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Being happy…no matter what!

27 Oct

Philippians 1:12-30.

Happiness is a choice and only you can make that choice.  How do we do that?  How do we find happiness and joy in any situation?  Let me tell you, I know that you can not do it on your own, but more importantly I know that you can’t find any happiness when you are angry, when you are yelling, when you are nagging, when you are depressed.

How can you be happy when you are yelling at your kids, criticizing your husband, grumbling about your job or the people in it or when you are angry at yourself?  You can’t.  It is physically and mentally impossible.

This weeks Bible Study was amazing.  Watch Rick Warren’s Part 2.  Go to Saddleback.com – Online campus – Archive – How to be happy no matter what.

No matter what happens, you CAN be happy if you will:

1.  Look at every problem from God’s viewpoint.  You will become a witness to unbelievers and an encouragement to belieivers.  Like it or not everyone you know is watching how YOU react.

2.  Never let others control your attitude.  Some people are jealous and quarrelsome, they love to argue.  Others have their own selfish desires.  Some just want you to fail and some do the best they can and desire to do good.  Paul tells us in Phil. 1:18  It doesn’t really matter!  The IMPORTANT THING is that in every way, whether for right or wrong reason, we must share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  That’s what is important.

3.  Always trust God to work things out.  Know, without questioning, that God is in control…then let go of your control!  When you rely only on God, He can finally be free to do what needs to be done.  Your job is to live everyday  making sure that everything you do brings glory to Him.  Worship Him, quit worrying.  Pray to Him, don’t panic!

4.  Stay focused on your purpose, not your problems.  Each day, live it as if it is your last…knowing that you have received God’s grace and Christ will stand before you, giving you perfect salvation.  Be thankful!

Paul wanted to die, He wanted to be with Christ; but he knew that everyday he lived, he was to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.  If he had not lived, he would not have written most of the New Testiment.  Imprisoned and chained 24/7 for years to a guard, Paul was able to convert many of those guards and Caesar’s own family members to Jesus.

We have no idea what God has in store for us, but we do know that God is good and everything good in our lives, comes through His blessings.  Thank you Lord.

Hugs, Thelma

 

What to do when life becomes more about doing something because of what you ‘get’, instead of what you ‘give’.

19 Oct

I have always given hours of overtime and 125% of my potential to do my job in a manner that brought pride and glory to the company and the owners.  I’ve never questioned their motives or their actions, never expected anything additional, and received far more than I ever hoped to receive.  Every person in the plant knows that our welfare is of the utmost importance.  During the downtimes of any business, we ‘ve been shielded from much of the financial downturn and returned to normal as soon as possible.

This same description can describe the relationship of a newly married couple, new parents, new friends, new Christians and in fact anything in our life that is new and exciting.  Then life begins to set in and things begin to change.  But is it really that ‘things begin to change’ or is it that  ‘we begin to change’?

Everything becomes familiar and in time everything becomes routine and annoying.  We begin to look at what we ‘get out of it’ instead of remembering why we did it in the first place and finding the joy and excitement of ‘giving’ our best and finding our fullfillment in what we are giving, not what we are getting.

This week for the first time in 25 years, I began to feel ‘taken advantage of’.  I began to look at what I  ‘gave and gave up’ for the company, and what was taken away and never given back.  My attitude began to change, and I found myself ‘angry’ with a job that I have always been so blessed and thankful to have.

When we begin to concentrate and look at what we get from our relationships, our job, our church, our Bible study, any thing that we put our time and energy into…then we forget the good, the blessings, the things that we should be thankful about.  We forget the joy in giving our best and appreciating the result…no matter what we get.

Do you give your best to a relationship and then feel that you ‘deserve’ more in return?  Do you find yourself  ‘keeping track’ of your rewards?  Do you do what you do because it gives your life joy and accomplishment?  Do you give thanks for the opportunity or do you complain about your compensation?  Is it more important to ‘get’ something or do you find your worth in ‘giving’ your best?

This week think about your relationships and your involvements.  Pray that God will help you remember the joy is in the giving and not in the getting.  You may just find that your happiest relationships and accomplishments are the ones that you give your best and find your reward inside of yourself not in earthly things.

God is working on my heart, I hope that you are letting Him work on yours.

Hugs  Thelma

 

If you’re happy and you know it…then your face will surely show it.

12 Oct

Philippians 1:1-11

Are you really happy?  Does life seem ‘hard’?  Are you happy with your spouse? your children? your job? your life?

Today we started studying Philippians, the happiest book in the Bible.  We are watching Rick Warren’s sermon series about ‘The Habits of Happiness’.  I would dare to say this was possibly the best day of over 10 years of  studies.  There were awakenings in most of us and an understanding of why our lives have had the joy taken from them.

You can’t find happiness, it is the result of YOUR actions.  It is the things you do over and over…the habits that you have created.

Watch:   Saddleback.com -online campus  – archive – Part 1:  The habits of happiness – relationships.

Many of you may say, “I don’t have 50 minutes.”  “I don’t want to watch.”  “I’m happy enough.” or you may like the page and never listen!

I can truly say, if you watch, it will change your life!  If you don’t, you will never know that it would have.  The choice is yours.

Let me know how it has changed your life, because it will. .. Satan is taking joy from all of us, one day at a time.  You don’t see it, but others can see it in you.  We know people who struggle with pain and things that we can’t even image and yet their faces glows with true happiness.  It can be yours, but it’s your choice.  Won’t you take the time to listen?

October 26th – part two:   What to do when the roof caves in!

Hugs,  Thelma

 

Start living a happy life – Philippians

05 Oct

We are starting a new study for the next few weeks.  The study of Philippians.

Join us as we discover what it means to truly live a positive, happy life…right here on earth.  In case you missed something…God wants you to live happily ever-after!

Paul wrote this book while imprisoned in Rome.  Although he was imprisoned, his words are filled with confidence and determination to serve God, no matter what.  Whether he lived or died; to do so for Christ  was his gain.  (Phil 1:21).

He wrote to the people of Philippi with specific goals:  to set like goals, to love one another, to focus on what is true, honest, just pure, lovely, of good report, vituous and praiseworthy.  He encouraged them to be controlled by positive thoughts, to let worry drain away and let God’s peace flow in.

Our lives are controlled by what we think and the goals we pursue.  Our greatest asset is God working within us. (Phil. 1:6)  God never fails us!  (Phil. 2:13).

In Philippians we discover that being a happy Christian, means allowing Christ to fill our minds with His thoughts, our hearts with His love, our mouths with His words and our lives with His promises!

Next week.  We will study Philippians 1: 1-11.   Building Strong Relationships because God doesn’t expect us to do it on our own!

Hugs.  Thelma