Great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved

God’s Voice of Love

I’ve never quit loving you and never will.

Expect love, love, love and more love. Jeremiah 31:3 The Message

Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. Great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

Loved for ourselves. Even loved in spite of ourselves.”

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Lord help me to let go and let you Love me like you want to.

i cry more than my baby

I cry when I’m happy
I cry when I’m sad
I cry when I’m hurt
I cry during movies
I cry when someone seems to have forgotten about me
I cry when my daughter has boo boo. I’m tempted to cry with her every time she cries.

I cry easily and often. It seems like that’s how I express any kind of real raw emotion.

Sometimes when I cry happy tears, I need to state a disclaimer to my hubby so he wouldn’t think it’s cuz he did something wrong. But he is getting better at understanding my cry language.

He usually laughs about it but for the most part doesn’t mind the tears.

I don’t like or enjoy crying in front of people though. It makes me feel weak when I want to appear strong and “i got this.”

I also don’t like how I look when i’m crying. It’s not a pretty sight.
I don’t mind the occasional tears running down my face – that one isn’t bad.
When I cry cuz of my heart hurting – that is the worst.

It’s ok to cry, it shows how alive we are and it’s not a sign of weakness as long as you’re not throwing a self-pity party. But even then, i think ever girl deserves to have a pity party for 15 minutes at least and move on.

You know what I hate. When we try to cover up our emotions by blaming our hormones, stress level or PMS or something else to cover the pain in our hearts. Sure hormones have an effect and I know this because they were whack during my pregnancy and I can tell the difference.

I also don’t like when guys underestimate our feelings criticising us for Over reacting or being a drama queen so we ladies like to down play our emotions to not be called names like crazy bitch, drama queen, or emotional.

While we shouldn’t be controlled by our emotions but we should let our emotions indicate the condition of our hearts and the truth will set us free and heal.

Everything’s great & Nobody’s Happy

Louis C.K. said “Everything’s great and nobody’s happy,” on The Conan O’Brien Show in 2009 and boy was he right. Can you relate too? It seems like even when everything is going great, there is a deep longing in our soul for something more and deeper.

We’re constantly chasing happiness while it’s fleeting from us. There is never the perfect circumstance or person to keep us happy for long. As soon as we run out of “happy” we start the chase again and it always wears us out and keeps us occupied with lots of things that really don’t matter. We end up doing more stuff and produce less. We throw ourselves into work to make more money to live in a house that we only come home to sleep. We cut time away from our friends and family to go out there and get something bigger and better to only come back to square one. There is nothing wrong with having things and enjoying them but when we base our joy on them, we run out very quickly!

We get promoted and become happy for a short time until we feel stuck and hit a dead end and feel miserable until we get promoted again…and it never stops.

There is always more, one more step to climb on the ladder, always something bigger and better to attain. Maybe, it’s time I give up the chase and live Christ’s Joy inside out. The Bible talks about the Joy of the Lord being my strength. The joy that I can have is not my own but it’s Christ’s. The thought that Christ came to complete my Joy it’s like Wow. I want to walk in it.

I recently read the article “Why you’re Not Happy’ In Relevant Magazine and loved the way it breaks down joy.

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Contrary to common belief, real joy in Christ and through Christ is not connected to your circumstances or emotions.

This joy isn’t about your financial stability or relationship prospects.

It cannot be any of these things because this joy is not your own.

Christ is taking over your life, apprehending you, birthing in you holiness, where joy in relationship with Him is a direct outcome.

No question, happiness and joy are interrelated, but what must not be lost is that happiness is based on our current reality, while joy is based on eternity.

Happiness is caught up in the moment. Joy sees the big picture.

Happiness is about what happens to you. Joy is about what is produced in you.

Happiness is defined by the harsh reality of your present circumstances. Joy is defined by the truth of God’s eternal benevolence toward you.

Joy teaches that the worst thing can lead to be the best outcome. The author of Hebrews explains that Christ went to the cross for the “joy set before him”

(Hebrews 12:2). It wasn’t the death and destruction of the cross where joy was fully realized. Jesus saw past the nails and His own spilled blood to a joy far outweighing them.

The circumstances in your life will never be perfect enough for happiness. But through Christ, His perfect sacrifice and holiness, we can experience a joy-filled life that sees past the brutality of our broken lives.

As you enter into life in this way, you might even become happy again.

A Day without laughter, is a day wasted

Wow, these past few weeks have been flying by and I’m desperately trying to slowwwwww down.

For the first time in a very long time, I’m sitting in the quite without anything to do. Emma is napping and hubby is not home yet.

Today was one of my favorite kind of Saturdays.

I had morning time with my baby and then by noon, dropped her off at my mother in law’s, went grocery shopping, came home cleaned the house and cooked all while listing to Justin Bieber. I couldn’t be happier.

I thought about all the stay at home moms. single moms especially, who get everything done on their own and some without any help from others. I have so much respect for you!

It’s a lot of work!!! So thankful that our parents live near and are there for us when we need them. Loving grandparents are the best!!!

I can’t imagine having to do all of this without enjoying it or laughing daily. Our lives don’t  need to be perfect for us to start enjoying every day life! It is a by product of the grace of God. Thank you Lord!

Have you laughed today?

Have you made someone else laugh?

Emma is constantly making us laugh and she has the funniest sense of humor. I just love her!

I’m the happiest when I make someone else laugh, smile and happy…especially if that person is my husband. 😉  That makes my day  🙂

I love being around people who can do the same.

Think about the people you enjoy hanging out with and why?

HAPPY PEOPLE ARE MY FAVORITE,

El