“Treasure Trove of Information”

'Peter said, “Look, we have left all 
[things—homes, families, businesses] and followed You.” 
And He said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, 
there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents 
or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, 
who will not receive many times as much in this present age 
and in the age to come, eternal life.” '

Luke 18:28-30 AMP
Edited in Prisma app

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, it was a hot weekend and an interesting Saturday and Sunday picnic with the Church family celebrating our brother in Christ 50th birthday. 

And we have also started a series in church last week looking at the good(ish) kings in the Old testament and this Sunday we looked at King Solomon. 

Nothing is a coincidence in this world. No it is not.

Oh, The Joy of the Lord is my strength 

Happy happy happy, I wanted to look at happiness because the Bible talks about Joy. 

What is Happiness?

According to wikipedia: Happiness, in the context of mental or emotional states, is positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Other forms include life satisfaction, well-being, subjective well-being, flourishing and eudaimonia.

To be happy has to do with your state of well-being, who figures, your feelings and emotions. 

Come follow me, a little story of my day on Saturday and why I chose to look at happiness. 

Saturday was a beautiful day
The sun was shining in all its glory 
It was the day that Lord has made
I will sing and praise the Lord 

In a moment, a dark cloud formed and the arteries  was not giving out the happy pills I needed

Yes I taught I need a pill to be happy 
So, I pray Lord help me 
But my flesh is feeble 
Yes my mind wanders into the darkness of life 
And I fought against the stronghold within me

Yes, God is good. Follow me, come welcome to the vault. It is hot outside you know and today the 18 of July is meant to be about 40 degrees, we have a weather alert. I do love London, not a day goes by without the drama of weather talking. 

Back to happiness 🙂

Sometimes we blame the devil for things or others
Instead of looking within ourselves
Happiness the smile on the face 
Only the Lord knows what is in the heart 

Smile does that mean you happy
I think the eyes should light up when you smile 
There is great joy in smiling 
I love to smile from my heart 
And if the heart is sad 
The smile is upside down

So I went for a walk under the heat, it was good. To get fresh air and why… my home, not sure how to explain but I felt unhappy. Indeed a dark cloud was in my house even though the Son was shining.

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord
Who delights greatly in His commandments 
Who spends time mediating day and night 
in the word of the Lord 
He shall be like a tree 
Planted by the rivers of water 
That brings forth fruit in its season

Was I happy, NO
Didn’t know why 

The quest continues: Come I saw couple of definition on happiness on how to stay happy

Scientists have found that the three things that make people most happy are PLEASURE (doing things you enjoy), ENGAGEMENT (feeling interested in your activities and connected to others), and MEANING (feeling like what you do matters).

Dear Lord, the definitions are too much. So I walked down the streets of Tower Bridge

Yes the Lord is good 
So, the Lord is good 
The Lord is very good 

Walking I love and there was a gig in Tower Bridge – the youth entertaining us with dancing – so I dance a little – I love to dance- oh how I love it 

Was I happy, see NO

I have no idea what was going on in my head

And in the midst of looking, went home and again –  on – YouTube – one of the titles recommended was happiness… go figure a pastor was preaching about happiness 

Ingritrugued I listened, it  was over an hour message 

I fell asleep but for some insane reason 

I would wake up to messages I should hear and take a note on the Bible verses and go right back to sleep.

Should I say, I was having my mind renewed 

Even while I sleep 
I lie down in peace and sleep 
The Lord my God 
Gave me the peace I needed to rest
I needed to rest 
My mind needed rest

Revelation:

Happiness no one can make me happy 
Excuse me God! Is this right? 
Yes, the Joy of the Lord is your strength 
BUT happiness is within you
Not even God can make you happy

Yes it was definitely not the devil talking, I heard it right from the preacher.  

So I ponder this in my hearts 
My soul magnifies the Lord 
For the Lord my God is my strength 
In midst of the cloud 
For He who is mighty has done great things for me 
And Holy is His Name 

I rested and on Sunday service it was about King Solomon more revelations on happiness

King Solomon, 
God gave him everything he wanted and 
yet he was not happy with one woman, 
not happy with the kingdom, not happy with wealth 

The wisest man on earth was not happy 
He wanted more, so he kept marrying all the foreign women
He loved foreign women and that didn’t make him happy 
I mean a thousand women! One is headache 
And so he searched and that lead him further away from the Lord
And he built houses for the other gods 
That did not make him happy
So he did evil in the eyes of the Lord  
But God is faithful

In search of happiness that is already within him
He started to grasp the wind 
For everything was vanity 
So King Solomon ended with a sad face
But God is faithful

Happiness and so I sat and ponder
Even if I have what I wanted 
Does that mean I will be happy?
Because everything comes with it’s trails 
Singleness has it own trails 
Married has its own trails
Childrens comes with its own trials and tribulation

Oh happy days 
Oh happy days 
When Jesus came and wash my sins away 
He has freed me 
He has broken every chains 
Yes oh happy days 
For greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world

Yes the power of renewing your mind
Even in a sleep state the window was opened 
I lie down in peace and sleep 
For the Lord alone makes me dwell in safety 

On Sunday - as I listen and our pastor ended with 
“it is not how you begin  but how you end that matters”

Well done my good and faithful servant 
Yes I smile as I write this 
Happiness is no one's job but mine.  

So let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter

Happiness is within you
Fear God and keep His commandment 
For this is man’s all


And that’s it. Eventually God will bring everything that we do out 
Into the open and judge it according to its hidden intent whether it’s good or evil
 Ecclesiastes 12:14 MSG


Don't forget to keep hydrated!
And keep moving around
Oh dear, look around. It is time for me to say goodbye but... hope to see you again.

Thank you again for stopping by it means a lot to me

Pray you have a wonderful week 🙂

May your week be full of The Joy of the Lord
I praise God for your life
May He teach you
His way as you walk in His foot path
In the Name of Jesus
Amen

Remember,
We cannot control what happens around us, 
but we can control our responses.
Be bless and know that the Lord loves you
Lots of Love - Hannah

©Hannah M Vandi.

And I also pray that this verse refreshes you this week: 
'However, 
I consider my life worth nothing to me; 
my only aim is to finish the race and 
complete the task the Lord Jesus has given 
me—the task of testifying to the 
good news of God’s grace. '
Acts 20:24 NIV

In a journey of what to look for in the world! All my Nutrion, Financial and Exercise are information only and not advice.

All pictures are mine taken on the phone or camera and some edited in app 🙂

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