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We just want to be happy.


We search for that next thing, that promise of happiness. It will happen when we reach or achieve _________. We reach it. It gives us a quick dopamine hit but leaves us wanting more. Once again, we’re left empty.


Why?


Because the happy we are searching for is not attainable from anything outside us.

It is an inside work. It is finding peace and security, love and joy, contentment and life inside our hearts.


We want the fullness of harmony without the foundation of melody.

God is melody and harmony beautifully embracing our hearts. Everything else is a hopeless chase for freedom that leaves us bound to the “next thing” that promises to make us whole but is incapable of delivering.


Our only hope is to stop chasing that which falsely promises happiness and turn our focus to the part of us created to connect and live in Him.


Once we find that place in Him and our hearts are filled with His joy, it is time to get to work! Get up, this is not meant to keep for ourselves. We are given this hope & peace to turn around and gift it to those around us.


We are happiest as vessels, conduits, messengers, funnels that pour out the hope within us.

Oh the irony, that emptying ourselves makes us whole because He fills us back up every time and never leaves us wanting.


Be His hands, His feet, His heart and you will not have to search for “happy” ever again.

Stay connected, cultivate your relationship with Him. Keep His word and love in focus. Remember the call, it’s birthed on the inside but seen on the outside.


Romans 15:13

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.


Sue

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Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.


Life is full of twists and turns, a journey through white waters with intermissions of drop pools. If peace is like a river, then resiliency is our raft. Bouncing from rock to rock we keep paddling. We each navigate this winding adventure armed with past hurts, joyful memories, and unresolved baggage in our packs. Occasionally we flip right out of our raft and find ourselves flailing, searching for a vessel to save us and carry us through. So many options, vices litter our path, but resiliency is the vessel that will truly help us find our way to hope and healing.


FOUR WAYS TO STAY RESILIENT:


1. Have faith in God. Trust that God is at work and is on your side even when you don’t feel or see it. Jesus was sound asleep, perfectly at rest, during a storm on the lake. When they woke him, he calmed the winds and the waves. He had it all under control even when it appeared he didn’t care. (See Luke 8:22)


2. Be persistent not lazy. The woman with the issue of blood crawled on her hands and knees to touch Jesus and she was healed. She made a desperate choice that day to reach out for what she needed. She could have stayed home, she could have given up, but she didn’t. She was persistent and her life was forever changed. (See Luke 8:43)


3. Let life be a lesson. Never stop learning, always look for the wisdom in the wind and waves. Whether you are reeling from a tragedy or missteps along the way, let them teach you. Every turn brings an opportunity to learn. Look at Peter’s life, he struggled along his journey, but he didn’t give up and it made him wiser in the long run. He let his failures make him a better man.


4. Cultivate a thankful heart. Psychologists say that one of the core attributes of happy wholehearted people is gratitude. I believe this is true whether or not you have a connection with God, but it is even deeper when you do. God surrounds us with His love and beauty, how could we not be immensely grateful for all He has done? A thankful heart is one of the most powerful life-changing tools we have. Our circumstances may never change, but WE will change, and we will be more fulfilled and at peace by choosing gratitude than we would if everything around us was going our way and we continued to complain and live in an attitude of lack.

It truly doesn’t matter what is going on in the world outside, this is an inside job.


Are you tired of just treading water? It’s exhausting, I’ve been there, I understand. Let’s jump into the raft of resilience and start paddling. We got this.


Sue

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Embrace the journey!

I knew I would not own Mezzo Coffee House until retirement, but I didn’t expect to sell this year. Then…Covid happened, the opportunity came up with a vibrant young couple, fast-forward 5 months, and they reopened it today as the new owners.

Explaining it to our friends and customers, I have referred to it as “bittersweet.” I was sad, I was happy, I was a mixture of emotions. But, I never questioned whether it was the right thing to do, I knew it all came together with these people, at this time, because it was meant to be.

This morning, the new owners, Tiago & Olivia, reopened the coffee house. It was so strange to know it was opening without me. I was not part of the hustle to get things ready and welcome customers again. I was a little sad about that, I will miss seeing friends every day. However, I also have a great sense of gratitude for being part of the journey of Mezzo Coffee House.

I thought about how it felt bittersweet, but suddenly that word didn’t fit anymore.

It is not bittersweet anymore. Now, it’s beautifully sweet.

It is beautifully sweet to have been a part of something and know that I helped it, and it helped me. I grew as it grew, I learned so many lessons along the way that will help me and others on the next leg of my journey. Now the new owners can take the five year foundation I laid and build on it. I have no doubt they will make it even better, and that is beautiful.

Life is a journey. Where is YOUR journey taking you?

Has there been change in your life?

Change can shake us up. Changes can send us into a downward spiral when they come unexpectedly. I believe our perspective is crucial; we can focus on what is now missing, or we can choose to look at the bigger picture and see where opportunities have opened up. I encourage you to focus on hope, focus on possibility, focus on God’s promise to be your help in times of transition.

Psalm 121 1 I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!

I’ve been through enough changes in my life to know that it is beneficial to let our past be our teacher and not our boss.

I raise my coffee cup to you, cheers to what’s ahead!

Sue

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