! Every trial we go through is to make us more like Christ, so really...why would we want it any other way? :-)

Ruth Hiebert said...

I am glad to hear that the healing is progressing well. Your post is uplifting and encouraging.Yes,happiness is a choice.Too many people see only the thorns and miss the beautiful roses in life.

Sue said...

Since being absent from, blogging for awhile, I am sorry I didn't know about your surgery, but will now pray for continued healing!
I so enjoyed this most encouraging post, I so agree with all of your thoughts, especially about happiness being an act of our will, and of how God's word and indwelling Spirit, are key tools.

How blessed your were to have your grandson there to help, I can only imagine his joy and happiness in being able to be the hands and feet of our Lord, how awesome is this!

hobbyloes said...

Dear Debbie, I am glad that you are doing well with your knee, nice that your grandson was there and a help for you.
There is so much to be grateful for.
We pray that the therapy helps for a good healing, Gos bless you!

Debby Ray said...

What a wonderful world it would be if we all made the choice to be happy in all circumstances! You are so right, with Christ living in us, we have the power to find the joy in everything and not rely on someone to be responsible for it. Wonderful words of wisdom here, Debbie...and how wonderful to hear how well you are healing and recovering from your surgery. Praise God! Sending hugs and blessings to, dear friend!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very encouraging words! It is all in how we respond to things in our individual lives. So happy to know you are doing so well. How nice to have a helper!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Such wonderful news that you are doing so well since your surgery...and what a joy that your grandson was able to be with you and help you with special things around the house. That is a blessing! So glad that God is filling your heart with joy and happiness in the midst of your recovery! What a blessing to be able to rejoice even when we are in pain or in the midst of trials in life. Because we have Jesus...we have everything we need!!! God bless you sweet friend.

Ang Specht said...

What a great reminder for us all! It is so easy to let life rob you of your happiness sometimes. It IS a choice, and we do have control over it! Thank you. :)

Teri said...

Dear Debbie ... Such a lovely posting. It is so good to hear that your healing is going well. Such a blessing your grandson was for you. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and in my prayers. Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

Simply At Home said...

Just lovely! So glad that your knee is feeling better.

Jazzmin said...

Precious friend, I am so happy to visit you this evening... you are ever in my thoughts and continued prayers and I just wanted to visit and stop by to wrap you in hugs and prayer and send love your way!
I am so infinitely blessed by your sharings and wisdom and beautiful thoughts here in this lovely post I have been meaning to comment on... how this stirred my heart and soul and reiterated things that have been in my thoughts in my walk and talks with the Lord, especially as of late. Thank you so much for every word you shared with us. What a joy to know such an amazing example of love, care, and faith who would write to us such encouragements in the Lord even as you are recovering.
I also enjoyed so much the beautiful photograph of your flowers from your dear husband (ahh, Colorado wildflowers♥) and hearing of the sweet blessing of your grandson's time spent there.

Praying for your continued healing, progress, and wellness and thinking of you so often.
Hugs and love to you!

Stephanie said...

Such a lovely and happy post :) You are right, we must choose happiness and oh, it feels so good when we do.

It was so nice visiting your blog this's been way too long!

Love you!

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Roosterhead Designs said...

Hello dear Debbie~
I'm so glad to hear you are recovering well. Praise God~
I appreciate your words of encouragement; about happiness.
Yes, we must give thanks and praise in all things and find
the joy of the Lord - even in difficult times.
I have been - -challenged in that very way, as my dear mother
passed away in July. We are grieving terribly as we have lost
the matriarch of the family; but so thankful and 'happy' that
she has made it home and is enjoying her reward.
Hugs to you Debbie, and thanks for sharing a blessed post with us <3
karen o

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie
I enjoyed visiting your blog today. Thank you for the reminder to choose gratitude and focus more on the blessings the Lord has given than on the things that are difficult.
He doeth all things well
Grace and peace

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The French Hutch said...

Such a beautiful message in your post. Thank you for that. Happy to hear your knee is healing and how wonderful to have your grand with you while you are healing to help with daily chores around the house. Beautiful blog, I’m following along too..........

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