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ByAngie

A Merry Heart – And A Group Look Link Up!

All the days of the afflicted are evil,
But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

When I was a teenager, I was already in a nasty battle with depression and anxiety that began in my childhood: The outcome of adolescent hormones and grief along with some unfortunate circumstances. I would become overwhelmed with everything wrong and I just couldn’t seem to get a grip.  My Grandma would ask me what was wrong, and as I began to list everything off she would quip back with scriptures like Proverbs 15:15, Proverbs 17:22, and many others. She would give examples that usually involved Polly Anna or Corrie Ten Boom. But most of all she reminded me of the promise that not only did she love me but so does a sovereign God that is on the throne.

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I’ll be honest, sometimes I hated her encouragement. I wanted to sulk, cry, and vent. I always knew she was right, though. So I dried my tears and reminded myself of all the things she told me and go on with a smile on my face until the next “end of the world teenage crisis” would happen.

A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Proverbs 17:22

Just like every other truth that is written in the Bible, the many scriptures about having a merry heart hold a lot of weight. If we don’t choose to be happy, even in the hard times, the negativity and darkness will overwhelm us and eventually lead to bitterness and extreme unhappiness. Without a merry heart, we see only the bad. But when we make that choice to be happy, no matter what, we are able to see the “sunny side” that the character Polly Anna talked so much about. With a merry heart, Corrie Ten Boom’s sister, Betsie, was able to thank God for the fleas that kept the Nazi guards from coming into their sleeping barracks instead of crying about one more problem during a time of extreme torment where evil truly afflicted every part of their days.

Now that I am an adult and have continued this battle with depression and anxiety, I understand more of what my Grandma was saying. I have seen God’s power in my life to know for certain that He is still on the throne. No matter how dark things may get, or how many nights are spent in tears, God is always in control. Even when it seems that there is no hope, I know that there is.

Does this mean that Christians should not seek medical help when things become unbearable? Not at all. By all means, if you need help, please get it. But it does mean that we should not focus on the evil around us. We should focus on the love of God, and rest in knowing that He will bring us through.

With a merry heart, we will strengthen and grow. The scripture is saying that with happiness we thrive. I am living proof. In fact, if I hadn’t chosen joy quite a bit these last few weeks, I would certainly not be smiling today.

Choosing to have a merry heart is not always easy, but it is always worth it.

 

A Look at The Book

Now, time for the link up!

 

Group Look Graphic

 

Our Host, Ren & The Ladies at A Look At The Book
Fellow Co-Host, Bethany at Graceful Country Diva
Fellow Co-Host, Mandy at Women of Worship


ByAngie

Why I’ve Decided To Register for “Hello Mornings”

Remember back a few months ago? I posted about how I was going to start waking up early before the family to get our routine to run a little smoother?

HelloMornings
It was great. I was doing it. Some days REALLY early, and some days just a half hour before the first child joyfully greeted me for the day.

Then Summer hit. Hard.

With Summer comes change for almost all families, but for ours, everything is completely different. My two older children are here from out of state, we only do unschooling, and we are very relaxed. Nothing bad, it’s just quite a bit different than what we are used to during the school year. (Like that’s a routine that isn’t challenged and in need of reinventing? HA! 😉 )

Added into the equation this Summer was a series of events:

  1. We had a housewarming party, at which time my husband and I renewed our vows. It was wonderful, fun, and we were surrounded by those we love. But it took a lot of planning and threw things off for a few days before.
  2. Two days after our housewarming/vow renewal, I had a hysterectomy. I spent one night in the hospital, my body wouldn’t react to pain meds well, and it took a lot more out of me than I anticipated.
  3. I did too much too fast after my surgery, trying to soak in and enjoy every single second with my kids while they were all under one roof. This involved my Mom and I taking the oldest 3 to Disney’s California Adventure 10 days after my surgery. Not my smartest move, but I survived and it was worth it.
  4. My Mom had major surgery. A portion of her colon/intestine had to be removed as she had colon cancer. Praise the Lord, she is fine today. No chemo/radiation is needed. But it threw off the routine even more, if that was possible. I’m just so glad she is healthy and ALIVE!
  5. Of all the times of year that you assume your family would come down with the flu, it’s probably not at the peak of Summer. Well, murphy’s law, folks. Our family got the flu. It’s been two weeks and it’s still hanging on by a thread.
  6. I haven’t been able to pick up the kids, clean the house, cook, bake, etc for the last 5 weeks. I’m starting to ease back into it, but when you haven’t done something in awhile, jumping in head first is probably a recipe for a nervous breakdown.
  7. The older two children returned home. Instead of our family jumping back to our “school year norm”, we kind of go through a funk for a few weeks. The 3 that live with us are confused and miss their older siblings. Mommy and Daddy are sad and wish they had more time with all of their kids. And the older kids call back saying the miss us, but are having a good time. Just a good ol’ fashioned mourning period. We do it after ever visit with them. We get over it, and we get by. I mean, we don’t lock our family in the house, close all the curtains, and cut off from the world. We’re not in a severe dramatic depression. We’re just sad that our babies are gone. That’s all.

In the midst of all of this going on, the brief moments that I have had a chance to check twitter I’ve seen my friend Larri from Seams Inspired tweeting about Hello Mornings, and how great it was. Some days it intrigued me. One day, I’ll be honest and tell you that I thought “Cheery Perky Morning People!!!” Other days I found myself craving it. Time with the Lord, to plan, and make my day right before it even begins? Definitely what I need.

My Grandma did this as I was growing up. The exact routine. Me, being young, I couldn’t understand why she would give up the luxury of precious sleep to sit in a quiet house before anyone was awake just to read her Bible and make lists. And not even while still sitting in bed. She’d sit at the kitchen table. That’s not cozy! I was baffled. I mean, seriously, couldn’t she do that in the afternoon while I was playing outside or practicing piano?

Clearly, I get it now. And it’s needed in my life. Desperately. Things are so far off kilter I don’t even know where exactly to begin. But I have an opportunity to start from scratch. So here, this time, I’m going to start back the right way. With God first before anything else, alone with Him every morning. Before anyone wakes up, before the day begins. The only thing I’ll do before I sit down with my Bible is… make a delicious cup of coffee.

Have you ever had to change up your morning routine? Or had a season that was a bit more chaotic than you thought it would be? How did it work out for you? Are you registered for Hello Mornings? Let me know if you’ve been there, going through it, or starting out just like me…

 

ByAngie

Grandma’s Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

This is a recipe my Grandma was always asked to to take to potlucks, celebrations, and Christmas dinners. It is delicious! We often eat it for dinner through out the year, but ALWAYS have it on our Christmas table.

Grandma’s Broccoli & Cheese Casserole
(She got the recipe from her sister Darlene…)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg frozen broccoli; chopped, cooked, & drained.
  • 1 cup minute rice (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom (I use chicken. I believe Grandma did also.)
  • 1/2 cup cheez whiz or velveeta (I use velveeta, so did Grandma.)
  • Onions to taste (If Bobby, my husband, is around, this usually means A LOT of onion. Do what you like.)

Mix all ingredients together. Place in casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

I usually double this recipe, which requires closer to 40-45 minutes.

 

ENJOY!