The Difference Between Happiness & Joy – 100 Happy Days

This week has been a crazy mix of all kinds of things. There’s been heaps of great moments, and some not so great moments – and at the end of a week that I’ve been (a little) lousy at posting day-to-day, I’ve decided to compile those moments that make me happy in one single post.

Earlier in the week I was housesitting, and had my bible study group over to have dinner. It was heaps of fun chatting in the kitchen, and the meal didn’t turn out too badly either!

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The next night we celebrated a friend’s 20th with a bonfire & fairy lights.

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Sometimes weeks are not what you expect them to be. This week has been pretty insane – but somehow, focusing on the good stuff makes the not-so-good stuff disappear for a bit.

On a happier note, today is Easter Sunday. That hope I talked about on Friday feels more real than ever, and it’s with great joy that I can say “He is risen – He is risen indeed!” Being happy is an emotion… it comes and goes, and it changes when weeks aren’t what you expect. But joy is different – joy is way deeper than emotion. It’s a state of mind, a feeling that everything is good, because this world and all of it’s (to put it frankly) crap-ness is going to pass away, and be replaced with the absolute perfection of Heaven. And I know I get to experience that one day, because Easter Sunday happened, and he IS risen.

If you want to read about what happened on Easter Sunday, check it out in Luke 24, or click here to read it.

I hope you have a happy Easter – and a joyful one as well.

— Lauren x

Recipe: Penang Chicken Curry

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