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14 November 2008

Mt Vernon Moos
Contemporary Art Farm Cow Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

TGIF.... well for Terry it is not, but for the rest of the world it is. His TGIF is Sunday. It is strange living with this weird schedule and I am still not adjusted to it, but very thankful he has his job with American. He is at 21 years now.

Thank goodness it's Friday. I remember this mantra from the seventies. Somewhere in there they came out with "Hump Day" being Wednesday. Gotta make it through Hump Day before you can get to TGIF. Our instinct is to focus on what is ahead. The instincts we had as children are based on emotions leading us like a compass due north. What did we need? We needed to be fed when we were hungry. We wanted to be held and feel safe and happy. As we grew out of the toddler years we wanted to feel needed and have jobs that came with independence. From that we found purpose and that we could please people and they were smiling at us. This basic navigation truly never leaves us. It continues on through out our life.

Our wise Father created us that way. Examine your life. We spend most of our time doing things that we believe will deliver immediate happiness or the ultimate goal of arriving there at happiness if we work toward it. That is why your parents had you up early to eat breakfast, brush your teeth and go to school. That is why you continue to better your position at work to make more money and climb to higher responsibility because it will bring in more money and acclamations and as you see it, more happiness. That is why we eat too much. 98% of Americans eat too much. We dine on pleasurable foods for main courses and stuff a little further with dessert. Pleasures to most of us as well as extra poundage and choloesteral problems. Are we happy yet?

Material happiness or spiritual happiness?

Question is, does the desire for happiness and satisfaction lead us directly away from God?

Believing in Him and having unwavering faith provides you with Hope. I read somewhere recently that both hope and hopelessness impact us daily. Just as encouragement and discouragement do as well. Getting out of bed every morning has to be driven by something....what gets you up and going? With HOPE you can endure beyond reasonable imagination. That is what bolsters a cancer patient in treatment or an over-weight person on a diet, or even a foster child waiting to be adopted. HOPE is a force not to be reckoned with. With out hope life would be worthless. I have hope in my life, but when I say the word Hope, it is interchangeable with GOD.

Rethink your definition of happiness through this weekend. What truly is happiness to you? Is it all the material things around you? What will you find at the end of your story of your life? Do not wait; find happiness in this very moment. Stop, sit back and look around you. Your eyesight will catch something that will trigger a memory or a smile and fill you instantly with a sigh of contentment. This is God and this is this moment right now. Spiritual happiness will bring you joy and contentment you have never experienced before. It is yours if you just open your arms and your heart and believe it to be.

Joy and Abundance,


"To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind." Ecclesiastes 2:26

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