How to live a long and happy life, according to the Scripture

 
 

This post is dedicated to those who believe.

 

Not so long ago, I received this chain message on BlackBerry Messenger through one of my closest friends. I thought it’d be useful for you if you’re trying to fill your pages in the book of life with true happiness, but can’t find it. Enjoy the written word.

 
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- Image courtesy of lavender-colored glasses via Tumblr

 
 

♥ Keep calm and carry on.

(1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

 

♥ Don’t grieve or worry too much. Stop being sad for too long.

(Nehemiah 8:10 ESV, Romans 12:12 NET, Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 NKJV)

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer.

Everything Has Its Time

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

The God-Given Task

What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

 

♥ Be proactive in work – be of service to others.

(Romans 12:11 NKJV)

not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
 

♥ Put away wrath when it comes: Wrath consumes you, eats your energy up, and has a negative impact on your health.

(Proverbs 19:19 AMP)

A man of great wrath shall suffer the penalty; for if you deliver him [from the consequences], he will [feel free to] cause you to do it again.
 

♥ If all things can be done in peace, why so tense?

(Proverbs 17:19-20 NKJV)

He who loves transgression loves strife,
And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
He who has a deceitful heart finds no good,
And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.

 

♥ A malicious and envious heart has adverse effects on your health.

(Psalms 37:1 AMP)

Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God).

 

♥ Keep an even temper; do not take anger to heart.

(Proverbs 14:29 NET)

The one who is slow to anger has great understanding,
but the one who has a quick temper exalts folly.

 

♥ Doesn’t matter what others are doing. Do everything with the right response.

(Romans 12:17-21 NIV)

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
 

♥ The world keeps spinning: When you’re down, do not despair, there will come a time when you will be up. But when you’re up, be careful not to fall.

(2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV)

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

 

♥ Face your sufferings with faith in the Lord. Be joyful, because every suffering brings wisdom.

(Genesis 50:20 KJV)

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

 

♥ Take good care of your spirit.

(1 Timothy 4:8 AMP)

For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.

 

♥ Don’t feel old too quickly, because you’re younger today than you are tomorrow.

(Proverbs 3:1-7 ESV)

Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success 
in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;

 
 
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 How’s everything filling in the pages of your book?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Muchaluva,
Stace.

 

Think you don’t have anyone you can lean on to?

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November 2012
 

 

 

I was breathing out a heavy sigh coming out of my afternoon shower. Sitting down on my desk chair, I run through my head all the things I have to do today. Suddenly, my BlackBerry lighted up.

“Have you received my e-mail?” he asked.

#WhatMadeMyDay
 

 

 

A tiny tear trickled down my eye.

A smile also appeared, mirroring the little cute elephants on these pictures.

“:) Yes,” I replied.

 

 

Thanks baby :D

 

 

Just the gentle reminder everyone needs to get through the day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muchaluva,
Stace

 

Me + 10…

I am 32 years old.

I am married. I have all the children I want to have for the rest of my life.

My children are cute, smart, nimble, and independent. I play the piano to them, the guitar to them, sing for them, dance for them, draw for them, read and write for them, pour tea for them, cook for them, bake for them, and let them see all the possible things they can do in the world. The way I raise my kids is to let them know I am there whenever they need me, but they are encouraged to do whatever they want to do with their lives. I will never force them to do anything they do not wish to do, or fulfill some unfinished business in my own life, or become someone else they’re not.

I have a loving husband. I trust him. He is my partner for life – the one person I primp up for, dress up for, be good, look good and do good for, and smile to every morning and night.

We (our family) own a big dog. I wrestle with it whenever I’m down. We play with it, and jog or run together on Sunday mornings.

We might have a pygmy pig too, whose name is Bobo. The pig likes to sleep and loves to be loved.

I have a steady job: I own a sole proprietorship company. I run my schedule everyday based on demands. It’s a satisfying, rewarding, and fulfilling full-time job where I can juggle my time to take care of the kids, make love to my husband, have my own space and time alone, and maintain good health.

I make sure my husband and my children enjoy good nutrition and good sleep every single day. Healthy brains mean wealthy lives.

At 32, I’m working on writing my own book.

By 32, my writing has appeared on at least 7 different publications.

By 32, my art has been sold to 9 people.

By 32, my craft is to integrate art with text to best illustrate the stories of others, to others, and for others. Stories bring people together. My family sticks together as one no matter what happens, not only because my job is to show and tell stories, but also because we know we are a family and that we will always have each other.

By 32, I have ran both the half-marathon and marathon. They are two biggest achievements of my personal life.

By 32, I would have made an impact on at least 100 people’s lives, one way or another

By 32, I am no longer a girl nor a lady. I am a thirty, happy, and thriving woman.

Now I’ll handover the million-dollar question to you: Think of your life ten years from today. What’s different?

 

 

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World of our own

 

This is what I’ve been working on for the past month. It’s supposed to be a surprise for my boyfriend, but I already told him about it and even showed him all the progresses I’ve made throughout the month.

Plus, I’m not good at keeping secrets.

 

Happy first anniversary, honey

 

Except for things like… Uhm, what all these things mean here… And that’s only for me and him to know :)

Well, I can share a bit. The singing T-Rex at the background was what brought us together. We first met at T-Rex Family Karaoke. All the foods in the drawing are our favorite foods. He also sent me 9 bouquets of flowers for each month we’ve been together, until I stopped him. One of those bouquets has “failure” daisies that grew to become the most beautiful kind of daisies I’ve ever seen – white petals and pink center.

And then we also share a baby Stitch plushie, who’s so cute I gotta hug it all night. It’s holding a BlackBerry because all Indonesians use BlackBerry.

One of my cars at home is a black Toyota Fortuner, which also happened to be identical with his car.

And there are waaay more stories in this picture than I can ever share.

 

Now I would like you to count the number of:

- Strawberry trees
- Species of animals
- Lollipops
- Daisies
- Rabbits
- Pigs 

 

 
Post your answers on the comments below and let me know whether you got it all right or not!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muchaluva,
Stace

Rowing a boat with J


From Dong Haeng.

 

Muchaluva,
Stace

I’d die for you

 

 

 


Muchaluva,
Stace