Something Was Missing

In Other Words

“Unhappiness is caused by believing that something 
is missing that we need to be happy.”
Gina Lake

I have learned through the coursing of years that just about everything you have can be taken away: People, businesses, jobs, money, marriages, relationships, houses, lands, opportunities, education, they all come and go like the wind, blowing like a hurricane one minute dead calm the next.

Now I would never imply that the things in the list above are not important or are not to be desired. However staking life’s happiness on any of these things is not only certain ruin, it is idolatry. The people around you were never meant to be your fulfillment. Your job is not supposed to be your source. Your relationships, even your marriage, are not supposed to be your completion. Guess what. Your spouse cannot complete you. Husbands you are the head of your wives.Wives you are the help mate of your husbands, but only God completes them.

There is only ONE  whose loss should make us unhappy. Strangely, in spite of the God shaped hole in our lives, many of us seem to be perfectly fine skipping through life without the ONE TRUE SOURCE OF HAPPINESS.  We curse our luck at not winning the lottery. We throw fits if we lose our job or the girl friend cheats on us.  Yet we never even consider that none of these things could ever make us truly happy anyway. All the while God sits back just waiting for us to believe that He is the One thing missing that we need to be happy.  For those of us who have come to know that truth, well, life just can’t keep us down anymore.

What about you? Do you believe that God is the one thing missing? Have you found Jesus yet? If not what are you going to do about that?

This post is written in response to PATRICIA’S IN OTHER WORDS CHALLENGE.

My Happy Place

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Happy Place.”

You can check out lots of happy places by clicking the underlined link above. I have a few happy places myself.

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For restoring peace and calm there is nothing like the salt breeze and the gentle rocking of the ocean waves.

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But if the ocean’s out of reach sunset in the mountains will do just fine to calm my agitated soul.

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Even a walk through an open meadow will do the trick.

I guess the key is peace and quiet and really that can be found anywhere as long as you can find your Center and get down into It…

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You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You Isaiah 26:3

The Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Prompt

Today the Daily Post has asked us… We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?

You can find other answers at

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/happy-happy-joy-joy/

My answer….

I am not much of a weeper. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I have actually wept outright. Heart of stone this one…really. But I do have to admit that I teared up walking my daughter down the ailse at her wedding rehearsal. By the wedding I had fully composed myself. I had to after all. I was singing and there is nothing worse than crying to ruin a good wedding song, but as I walked my little girl down to meet her groom on that rehearsal evening it suddenly struck me this was me walking with my baby girl on her last night as a single woman. I suppose some choose to look at that as sad but I think of it as a moment of poignance and wonder. She chose a good man. She chose a good future. Some day I may even be a grampa and they have suggested the name Bopa for me. I guess I could be a Bopa. What do you think?

I walk Melanie down the aisle.

I walk Melanie down the aisle.

From Boston To Dublin And Wicked Tired

So these are the chronicles of my recent trip to Ireland.

I think I told you all before I left that I was tired. By tired I mean asleep on my feet with certain pieces of my anatomy in a constant gyration between pain and tingly numb. I badly needed this vacation.

My sister dropped Amanda and I off at Boston Logan sometime around 5:30 P.M. which gave us three and a half hours before our flight. We were through baggage check and security by 6:15 P.M. and that with me being pulled out of line for a full body scan ( yeah, I forgot my glasses in my shirt pocket again).

Us on the way to Ireland.

Us on the way to Ireland.

We ate supper at the café down towards our gate and then watched as our airplane pulled into its dock.

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Here’s a question. What do you do when you have three hours to wait for a plane? Amanda and I talked and talked over coffee, a thing we would do throughout our 12 days together. Perhaps that was one of the things I liked best about the trip…. the conversation!

Oh yeah and our game of “Whose Line Is It.”

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I love the prop game. If you think this is funny you should see me as Princess Amidala. That unfortunately is on Amanda’s camera.

Despite my weariness I think I slept for just over an hour on the flight to Ireland. My hands started throbbing an hour into the flight and when the pain ended a two-day long tingle session started in. Even in this though God provided. We landed and stayed in Dublin those first two days; So I was spared from gripping a steering wheel. By Sunday when I had to start driving my hands and arms were much restored.

Our rooms, in Dublin,were not quite ready for us when we arrived at the Hotel Alexander;  So we stored our luggage with the front desk and took a tour around O’Connell Street and Trinity College:

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By noon I was fading; By one o:clock or two cups of coffee later depending on how you mark time, we were in our rooms and I plummeted into dreamland for a few hours. Not even caffeine could keep me up! God knew I needed the rest and so He provided us with the most comfortable beds of the trip those first two nights. It was like sleeping on clouds!

Our resting place in Dublin.

Our resting place in Dublin.

Share Your World 2014 Week 37

It’s time once again to give you a glimpse into my world with Cee’s help of course

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Broaden your own world’s horizons by visiting:

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/09/15/share-your-world-2014-week/

And while you’re at it  share your world with the rest of us by answering these questions in a blog post of your own.

The questions are…

List three pet peeves.

1. alligators in my bed

2. sunspots

3. people who mix liver into fruit salad.

Actually I tried to answer this seriously, but I thought of the people who perpetrate these pet peeves and so I thought it just best to keep the whole thing to myself.

What makes you unique?

Why my pet peeves of course! 🙂

Actually I think the best answer is…God makes me unique. I have a relationship with my Savior God which is intensely personal and unique to me and Him. The good news is that each man and woman in the world can have a unique relationship with God just like mine (that would seem to be the very definition of not unique but that’s the thing with God, He defies definition)

Would be your ideal birthday present, and why?

Lately I have been craving a massage because of my intensely sore and tired muscles. Someone else wrote a day at the spa as their ideal birthday present and I think I could go for that a mud bath and a hot rock treatment right about now.

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

I solved this whole issue by breaking the toilet paper holder off the wall. So currently the toilet paper goes sideways as it sits on the shelf. And I wasn’t even thinking of my pet peeves when I broke it.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am so grateful that just this morning I got up and did a stretching video. it is nice to be back to exercising and I look forward to exercising at least 5 times over the next week.

A Photo A Week Challenge: Unusual Portrait Faces

I love this challenge! Unusual Portrait faces is this week’s topic from Nancy Merril.

Take a gander at some of her other contributors faces at

 

http://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/a-photo-a-week-challenge-unusual-portrait-faces/

Here are my additions to the collection:

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If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

Jim Rohn

 

 

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#100happydays Days 62-65

I am not sure how I got ahead of my friend Nicole at Just Live It, but somehow I am about 20 days up on her!

Maybe I just got going so fast in life I managed to cram a couple of days at a time into 24 hour periods. 

Anyway today I am making up for lost time and am showing all my happiness for the last four days.

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I am happy for the relaxed contented attitude the Lord has been helping me to maintain this summer.

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I am happy for all the good work The Winchendon Enhancement Committee has been able to accomplish this summer from this building.

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I am happy to live in a picturesque community.

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Praise HandsRemember happiness and contentment are found on the inside not the outside.  All clouds have silver-linings and gold stands out best on a black background

 

#100happydays Day 61

 

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.

Henri Nouwen

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#100happydays &C.cada Days 51-60

 

I have been trailing a week behind my happiness  for about two weeks now.  That isn’t  a bad thing. Breathing in happiness fumes is good for the soul! Still I thought I would catch up today by sharing some of the really good news coming out of C.cada (our artist’s collaborative).

“Wonders happen either way. With you or without you.”
Sergey Vedenyo

Because that is true I have chosen to be part of the wonder that God is creatingthrough this incredible group of people called C.cada

 

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Our artists recently lent their aid to Special Touch REACH New England’s disability awareness day. A number of our prayer shawlers and crafters came together to help our guests create a “paper quilt”

 

Clayton Phelps lent his guitar to the Special Touch cause as well!

Clayton Phelps lent his guitar to the Special Touch cause as well!

“Happy is what I feel; Joy is what I experience.”
Todd Stocker, Refined: Turning Pain Into Purpose

 

This is Lisa Johnson, one of our artists. At our most recent gathering she got a little stuck. It happens. Joy comes in working through the sticking points however big or small they might be. Some call this suffering for your art. I call it creative discipline.

This is Lisa Johnson, one of our artists. At our most recent gathering she got a little stuck. It happens.
Joy comes in working through the sticking points however big or small they might be. Some call this suffering for your art. I call it creative discipline.

One of the reasons C.cada exists is so that we can encourage one another in our giftings and spur one another on to love and good works. To that end we all work on projects together throughout the year. Our monthly gatherings are about pushing each other through the dry spots so that we actually get artwork done and then together we get that artwork out into the community.

C.cada in conjunction with Winchendon's 250th Anniversary Committee recently held its first annual summer art show.

C.cada in conjunction with Winchendon’s 250th Anniversary Committee recently held its first annual summer art show.

“Joy is a gift given not an emotion earned.”
Todd Stocker, Refined: Turning Pain Into Purpose

One of God's gifts to me is having children who use their gifts for the Lord. Here is my daughter Melanie at our recent C,cada gathering.

One of God’s gifts to me is having children who use their gifts for the Lord. Here is my daughter Melanie at our recent C,cada gathering.

 

And here is my other daughter, Amanda, helping Melanie with her current art project.

And here is my other daughter, Amanda, helping Melanie with her current art project.

“Don’t look to others to give you happiness. Grow it within yourself and share it with the world around you. Bets are, if you give a bit of your happiness to the world, it will begin a ripple effect, and who knows how many other people you can help. It’s never too late to decide that your happiness (or whatever it is that you want) is yours to create and not the other way around.”
Leigh Hershkovich

C.cada is about sharing the joy God has to given us with the world!

To that end we have started a testimonial newsletter of how God is working in people's lives

To that end we have started a testimonial newsletter of how God is working in people’s lives

 

One Desire has cut its first album of all opriginal worship music and is preparing to share that in a night of worship at a local auditorium.

One Desire has cut its first album of all original worship music and is preparing to share that in a night of worship at a local auditorium.

Our artists just began their splatter painting which will be used to promote the Cloverton concert coming to our church this fall.

Our artists just began their splatter painting which will be used to promote the Cloverton concert coming to our church this fall.

 

For all these kingdom advances coming through our artist’s collaborative I am extremely grateful and happy!

The prayer shawl ministry has created over forty new shawls to be given as gifts to those in need of healing.

The prayer shawl ministry has created over forty new shawls to be given as gifts to those in need of healing.