Are You Happy?

Have you ever met that lovely new invention called one click check out on Amazon.com? Its terribly amazing. As well as amazing terrible for my checking account.

While I was on campus today, I found a green slip in my PO box meaning I had received a package! yay! I assumed it was a book I ordered on Amazon. Moments later I had the following between my hands:

via google mages

Yes, it is a book. It is indeed from Amazon. But remember that one click checkout thing? I had no recollection of ordering… (although I do remember considering it). I probably couldn’t have even jogged my memory with an interrogation from my mom sounding somewhat like, “What did you spend $4.63 on?”

I was incredibly excited though! And I think Buddha was right (on one thing) in saying, When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

I feel like I am just in a learning stage in my life. I am learning a lot about myself. I learn constantly in Mrs. Knight’s Intro to Communication class; even learned I may want to minor in Communication. I’m learning more about God, how incredible He is, and all that that encompasses. I’m learning to cook more. I’m learning to love vegetables. And as soon as I started reading the cover of this book, I knew I was going to learn ¬†a lot more.

Just a few small excerpts/phrases from what I read today as soon as I cracked the spine. [The Happiness Project by: Gretchen Rubin] Take a second with each of these to just let them sink in:

  • –“there is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.” -Robert Louis Stevenson
  • –I find greater value in what specific individuals tell me worked for them than in any other kind of argument- and that’s true even when we seem to have nothing in common.
  • –I was in danger of wasting my life.
  • –I had everything I could possibly want- yet I was failing to appreciate it. Bogged down in petty complaints and passing crises, weary of struggling with my own nature, I too often failed to comprehend the splendor of what I had.
  • –people teach what they need to learn
  • –the opposite of happiness, is unhappiness, not depression
  • –what you do everyday matters more than what you do once in a while (this was all to convicting!!)

Can you relate to this? To not being as happy as you should be or want to be? For some maybe not happy at all?

Especially as she says,”One of my worst qualities is my insatiable need for credit; I always want the gold star, the recognition,” Gretchen Rubin encompasses so perfectly my search for thank yous after giving gifts, my love of the oohs and ahhhs when I redecorate.

In all of this, I am simply saying that “I am happy- but I’m not as happy as I should be. I have such a good life, I want to appreciate it more- and live up to it better. It is hard to explain. I complain to much, I get annoyed more than I should.” I haven’t been living to my full potential or being happy in my day to day, seemingly pointless routine. Through reading this I hope to find that something extra… enjoyment in the little things. But, of course, I will never reach that without keeping my focus wholeheartedly on the Giver of true happiness.

HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO LIVE PURE LIVES, WHO FOLLOW THE LORD’S TEACHINGS. HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO KEEP HIS RULES, WHO OBEY HIM WITH THEIR WHOLE HEARTS.

psalm 119:1-2

For a little happy in your day check this out….

What an incredible thing.. that not only is He constant, but He promises to never forsake us. Forsake meaning to give up. He will never give up on us, no matter what. He is only good. Oh to bask in that realization.

COMING NEXT IS A FASHION POST!

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Jumpin’ on the HIIT train!

After class today, despite the TERRIBLE weather… (45 degrees felt like 20!) I felt a strange urge to hit the gym!

Once in a lifetime ūüėČ so I went with it telling myself I only had to stay 20 minutes! When I got there I had my body fat measured out of curiosity then I jumped on the elliptical to start some HIIT!

High Intensity Interval Training is the next hottest fitness trend behind Cross Fit. If you’ve been anywhere near Pinterest lately, you know that everyone’s been all over this trend!

HIIT definition from wikipedia:¬†an enhanced form of¬†interval training, an¬†exercise¬†strategy alternating periods of short intense¬†anaerobic exercise¬†with less-intense recovery periods. HIIT is a form of¬†cardiovascular exercise. Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 7‚Äď20 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and¬†condition, improved¬†glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning

I created my own (combining elliptical and treadmill) for a hot and SUPER sweaty twenty minutes!

HIIT

Try it for yourself~ It leaves you feeling so alive!! I got my heart rate up to 188- goes to show how out of shape in shape I am. ha ha! This 20 minute workout burned a total of 201 calories for just 1.7 miles!

Now that my appetite is ready to roar, I’ve got tilapia in the oven!!

Living and Active

I read the NIV Bible and I’ve never had a problem with that version. But I do love to see the way the same verse is displayed differently from version to version. Some seem really different, some you can hardly notice a change.¬†

Today I’m referring to Psalm 46:10. A verse most people would say, “yeah, I’ve heard that all my life.” “I have that hanging on my wall at home”… but a friend reminded me recently that even when it seems we have heard verses more times than we can count, God makes them fresh every time, perfectly conveying what He needs you to see that day. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

NIV: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

NASB:¬†“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Here is what stuck out to me like a sore thumb: Cease Striving.

CEASE

[sees]  ceased, ceas·ing, noun

1. to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.
2. to come to an end: At last the war has ceased.
3. Obsolete . to pass away; die out.
4. to put a stop or end to; discontinue: He begged them to cease their quarreling

STRIVE 

[strahyv] striv·en, striv·ing.

1. to exert oneself vigorously; try hard: He strove to make himself understood.
2. to make strenuous efforts toward any goal: to strive for success.
3. to contend in opposition, battle, or any conflict; compete.
4. to struggle vigorously, as in opposition or resistance: to strive against fate.
5. to rival; vie.
 
Stop making strenuous efforts towards goals that are not for Me. This was the message I was supposed to see today as I read this verse for the trillionth time (okay- that was an exaggeration!) 
Usually when I think of this verse I take it to mean I should sit still, without words, trying to chase away any thoughts that enter and wait for God. And I have attempted to do this many times. I still see that we should wait at the feet of Jesus being quiet, giving no input, just listening sometimes. But WOW! for Him to blatantly put before me “Stop making strenuous efforts towards goals that are not of Me or for Me.”¬†
 
What a message for my heart this morning. I pray it is good for yours too. 
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‚ÄúFor the word of God is¬†living¬†and¬†active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul¬†and¬†of spirit, of joints¬†and¬†of marrow,¬†and¬†discerning the thoughts¬†and¬†intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12