Joys divided are increased.
Josiah Gilbert Holland
I am celebrating Lillie-Put’s 900th post today! Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus and thank you readers for your support through these last few years.
I really love Ken’s final summation here!
I wonder sometimes if our new generations have the same kind of friends that I had as I was growing up. It sometimes seems as if our “do everything online via phone or tablet” generation is missing out on actually being with and talking to real friends. I know many parents who are concerned about who their children want to befriend. Based on what some “friends” post online about others (and even what some post about themselves), I’m not sure how many even understand what a friend is. There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). I think that the simplest instruction for being friendly is simply, Do to others as you would like them to do to you (Luke 6:31). It’s hard to go wrong with that.
How do we manage to mistreat the people in our lives? Often it…
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Wow! 25% of my happy day journey is finished! That just amazes me!
Happiness is a by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself.
It is true! Happiness is played out in the context of relationships. I am happy I got to go to Longwood Gardens yesterday with my son. This is Joe by the Chimes Tower Waterfall. As nice as it was to go with my son, he had to leave for work about half way through the day. I am very happy that even after he left I was not alone in the garden. My God was with me. He walked with me in the Garden and I was not alone!
He was my shade in the noon day sun.
And just when I was beginning to feel lonely, God sent this little fellow to sit beside me for about five minutes to sing his song.
Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember.
While I am not sure how I feel aout this quote I am interested in the role memory plays on happiness. I am happy for two hundred and fifty years of memories for my hometown!
What role do you think memory plays in happiness?
6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:6-12 NIV
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15 NIV
I consider myself a student of life. Lately God has been asking me about the roots of my desire to learn and know things. Honestly there is a part of me that studies things because I like to be right about things…rather, I should say, I like to be correct about things. As God has shown me it is possible to be correct and not be right.
In God’s eyes, at least, right and correct are not necessarily mutually inclusive. For instance I may see clearly and correctly a person’s character as deficient but if I treat that person with scorn or impatience because of it I am not right. I may correctly discern my child needs a rebuke but if I rebuke my child without love, out of a spirit of irritation, I am not right. I may receive a revelation from God’s Word for my church that is doctrinally accurate and therefore correct but if I deliver it without considering who it will effect and how, if I just prepare it as a neat bit of knowledge without a desire to exhort the people to greater grace, well then I am not right no matter how accurate or correct I might be.
We Christians have to accept that we live in a kingdom where how we say things (our attitude) is just as important as what we say. This isn’t about being all nicey-nice but it is about being cognizant of the emotions behind what we say. It is about making sure that those emotions are as in line with our God as our knowledge is. Being correct just isn’t enough anymore. I want to be right before God!
Some powerful truths here.
John Sung’s father was pastor of the local Church in China, and young John helped in the ministry and even preached. He was called “Little Pastor” by the people.
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Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.
I am very happy that Special Touch ministry opted to enter the art show last weekend. The team made a lot of great connections with the community. Here is their piece. You may recognize my daughter Amanda . She is our local chapter secretary.