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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Secret . . .

The Secret

One day, one friend asked another,
' How is it that you are always so happy?
You have so much energy,
And you never seem to get down.. '

With her eyes smiling, she said,
' I know the Secret! '
' What secret is that? '
To which she replied,
I'll tell you all about it,
But you have to promise to
Share the Secret with others. '

' The Secret is this:
I have learned there is little I can do
In my life that will make me truly happy
I must depend on God to make
Me happy and to meet my needs.
When a need arises in my life,
I have to trust God to supply
According to HIS riches.
I have learned most of the time
I don ' t need half of what I think I do.
He has never let me down.
Since I learned that ' Secret ' , I am happy. '

The questioner's first thought was,
' That ' s too simple! '
But upon reflecting over her own life
She recalled how she thought a bigger house
Would make her happy, but it didn't!
She thought a better paying job
Would make her happy, but it hadn't.
When did she realize her greatest happiness?
Sitting on the floor with her grandchildren,
Playing games, eating pizza or reading a story,
A simple gift from God.

Now you know it too!
We can't depend on people to make us happy.
Only GOD in His infinite wisdom can do that.
Trust HIM!
And now I pass the Secret on to you!



varunner said...

Very true that you can't depend on others for happiness. The first thing I taught my juveniles when I used to teach anger management classes is that you can't control other people. You can only control yourself, and how you react to others. Once they learned to let go of trying to control others' actions, you'd be surprised how much it helped their anger issues.
I hope that you are feeling well and are homeward bound, if not there already!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Sandie Sweetie...
So happy to see you still up and at'em. Always happy to see you post.

A friend sent this to me the other day and I thought it was SO beautiful. It tickled me to see it this morning. Thank you for sharing it sweet friend.

I hope you are doing well. You are always in my prayers sweet friend. May God richly bless you this holiday season.

Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

Doris Sturm said...

I totally believe in that philosophy because I have been living by that principle too, trusting that God will provide and he has also never let me down. Thanks for the affirmation, my friend. I miss you! Hope you're doing well...

With love,
Doris and the Gizz

BECKY said...

Hi Sandie! Hope you are feeling great! Merry Christmas, dear friend!

Life is good! said...

Hope you are doing well and that each day you are feeling better! I love the secret. Have a very merry Christmas!

Helen said...

We are blessed to know you ... Merry Christmas.
Hope you are feeling 100% soon.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This is wonderful Sandie! I hope you are feeling well today! Big huggs!!!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Loved reading about the secret...Don't over do, take care!
Hope you wake up Christmas morning totally pain free!

Sandra said...


Together We Save said...

So glad you are recovering well. Merry Christmas!!

Jane said...

Sooo very glad that you are home from the hospital! You are on your way to recovery. Here's hoping that the pain grows less and less each day. Many thanks to your daughter for keeping me informed about your progress. You are much loved, my friend,


Ginny said...

Sandie, what a great surprise to see you on your blog!!! I am amazed that you are even going up the steps at all!! It is so soon after your surgery!! I have heard of an epidural, but never this leg anesthetic. I guess you are on the knee machine now. Is your daughter with you, are you getting help? I'm imagining that P.T. is coming to you, or you are going to them. My knee has gotten so much worse, I have to use tha handicapped scooter in large stores now. Lots of pain at night and at other times. So I truly empathize, and you now have a brand new knee for Christmas and should be pain free quickly.

Melanie said...

Glad you're home! Hope you'll be feeling better every day. :)
Have a good Christmas. ♥

Linda O'Connell said...

Absolutely! So glad you are on the mend. Merry Christmas.

Susan said...

Ohhh, Sandie, that was a very good reminder. Soooooo sorry about the horrific pain. Oh, LORD, I pray you are better today. I hate to think of you in pain. Please take good care and know He is there, too, right beside you. Susan

Journeyin' Lady... said...

Merry Christmas Sandie!

Angela said...

Oh Sandie, how long did they tell you that you would be in pain? I hope that it goes away tonight and you wake up feeling really good with no pain! Don't worry about us! Just take care of yourself!

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Merry Christmas!!!!!

DaCraftyLady said...

Sandie, You take it is hard when we are in pain, but I will send you more prayers for less pain and more smiles...Merry Christmas and take care...hugs to you, Debb

Sharon Kirby said...

First of all - dear friend!! I am so glad that you're back home. Can't tell you how often I've been thinking and praying for you. Oh, hope the pain abates some - and that you aren't too "loopy" on the pain medication!!

This was a great post - especially reading it after looking at the pictures of your precious family. There really isn't anything better than knowing God, and knowing how He loves us and takes care of us. And one of the wonderful gifts He gives us is our families.

Enjoy your Christmas - and we'll get chatty again when you're feeling better.


xoxo to you...

Doris Sturm said...

Oh, Sandie, you are back home? I didn't know because I saw no messages from you - I sure hope that you are feeling well and want to wish you a merry little Christmas for you and yours!

With love,
Doris and Gizzy

FishHawk said...

Thanks for giving us an update on your condition. I am so sorry that you are in so much pain, and I hope you can still have a very Merry Christmas!


My Dear Friend Sandie...Your SECRET is safe with me! I loved your post...someone else may have first published it,perhaps somewhere...but it is YOU that make the words reality! I love you knees shake with the thought of you being in ANY pain...please lean on me God knows...I have leaned on you! Hugs!

Changes in the wind said...

Sandie, so glad to hear all went well and you are on the other side of the pain and etc. Healing is a very slow process so be good to yourself and follow orders:) Merry Christmas to you and yours.