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I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called – his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. Ephesians 1:18

 

Life can be excruciating. Crushing in fact. The sheer magnitude of our worries can press down on our heads until we unknowingly descend into a pit of despair one inch at a time. Something so horrible can happen that we conclude we’ll never be okay again. We can blow it so badly we think God would just as soon we stayed under that dirt and out of His sight.

But the Bible teaches that there are no lost causes. No permanent pit-dwellers except those who refuse to leave. Every person can know the complete redemption of Jesus Christ, a purpose for life, and a fullness of joy. No, life won’t be easy, but the trade-off is a spin around Planet Earth that actually means something.

Lord God, how wonderful that we can live our days on this planet with purpose – and how wonderful that when You call us to fulfill that purpose, You empower us as well! I ask for that power, Lord. Whether I’m living out my purpose by being a wife, a mother, a friend, an ambassador for You, a servant, or maybe a worker in the marketplace, may I find in You strength and joy.

Happiness

Happiness is a gift.  Happiness is a way of life.  But sometimes on your journey of life. . .we have a great deal of chaos placed before us.  Sometimes life is just not that. . .happy.  What seems to look like happiness is not always happiness.  But happiness is a choice. . .some may say from their point of view.

Life is a gift. Everyday is a gift. How we chose to deal with what is laid out before us. . .is actually how we can find happiness. I have been a people pleaser most of my life. We have all heard that saying, “If momma is happy then everyone can be happy!” So I learned at an early age to manipulate happiness. You might even ask, how can you manipulate happiness?

When I was really young my parents got a divorce. I begged to go live with my Dad. My Dad was a hard worker. He actually worked himself to death. It was shortly after my parents divorce. So I took on that responsibility of being responsible adult at an early age. Without even knowing it. My mom introduced me and my sister our new “dads” for a period of time.

So I learned to be happy with the idea of going to school. I was safe there. I did not make good grades but having friends and some what participating in class. I was happy. I was safe. Then one day my life almost ended. I was leaving the school parking lot and really didn’t look both ways. I was struck broad-sided by a 3/4 ton work truck. I was in a coma for several days. I was transferred to a rehab hospital and that is when I started coming out of the coma.

I eventually came out of the coma and was sent home with to live with my mom and sister. I had to re-learn a lot of how to walk, eat, and just how to comprehend life. There was a lot of friends and teachers that devoted a lot of their time to help me with re-learning. I found happiness but couldn’t comprehend it during my re-learning. I didn’t feel very deserving of that happiness.  Though many years has past I have learned and is still learning of living in happiness.