Two Words That Bring True Happiness

July 7, 2020

One thing so many people crave in life is happiness. People are looking for the magic pill to take or whatever formula they can use to bring more of it (or any of it for some people) into their lives.

As I was doing some reading today, I found a very simple process that can add much happiness to your life. I know it’s true because the times I’ve followed this guideline in my own life I can honestly say have been the happiest times in my life.

It comes from Proverbs 16:20 which says, “Whoever pays attention to what he is taught will succeed. And whoever trusts the Lord will be happy.” It’s the second part of this verse that caught my attention, and that I want to share with you here. Whoever trusts in the Lord will be happy. That’s it! One of the great keys to happiness is simply trusting in the Lord.

Now, I know from experience that many times it is not easy to trust in the Lord. If we can’t see it or believe it yet, it is very difficult to have faith and trust that everything is going to be ok. I get that, and I still have times in my life, after all I’ve been learned about what I share here, that I still struggle to follow this advice myself. However, when we learn to “let go and let God”, and trust that “all things work our for our good” (Romans 8:28), that is when we experience true happiness.

Several years ago I went through a major trust experience. I was working as a teacher, but the job was temporary. It ended at the end of the school year, but there was a chance that I could earn a permanent position at that school, with the increase in pay and job security that went with it. At the same time, my family and I were presented with the opportunity to buy our dream house. It was a very optimistic time. I felt like I had earned the right to that secure job at the school, and couldn’t wait to finally bring our family to the beautiful house. All was good until I received the letter from the school saying they were not bringing me back. That was crushing in itself, but now, as the primary income earner of my family, I would be out of a job as of September. That would not look good in the middle of applying for a mortgage for a house that would already be a strain on our finances. I was so afraid that they would cancel the application and deny us the mortgage. I didn’t say anything to the mortgage company. I had worked for that company for several years before becoming a teacher and even worked there still at that time as a part-time assistant. I wasn’t going to say anything to them about this. I wasn’t hiding anything because I was confident I would have another job by September, and they go through a verification process so they would eventually find out what they need to know and make any necessary determinations. However, for a couple of weeks, I really stressed over this situation. Then one day I just felt God speaking to me. I felt like I was being told to let it go, and put the situation in His hands. I could almost hear Him saying, “trust me.” All of a sudden, the burden of stress completely lifted. Instead of fear, I had a sincere trust that this was in God’s hands, and things would work out best for my family and me. I not only felt more peace but also carried a feeling of joy. God had spoken to me and assured me that all was good. Who better to trust than the creator of the entire universe? As it turns out, the company never even questioned me about the job situation. The mortgage was approved easily, and we were in our new house a few weeks later. And yes, by mid-August I had a new teaching job as well 🙂

Although this is one of the major examples in my life, there have been many others where God has proven to me that I can put my full trust in Him. And when I do, I am most happy in my life. I share this with you because if you are looking for true happiness in your life, the most simple way to achieve it is by trusting God and knowing that “if He can hold the whole world in His hands, He can hold this moment” (Jason Gray from his song “Sparrows”). He can hold any moment, any situation, and any problem, with the power to bring good to it.

Remember, whoever trusts the Lord will be happy. Other versions of the verse say that besides happiness, trusting in the Lord can bring blessings and prosperity as well. The Amplified Bible version says, “Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who trusts [confidently] in the Lord.” I will say again that sometimes (ok, many times) it is not easy to trust in the Lord. However, the more you do, the more your faith grows and you realize that He has only your best interests in mind, and He is there for you all the time to help you live well.

You do not have to rely on external things to make you happy. The God of the universe dwells in your midst. He is right there for you all the time. Trust Him in every situation, and you will experience a happiness that you never have before. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Use Your Imagination to Dream God’s Dreams

January 13, 2016

 

The following is part 2 of an excellent sermon I heard recently about the power of imagination. Following these guidelines can change your life. I invite you to listen, apply, and enjoy 🙂

Most people don’t imagine because they’re afraid of failure, but doubt and fear neutralize what God wants to do in your life. Pastor Rick explains in this message how to let your imagination be governed by faith, not fear.

Source: Daring to Imagine, Part 2


Using God’s Great Gift…The Power of Imagination

January 12, 2016

I am a firm believer in the power of imagination. Much of the information provided on this site is based on that. Recently, I heard an incredible message from pastor Rick Warren about God’s gift of imagination. It’s the best presentation of this that I’ve ever heard. There are three messages. I will provide one each day.

Daring to Imagine, Part 1

The Bible says you need to focus on the things that will last — the things you can’t actually see with your eyes. So how do you focus on things you can’t see? In this broadcast, Pastor Rick teaches why your imagination is essential to living by faith.

Source: Daring to Imagine, Part 1


3 Ways You Can Please God Today

January 10, 2016

 

I don’t know about you, but nothing pleases me more that when I know I’ve pleased my God. To be honest, He is always pleased with us, whether we know it or not. He is pleased with us even during our darkest moments. He loves us more than we’ll ever know.

Even though God will always love you abundantly and be pleased with His wonderful creation, there are actions you can take to get God’s attention and put an even bigger smile on His face. I take these from Psalm 9:

  1. Praise Him with all your heart
  2. Tell of the marvelous things He has done
  3. Be filled with joy because of Him

In addition to bringing joy to God, taking these 3 actions regularly will add blessing to your life. I have learned often enough, that when I am thankful for the things I have in life, I am given more things to be thankful for. Likewise when I live with a joyful heart, I am provided more reasons to be joyful.

One of the reasons I share information on this blog is because I want to share the great things God has shown me and the wonderful things he has done for me. My hope is to inspire people facing similar situations and feelings that if God brought me through it, He can do the same for them. He can do the same for you.

Joy and gratitude are contagious. Not only are our lives blessed when we practice them, but other people around us are blessed as well. You can not only be a blessing to God, but to many others by simply practicing these three attitudes. So be thankful, joyful, and quick to share the many ways God has blessed you. It WILL make a difference. Enjoy the blessings 🙂

 

 


Thank You For Sticking With Me

June 7, 2015

Oh, my goodness. I just realized exactly how long I’ve been away from this site. I knew it was some time, but not this long. Life has been very busy lately, as it usually is this time of year. Things are good. It’s just that I am not finding enough hours in the day to do some of the things I like to do. Sharing my thoughts with you is one of those things I love, but it just got pushed to the backburner longer than I would have liked.

I apologize to anyone looking for new information here. However, I thank all of you who keep coming back. Even though I haven’t written in a while I still have a good number of people coming back and utilizing the information that is provided here. It means a lot to me, and I hope you are being impacted in a positive way.

As my schedule changes in the next few weeks I will have more time to devote to this site that I love, along the wonderful readers I truly love. Once again, please know how much I appreciate your continued support and feedback.

Have an excellent day 🙂


I’m Alive Because He Lives

April 4, 2015

Check out this excellent song that is a great reminder of what this Easter weekend is all about…


Where Can I Find God?

January 20, 2015

One of the more powerful and comforting verses in the Bible is Matthew 6:33 which says to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (these things are your concerns and needs of life mentioned in the verses before).

I find a great peace in this, knowing that simply seeking God and His kingdom allows everything else to fall in line. I love the awesome possibility that the manifestation of your desires will follow your conscious effort to focus on God’s presence and kingdom.

It seems simple enough, but people will often ask the serious question…where do I find God? It’s a valid question, especially if you are new to idea of seeking God in the first place. Where can you find God? How can you find God? Each day, I get a greater grasp on the answer to this question. He is everywhere and a part of everything and everybody. He’s part of you and part of me. He created the trees you see in the park,and the beautiful sunset you admired the other night. His hands move the waves of the ocean. Even the snow that I am already sick of this winter is His beautiful creation.

As you can realize, it’s very easy to find God. No matter where you look or where you go He is there. Another great way to find Him is to ask for His presence, assistance, peace, or anything. The great thing is that when you actively seek God, He will reveal Himself to you and allow you to find Him.

Here’s one new part of this old equation I’ve recently discovered… I’m starting to see it as a main reason you receive everything else when you seek God. The idea that when you seek God, you are in essence seeking and finding everything else. It’s because God is in everything. God is the creator and essence of the extra money you are seeking. He is the creator and essence of the relationship you desire. He is all about perfect health, free of disease and stress, and full of love, joy, and confidence. He’s created both the dream and job of the dream job you are pursuing. The list goes on.

The bottom line is that when you seek God you will find Him. And you will also find everything else in the process. Enjoy the blessings.


2015 New Years Expectations

January 2, 2015

2015 pic

Once again it’s time for my annual post to look ahead to the coming (now arrived) year. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I refuse to call these goals New Years resolutions. Expectation has the thought that it is going to get done, not the “maybe” shadow of a resolution. Here’s what’s on my mind and what I would like to accomplish in the coming year. If you share of any of these goals, I hope some of my thoughts and ideas of can help you and we can reach these goals together:

  • All action, no talk – Unfortunately, I still have much of a reputation for being the opposite. I don’t know if it’s lingering fear, the Pisces in me, or a still lacking confidence, but up ’til now I’ve still had the strong capacity to talk a big game but procrastinate in acting towards it. This year it’s time to maintain an action based focus. It’s about being a doer of the Word, and not only starting the action, but seeing it through to completion.
  • Focus on vibration and high emotion – I share often about the importance of maintaining a high vibration. When we remain high on the emotional scale, we open ourselves up for unlimited blessings. As well as I am aware of this, there are still too many times where I leave my emotions on automatic pilot and let much time go by without catching myself on the lower vibrational plane. I make the expectation to check in at least hourly, and bring myself to the highest vibrational level as often as possible. Another way to make this happen is to live in the present moment. Without the guilt of the past or the worries of the future, it is much easier to maintain a positive focus and the highest emotions.
  • Be more “others” focused – I truly love people. I am blessed with the most wonderful family and core of friends, and I also love meeting and bringing light to people from all over the world. The reason I have this blog in the first place is to share the abundant wisdom I have learned to help you and everyone reading this to live a more joyful and abundant life. Upon saying that, I will share that I still consider myself to be a selfish person. I say this because my focus is still too much of what’s in it for me. On one hand, it is important to maintain a self focus (see bullet #2). However, the what’s in it for me part will be taken care of automatically as long my focus is instead on how can I help others get what they want. What action can I take now to bring value into as many lives as possible?
  • 1000 daily blog visitors – Now I move on to the concrete goals. This one has been a goal for some time now and it is ambitious since I am nowhere close at this point. To go hand in hand with the other goals, taking consistent action, remaining in a high vibrational state, living with an “as if” mentality, and keeping the focus on building up others, I certainly expect that it will happen.
  • Stabilize my job situation – Ok, I may have to be careful who’s watching with this one 🙂 For the past year I have been working two jobs, both which exhaust me with many negative people and situations. I realize I am blessed to have them, as some people are desperately looking for any job, and they have contributed to a major improvement in my finances. At the same time, it’s time to do work that I will enjoy, contribute to many people in the world, permit me more freedom and time with family and friends, and provide the income to bless my family for necessities (my oldest daughter starts college in the Fall), and leisure. I expect to have that type of work this year.

I thank you for staying with me in this journey inside the mind of this author. Once again, I will say that if you share any of these goals, I invite you to contribute ideas about how you plan on achieving your expectations. Even if your exact goals are different, I would love to share this journey of taking life to the highest level possible with as many people as I can. Together we can make a difference and enjoy a very blessed and prosperous 2015. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


How Was 2014?

December 30, 2014

End of Year 2014

We have already arrived at the end of this “new” year (seems like it just started yesterday) 2014. I hope yours was a great one.

As I like to give me readers occasional glimpses inside my head, I will complete one of my annual “selfish” posts and share some of my own reflections of this past year. For me, 2014 was like the past five years. I was optimistic that this would be the breakthrough year where my greatest dreams would come true. Although it didn’t quite happen, it was a year of serious personal growth that has taken me steps closer to realizing my ultimate goals.

My greatest growth was a spiritual strengthening and renewal. My Christian walk has grown steadily for the past few years. However, I realized more than ever that the kingdom of heaven is within me, and that God’s spirit is not only near me, but an actual part of me. Reading books like Wayne Dyer’s “Wishes Fulfilled”, and St. Germain’s “I Am Discourses” really enlightened me to this truth and helped me begin to live it out. I also benefited greatly from learning more about the importance of living in the present moment instead of dwelling on past or worrying about the future. Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of the Present Moment” was a great help in getting me there. It’s a book I tried to read in the past but found it very difficult to understand. I guess the timing was right this time around and it truly resonated each time I read it. Regardless, I discovered that living in the present moment is truly one of our greatest powers.

In other areas of my life, there was some growth, while some areas didn’t grow as much as I would have liked. The greatest blessing was in the financial area as this was far and away my greatest financial year. We were able to put a significant dent in out debt and paid most of it off completely. I was provided a different part time job in addition to my teaching that paid twice what the previous one did.

The one area that still needs great improvement is my leadership at home. People tell me I am a good father, and I believe it. I still feel like I could be a much better husband and leader. I am home less due to the work schedule, which makes it a bit difficult. That will be major focus for next year. Speaking of jobs, I am less than happy with either of them. On the other hand, I am extremely happy to have them, and thankful for the income and impacts I can have on other people, especially adolescents. My ultimate goal is to work one job from home, and steps were taken this year to potentially make that happen.

Finally, I can also be thankful for the great health of myself and my family. We are very well protected, and none of us was sick for an extended period of time. Even among my crazy schedule, I did not miss any days because of extended sickness.

The bottom line, as I end another year, is I have SO much to be thankful for. I serve a God that has only my best in store, wants to bless me abundantly, and is a part of my very being. I take this with me as I head into 2015. I am setting some major goals, and look forward to the journey to reach them.

I thank you for staying with me for one person’s take on this past year. I invite you to share how 2014 was for you. I hope you have grown and can also eagerly look forward to 2015. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Snovember…Buffalo Snowstorm of 2014

November 19, 2014

I live in the town of Lancaster NY. It’s a nice town about 15 miles east of Buffalo. If you’ve seen the news lately, you know that we are being bombarded with snow. It’s easily the most snow I’ve ever experienced in one day. We received about 4 and a half feet in one day, with another foot or two yet to come.

We’ve had extreme snow before. After all, this is Buffalo. In January 1999 we received 7 feet in a month. In December 2001 we received 7 feet in a week. Now in November 2014 we may receive 7 feet (175cm) in 2 or 3 days.

I will honestly say I hate the snow. It’s my fault because I chose to live here (I moved here from Long Island 23 years ago). I knew what I was getting into, but I’ve grown weary of the snow in the past few years, especially last winter which was a brutal one. However, I promote the power of positivity at this site, and there are certainly some positives I can bring from this experience:

  • I work two jobs, almost 60 hours a week. Neither one is accessible, so I may end up with a 4 day vacation.
  • It could be worse. I am being inconvenienced and having to do hard labor in removing piles of snow. That’s it, and it’s only for a few days. I’m not losing my home or going through a life altering hurricane, tornado, earthquake or flood. In fact, as soon as I get tired shoveling (too much snow for the blower) I go back into my heated house.
  • Family time. None of us is going anywhere for several days. We are able to spend extra quality time together and enjoy each other’s company. We’re already making plans for the next few days as well 🙂
  • I’m living history. How many people can say they dealt with 4 feet of snow in one day? Even people that have lived here for over 50 years are saying they’ve never experienced anything like this. Let’s face it, we’ll be talking about this once in a lifetime (hopefully) experience for many years to come. As much as I dislike the snow, I admit that I am enjoying this moment of unique history and I can say I was there.

I will say that I don’t wish this on anyone. It only confirms my desire to one day move to warmer climates once my kids are done with their schooling. But as I said, it could be worse. If you need a visual of what this may look like, here you go. By the way, in the 4th picture with the “mountains” there are cars under there. Hopefully it will help you appreciate the weather in your part of the world. Have a great day 🙂

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