Happiest place on earth

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I am in a drought. It may sound crazy but my family just returned from Disney World. Originally, two years ago before Covid, we were supposed to travel to Florida then Covid hit and everything was shut down.

We finally went as a family of four last week. My son watched our house and all of our animals. You would think that I would come back feeling refreshed but, instead, honestly, I felt depleted because it was such a world of materialism and really I missed my Jesus time.

Being still with Jesus is what refreshes me. I realize I’m probably more an introvert but can be an extrovert, especially on thrill rides. Filling up my internal reservoir actually comes from the Word of God and my time spent with my Savior Jesus.

Yes, I went on a bunch of rides and screamed with hysteria. Yes, I was one of many in the crowds, yet I am set apart as a daughter of the King. Yes, Disney World is touted as the happiest place on earth.

When I saw sweet families having a blast and sharing memories, it brought back past memories when our kids were young. I had a great time sharing rides and funny moments with our family of four, however, something was lacking.

I saw stressed-out parents, kids asking for more souvenirs, and mega meltdowns. I pondered if perhaps the parents were using their last dime to provide “a happy experience” for the kids and yet looked stressed because of the bills when they get back home.

I realize my eternal joy cannot be filled at Disney World. My peace and the feeling of the presence of the Holy Spirit cannot be completed at Disney World. But the peace and the love of God can be found when I spend time with my Jesus. And that’s what I missed. Oh yes, I did my devotions in the morning and I didn’t check it off the list. Even if it was two in the morning when I couldn’t sleep, I felt the peace of God.

I feel I was given a window into observing people and at times saw frustration and people cutting off people and an unsettledness in that particular place. I felt drawn to act the same way. It is supposed to be the happiest on earth, is it?

I’m not sure if I’m ranting‘s are making any sense. My point, the happiest place on earth is when we spend time with our Jesus who is not superficial but eternal. That’s where joy and a peace that passes all understanding are found.

Ephesians 3:19 NLT
[19] May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Psalm 34:8 NLT
[8] Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

Psalm 16:9-11 NLT
[9] No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. [10] For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. [11] You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

No matter where you travel, seeking the peace of Jesus is just a step away. Seeking Jesus and focused time with His Word is the happiest place to be. As my teen texted, ” Mom, the happiest place is not a place or earth, it’s with God”, from the mouth of Babes.

Thursday Thanks – Joy

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This is the day the Lord has made, rejoice no matter what. Praise and worship pump up your body with endorphins, causing increased focus, dopamine releases, and brings peace. It opens our heart, mind, and soul to our Creator. Praise sets our focus on God instead of ourselves.

C. S. Lewis wrote in his book, Reflections on the Psalms,  I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is the appointed consummation.

Thank you, Lord for your gifts, for Your provision, Hebrew name : Jehovah Jireh ( God as Provider).

Happy Thanksgiving!! Enjoy this upbeat song by Chris Tomlin, Rhett Walker, and Florida Georgia Line, called ” Thank You, Lord!” I Love this song and am reposting:)

Enjoy a deeper connection with the family of God and your Savior, Jesus! Lift up a joyful noise.

Leaning on Him alone!!

Leaning on the Rock, Jesus, over stumbling along in life, is the best response to a backpack of rocks.

Hebrews 10:15 - 
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:



16 “This is the covenant I will make with them

after that time, says the Lord.

I will put my laws in their hearts,

and I will write them on their minds.”[b]



17 Then he adds:



“Their sins and lawless acts

I will remember no more.”[c]

18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.



A Call to Persevere in Faith

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Spur each other on to good things, be a truth sayer, but we are not called to hold anothers suitcase of rocks. We can be a helper not enabler to those we love.

Picture this: You find a guy or gal walking along the trail of life. He / she has opportunities to choose to pick up gems of hope, joy, opportunity, love, compassion and peace. Those opportunities may be like picking up light weight beautiful, unique geological rocks that bring a sense of happy moments,. It is bliss as the person walks lightly maybe even skips as they sing a song of praise.

Ah, yes, life can be full of joy. We can have bumps on the trail but we hop right over the extended tree roots or loose gravel and still keep hiking up the trail.

You see, we consider the joy at the mountain top. Seeing the sun rise or fall as another day begins or ends is our reward for using the tools of right choice. Plus we have our Jesus with us as we sing, or consider His scripture. His word prompts us to keep walking.

What if instead, we choose to start the trail with an empty backpack. We may choose the rocks of bitterness, despair, anxiety maybe as a bigger boulder. You may start to place heavier items in your backpack.

You seek the world’s idea of pleasure, take your pick of the items: materialism, pride, alcohol, drugs, porn, food, whatever. The things you thought brought temporary pleasure are now huge, heavy burdens that cause your back to ache, your body to be exhausted and your mind to loose focus.

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You started off with the mindset of reaching the top of the mountain. Ah, the sights you hoped to see were the vistas in the distance, the valleys below and sunshine to bring warmth to your soul. It was the plan to stay on the trail and fix your eyes on the summit and Jesus.

What happened? Where did the detour occur? Did you make the choice of pain or was it made for you? Either way, you must fight for a new trail and mountain top experience.

You can allow the backpack filled with rocks, heavy boulders to be emptied. The thing is you need a heavy lifter to help you unzip the backpack, hold the tissue as you grieve and let loose of the shame and guilt from the past.

His name is Jesus, He is the lifter of your head. He knows all about you. He wants to help you see yourself the way He does.

Do you want to be free of the heavy burdens? Life is not always easy, but He will be with you if you ask Him. Do you want to dump the backpack of the past?

Then lean on Him. Seek a family of believers who want to show you Jesus and His ways. Get you eyes on the Bible. Pray for Him the show you where to start.

There are many groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon( for those who love someone in addiction), Celebrate Recovery, Life Recovery and Sunrise. Any of these programs will draw you to a new life with your Higher Power, Jesus is awaiting.

I loved this song by David Crowder ft. Riley Clemmons,, ” I’m Leaning on You” so timely!!!!

Riley Clemmons adds a great harmony. Lean on Him alone and be ready for a new Life.

Dump the backpack of rocks and race to the summit there is a new sunrise awaiting.