Learn to be Happy April 13, 2011
I was watching Tv the other day when a TV show on TLC came on called Extreme Couponing. This peaked my interest! I LOVE LOVE LOVE to save a few dollars. About a year ago I came across a deal where when I stacked Coupons I could get FREE cheese! I love cheese and I love Free what could be better so I grabbed all my coupons and headed down to my local Target and stocked up on about a years worth of cheese that I would put in my freezer for future use.Back to the show lol. I watched 2 different women get about $1500 dollars of groceries, paper goods, and health and beauty items for around $50. WOW huh! I prayed God let me learn how to do that! Free food we could save a ton! As soon as the show was over it started the same episode again. This time after the WOW factor wore off I looked as these women walked through their homes showing off different rooms. Every single shelf, counter, closet, under bed space and even a whole shower was CRAMMED full of extra “Stuff”.
This is when the little voice in my head said “you can learn to save a dollar or you can learn to be happy.” Learn to be happy? LEARN TO BE HAPPY? I thought I was happy. Then I started pondering on my thought. Maybe I would save some money and mike life easier in the bank account doing that but would I be happy searching circulars EVERY SINGLE DAY? Would I be happy plotting and planning shopping trips several times a weeks? Would I be happy looking at my stockpile take over my house not being able to get away from it in any room in my home? After that I got a call from my mother she said something My Grandfather used to say when he was alive. “You have every thing you need and some of what you want.” At this point I look up at my TV and see a show on hoarding. WOAH! Then it dawned on me this is just another form of hoarding . This is when I realized God was telling me to be content with what I have. Wow just be content with what the Lord has provided. I have a roof (albeit leaky) over my head, I have a floor (albeit saggy) that isnt made of dirt, I have food to eat (even if it is ramen noodles sometimes), I have a job for money, and I have Friend and family that love me. If you just stop and count your blessings stop worrying about what others can do and have you may just learn to be content with what you have and to me that is how I learn to be happy.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I ask that you help me be content in my life. Help me learn to be happy with what I have and who I am. Show me the way to keep my life clutter free from hoarding. I know Lord you provide us with what we need and sometimes a little of what we want. Lord help me have a giving spirit and a helping heart.
In Jesus name,
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:11-12
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Ecclesiastes 7:14
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
Making Room March 16, 2011
I have a tendency to be a hermit. I don’t like hanging out with people too often and rarely like house guest. I have always said fish and house guest have one thing in common…….. They both stink after 3 days. Now recently I had a friend mention that they want to come visit me. I felt in my hear opening my home to her was the right thing to do. I even got excited! This led to my internal struggle. I want my friend here but I have a problem. First off let me tell you something about me. I am a messy and I live in C.H.A.O.S. Your probably saying to your self what is a messy and what does she mean by chaos. A messy is someone who is marked by confusion, disorder, or is untidy. C.H.A.O.S. is Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome. I try fighting my chaos but I always end up back at square one. So I never like to hear someone is coming to visit. Well a friend asked to come that she was in need so I said come on. Now I had a bit of time before she was to arrive. So I start cleaning the whole house. Then I realized my guest room is in NO WAY up to standard. So I decide it was time to redecorate. I find some paint I have on hand and mix the colors till I find what I want. Then I go hunting for decorations at add to the walls and side tables. I clean out the drawers and closet to make sure she has room for her belongings. I get this room completely done and then I get the call. She isn’t coming. Disappointment sets in and I am super bummed. All my hard work was for nothing.
This got me to thinking how does Jesus feel when we tell him we are coming , he prepares our place then we tell him (by our actions of sinning or turning away from him) we are not coming after all. He wants us there, he is sad we are not on our way, and her has done all the hard work to get ready for us.
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Well I have cleaned up my house, redecorated my guest room, got excited to see my guest and no guest. Well I have decided to wait like Jesus because even though she can’t come now if I am patient, keep loving her and forgive her perhaps she will come stay in the room that I have prepared.
The Knock at the door. February 6, 2011
O Jesus, Thou art standing
Outside the fast-closed door;
In lowly patience waiting
To pass the threshold o’er:
Shame on us, Christian brethren,
His name and sign we bear,
Oh, shame, thrice shame upon us
To keep him standing there.
There are times I have people knock on my door and I don’t feel well so I just let them keep knocking and never answer it. Rude I know. This makes me wonder how often Jesus knocks on the door to my heart and I just keep him standing there? When I am in a personal crisis and I knock on his door he flings it open and ushers me right on in. What if one day when I TRULY need him, not just a mental meltdown, he doesn’t feel like getting up from watching”Glee” and his door stays closed. What would I do? I need to put my self aside just for a moment and answer the door when he knocks. Take the time to listen to him and let him in the door to my heart.
I ask that you open my heart. I ask that when You or you Son Jesus knocks on the door to my heart that I Hear that knock and heed your call. Father I also pray that I open my heart to others that knock and that you can guide me to befriend them and they me. Lord only you can work miracles and I ask by opening my heart that you can use me in part to do your good deeds.
In Jesus name I pray,
Todays Truth February 3, 2011
I am an imperfect person. I will make mistakes. I am a daughter of God whom loves me and forgives me of my sins. “For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:28). I need to take this forgiveness and not take the sin back. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)
I pray that I can give my sin away and not take it back.