When you stop saying “Thank You”

This great post is from DanielDarling.com.

When you stop saying “Thank You”

By Daniel Darling

Many years ago, a writing mentor counseled me with words I’ll never forget: “Dan, no matter how far you get in your career, always say ‘Thank you’ every time someone offers you an opportunity to write.”

I’ve never forgotten that advice. Maybe its because my mother taught me–no she actually insisted (you know how mothers can insist with some power)–that I always say thank you. It became a habit of mine, whether through notes or verbal expression or, now, through texts or emails.

It’s a simple thing, really, to say “Thank you.” I’ve noticed, however, that ingratitude is often the first sign of a troubled heart. When I stop saying “thank you” I know that sin has overcome me.

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Grateful in All Circumstances [shared from Abandoned To Christ]

Can we truly be grateful for every single thing in our lives? The good and the bad? Today I decided to share a wonderful post about this from Abandoned to Christ. It speaks about this better than I have read anywhere else. Thank you, Sunny Shell, for showing us that it is very possible to be grateful for all things in our lives!

Grateful in All Circumstances

What does it mean, to give thanks in all circumstances?
 
In First Thessalonians chapter five, the Apostle Paul closes with a list of things that every Christian ought to do (vv. 12-22), but can’t do in our own strength or by our own sheer will. Perhaps we can accomplish some, or all that’s on this list, but it would only be a temporary appearance of godly character rather than a faithful and continual walk. For we know if we do not abide in Christ, we will not bear His fruit. And any true godly quality we exhibit is a demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit within us (1 Cor 2:5), not from our flesh that continually desires the ways of this world.
 
I often refer to my physical trials as a gift from the Lord and something He has seen fit to work in my life for my greatest benefit. And often, I get questions and comments from people who are outraged by my proclamation that a good and loving God would bring pain into my life. They tell me I’m rather foolish and audacious to claim God would do anything besides make me healthy, wealthy and happy. But that’s not what God says.
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Read the rest here.

 

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How to Be Happy [Repost from 4-15-2012]

A blast from the past on this . . .

HAPPY SUNDAY!

On this Happy Sunday, I’d like to share what I’ve found about this thing called happiness.

The dictionary defines happy as:

  • delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing
  • characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy
  • favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky
  • in high spirits
  • satisfied

Here are some synonyms that also describe being happy:

  • blessed
  • cheerful
  • content
  • delighted
  • glad
  • joyful
  • peaceful
  • upbeat

On the other hand, here are a few words that describe what happy is not:

  • depressed
  • discouraged
  • dissatisfied
  • miserable
  • sad
  • sorrowful

What struck me most reading through all of this were the words satisfied and peaceful—two wonderful words describing how one can most times lead to the other. If we’re satisfied with what we have and about our life in general, we feel peaceful about it —that “peace of God, which transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

I have found that being truly happy does not depend on our circumstances. Consider this: no one’s life is perfect. We all struggle with something in our lives, oftentimes several somethings all at the same time. All of these somethings come with bad and good. Let me explain with a very personal example.

I struggle every single day with several chronic illnesses, but the worst of my health issues these days are debilitating migraines. I start each day with a migraine and a lot of the time it subsides for two to three hours (sometimes more on a really good day) before it returns around dinner time to reclaim me as its unwilling victim.

These migraines impact every single aspect of my life. I have had to cancel or postpone countless appointments, trips and gatherings with friends and family. I very often have to turn down my sweet hubby’s invitations to go out with him for a meal or a motorcycle ride.

Those are my bad somethings.

I used to have the “poor me” attitude until God worked in me to remind me that nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37) with Him in my life. It has only been through my utter dependence on Him and my faith in Him as my constant Comforter that I have finally realized the good that has come from this season in my life. I now have a more complete reliance on Him for everything. There is also the realization that my pain-filled existence on this earth is nothing compared to the joy that awaits me in heaven. Adding to these is the awareness that God is teaching me new things about myself through these experiences every single day.

Those are the good parts of my bad somethings.

Wow. Can you see how much more there is to the good parts? The good parts are the positive results of those negative somethings. I can honestly say that in all this I have found that peace of God that transcends all understanding!

Here are a few great quotes I found about being happy:

  • “There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means – either may do – the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier. —Benjamin Franklin
  • “He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.” —Plato
  • “The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.” —Woody Allen

Finally, here’s some of what the Bible has to say about being happy:

  • “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” —Proverbs 15:13
  • “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. “—Ecclesiastes 3:11-13
  • “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.”  —Ecclesiastes 7:14
  • Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”  —James 5:13

Singing songs of praise and thanksgiving…

AnnaSmile

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Thankful for Crochet

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As some of you may know if you’ve been around my blog even a teensy bit, I love to crochet. It is probably the one thing that I can do when I’m feeling my worst, and it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something on days that to me feel wasted. Don’t get me wrong, I know that God uses everything—even seemingly wasted days—but seeing a ball or skein of yarn transform into an afghan or other item gives me a sense of accomplishment. Plus, I get the privilege of making these things for other people, which is especially gratifying.

Below is a mishmash of yarn and crochet photos. Some of these are items I have made. Others are yarn photos (some my own). One is a photo of my yarn closet when it is fully stocked. Those of you out there who are crocheters or knitters know that it is hard to pass up a good yarn sale!

CrochetMishmashIf you’d like to see more of what I have crocheted in the past, click on my Crochet tab, or go right to my Ministry Crochet Projects page and my Personal Crochet Projects page.

I recently finished some ear warmer headband hats for a friend to give as gifts, and have just started an ear flap hat for another friend. Then there is the shawl vest that I’ve almost completed for myself.

I also am getting ready to put together a couple of ministry afghans. I crocheted the squares during the summer and since it’s much cooler now, I’m ready to put them together. It is no fun for this hot flash gal to have a big blanket on her lap during the hot summer months!

How about you, Beloved? Do you have any crafty hobbies that give you a lot of enjoyment?

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A Happy Heart

HAPPY SUNDAY

Let me pose a question on this Happy Sunday: how many of us have been able to completely follow a course that we’ve mapped out ahead of time?

I think I was about 13 years old when I decided that I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I held onto this dream as I applied to state colleges and was even accepted to one of them.

Instead, life happened and I went through a secretarial and accounting program, which eventually led to a career in office management, mostly for construction companies. I learned to enjoy my work and even thrived in the office atmosphere. How absolutely different from the path I had laid out for myself!

My point is that no matter where we find ourselves, or whatever career may be thrust upon us, we always have a choice. Either we can complain and bemoan our lot in life or we can try to find the good in our circumstances—no matter what they are. I’ve shared before that I used to lead a very busy life, full of family doings, household chores and a heavy work schedule. That was then and  I loved and enjoyed it all and thought it was normal for me.

Fast forward to my new normal. Each evening I think of several things I want to get done the next day. And then I wake up with another migraine, more body pain, and an all-encompassing fatigue that never seems to let up. What then?

I’ve learned to do what I can and leave the rest for some other time. Unfortunately, those “some other times” get postponed over and over again. I hate to look at the dust in my home, but I have a sweet and understanding hubby who has a saying I’ve come to truly appreciate:

If you don’t move things, the dust doesn’t show.

And he’s right!

We can choose to be miserable over what we are no longer able to do or we can be happy and grateful for the things we still can do. I may not be able to keep my home as clean as I would like but I am able—with Rick’s help—to keep it neatly picked up. I am no longer able to sew my own clothes or things for my home because sitting over the sewing machine wreaks havoc on my neck and back. But I can crochet! I love to make things for our home and for others, and that satisfies my creative side.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. —Epictetus

A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
    but heartache crushes the spirit. —Proverbs 15:13

Wishing you a Sunday filled with happiness and gratitude…