Category: RachsRamblings

Happiness

by RachsRamblings

Many of us learned the song above when quite young. I did. In thinking about life and where it has taken me, the Lord brought this to mind. Amazingly, I remembered the words which isn’t always possible these days. I have noticed, though, that the verses and songs I learned when young…are much more easily remembered! ( Big thanks to my parents that we memorized so much scripture and spiritual songs.)

HAPPINESS IS THE LORD! It truly is. Finding happiness in our circumstances is sometimes impossible, and if we do…those circumstances change. For the Christian, happiness isn’t based on emotions, feelings, or what difficulties we face today. True Happiness is found in Christ. In this world, it’s so easy to lose sight of that.

I’m NOT saying you won’t experience sadness or sorrow. We are all human, and we all experience a wide range of emotions. Jesus did as well when he walked the earth. I’m not saying your life as a Christian will be sunshine and roses because, it won’t!

WHAT AM I SAYING??

Read some verses on joy and happiness.

We can be truly happy and content if we follow Godly counsel and meet and befriend Godly people.

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

These verses wrap some things up nicely. It puts rejoicing, prayer, and thankfulness all in one thought. A person will never be happy if they can’t be thankful for EVERYTHING! It doesn’t say to just be thankful for good things. Be thankful for everything because for those in Christ, he can work anything for good. Prayer brings a thankful heart. This is something that I’m learning as I seek to do as Christ would wish. More than anything, prayer has changed ME! With a prayerful mind, be thankful for everything…and rejoice always in Christ Jesus!

It isn’t an easy thing to do because our fleshly nature seeks happiness in things of this world, but that is fleeting. It is a daily thing to put our heart and mind on thankfulness and happiness. It is a choice we must make.

Reading his word and spending time in prayer is the best way for me to find myself in a state of happiness…counting my blessings is definitely another way God has helped me as I daily seek happiness and contentment. Click on the image below to read some good verses on happiness!

No matter what storms God may send our way, He is faithful to carry us through each one! We can rejoice in Him if Christ has a place in our heart.

THOUGHTS

Any of you have a verse that helps you? A song that brings joy? A story to share of how God helped you find happiness in a difficult situation? I’d welcome any comments.

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DON’T FORGET THE CAREGIVER by Rachel Farnsworth

PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE TO GO TO MY BROTHER’S BLOG AND READ HIS WIFE’S POST

This is so incredibly true…and the questions can be frustrating when the caregiver is constantly asked if the dystonia patient is better, when we have a progressive disorder that doesn’t get better…not in the many years we have had it. I quoted the last part of the last line before my daughter finished reading it to me because I know what I wish people would ask. My hubby was totally honest once, and just mentioned I had a seizure…and things weren’t good. That’s pretty much always the answer. He can’t always truthfully sugar coat the realities with which we live. Abby, my daughter, is a huge part of the care giving process in this home. It’s why she is considering being a nurse. She comments on this post…it’s sweet, but heartbreaking to this mommy’s heart. Please read! Josh Farnsworth’s wife,Rachel Farnsworth, writes the piece. Just click on the image above this paragraph. Or here…. https://www.mydystonialife.blog/2019/07/forgetting-caregiver.html

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My Dystonia Life. It’s a Family Thing! – Visit My Brother’s Blog

A shirt my sis designed for our family. 💗

Sharing about the disorder that affects almost every aspect of my life has never been easy for me. I’ve had the disorder over 25 years, yet there is a lot about it i don’t share. My mom, two brothers, and a sister have been diagnosed with it. It is different in each of us. My oldest brother has many of the mental issues and the dystonia seizures that I have. He has started a new blog to put his musing into the written word. It’s been therapeutic for him, and I highly encourage him to continue. I painfully know all to well of what he is speaking … that makes it hard. I got it first and for many years no one else showed signs of it. It was sad days when our family realized it wasn’t going to just be me. My sis got it next. I was crushed. My brother, Joshua, got it at 30. We have always been close, and we are close in age. I don’t remember life without him. I want to really encourage anyone who reads this to please read and follow my brothers page as he works through this disorder in his own way. Go here-

https://mydystonialife.blogspot.com

My brother and I….long ago! 😊 This pic will take you where you need to go!

He puts into words so much what it is like…and admits things about it I never have. I love all of my siblings more than any words can express. I was the oldest so I’ve loved them ever since they were born. Watching is hard…the comfort??

GOD KNOWS BEST!!!!

He is our Heavenly Father and wants what is best, but it isn’t easy. He didn’t promise that. He did promise He’d be with us as we live out the journey…the story He has written for our lives. Please visit this blog…perhaps leave an encouraging comment. Feel welcome to tell him his “ little sister” as he calls me, sent you! 😊 Some pics I had to share! I have lots, lots more…but I won’t bore you with them all.

The year my brother graduated from highschool
The Year I graduated from highschool. He was my “date” to the Senior Banquet.
My brother visiting me in Maine
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Always Be Thankful

Some Ramblings of the Heart…

Ephesians 5:20 “Giving thanks always for ALL things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

Abby and I finished a Bible study that I titled “Attitude of Gratitude.” We finished the study, but we hope as a family we will hold each other accountable. Like when complaining the difficulty of having the sun shine in ones eyes, one pipes up to say that at least we SEE the sun at 7:30!! Come winter it will be dark at 4!!

Abby and I both realized during this study we needed to change…we also realized that always being thankful for ALL things is a verse that we will have to wrap our mind and heart around EVERY day.

There is always much for which to be thankful, but to be thankful for ALL things? It isn’t too much for our Lord to ask, but without him it’s a task I realize I can’t fulfill. Thankful for a week of rain? Thankful for Dystonia? Thankful for being so far away from my parents? YES!

  • Come summer a cool rainy day will sound nice
  • My Dystonia has brought many wonderful people into my life. This includes my dear Hubby and my daughter!
  • I live in my Daddy’s hometown so I get to see my wonderful parents ever year for several weeks.

Frequently, it’s our perspective that needs a change!

Just one verse in the Bible, yet I can’t perform this one without God’s help. How weak our flesh is, and how strong is God’s mercy and grace towards us. Always be Thankful!!

I wrote this a year ago, but I needed the reminder so I decided to add it to the blog. I hope it is a blessing. 💗

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LIVE TO LOVE

RachsRamblings on the idea of real love…

In reading my devotions lately, in conversations, on social media, and in what little TV movies I’ve seen lately-much is said of love. It’s sad some of the ideas we have about love.

It seems many of the conversations on social media and TV go something like this, “ Well, if he loved me, I and my feelings would matter.” “If she loved me she would act differently.” “If they loved me they would ( fill in the blank.)”

As much as society would like us to think that love is GETTING. It isn’t! Love is giving…love is giving everything. Christ set the perfect example, of course, by somehow loving me when I was unloveable. Dying for me, when I was unloveable. The Bible never indicates that we are to only love those who give to us- quite the opposite. “ (Charity) seeketh not her own.” This verse is a dart straight to the heart and definition of love.

Before I was married, a lovely couple that has known me my whole life gave me a piece of advice I’ve never forgotten. “Marriage is NOT 50/50. Marriage is 100/0. Giving your all expecting nothing in return.” This is a piece of wisdom that I’ve held onto for seventeen years-a convicting one at times. If I love my husband because of what I get, it isn’t love. True love is the love that Christ gives- unconditional! We are just to love others. Period. No excuses- not in marriage, not in relationships. May I learn to love as Christ did! LIVE TO LOVE!

LOVING

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