Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy-Happier-Happiest

If you want to be happy for a hour:
GO WATCH TV.

If you want to be happy for a day:
GO TO AN AMUSEMENT PARK.

If you want to be happy for a lifetime:
GO OUT AND HELP OTHERS.

Saw this quote on a poster and it made me realize that undoubtedly so I want to be happy for a lifetime. I want more out of life than an hour of laughs that I could get from watching a sitcom on TV. Furthermore, I want happiness to last longer than a fun filled day at an amusement park with family and friends.

You only have one life to live, why not make it a happy one!



Studies show that when we help others, we actually end up helping ourselves in the process. So, lets GO OUT AND HELP OTHERS.

The ideas that follow are by no means in any form whatsoever of being from a scientific study, but simply little concrete ways to become happier by helping others.

For instance, going shopping; yes shopping can bring about happiness, lifetime happiness when we get involved with certain projects geared towards helping others. Clothe-a-Child is one example. You can donate money to the cause, or donate time by taking a child out on a shopping spree. Even buying yourself a new pair of running shoes can bring on earned happiness by afterwards donating your gently worn pair to projects like Donate Your Soles, or many other charities available that help provide shoes to people who may have never had the opportunity to slide their feet into a pair of footwear.

Then there is recycling, yes throwing your milk carton in the recycle bin can bring you happiness when you think about the consequences. Also, by reusing paper you save trees. In your own little ways you are helping save our planet for future generations, possibly future generations from your own bloodline. (Visualize cute little kids swinging on recycled swings with not a care in the world.) Who knew such happiness could result from causing trash to travel through a cycle once again.

Laughing, yes laughing, which is highly contagious renders happiness (this is taken from several scientific studies.) I’m not joking; laughing makes people feel good, it burns calories, eases stress, and puts everyone in a better mood, such as a happy mood.

We’ve all heard the phrase, “it’s better to give than to receive.” I’ve heard many people say they get much happiness from volunteering. Whether you donate your time, expertise, blood, or prayers for strictly the benefit of others, you get the satisfaction of helping humankind. You have the power to bring hope to a hopeless situation. How can you not feel happy about that?

Want to be happy for a lifetime? GO OUT AND HELP OTHERS.

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” (John Bunyan)

Peace Out.












Friday, October 24, 2014

Fear Not

Not that fear rules our world…or does it?

Lately the fears showing up on the worry radar comprise of threats about continued wars, ISIS terrorist’s plots, a global spreading of the Ebola virus, possible hurricanes, and overall bad things happening to good people.

Add that stack to our personal pile of fears and our world can seem quite frightening.

Somebody who had the foresight and extra time on their hands counted and found that the words “BE NOT AFRAID” are listed 365 times in the Bible. That is quite an interesting fact, with the amount matching exactly the number of days in a year.

Could it be that no matter what is going on in our lives, or what day of the week it may be, God is saying “BE NOT AFRAID.”

In desperate times, I desperately need encouragement. I need to be assured things will work out. I need help in dire situations.

I guess I need to know for sure that everyday, God’s words “BE NOT AFRAID” apply.

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

The above verse, found in Isaiah 41:10, delivers a spiritual boost that should knock out any intimidating fears lingering around.

It doesn’t mean that life will be a bed of roses; no it means that no matter what, God is with us.

“I am with you, and I will help you,” says God.

As planned with forethought, this is exactly what a person faithfully needs to hear.

"Do not fear,
for I am your God."











Monday, October 20, 2014

The Dos and Don'ts of Prayer

“Don’t expect a million dollar answer from a two second prayer.” (unknown)

Do “Pray and let God worry.” (Martin Luther)

Why should we pray and for what do we pray?

I found this PRAYER FOR ALL NEEDS in the back of a Catholic Mass Missal. It reads:

“We beg You, Lord, to help and defend us. Deliver the oppressed, pity the insignificant, raise the fallen, show Yourself to the needy, heal the sick, bring back those of Your people who have gone astray, feed the hungry, lift up the weak, take off the prisoners’ chains.”

"May every nation come to know that You alone are God, that Jesus Christ is Your Child, that we are Your people, the sheep that You pasture. Amen."

Not sure about you, but I know that I need our Lord’s help. I need Him in my life every minute of everyday.

Prayer is the only way we can experience a real and personal relationship with God. If you don’t pray, you lose out on knowing and feeling God deep within your heart.

We all have different prayer needs, but we all have the same God who reaches out to us in prayer.

Life is full of choices, whatever you do, don't forget to pray!

It is our lifeline to God.

"But he must ask in faith without any doubting, 
for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, 
driven and tossed by the wind."
James 1:6

(Photo and chosen Bible verse courtesy of Cullen O'Donnell.)






Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Love and Hate

I have a love-hate relationship with my hair.

I hate it when my curls look too natural, but I love the natural look. I want curls, but then I don’t. Every morning it is a test of wills…air dry or blow out…comb or brush.

It’s love and hate; the two make me want to literally pull my hair out.

Love, you know it, the very thing that makes the world go around. Well, hate, rightfully so, can never be intertwined with love.

Here are a couple examples.

I can’t love God and hate my neighbor.

I can’t love God and hate life around me.

And, I can’t love God if money, power, and greed rule my life.


“Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. For your heart will always be where your riches are.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Some things, such as oil and water can’t be mixed together. They’ll never blend as one. The same goes for love of God and the love of money.

“You cannot be a slave of two masters; you will hate one and love the other, you will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

It isn’t always easy to be content with what you have. But, money, power and the desire to have it all come with a price to pay.

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:2)

Love and hate, when it comes to God, which one will you choose?







Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cross My Heart

Natural instinct makes me quickly make the sign of the cross whenever I come too close to a close call.

A quick sign of the cross and I’m good to go.

Well, the other day something profound happened to me. It wasn’t natural instinct that brought me to this, it was a deep spiritual moment where I found myself staring at Jesus.

He was nailed to a cross.

I started thinking about His arms and legs and heart. I thought of how He walked and talked, and ate and drank, and befriended strangers, encouraged His friends, smiled at kids, honored His mother, danced at weddings, and cried at deaths.

I thought of how He believed in the goodness of the human heart, prayed for humankind, and willingly let Himself be tortured and crucified to bear our sins so we can have eternal life.

I couldn’t take my eyes off this amazing Jesus.

I stared at that cross, the cross that we have done absolutely nothing to deserve, but has done everything for us.

All this made me wonder what could I possibly do for Him. What is He calling me to do?

I’m only human, I fall down, and I do this quite frequently, I’m always tripping over my own two feet. I burn and bruise and my fragile heart easily breaks into a million pieces over the silliest of things and circumstances.

How can I possibly do anything for Him?

Then it came to me, the more I stared at His arms and legs and heart, and the more I thought about it, I realized that because of Jesus, I (a mere human) can rise and get back up to a full standing position.

I can walk, and eat and drink, and be nice to others. I can dance, and laugh and cry, and pray. I can befriend strangers, I can offer encouraging words. I can help where help is needed. I can share, I can give back, and I can love.

Most of all I can be a better Christian today than I was yesterday.

I guess I have my answer. This clearly is what He is calling me to do.

He is asking me to grow each day towards living a better Christian life, to keep steadfast in faith, to hold onto hope, and to simply and honestly love others.

I don’t really know why, but for some reason I couldn’t take my eyes off this amazing Jesus. I just kept staring and staring.

How about you?

Have you stopped to stare at the One hanging on a cross? Have you had the chance to ask Him what you can do for Him?

Cross my heart, if you take the time to really look at Jesus…it will change your life.

It has for me.

You are loved more than you will ever know
by someone who died to know you.
(Taken from Romans 5:8)