Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Free to Be Happy

The focus today is on being happy,or full of joy.
I know,I know,I have not had much to say about happiness recently,but by God's grace that must change.
I am fully aware that we all have seasons in our life when happiness takes a back seat,but these are not meant to last forever.

The other day my granddaughter,Kai and I decided to visit the local beach.More correctly,she asked to go there.
I love this picture of Kai running along,without a care in the world.


I think she is watching her shadow here.
Children have such a simple trust and joy.
We grown-ups on the other hand know how to complicate everything.


I think I for one spend too much time worrying about the 'what ifs'.
God is in control and He has promised to take care of each of us.
I need to take more time to play in the sand and spend less time fretting and being sad.


We found this old tree,its limbs going in all directions but  straight.
I look at this and I see that even though the tree is not growing the way we think it should,it still is producing green leaves and does what trees should do.
All photos taken with my iPhone.
My life is not always going in the direction I would like,but I can still be fruitful and live as God would have me live.
One of the things that I believe God wants to see in HIs children is joy and happiness.I must look for happy things and events,see God in all around me.
Yes,I know that tears will still fall from time to time,but I want to not waste my days wallowing in self pity and misery.

Thought for today:
Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect,
It means you decide to see beyond the imperfections.

37 comments:

  1. A very sweet post, Ruth! I love the picture of your granddaughter watching her shadow as she walks. I remember doing that:) Take her to the beach more often! It's good for both of you!
    ♥ ♥ ♥

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  2. Oh Ruth, I am just so happy to read this post. My prayer for you all along has been that you would be able to find JOY in life again!!!! Sandra and I like to say that our what-ifers are broken, we are worriers. I think that this is one of the things that God means when he says to become like little children, they blindly trust. Age and hardships have not touched them yet and made them fearful. They don't worry about the future, because they are just unaware about the possibilities. God has so many beautiful and touching things for us all to see, if we will just look. And I know that looking has been the hardest part for you, my friend. i hope you will be seeing through re-awakened eyes now.

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  3. amen to the thought for the day. your granddaughter is beautiful and she looks full of joy on that beach. and i know she brings much joy to you. the tree is fantastic, all gnarled and gnarly and still producing, a living drift wood

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  4. What wisdom there is in the thoughts you have shared ... and the photos are great reminders of how to enjoy life.

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  5. love the images you were able to catch of her simple, uncomplicated joys. :) so true... we adults like to muck things up...

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  6. When I first read your title, it reminded me of a song that was popular when my kids were growing up:"Don't Worry, Be Happy."

    What a sweet granddaughter. That must have been a really fun day. My grandchildren are coming this weekend and staying for a week. I can hardly wait!

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  7. It is the trust of little ones that Jesus seeks from us, to trust him as the little ones trust their parents.

    So many times scripture says God will provide all out needs. He may not give us our wants but our needs will be met for those who trust God.

    Have a blessed day and the rest be blessed.

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  8. This is a beautiful post, Ruth. Kai must bring you great joy, even in the midst of the sorrow you still feel. Very interesting tree in that one photograph, with a wise application to go along with it.

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  9. Your post is very thoughtful and perceptive. I hope you find your way back to happiness sooner rather than later. Maybe Kai asking you to go to the lake with her was God's way of nudging you in the right direction.

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  10. Sweet pictures of Kai and great lessons. A very hopeful and upbeat post Ruth. I hope you're beginning to see some light in the distance. Diane

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  11. ^_^ You put a smile on my face! Nothing better than spending time with a granddaughter.

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  12. this is beautiful ruth....we can learn a lot from children.

    awesome photo's of kai, they really capture her spirit!!

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  13. Sometimes the things we do for others - like going to the beach with your pretty little Kai - have a way of blessing us! Such good photos from your iPhone! Love that gnarly tree - my grands would be all over it! So glad for this post and how the Lord is teaching you and in turn teaching us as well. Hugs!

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  14. Ruth, I t makes me happy to see you having a really happy day. Children can teach us so much and God gave you this child to show you what you are missing. we have been given this wonderful world to enjoy, people come into and go out of our lives for a reason. We all need to look for the roses not the power lines or car dumps in our lives. Of course you will still cry now and then but think of the great blessing God gave you when He added Jake to your life. So many people never find anyone to share their life with, even for a brief time.

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  15. A trip to the beach with your granddaughter - how fun! Looks like a very joyous day...

    And oh my - that quote is fabulous!

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  16. Thanks, Ruth, for being so open. I know it's difficult and I also can give the things that I worry about to the Lord, and then take them back again. Beautiful photos of your grand-daughter. Thanks also making us aware of copyscape. I now have the banner on my site as well.

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  17. I enjoyed reading your post for this day and see your photos.

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  18. Such sweet photos of the little one.....to become as children.

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  19. Great post Ruth...you're finally getting it...don't look back, just look forward and enjoy every step of the way. It took me a long time to quit playing the "what if" games, now I just enjoy because I can't change the past just learn from it.

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  20. I love the joy of your granddaughter you were able to capture...and on your IPhone!

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  21. I think spending lots of time with Kai is really, REALLY good for you!

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  22. Kai so reminds me of my dear granddaughter. She has often been my "teacher" on letting go of worries,sadness, and being free to be happy.
    Great inspirational post!

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  23. The happy spirit of your precious grandaughter bring joy to your heart a blessing filled with God's love. Wishing peace,joy and comfort to you Ruth.
    I loved reading this post.I'm happy to be back from my wee hiatus.

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  24. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!! The pictures and the wisdom you shared!!! May God richly bless you and give you plenty of things to smile about! :)

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  25. Indeed, very good post! It reminds us to appreciate the small things around us. Thank you for this, people often forget to look around.

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  26. Ruth, What an absolutely wonderful post! The pictures are lovely and the words even more so. What joy your granddaughter, Kai, must bring into your life. If we could just see the world through the eyes of a child for all of our life, how much happier and carefree we would be. Thank you for sharing a lovely post. Have a wonderful day. Mickie :)

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  27. I love the one with her shadow. I haven't given up playing with mine. Sometimes it is the best company around.
    nellie

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  29. great picture of your granddaughter..she running along the beach looks so carefree

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  30. I love this post Ruth, sometimes it take the innocence of youth just to make us take it all in. Life isn't easy and you have been through some hard times. But, we can still rejoice that we have an awesome Father who looks after us and doesn't give us more than we can handle.

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  31. If only we continued our journey in the joy of a child...
    A beautiful post with a precious subject to photo...This is happiness and I am so glad to see you filled with this great joy...
    XOXO's to you!

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  32. Beautiful post Ruth. When I saw the first photo - my immediate thought was "oh to be so carefree and with out a worry in the world." Children are such a treasure - when we are given the chance to see the world thru their eyes. God moments - I guess is a good term -
    You are a treasure to the blog world - when you share your journey thru grief and your desire to serve and honor God - I think you make HIM smile!

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  33. Very touching words Ruth. I am on a personal journey, and your blog helps me stay focused.
    Kai is a very lucky girl to have such a speial grandma! Love your shots of her.
    B.

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  34. These are very wise words, Ruth. I know it's difficult to put into practice choosing joy when you are sorrowful, but ultimately the joy of the Lord will return to you as you talk to him day by day and hour by hour.

    (((Hugs))) Pat

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  35. A wonderful post, Ruth. As always I enjoyed your beautiful photos, and reading your thoughts about things.

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  36. Ruth, I am so HAPPY to read this post. You are right - God DOES want you to be happy. And, so do I.

    For every thing, there is a season! That means happiness too! When you are happy, it makes me happy. :o)

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