“I’m happy from the inside out, and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.” Psalm 16:9

Last day of Bible school--bringing Kringla for his teachers.

Last day of Bible school–bringing Kringla for his teachers.

What makes you happy? Over the decades of my life, my answer to this question would have evolved from happy to get an “A” on a test to just being happy to be tested in whatever life offers.

This summer I chose to leave the heat of the Arizona summer and spend time with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren in New Jersey. The trip began with a two-week stay and has mushroomed (by my choice) into a two-and-a-half month visit with Granny Nanny responsibilities, which sometimes tests me, but mostly makes me happy.

Yesterday, my grandsons and I baked Kringla (a Norwegian cookie). I told them they could roll them into any shape they wished, instead of the traditional pretzel or figure-eight shape. The little guy, who starts kindergarten in September, made a cross. I asked him why he chose to make a cross and he said,  “Today in Bible school, we learned that Jesus died on a cross.” That made me a very happy grandma!

Thank you ,Lord, for the way you make us happy from the inside out and the outside in. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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