The Secret to Happiness

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. (from 1001 Quotes)

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?

5 comments for “The Secret to Happiness

  1. jel
    July 20, 2009 at 5:57 am

    hope ya have a great day 🙂

    Thanks jel…hope you have a great one too 🙂

  2. July 20, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Thank you for sharing a little of your happiness with us.

    I have yet to work out the secret to happiness, so I’ll have to get back to you on that!

    Peter, have you never clapped your hands while singing…”If your happy and you know”? 🙂

  3. July 18, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I guess if you’re talking about happiness, that’s a state of being determined by environment and context. If you’re talking about joy, that is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. What makes me happy is to be around family and friends or just an evening with one of my guitars. Or sitting at the keyboard. Or playing drums. Or banjo. Or just relaxing in the pool or spa. I used to look forward to weekends, but running our own family business, we work whenever we have to work. Today (Saturday) I’m working. Yesterday I planned to leave work early after a graveside service and go meet a friend about 60 miles up the road. I finally got away from here after 9pm. So much for getting off early!! But I was happy because this pays our salaries.

    Sounds like you have some “happy” musical interests. I’ve always admired and somewhat envied those who are musically inclined. I’m not! One of my brothers play piano by ear. It’s amazing.

    I understand about the working when you have too. Hope you have a good weekend, what’s left of it.

  4. jel
    July 17, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I’m glad you have had a Happy week 🙂

    how can ya or can a person get that DVD?

    oh and did ya get the email about the cookbook?

    have a good weekend 🙂

    Hey jel…concerning the DVD’s-If you have questions about the ordering process or your order, please call us at (918) 260 9084 or send e-mail to
    (I took that information from their website)
    and no…I didn’t get an email about a cookbook. Can you resend it please?
    Have a great weekend 🙂

  5. July 17, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I’m not sure I can answer that. I’m still longing for a situation that most likely is never going to be; however, I have, for the most part, after a lot of years, given it to God and have arrived at a peace and contentment. A favorite quote of mine is, “Feel what you feel but do what God wants you to do.” So, in a round-about way, I guess I could say that “acceptance” plays into that peace and contentment. I’ve come to realize that, in this situation, as well as some others that would steal my joy, accepting that it’s okay to feel the way I do as long as I acknowledge the realities. This probably makes no sense, but hey, I tried! 🙂

    Acceptance is important Judy, and I like that. Perhaps God is waiting for you to let go so he can put something better in place of what you long for. I’ve had to learn that lesson too often the hard way.

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