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Things That Make Us Smile!! (:

So often in life, we get caught up in looking back or looking forward. Looking back at all the things we wish we’d done differently. The lessons we wish we’d learned sooner or just wishing we could just go back to “those good ol’e days”.

Other times we look toward the future. Dreading a particular event we have coming up or worrying about how we would handle the hypothetical event that may or may not ever happen. And sometimes we’re just busy looking at all the people around us. Comparing our lives to theirs and trying with everything in us to achieve that level of success in our own lives.

In reality, God has blessed us immensely right here, right now. We know that as Christians our joy ultimately comes from knowing God. Trusting that He is who He says He is and living life the way that He wants us to. So, when we constantly look back or look forward we’re missing what God is doing in our own lives. Right in front of our faces.

I was nominated by Sara from I Dream of Simple to sit down and write a list of 50 things that make me happy. I thought that this was a good idea! I mean, how often in life do we sit back and think about what it is that puts a smile on our faces? I was a little intimidated by thinking of 50 things but as soon as I got started I realized that it was a little challenging to narrow the list down to 50!

So, without further ado, here’s my list, in no particular order, of 50 things that make me happy!

  1. Understanding a previously confusing or scary passage of Scripture or understanding a new life application for a verse.
  2. Listening to music with both earbuds in (the song sounds SO much better).
  3. Finding a new singing group, person, song, or CD to listen to.
  4. Writing/ blogging/ journaling—Processing my thoughts.
  5. Spending time with my extended family.
  6. Cooking/baking
  7. Fires in the fireplace–especially the first fire of the season.
  8. Listening to older people tell stories…they have a great gift.
  9. Sitting in front of my Dad in church on Sunday. I LOVE to hear him sing. (:
  10. Doing things with my immediate family: cooking, laughing, working on the homestead (despite my complaints), etc.
  11. Hearing my parents tell stories about growing up.
  12. Receiving a letter or card in the mail.
  13. Sleeping with the cats.
  14. Christmas–the music, lights, decorations, movies, food, etc.
  15. Getting that ONE picture. The one where everything comes together for the shot.
  16. Looking at old family photo albums or pictures.
  17. Black and white/ old (my parents generation or older) T.V. and movies. Truly, I watch very little T.V. from this century…
  18. Coming home and putting my comfy pants on.
  19. Sleeping under a pile of blankets (I love getting the weight just right).
  20. Hearing the birds sing.
  21. My Great-Grandmother’s Peanut Butter Fudge! <3
  22. Riding in the car listening to music.
  23. The changing seasons. Particularly watching the buds come in Spring and the leaves change in the Fall.
  24. Seeing old friends.
  25. A brand new notebook.
  26. Watching the sun rise or sun set.
  27. Lighting candles and oil lamps–seeing the warm glow in the room. The smell of the lamp oil? Not so much!
  28. Watching Humming birds eat.
  29. Getting out in Nature–walking at the different trails.
  30. Soup in the Fall or Winter.
  31. A home cooked meal.
  32. Time to really enjoy a hot drink.
  33.  When my favorite song or songs come on the radio.
  34. Bonfires–specifically large bonfires like my great Uncle Dick used to do.
  35. A Reese’s Peanut Butter Cyclone from the local ice cream place. (YES, please!!)
  36. Chocolate…This needs no further explanation…
  37. Fresh flowers.
  38. The feeling of accomplishment after a good day’s work.
  39. Getting lost/engrossed in a good story.
  40. Books on CD/Bible Dramatizations.
  41. Becoming aware of something God just did, One of those “I know that was You God” moments.
  42. Finding beautiful light. Early morning, afternoon, and evening–Seeing light stream into a room.
  43. Coming home. The feeling of home after a long day or time away.
  44. Long naps…Or maybe just naps in general.
  45. Seeing someone buy/enjoy one of my pictures.
  46. Inspirational movies, books, T.V. shows.
  47. Good surprises…I LOVE being surprised by good things!
  48. The feeling of clean sheets.
  49. Chatting with my Mom.
  50. Watching the doors continue to open and seeing God guide me in this business venture.

Well there it is! My list of 50 things that make me happy. I really want to encourage you to create a list like this for yourself. Get a notebook or sheet of paper and just start writing down things that make you happy or make you smile. I think you’ll be surprised at how many things you come up with. I’d also like to hear some of those things that you write. Why not share a few things that make you happy in the comments below?

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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