Lets focus on the happy things



Happy thoughts I think are much needed at present with all the nasties going on around the world. Whilst it is important to know what is happening — it is not wise to watch and read every possible news story with the aim of catching all the gory detail as that only leads to increased worry and fear, the very thing we must avoid. 

Instead we need to find as much joy in our lives as possible and not focus on the ugly. 

The one place we need to be joyful, is our homes. We need to create places of refuge that is filled to the brim with joy, love and peace as our children need this more than ever at present. They are feeling very insecure and afraid at the moment with all the pressure they have in their lives plus the current world events from refugees to war and terrorism. They need to know that their home is a safe place where they are loved and wanted. They need to know that when life is tough they have a place to bunker down that is beautiful and calm to be in. It is our job as their mothers to create such an environment for them and one that they will find positive attitudes, lots of joyfulness, happiness and full of fun and laughter. 

Perhaps at the moment it is a good time to turn off the news and put on some music and get out the board games and have some fun. Or perhaps watch a funny movie together as a family. I am sure both the children and adults alike will feel much better not hearing all the bad news that is around us. 

So, todays blog post is about happy thoughts and pretty things so our minds can enjoy some beauty and peace instead. And whilst you go through your week, remember this verse — don't worry about tomorrow, God has that under control. Just focus on the now — and best of all, God is looking after us right now and we have nothing to fear. 

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)



I don't know about you, but flowers, books and pretty pink seem to be joyful to me which is why I selected this combination from Pinterest. There is something very calming about each of these pictures and calm is good at the moment.

Lets search out beautiful things this week, things that make us happy, bring us joy. Because if we are in the right state of mind, we will pass this onto our families. We can spread the joy in our homes, everyone else in the house will be much more happy. 


Thou art the Lord who slept upon the pillow;
Thou art the Lord who soothed the furious sea.
What matter beating wind and tossing billow
If only we are in the boat with Thee?

Hold us in quiet through the age-long minute
While Thou art silent, and the wind is shrill:
Can the boat sink while Thou, dear Lord, art in it?
Can the heart faint that waiteth on Thy will


by Amy Carmichael

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Comments

  1. Lovely post! And I especially had to smile with the mention of board games. When the power goes out here due to weather...it stays out for long periods of time. We used to love it...the kids would run to get the board games out, we would light all the candles...if it was cold, we'd light a fire and sit and play board games while sipping hot chocolate. If we were not finished with whatever game it was and the power came back on, they would yell, "no, hurry...turn off the lights..we're not done yet!" Good times! Thanks for the trip down memory lane...a JOYFUL post for sure! Wishing you great JOY on this glorious day! Aloha

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    1. There is nothing more fun that a group of people playing a board game - so much more laughter and chatting than when everyone is starring at the TV screen .

      Sending joy your way :)))

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  2. A beautiful post today... we do need to focus on the lovely. There's so little we can do as wives and mothers except in our homes and with those we meet. And yet, that's the very place God has given us and the very people he has given us.
    Be blessed!
    Laura

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    1. What a differences a little joy and happiness can make to not only our family but to all those we meet. People seem to be far more stressed and anxious these days and they need people like us to spread the joy about :)

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  3. What a lovely post, my darling, Wonderful images, Beautiful words and Fascinating, so very Fascinating quotes, thank you for sharing .. actually, you've made my day !
    With dear love
    Dany

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    1. Thankyou Dany - I am so glad you enjoyed this blog post. I loved finding the imagines and it thrills me to know you thought they were lovely.

      blessings

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  4. What a beautifully encouraging post!!

    Your words of wisdom so apt for the times we live in.

    I LOVED the poem by Amy Carmichael. Perfect!

    What a blessing it was to read your post today. :-)

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    1. Thankyou Karen, I think it is so important to focus on the beautiful at this time, but not forget those who are suffering or have died at the hands of such evil.

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  5. Lovely post.and such an encouragement and reminder to have a joyful and loving home. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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    1. Thankyou Terri - I do hope you week has been enjoyable :)

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  6. I loved your post and really loved the photos! Thanks for linking up at Mondays @ Soul Survival. Blessings!

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  7. Beautiful pictures - I love the softness of the pictures you selected. It is a good idea to focus on the pretty things... Philippians 4:8 reminds us to think on "lovely" things! :) Of course the most lovely thing of all is the beauty we find in the Scriptures and especially in the Lord Jesus, and the beauty in the work of His hands!

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    1. So true, even in the midst of mess, ugliness and chaos one can still peace and refuge in Gods word.

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