She had grown up in the same orphanage where she was stilling living, looking after its children in the same way older women had once looked after her. It was miles and miles from the nearest market or town. She slept on the floor in a tiny room with four other women. She had lost a leg to a landmine. But she could still ride her bike in the stifling humidity to wherever she wanted to go, looking gorgeous and hardly breaking a sweat at the same time.
She loved her home. She loved her friends and the fact she lived and worked with so many children. She loved the moment -- despite its fragility and the fact further conflict in the region at the time seemed imminent. She told me she was happy. (Source: Women's agenda)
What makes women happy — well, that depends very much on who you ask.
- Some women are not happy unless they have an exciting job outside the home running about closing deals and living the high life.
- Some women are very happy with remaining in the home and would never dream of any other career.
- Some women are only happy if surrounded by “things” that are purchased with money.
- Some women are very happy to be surrounded by family and procession don't matter.
For me, happiness can be found with a comfy chair (slightly worn), cup of tea and a good book. Well, a few others things as well, such as my family and cats!
The Bible does not promise us happiness. Instead we are reminded many time to be joyful which is quite different to being happy. However, joyfulness will bring about the feeling of happiness as we do work for the Lord. To be joyful is to be glad - to be glad when faced with life's many trials, be glad when not feeling well, be glad at all times of the day or night. Gladness and joy can be found even at the saddest of moments.
Count it all joy when you fall into various trails
Whilst happiness can be fleeting, our joy comes from the Lord, doing His work and is based on our relationship with Jesus Christ, which is why it is an everlasting source of joy.
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)
Joy has nothing to do with the number of new shoes you own. You may get happiness from your collection, however, as soon as they get old and have lost their gloss, your happiness will have gone and to gain more happiness you will need to buy more. Joy is not fleeting like happiness. We won't find joy in a shop, look for joy in the Word of God and with joy will come contentment and happiness in knowing the love and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalms 37:4)