"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

Friday, May 6, 2016

MORE "LONGING IN ME" ~ for HAPPINESS

This week's
Online Bible Study
at
Faith Gateway
{and also via a You Version 6 day reading plan 
for each of the 6 sessions/weeks}
from
Sheila Walsh's
new book
"The Longing in Me"

{there's a Study Guide and there's the book, which is optional with Faith Gateway, but not really because it's so vital to what Sheila has to share. I now have a copy of Sheila's book, thanks to Book Look Bloggers, which means I will have to review it. Well, y'all know my review is TOPS for Sheila's book.}


"THE LONGING for HAPPINESS"

{Day 4 of 6 with You Version Bible reading plan}


Longing for Happiness Video
{short clip of Session 4}

"David was the greatest king Israel would ever have, but the Bible tells us he failed in his role as a husband and father. During his reign, most of his troubles would come about as a result of two things: (1) taking another man's wife, and (2) not disciplining his rebellious sons.
As David settled into his role as king, life became easier, and his need to rely on God daily seemed to lighten. His heart lost its edge, and he seemed to drift and lose his way. His enemies were under control, and he could perceive no physical threat in his midst. Yet it was then that his real enemy showed up: sin.
There is a warning here. It's easy to sit in the comfort of our lives and think, "I'd never do that! I'll never crash on that shore!" But the truth is that every one of us is capable of the most blatant sin given the right set of circumstances. The only thing that will save us in such moments is to turn around and run from them with everything that's in us. Don't walk. Run!
When we do sin, we often panic and try to cover it up. In the process, we open ourselves to crazy thinking. Telling the cold hard truth when we've sinned is so hard for us do. But in the end, it always proves so much better than the wall of lies we build when we try and cover ourselves-because those walls always fall on us. We think the truth will destroy us, but the truth is that while it may hurt in the short term, it won't destroy us.
Perhaps you are where David was. What do you do when that one thing you longed for turns on you like a venom-filled snake? Is your life over? Have you ruined God's plan? Far from it. For in those moments, Christ meets us in our sin. He never leaves us there.
Perhaps you think if only you could have this one thing, be loved by this one person, be given this one opportunity, then you'd be happy. But know that when the fog disappears and the mist evaporates, the longings you have in the depth of your being will never be satisfied by that one thing you think you need. True contentment and rest comes from Christ. He alone can fill the deepest longings of your heart." Day 4 of 6, You Version reading plan, from "The Longing in Me" by Sheila Walsh


Respond
What do you think you need to be truly happy in this season of your life? How do you treat unfulfilled desires? Do you deny them, organize your life around them, or surrender them to God?
What is one desire you have? What thoughts or emotions are you aware of when you consider surrendering this desire into God's care?
How would surrendering your desires to God's care affect your happiness?

To be happy in this season of my life, I guess I really need security of what my future on this earth will be like ... and God's plan for all the upcoming CHANGES in my life. Sometimes I do all three with my unfulfilled desires; some I am able to surrender to God, some I try to deny and many I have organized my life around them. Honestly, I think I do the most of the last even though I'd prefer to say that after all these years, I have learned to surrender them to God. 

These questions will take much more reflection and my answers would fill up more than one blog post and be quite lengthy. {no, this isn't the easy way out of not answering - the hardest way is living this out}

I will be content with the happiness I have for now and try more and more to surrender what I cannot change and let go of my desires. I accept God's plan for me and rely that my happiness will be complete in heaven.


Wishing a season of true
HAPPINESS
to all women
on this
Mother's Day
weekend!
{May 10th here in Mexico always}

For years I have made note here 
that Mother's Day is a difficult time for me
and for many women
for various reasons and situations
and also it's a very blessed day
for other women

whether you are a mother or not
whether your mother is with you or not
whether you have good or not so good memories
of your mother or of your chance at being a mother

Hold on to All happiness that God makes possible 
for you with a positive attitude
so that
that "longing for happiness" is
filled and fulfilled overflowingly
as a woman of God
a beautiful daughter
chosen by
Him
SO JUST PRAY
{sharing this song for SOS this weekend}
with all your heart
because that's what we
celebrate 
just
BEing
alive
in
Him
with a heart like
HIS


BE
encouraged
in this
HOPE

{here's a beautiful perspective Holley Gerth shared}

HAPPY SONday
women of the world
we celebrate you
for who you are and all you are
to others around you
in whatever role
God has blessed you with
to BE a 
vessel
of
His
love

Love and Peace,
Peggy

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DIOS TE BENDIGA
GOD BLESS YOU

always

Peggy