Happy

Happy! 🙂 What makes you happy?

happy smiley between sad ones

I’ve been sharing stories for you to read on Facebook for a couple of weeks now. I love to encourage people. I’ve tested and proven it throughout the years – If you start sharing stories, it’ll awaken memories in people of something that happened to them or someone they know. Then, they share their story. Then, everyone feels better and their Faith is increased. People start to Hope again. Friends start to Believe again.

Stories –

A little boy was healed miraculously by our Daddy God!

A woman can move her neck after having troubles for 6 years.

A man is walking and moving after being in a wheelchair in tremendous pain.

A young lady with tension in her shoulders and neck was feeling better 15 minutes later because she reluctantly tried a tension blend of DoTerra’s essential oils.

I love doing this 🙂

That’s why I originally started my website 2 years ago called TellmethatStory.com. That’s what drives ME! Yes, sometimes people get sick of hearing all my “happy” stuff.

When I was a kid, I got asked “Do you have to be so happy all the time? It bothers people.”

Whether you know it or not, it’s your philosophy that determines your outlook on life. Well, it is for me, anyway.

After living for a bunch of years already, (Insert big grin here because I’m still living!) I’ve seen a lot of heartache and pain just as most people have. Here’s the kicker – It’s not what happens to us that matters the most. It’s how we RESPOND to the things that happen that determines whether we will be happy in life or not.

You mean we get to choose whether to be happy or not??!! Yes, we absolutely do!

Faith, Hope, and Love are the root to happiness.

Am I always happy? Absolutely not. However, I try not to whine and go out in public having a pity party and get everyone I know to join me. I do know from experience that feeling bad, over an extended period of time, can start to get to you. We don’t feel well so we don’t want to go anywhere. Then, it just kinda snowballs. (like a snowball rolling downhill, picking up size and speed as it rolls)

Let me tell you my story now. I have been having a hard time, physically, for the past couple of years. My problem is joint pain, mostly. All over joint pain… you know, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, neck, hands, fingers. I’m always looking for natural ways to help myself and my family so I’ve been watching and paying close attention when anyone mentions DoTerra Essential Oils.

Then, guess what?! Someone shared a story! Imagine that. I heard a story and it prompted me to do something! (giggles) The funny thing is, I wasn’t trying to find something for myself. I was trying to find relief for my husband. That’s just the way some of us women are. We are taking care of our families first. But… I digress again.

I purchased a Natural Solutions Kit and received it a few days later. Talking about excited! I was and still am excited! My kit included a Lifelong Vitality Pack. We found out later that it was the number one product of the company. I tried to get Danny to take it but he refused! He said that I was the one that needed it the most. Back and forth, back and forth, until I gave in.

Got my Happy back

So, after I took it faithfully for about a week, my husband said, “We can tell that you feel better. You are up doing things and we can definitely tell a difference.”

As of right now, I am about three weeks into my first Lifelong Vitality Pack and I am crying as I write this. I feel so much better that I don’t even know how to describe it for you. My joint pain is so much less than it used to be. My brain fog has lifted and I am thinking again. I have had some “belly laughs” in the last week and it feels awesome! 

It looks like I’ve got my “HAPPY” back!

Do you hate hype? Me, too. All I know is, this stuff is working for me and if you want to try it, it might work for you! There’s a 30 day money back guarantee, just in case your results are different from most of us.

Have a Blessed Day, My Friends!

Michelle

Boldness

My boldness in the Lord is an encouragement to many people so WHO CARES about the ones who don’t like it?

In the Word of God, 1 John 4:17 says –

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Boldness in Scripture verse

 

Definition of BOLDNESS from Wikipedia –

Boldness is an opposite of being shy. A bold person may be willing to risk shame or rejection in social situations, and willing to bend rules of etiquette or politeness. An excessively bold person could aggressively ask for money, or persistently push a person to fulfill some request, and so on. Boldness does not necessarily mean obnoxious; it is possible for one to be bold, while staying silent. Excessive boldness may thus be regarded as impertinence or arrogance. Outside a social context, “boldness” can also refer to a willingness to get things done, even despite risks, and is therefore broadly synonymous with bravery.

Boldness is not always in a rash context, but can have a great positive connotation to the word. Being bold can be a huge step in social development.

Synonyms – adventuresome, adventurous, audacious, daring, dashing, emboldened, enterprising, gutsy, hardy, nerved, nervy, venturesome, venturous

To finish this up, I would just like to call your attention to the end of this Scripture verse…..

because as he is, so are we in this world.

As Jesus is NOW, seated at the right hand of the Father, complete in his Power, complete in the Finished Work, Whole and not Sick, so ARE WE IN THIS WORLD!

God Bless YOU,

Michelle

Shared Story #2

Tell them your story

I saw this story posted by a friend the first thing this morning as I was drinking my coffee and reading through my Newsfeed on Facebook.  I wanted to share this with you.

This story is from an e-devotional book and the writer is Shaunti Feldhahn.

shared story #2

 

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Why Did You….?

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)

Shelly pulled up in her wet driveway after a beach getaway with girlfriends. She smiled, thinking, it’s a shame the rain chased us away early, but at least I know the house is still standing.

She opened the door and tripped over a pile of schoolbooks. What on earth? Speechless, she stared at clutter everywhere. Cans of food and spaghetti sauce were stacked high on the island in the kitchen. Empty packets of Ramen noodles decorated the counter. The tool drawer had been emptied onto the kitchen table.

An angry cry escaped her lips and a muffled exclamation came from the laundry room. Her husband stuck his head out the door, looking chagrined. “You’re home early!”

“Yes I’m home early!” Shelly waved around at the chaos. “I can’t believe this! Why did you let it get this bad? And why were you feeding the kids instant noodles instead of something healthier?”

Without a word, Marcus pushed the door to the laundry room wide open and stepped aside so she could enter.

Furious, she stalked past him-and rocked to a stop. The back corner of the laundry room had been turned into a pantry. Fresh-cut wood shelves stacked up to the ceiling. Deep drawers were waiting to be slotted into a rolling rack. Dust sheets covered the washer and dryer, which were piled with food cans and packets, ready to be placed on the shelves of the pantry.

The pantry she had longed for.

Shelly closed her eyes. Mortified, all she could say was “I’m so sorry.”

Shelly told me this story a week after it happened. I was speaking at her church’s women’s conference, sharing my research on the inner thoughts, needs and fears of men. I shared that men want above all to please those who matter most to them-especially a wife or girlfriend-but privately doubt themselves and are deeply sensitive as to whether they are doing a good job. So when women start a sentence with “Why did you. . .?,” men hear, “Why did you do that, you dodo?”

Shelly’s story is a perfect example of how easy it is to think, “You dodo.” Not think, “There must be a good reason for this-even if I don’t see it at this moment.” Instead, like many of us, she was quick to assume there wasn’t a good reason, that he didn’t do a good job. And she verbalized those damaging thoughts.

Ephesians 4:29 tells us to be careful to only say things that are useful for building others up. While this applies to everyone in our lives, if we are married, it’s especially vital to practice with our husbands.

Most situations with the men in our lives aren’t as extreme as Shelly’s experience. But versions of this scenario happen often. “Why did you give the kids juice instead of milk?” “Why did you take that road instead of this one?” “Why did you choose that strategy for the business deal?” We may protest that it is a harmless question, but all too often, it is code for “What were you thinking!?” Which itself is code for “You obviously weren’t thinking.”

The reality is, the reverse is usually true. Eighty-two percent of men surveyed say they always think things through … and purposefully consider the reaction of their wife or girlfriend before making a decision.

The next time you are confounded by your husband, instead of a rash reaction, slow down and remind yourself: his heart is probably in the right place and his choices are likely made with that in mind. And if you need help … just remember the pantry.

Dear Jesus, forgive me for being quick to judge and assume the worst about the man in my life. Please teach me to slow down and listen to him, and [if married] to trust in his love. In Your Name, Amen.

“Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.” Ephesians 5:33 (NASB)

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Have a Blessed Day,

Michelle