“Happy Handbook”

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“Happy is that people that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 144:15

For those of you that watch Fox News (I know you do), Steve Doocy has a new book, “The Mr. and Mrs. Happy Handbook.”  I have not read the book with the exception of a few excerpts, so I will not critique it here. When I heard about the book, I thought, wow, as Christians we already have a “Mr. and Mrs. Happy Handbook” — it’s called the Bible! As Christians we are a “happy” (“blessed” ) people and we have God’s Word, the Bible, as that #1″how-to” handbook or guidebook on how to live a “happy” life. This is what our Sovereign Lord says:

 “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in Jehovah his God: Psalm 146:5

“Blessed is every one that feareth Jehovah, That walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labor of thy hands: Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine, In the innermost parts of thy house; Thy children like olive plants, Round about thy table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed That feareth Jehovah. Jehovah bless thee out of Zion: And see thou the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, see thou thy children’s children. Peace be upon Israel.” Psalm 128:1-6

Aren’t these just precious verses! Christ, and our relationship with Him, and how that affects our own hearts and home life. I like what J.R. Miller says in “Secrets of a Happy Home Life,”* regarding the “wife’s kingdom”:

“Home is the true wife’s kingdom. There, first of all places, she must be strong and beautiful. She may touch life outside in many ways, if she can do it without slighting the duties that are hers within her own doors. But if any calls for her service must be declined, they should not be the duties of her home. These are hers, and no other one’s. Very largely does the wife hold in her hands, as a sacred trust, the happiness and the highest good of the hearts that nestle there. The best husband—the truest, the noblest, the gentlest, the richest-hearted—cannot make his home happy if his wife be not, in every reasonable sense, a helpmate to him.

In the last analysis, home happiness depends on the wife. Her spirit gives the home its atmosphere. Her hands fashion its beauty. Her heart makes its love. And the end is so worthy, so noble, so divine, that no woman who has been called to be a wife, and has listened to the call, should consider any price too great to pay, to be the light, the joy, the blessing, the inspiration of a home.

Men with fine gifts think it worth while to live to paint a few great pictures which shall be looked at and admired for generations; or to write a few songs which shall sing themselves into the ears and hearts of men. But the woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies.”

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This compliments us as women.  We have the ability to make our homes a “happy” place as the above and Proverbs 31 illustrate. I recently heard Rush Limbaugh say that we cannot “make another person happy” and I believe this is true in a sense, especially if their heart is not right with Christ, but if we look at the Bible’s interpretation of “happy” (“blessed”), this can be achieved in another way.  We can bring “happiness” “blessedness” to others.  We can’t change their heart and “make them happy” people but we can bring joy, blessedness and happiness into their lives.  This is a calling to us as wives, mothers and daughters so be  encouraged to make a difference and share the joy of blessedness (happiness) with those that God has given you today and be that woman God has called you to be.

“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth favor of Jehovah.” Proverbs 18:22

Smile and be happy, Living Coram Deo, TheologyGirl

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* Secrets of Happy Home Life by J. R. Miller, 1894 (our thanks to GraceGems.org for this excerpt).

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