'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
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
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
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