This card is from Mary Engelbreit, and the quote is from Abraham Lincoln:
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be".:
I used to have this framed and hanging on a wall in my previous house when I was really "into" the Mary Engelbreit "look"--whimsical, bright colors, etc. I still love whimsical--just toned down a bit. And I LOVE Mary Engelbreit's magazine HOME COMPANION--she always features unique and very talented decorator/artists.
So about the quote--sometimes I find it so easy to veer off course of my 'happiness lane' and wind up in the ditch of discontentment wondering how in the world did I get there.
When we got home from our fun filled weekend with our friends all I focused on was what I didn't have here--my friends like Laura, and Susan, and Toni and Anita and Sue who are my encourager's and prayer warriors. And the more I focused on it the bigger it became, till I told Steve "I think we made a mistake in moving here". Oh yeah--I let it get HUGE!!
I've been wandering around here all week sighing and feeling woe is me. Poor, pitiful me. I like to think I don't go swimming in the Pity Pool but I stick my toes in it once in a while. I think this time I even waded in up to my knees by the time I realized what I was doing! And what was I doing? Letting my mind wander where it shouldn't go...taking my eyes off the Lord and losing focus as a result.
Feeling led, I wrote a dear friend, who confirmed what I already knew, but needed reminding--I am responsible for my own happiness--and for me, my happiness comes from my relationship with Jesus. And if I don't have that dialed in--it doesn't take too long for me to come undone.
I'm responsible for how I think and what I think and, truly, if I dwell on "what is pure and lovely" life is SO much better!
So I'm outta the Pity Pool, all dried off and ready to greet this weekend with a better attitude and a heart of gratefulness for all the Lord has done for me!
Psalm 145 :18
The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him in truth. He grants the desire of those who fear Him: He hears their cries for help and rescues them.
Have a wonderful weekend!