Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Happiness, Happiness. - A Dose of Encouragement 56



If you are in the UK and can remember back quite a few years you may be able to remember a song called "Happiness"

It was recorded in the 60s but was extremely well-known for many years.

I was in the bathroom running a bath last Thursday afternoon when suddenly I started to sing this old song.  Now I was headed out later in the day for a doctor's appointment and if anyone had asked me if I was happy I probably would have thought I wasn't really so why was I singing this song?


Well here is the reason




In a post last year I talked about 5 Little Touches I had used to make the bathroom of this house mine as opposed to just being the bathroom I ended up with from the previous owners of the house.

One of these things was my bath pillow which I got new because my old one was too well worn.

I had noticed this one in a bargain shop called B&M  which I love to browse round any time I am near it.  I knew it would match the decor and it just made me smile to look at it.  It is also extremely soft.

So obviously as I was preparing my bath I had subconsciously noticed the bath pillow and the chorus of that song just popped into my head.





I had some time to think about those words and how I felt while singing them as I soaked in my nice, long, hot bubble bath.

I have been blessed with a lot of happiness as well as joy.

I am often happy about little things that may seem silly to others and you just have to see my #100HappyDays posts from last year to have a laugh at some of the silly things that made me happy.

And I am very thankful to God for being like that and finding happiness in little things.

But it was the first sentence that I really started to dwell on as I lay in that bath.

Yes I could say that God had gifted me with things to make me happy or even say He had gifted me with Happiness although it is not the greatest thing that He has given me. 

But what about the fact that happiness is something we can help to give to others.

We can give various things to others but do we give them something to make them happy?

What about those little letters and cards we talked about 2 weeks ago in the post Tears over a Little Letter?

Of course making someone happy does not always involve giving them an actual physical object.

We can bring happiness into someone's life in many other ways.

Maybe we can help them out with a task that they can't do for themselves or just give them some support like in I Had Plans another post from last year.

I have another object in my bathroom that reminds me of something else.



What about helping someone to come to know the saving grace of the Lord Jesus so that they can know His forgiveness of their sin and become a child of God?

Share with them the knowledge of the greatest gift God has for them.



Yes, Happiness is not the greatest gift God has given me because here is the greatest gift in this verse, the gift of Salvation.  

The words of that song may not be completely true but they did nudge me into thinking about happiness, and I do thank God that I am blessed with happiness and also the deep joy of knowing Him.

So let's be encouraged to go and share some happiness with others.

Perhaps then some day you will be able to share this verse with them as well.





30 comments:

  1. I love that you intentionally set out to make this home your own. Those are beautiful touches. I don't have a bathtub pillow, but maybe I should get one. :)

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  2. My favorite way to spread even just a little bit of happiness is just a smile! More often then not, I get one back in return :-) Happiness to you buddy!

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  3. Great post. I love your positive outlook on things and how seeing just a simple thing can make your day brighter - as well as make you burst out in song!

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  4. Thank you! This was such a lovely reminder to let God bring happiness to my life. And to trust Him to do it!

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  5. Happiness is in the little things :) thanks for sharing your encouraging post! Remain blessed..and happy! :) x

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  6. I like having reminders of truth scattered around my house in the decor. Thanks for linking up this post at #ThreeWordWednesday.

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  7. I love this post. For me making other people happy somewhat makes me happy. You have definitely made me happier this morning.

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  8. This is so inspiring- it's so easy to focus on the things that we don't have that we completely overlook the beautiful things that we do have in this life. Maybe sharing the happiness in the little things would help inspire other people to pass their happiness on as well.

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  9. so sweet and "bubbly!" it is true - we can be filled with so much happiness, especially when we know the God who created true Joy! thank you for sharing, sandra!

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  10. Love this! Even the person that feels there is NOTHING in the world he/she can give...they can give JOY and Happiness!!

    @spreadingJOY
    Marie

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  11. Sandra- Thank you for this sweet post about where are true happiness comes from! I'm definitely striving to find ways to make those around me a little happier today. Blessings!

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  12. What a nice post! It really is the little things that bring all of us happiness isn't it? Hope you have a happy Saturday!

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  13. Beautiful post! Having just left a very stressful job, I am finding happiness again and am loving being able to share that with others. Thank you!

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  14. Thank you for this encouragement, Sandra.
    I am studying the New Testament this year, and about to begin Acts.
    After reading your post I especially look forward to it. Thanks!

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  15. Taking time to thank God for the reasons that we are happy or blessed is such a gift for us as well as Him. Having visible reminders in our home to remind us of God's love or who is our center is even better. Blessed you linked up with The Weekend Brew. Mary

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  16. If I remember correctly from my UK days, it was the singer and comedic entertainer Ken Dodds who sang the Happiness. It is a fun and bouncy uplifting piece. Thanks for the reminder, Sandra.~~+~~

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  17. I love the reminders you have throughout your home. So grateful for the joy & happiness He brings into our lives. Glad to be your neighbor at Sharing His Beauty this morning!

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  18. Thanks for reminding me that true joy comes from my salvation in Jesus, and to share the with others. Also silly little things make me happy too. ;)

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  19. Happiness is a gift--but it's also a choice that we have to make (we don't HAVE to open the gift ;) ). May you continue to open the gift and share the blessing of happiness with others!

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  20. Thank yo for the inspiration you brought to our link party Something To Talk About!

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  21. I love your sweet pillow and how it reminds you to be happy. Happiness is a choice, and Joy comes from within when we experience the Joy of the Lord. As you say there are simple little things that bring happiness to others and to yourself. Being thankful for the little things is life does bring happiness. Thank you for sharing at "Tell me a Story."

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  22. I use to have a tub pillow, gave it up when we moved over seas, knew I would only have a shower. Since moving back stateside I have not got another but your post has encouraged me to seek one out. Love post...lovely points and encouragement.

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  23. I love how intentional you are in your home. You intentionally add little touches that bring you happiness and breathe life into your home. I love that. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Board.

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  24. Such a lovely post - and I definitely want one of those bath pillows!

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  25. I want a bath pillow too, but I have to take showers. I am happy about my Salvation. It is a great gift indeed. :)

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  26. I love that your bath inspired you!! Baths are the best time to get the thinking in (although I used to hate baths!) I really need an inspirational bath pillow like yours

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  27. Lovely and loving post and pics ~ I agree ~ it is the 'simple pleasures' that so divine ~ 'Sacred in the Ordinary'!

    Happy Weekend coming to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  28. I have lots of little reminders all around my house too.Good to remember how many little things do make us happy and how we take for granted so much! Good post. Thanks

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  29. Oooh. A bath pillow! And such a cute one!

    The word 'believe' is particularly relevant to me. It's a word my daughter and I have shared hundreds (if not more) times as she has battled her way through her addictions.

    Thanks for such an honest addition to the letter H links this week.

    A+

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