I’ve had a happy week…Sunday morning, Larry and I gathered with the church to praise and worship God. Sunday evening we met with church family again to welcome the three new members of the Vincent family, Tatiana, Allbina and Michael. After months of prayer, fundraising and uncertainty and several trips to Russia they are now a family. A truly joyous occasion. Hopefully we will be repeating that event again soon, when the Weast family is able to bring home the boy they are adopting. He will be joining three sisters and a brother.
Monday I attended Ladies Bible Class, made my weekly trip to Wal-Mart. Mom came over in the afternoon and we played four games of Scrabble and she had dinner with us. I cooked a roast and made some coleslaw. We had fresh corn on the cob, fresh tomatoes and fresh cantaloupe. (And yes, I’m still on my “diet plan”). Fresh summer veggies are hard to beat.
Tuesday, in the afternoon I went to the beauty shop and purchased a new head of curls…ok…I got a perm. Spent the afternoon and evening relaxing with my honey.
Wednesday I spent almost five hours cleaning house and doing laundry. I keep saying I am going to break it up into two days and I never do. Once I get started I get on a “roll” and just keep on going. Wednesday evening we went to bible class. We are studying in Hebrews….I love Hebrews, a lot of ‘”meat” in that book.
Yesterday I made a Pecan Butterscotch dessert for our Thursday night bible class. We have been meeting just over three years, usually a group of 10-13. We watched a DVD from the 2009 Tulsa Workshop, part one of Evangelism Here and Now by Patrick Mead. Larry and I watched all three of them last week and decided to share them with the group. If you haven’t seen them I would encourage you too. Great job Patrick! Our group will view the remaining two over the next two weeks.
Today is one of my favorite ‘happy’ days. I suppose because all the years I worked it was the end of the work week for me. It meant getting off work, picking up Chinese food or some other favorite for dinner, relaxing either with our kids or spending the evening playing Rummikub with friends, and staying up late. (I still worked for several years after our nest became empty). So…even though I’ve been retired for five years, I still look forward to Friday’s.
It doesn’t take much to make me happy. I am easily pleased and I’m thankful that I am. I guess my rough and rowdy years have really made me appreciate what’s really important.
So what is the secret to happiness? I’m not sure there is only one answer. I think our attitude plays a huge roll in how we perceive happiness. As I have learned to let go of me and my wants and be filled with Jesus and his example, I have found myself to be a much happier person.
I am sincerely happy and grateful my sins have been forgiven and are forgiven continually as I repent of them.
Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” Rom 4:7-8
I ask you…what is the secret to your happiness?