|Posted by Lady Summerset on January 27, 2011 at 8:54 PM||comments (0)|
One day a man was going on a long trip. He needed his servants to take care of his property while he was gone, so he called them to him.
To the first servant he gave five talents of money. (A talent was not a coin, but a weight of a precious metal such as silver, and one talent was worth more than $1,000. So this servant received money worth more than $5,000.)
This man went to work at once using his money until he had doubled it. He now had ten talents instead of five.
The master gave the second man two talents. He probably thought the man was capable of managing that amount of money. The second man was successful also, and doubled his money. He began with more than $2,000 and now he had twice as much.
The third man was not as capable as the other two, but the master gave him one talent with the expectation that he would manage it well. He, too, could have increased his money, but he dug a hole and hid it in the ground.
After a long time the master returned. (Some think the master's trip is a picture of Jesus returning to heaven, and the return from the trip is the judgment of mankind.) He was ready for a report from the servants.
The man who had received five talents brought his money and showed the master that he had doubled it. He was happy to show his master the results.
The master was well pleased. He said, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"
The man that had been given two talents showed the master that he had also doubled his money. He received the same words of praise as the first man who had received five talents.
The man who had received one talent dug up the talent he had buried and brought it to the master. He accused the master of being a hard man to work for, said he had been afraid, so he just buried his talent. He gave it back to the master saying, "See, here is what belongs to you."
The master was very angry with him and called him a wicked, lazy servant. He said the man should at least have put the money with bankers and received some interest. (Now the Jews could not charge nor receive interest from a fellow Jew, but they could get interest from a person who was not a Jew.)
The master took his one talent away from him and gave it to the man who had ten talents, and the one talent man was punished because he had not properly used the talent he had been given.
What can we learn from this story? We need to use whatever "talent" God has given us. It might be money or ability. If we use it wisely, He will increase it so that our lives will glorify Him.
|Posted by Lady Summerset on January 26, 2011 at 7:22 PM||comments (0)|
Wait on the Lord, Be of good courage. And He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord." Psalms 27:14
Wait, be still and know that He is God. Psalms 46:10
Be still and know that I am God – What is its origin? “Be still and know that I am God!” is the first part of Psalm 46:10. Here, the word still comes from a Hebrew word meaning to “let go” or “release.” The meaning would be best understood to say “cause yourself to become restrained or to let go.” In other words, we need to come to a place where we are willing to submit ourselves to God and acknowledging that He is in sovereign control.
When we realize that we are truly incapable of controlling life, we can surrender our will to God’s will. It may be a matter of finally saying we trust Him. This will open the door so that we may experience the fullness of all God wants and has for us. After all, He is our Creator and has a perfect plan for us when we let Him orchestrate it. -- http://www.allaboutfollowingjesus.org/be-still-and-know-that-i-am-god.htm
These two scriptures surfaced in my spirit as I was asking the Holy Spirit what He wanted me to write for the day. It was an unusal day in the sense that I usually get a thought or idea on the first leg of my commute to work. There was nothing. I arrived to work. There was nothing. I start the assignment for the day. There still was nothing. Commuted back home. There was nothing! I arrived back home. There was nothing!
I then said to my husband that I was so tired and "tired" was a word that I had deleted from my vocabulary years ago! I was telling a dear friend of mine how being consistant with writing the daily blog, there were simply days that I just did not "feel" like it but He always gave me something to write.
As I sat at my laptop the above scriptures floated to the surface of my soul. The funny thing was that they both started with "Wait!" I hadn't asked Him for anything in particular today but my mind began to wander over the days events.
I had talked to my friend about "promotions" on the job. I could feel that she was disheartened about the numerous amount of people who had be promoted but there was nothing that they could do for her. Then as I was writing this blog, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the search on my "own" job history that I had just done yesterday! Boy, God has a sense of humor! It has been 10 years since my last promotion. I even went back to college to get prepared for a promotion to only have my Manager say "If you want to get promoted, your going about it the wrong way!" in front of another coworker.
This was one of those moments when the scripture about how the Holy Spirit knows what to pray for even when we don't came to mind. Omigosh! Was this a deep desire, confession, or petition that I had place out there through the spoken word and inside let it fall to the floor because of what I could see happening around me?
I know the word says that promotions comes from the Lord. For promotion [cometh] neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. Psalms 75:6
I hear Him whispering "wait."
Waiting entails us trusting the Lord...Proverbs 3: 5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
|Posted by Lady Summerset on January 25, 2011 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
We Walk by Faith, not by Sight. 2 Cor. 5:7
Have you ever tried playing this game with yourself? Stand up, close your eyes, and walk 20 steps in front of you. Before you get to the tenth step, you already feel wobbly and disoriented. This is such an unnatural act! So is walking by Faith!
By What Authority Do You Walk?
When you are depending on a boss, supervisor, or a person of authority for your promotion, well- being, or direction. That's walking by sight! Causing you to make adjustments to your life according to what is going on around you!
This is where are emotions come into play, depending on what state of mind we are in will determine the path that we will take. Depending on our mood, "I don't feel like it!" We will either push forward when adversities come or look for cover when the winds begin to assail.
Those who walk by faith anchor themselves in the Word of God! Depending upon it's revelation as its compass. To "walk by Faith" is to walk as Scripture directs our spirit (Romans 10:17).
In these economic times, we have become overwhelmed with trying to hold on to our possessions. So much so, until we venture into doing things and taking actions that we otherwisde would not have entertained before.
I was watching Dr. Phil yesterday evening and there was a woman who was on the verge of losing her home, and her financial stability. She told a few people that she was entertaining the thought of becoming an escort that she might "keep" all that she was about to lose!
Often, we "walk by sight" when we are going through sickness, hurt, or pain. We look around and like radar, we find those who we feel are not deserving of being exempt from what we are experiencing. The Word of God says that He rains on the Just as weall as the unjust (Matthew 5:45).
The song says "whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say, iti is Well, it is Well with my soul!" That's what the heart of a "walk by faith" soul does. They count up the costs and lay their concerns at the altar, while awaiting revelation from the One who loves them most inspires them to "walk further by Faith!."
Walking by Faith is a spiritual action that will yeld both spiritual and natural rewards. Next time when faced with an obstacle, remember to "walk by Faith, and not by Sight!"
Father, thank you again for listening to the prayer of your daughter. Learning to hold tighter to your unchanging Hand. Looking to You, the Author and Finisher of our Faith. You who holds each tomorrow and keeps us every day. Thank you. Guide those who will read this and lead them on their continued Walk by Faith! Love You Jesus! Amen
|Posted by Lady Summerset on January 24, 2011 at 6:36 PM||comments (0)|
"I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well"-Pslams 139:14
Today, I choose to "dance to the beat of my own drum!"
Writing consistently for these past 24 days have been such a challenge. There have been many days that I just didn't "feel" like it. It is in these moments that I find that I mus wait on Him to Speak to My Heart!
I'm a morning person. So, I would like to get it written and move on into my day. The Holy Spirit has taught me that it's important to "wait" on Him. Whether it's 8:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m, or 7:00 p.m., the Holy Spirit speaks with an on-time rule. His topic of choice is always on point and it reveals another facet of the Father that I needed to see!
Today, I honor the fact that I'm unique in thought, build, compassion, wisdom, and purpose! My hair, my nails, and my walk bears my personal signature! I know sometimes I'll be thought of as strange but the music of my drum beat loudly in my soul. It's slow, then fast, then smooth, then just barely beating, resting bringing me into His presence!
I don't look to be led. I am a leader. I don't wait for others. I move like the wave. I rise to the occassion. I sing to the music of my own soul. I smile when I hear the laughter of my grandchildren. I blush when my husban walks into the room. I embrace fresh purple roses and I gleam in the light of diamonds.
I enjoy dancing to the beat of my own drum. I'm happy because I'm thankful, it's written in my heart!
I know you have an opinion of my life, my choices, and my hair and so you do. I dance because the movement reminds me of the flow of Life! David danced before the Lord! He danced out of his clothes. That day he choose to dance to the beat of his own drum!
Father, I thank you for another day. You've been good to me. I appreciate you. Thank you for all that I hold dear and for all those things that you've entrusted me with. I Love You Lord! Today, It is well with my soul...Amen
|Posted by Lady Summerset on January 23, 2011 at 4:26 PM||comments (0)|
Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
It's Sunday morning and I rise to a new day. I feel kind of special and I get dressed to go to Dunkin' Donuts to pickup my husband and me our morning coffee, something which he would normally do. I walk int the room where he's sitting and he asks where I'm going. I'm feeling kind of special and I'll take the ride this morning.
It's not soon after I've openned the car door and placed the key in the ignition when all the thoughts of what needs to be done and how we're going to financially take care of them fill my mind. I turn the radio to 103.8 Praze Radio and the sound of wonderful gospel music fills the car. The song is "There's Nobody Greater."
It's in the teens outside and I lower the emergency break and back out of the driveway. It's Sunday, praisers and worshippers are making final preparations to enter different houses of worship. I stop at T.D. Bank to withdraw some money and the balance is not what I desired but I've met two women, who were alone, but knew God. We three women are standing in the cold glass ATM enclosure, talking about God and family! I bid the women a blessed day. I'm feeling kinda of Special.
I'm on my way to Pathmark to pick up some things for dinner and pick up a pack of Wet N' Wild's "I'm Feeling Retro." I enter the parking lot, park, and walk quickly into the store. I wander the aisles that are beautifully quiet. I check out with only my Wet N' Wild Compact and the total reads $3.99. I quickly tell the young man that the display says $1.99. He quickly volunteers to view the display and a supervisor happens over and he quickly states it's a Wet N' Wild advertisement displa and will discount the compact. Wow, that was so easy.
I got the Dunkin' Donuts coffee and I reach home. My younger son will be making breakfast so now I can talk with my husband and do some writing this morning. I'm feeling kinda special.
There will always be something that will vex us, wear on us, and distract us but God! I hear the laughter of my grandchildren 2 and 7 and their laughter lightens my heart. My daughter-in-law would always say, "it is, what it is." It's so, until I speak to it! The Word, spoken changes people, places, and things! He's brought us, led us through many dangers, toils, and snares. Faith is our compass and leads us into...I'm feeling Kinda Special...it's the Joy of the Lord, it is my Strength.
Precious Father, I thank you. I thank you for all that I perceive as good, well, and indifferent. I thank you for being the Joy of my Strength. I thank you for peace that passeth all understanding. It's because of you that I live, move, and have my being! Thank you Lord for the Holy Spirit that you left to be my Comforter and a good One He is...and because of Him I'm feeling Kinda Special! I whisper Father! I love You!
|Posted by Lady Summerset on January 22, 2011 at 8:11 PM||comments (0)|
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
Oftentimes we are always looking for someone to give us something. Whether it is love, money, clothes and or other materialistic items. Who doesn't like getting a box wrapped in light blue wrapping paper and white bow?
Giving is meant to make the receiver happy, while enlightening the giver! Have you've ever met someone who gives to you because they want you to give them back something in turn? I have. I know some people would say that they would just take the gift and keep it moving but I met a Christian woman many years ago and she said to me "never allow someone to be better to you than you are to them!"
I live by that. I try to be giving as much as possible, not wanting the receiver to believe that their acts of kindness was met with ungratefulness. It's feels great to give kindness to others, the receivers gift becomes "intangible," spiritual!
Giving builds a path to happiness!
Norton said: "So instead of buying yourself a coffee buy your friend a coffee and that might actually make you a happier person."
Professor Stephen Joseph, of the University of Nottingham - an expert in the psychology of happiness who was not involved in the study - said: "Most of the research in the past has said money isn't that important in terms of happiness. The things that are important are things to do with relationships, with other people, and things that help to promote meaning, the purpose in life.
Find a stranger today, someone you've never met before and give! Whether it's a cup of coffee, a subway ride, or a loaf of bread, you will get an intangible feeling that warms the heart!
|Posted by Lady Summerset on January 21, 2011 at 5:13 PM||comments (0)|
James 4:13–14 -- Boasting About Tomorrow
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Often times we are so involved in upcoming events until we forget about TODAY! One thing for sure is that the calendar is full of TODAYS! Before we've had time to understand what has happened in the previous 23 hours, then day is already gone!
What is it that you filled your today with? Did you fill it with enough love, peace, joy, and happiness? Or, did you allow someone to steal your joy, peace, and hope? Oftentimes we live like there will always be another tomorrow and for some of us the tomorrows will cease and the TODAY, wasted.
We need to learn how to live in the NOW, TODAY, this moment. That is really ALL that you have. Squandered TODAY worrying why some people just won't do right! Going to a job that you hate! Missing a Man/Woman who doesn't love you TODAY and will not love you tomorrow.
Some things we should not put off until tomorrow:
The Bible says that when it comes to some things, we should never delay. Jesus taught that reconciling with an offended brother should be done immediately upon our remembrance of the situation (Matthew 5:23-24). He also said to “settle matters quickly” with our adversaries (verse 25). However distasteful it may be to pursue peace with an enemy, we must avoid stalling. Similarly, we are instructed, “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26). Dealing appropriately with our anger is a matter of great importance, and we must not put it off until tomorrow, which will give the devil “a foothold” (verse 27).
Jesus could return at any time; we do not know when (Luke 12:40). Our Lord illustrated the importance of being prepared for His coming in Matthew 25:1-13. In this parable, ten virgins await the arrival of the bridegroom and the commencement of the wedding feast. Five of the virgins were prepared for his arrival; five did not attempt to prepare until it was too late, and they were left behind. Jesus calls the unprepared virgins “foolish”; one reason they were unprepared may have been that they procrastinated.
So in the matter of our spiritual life, we dare not procrastinate. It is also unwise to delay healing a broken relationship or dealing with anger. And since our service to God motivates all we do, we have no reason to procrastinate. In short, procrastination is a bad habit that can have eternal effects.--GotQuestions.org.
Telling someone close to you TODAY that you love them and not when they're close to death or has fallen gravely ill. TODAY is a good day to encourage your child, call your sister, embrace your brother, and talking with your Mother and Father!
TODAY is a good day to forgive, move on, renew promises, and mend relationships...
|Posted by Lady Summerset on January 20, 2011 at 8:04 PM||comments (0)|
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. -- John 14:27
Today, I speak P-E-A-C-E! It flows smoothly ove my tongue, through my lips, an into the atmosphere. Breathe...Inhale...Exhale...Inhale...Exhale...Inhale...Exhale...PEACE.
I have recently found that most people have no idea what peace is. We live in so much chaos, dysfunction, drama, and havoc that PEACE is no longer a place that we not only don't visit but have lost our direction to.
A Peace of mind, soul, and spirit! A place where I find rest that refreshes my life.
Christ was consoling His disciples at this point in time. He knew that His soon approaching death would cause great distress to them. He encouraged them to not be trouble (John 14:1) and then gave them reasons not to be worried.
He explained to them why he was about to leave them; he promised them that he would return; he assured them that the Holy Spirit would come to comfort, teach, and guide them. By all these truths and promises he provided for their peace in the time of his approaching departure. But the expression refers also, doubtless. to the peace which is given to all who love the Saviour. They are by nature enmity against God, Romans 8:7. Their minds are like the troubled sea, which cannot rest, whose waters east up mire and dirt, Isaiah 57:20.
They were at war with conscience, with the law and perfections of God, and with all the truths of religion. Their state after conversion is described as a state of peace. They are reconciled to God; they acquiesce in all his claims; and they have a joy which the world knows not in the word, the promises, the law, and the perfections of God, in the plan of salvation, and in the hopes of eternal life. See Romans 1:7; Romans 5:1; Romans 8:6; Romans 14:7; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 2:17; Ephesians 6:15; Philippians 4:7; Colossians 3:15. -- Clarke's Commentary
Not as the world - 1. Not as the objects which men commonly pursue - pleasure, fame, wealth. They leave care, anxiety, remorse. They do not meet the desires of the immortal mind, and they are incapable of affording that peace which the soul needs. 2. Not as the men of the world give. They salute you with empty and flattering words, but their professed friendship is often reigned and has no sincerity. You cannot be sure that they are sincere, but Iam. 3. Not as systems of philosophy and false religion give. They profess to give peace, but it is not real. It does not still the voice of conscience; it does not take away sin; it does not reconcile the soul to God. 4. My peace is such as meets all the wants of the soul, silences the alarms of conscience, is fixed and sure amid all external changes, and will abide in the hour of death and forever. How desirable, in a world of anxiety and care, to possess this peace! and how should all who have it not, seek that which the world can neither give nor take away! Neither let it be afraid - Of any pain, persecutions, or trials. You have a Friend who will never leave you; a peace that shall always attend you. See John 14:1.
Not as the world -
1. Not as the objects which men commonly pursue - pleasure, fame, wealth. They leave care, anxiety, remorse. They do not meet the desires of the immortal mind, and they are incapable of affording that peace which the soul needs.
2. Not as the men of the world give. They salute you with empty and flattering words, but their professed friendship is often reigned and has no sincerity. You cannot be sure that they are sincere, but Iam.
3. Not as systems of philosophy and false religion give. They profess to give peace, but it is not real. It does not still the voice of conscience; it does not take away sin; it does not reconcile the soul to God.
4. My peace is such as meets all the wants of the soul, silences the alarms of conscience, is fixed and sure amid all external changes, and will abide in the hour of death and forever. How desirable, in a world of anxiety and care, to possess this peace! and how should all who have it not, seek that which the world can neither give nor take away!
Neither let it be afraid - Of any pain, persecutions, or trials. You have a Friend who will never leave you; a peace that shall always attend you. See John 14:1.
"There are some people who cannot sleep at night alone. They are terrified by loneliness. If there is someone at home, they are happy. They are so afraid that they must have a little bulb burning all night. They are afraid of darkness. Do not think that these things will give you sleep. The Lord says, I am with you, don't be afraid. That consciousness of His presence is a wonderfuling." http://www.brotherbakhtsingh.com/images/9m.MY_PEACE_I_GIVE_UNTO_YOU.pdf
A Story by Elder David A. Bednar
A small six-year-old boy was participating in a ward activity, a water party. At one point during the afternoon, the little boy decided to lie down on the blacktop of the parking lot to dry off. A neighbor and fellow ward member accidentally ran over the boy, killing him almost instantly.
As the little boy’s mother knelt over his lifeless body, she found the following questions racing through her mind: “Oh, son, why would you lie down on the blacktop? Why did you not move when you heard the car start?” A thought then came into the mind of that sorrowing mother almost as quickly as the questions had come: “If he could answer me, he would say: ‘Mom, it does not even matter. It just does not matter.’”
In those initial moments after losing her son, this woman was blessed with the peace promised by the Savior—the assurance that, in the eternal scheme of things, the questions she had simply did not matter. Her son had been transferred into another phase of his eternal existence, and the process by which that transfer came to pass simply did not matter. This young mother was experiencing what the Savior meant when He said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you . . . . Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Today, my friend I desire for you PEACE. Make friends with PEACE. Hold on to PEACE.
|Posted by Lady Summerset on January 19, 2011 at 6:47 PM||comments (0)|
Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Temperate: Excercising moderation and self-restraint. 2. Moderate in degree or quality;
Moderate: Within reasonable limits, not excessive or extreme: a moderate price. 2. Not violent;
mild. 4. Opposed to radical or extreme views or measures, esp. in politics and
Today, I’d like to talk to you about temperance! I was on my way into work, thinking about all that may ensue on today and like a neon sign the word TEMPERANCE lit up in my spirit. I vaguely remembered several scriptures that talked about it but I knew I had to look deeper into the Word!
Temperance holds a place on the Fruit of the Spirit list.
Since the Holy Spirit brings about a change in people with their ambitions, attitudes, actions, affections, and emotions, it’s no wonder why temperance makes the list.
We need to take self-control over our time.
The following comes from Diana Gray Ministries,
Ephesians 5:15-19 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
1. We have a short life and we need to take control of it for the Lord.
2. All the riches in the world won't get us to Heaven. Give your time to Jesus.
3. We should take every opportunity to share about Jesus.
Self Control over your Patience. (In other words asking the Good Lord to help you control your heart, mind, will, emotions and...... tongue.)
1. We can control our tongue, but it takes practice. What you think, you will speak!
(It is that simple!)
2. We need to fully surrender all of ourselves to let the Lord be in control.
3. Patience comes from self controlling actions. (A fully surrendered life turned over to Jesus,
demonstrates a life of peace and self control or Temperance.)
We believers will be known by our fruit. When a Christian demonstrates a humble attitude of peaceful self control, they are demonstrating their "fruit of the Spirit." It is not easy to let go and let God, but it does get easier as time goes on. Remember this, "The more you use this gifting "temperance," the more you will have of this gifting. It does get easier and easier the more one surrenders over their life to the Lord. The key word here is "Surrender."
LET'S PRAY THANKING THE LORD FOR WHAT HE HAS TAUGHT US THIS DAY ABOUT ONE OF THE "FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT,....."Temperance:." KJV BIBLE VERSES
Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me.
IN JESUS' WONDERFUL NAME I PRAY, LORD HELP ME TO HEAR THY "JOY AND GLADNESS" IN MY HEART!
|Posted by Lady Summerset on January 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM||comments (0)|
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.--Proverbs 17:22
I didn't see a lot of positive, loving, touching interaction between my parents. They were who they are, two married people who held the job of rearing us into adulthood. So, when I encountered my husband who is one of those "touchy, feeling people" you can imagine what happened.
He use to say to me "why are you so serious all the time?" He also LOVES to tell stories, jokes, and has the most hearty laugh I ever heard placed in a human being. He made it his personal mission in this life to make me laugh. Not only laugh, but to Laugh Out Loud!
Laughter is a great way to reduce stress and relax naturally. It has been used for decades as an alternative to drugs and medication, and can put you in a good mood in just a few minutes.
Diana Gray says:
"A COMPARATIVE STORY OF TWO PEOPLE"
(This is serious, but I am trying to make a point. How the Lord teaches us from His Word about having cheerfulness and joyful laughter. How it's like a medicine.)
First: There was a Lady that I knew. Lovely woman who served love into everyone's life at the hospital. Talked and prayed with everyone. Anyway, one day her mother fell ill and died in the nursing home. This little lady fell apart and ended up in the hospital herself with a terrible attack of "Rheumatoid Arthritis." Her heart was broken and she cried and cried. Bless her dear heart! Sadness over took her and all joy left her life. (She is better now, but it took along time to get joy back again.)
Second: Now there was a man who had called "Cancer." After "prayer with all of his faith" he started filling his mind and heart with everything that he could find that was funny. Comic books, jokes, funny stories etc...Pretty soon the "Cancer" was in remission.---Did the laughter "coupled" with Faith help?---I think so! What do you think? Can laughter make your life happier? Start thinking of joyful things, it will! It will!
"Attitudes and how we perceive ourselves" in this world can give us cheer, or tear us down. Circumstances of life are really beyond our "total" control. --BUT--We don't have to eat (emotionally and physically) everything that comes our way. Learn to laugh at yourself and the world. Don't take life so seriously that you forget to enjoy it.
PHILIPPIANS 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
When you are cheerful around other people (even if you are feeling down,) they respond cheerfully. Your cheerfulness, makes them have a "cheerful attitude" around you. Believe it or not "Happiness breeds happiness."
Think of it this way, "have you ever been around someone who is laughing really hard, yet you don't know why they are laughing, then you start to laugh, I can't tell you how many times that has happened to me. I'm laughing, I don't know why I'm laughing, I'm just laughing. Their laughter rubbed off onto me, and I became happy with laughter.
Good Clean laughter is the best kind of medicine. It helps bring about inner healing as well as our faith and trust in the Lord.--
Take as many opportunities that you can today and Laugh Out Loud!