Devotionals by Aunt Carole and Uncle Dan

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God Knows…When I Want to be Happy – Part 3
One day Jesus gave some secrets of happiness to his followers. The farmers and fishermen expected the Messiah to make them happy by creating an easier life for them. The scribes and Pharisees thought they’d be happy if Jesus led an army against the hated Romans. But Jesus’ idea of happiness was different than theirs. Jesus gave them a list of “Blesseds.” We can substitute the word “happy” for “blessed.”
 
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Happy is the person who knows he needs help in order to live right.
 
“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” When we are sorry for our sins, we will turn away from them. When something makes us sad, we can be comforted by knowing that God can turn our problems into moments of growth and joy.
 
“Blessed are the meek.” Being meek as Jesus meant it does not mean letting people walk all over you. The meek person stays cool and self-controlled. Little things don’t get him down or make him blow his top. He trusts God, not himself. This gives him a strength the bully doesn’t have.
 
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Those who make room in their hearts for Jesus will not be disappointed.
 
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Being kind and forgiving to others will rebound. It will bring us happiness in return.
 
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” If we keep our thoughts pure, our minds will be clear to understand God. Someday we can actually see Him.
 
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” When Jesus gives us peace, we can share it with others. By loving instead of fighting, our happiness will grow.
 
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” We don’t need to get upset if we are misunderstood for following God’s way. The happiness of heaven is worth the short-term trouble of earth.

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If we choose Christ’s way, we will discover that what we “have” or “have not” doesn’t determine our happiness. The truest happiness is found in making Christ’s values our own.
 
Where to find the story: Matthew 5 and 10, and Luke 5-6
 
Your Story Hour
PO Box 15
Berrien Springs, MI 49103
1-800-987-7879
info@yourstoryhour.org

For more information about this ministry please visit their website YourStoryHour.org or listen to their radio program on OnePlace.com.

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About Your Story Hour

Your Story Hour encourages young people to develop a strong Christian character through its dramatized radio program (English, Spanish & Russian), free Bible lessons and online magazine for kids. Exciting, inspirational and educational stories bring the Scriptures, history and everyday experiences to life.

About Aunt Carole and Uncle Dan

Hosts Aunt Carole and Uncle Dan bring their warmth and love to children around the world as they narrate exciting, dramatized stories straight from the pages of the Bible, the annals of history and the experiences of life. Your Story Hour has encouraged young people (kids, teens and the young at heart) for nearly six decades, helping them to embrace high moral principles, while at the same time enjoying storytelling at its best. Kids love to "be there" when David slays the giant, "feel the heat" as Daniel's three friends are cast into the fiery furnace, "experience the excitement" as Clara Barton risks her life to save the wounded of the Civil War, "understand the risks" as Paul Revere makes his famous ride, "feel the wonder" as an angel protects two children from a robber or God miraculously spares an honest man's family from starvation. Hundreds of wonderful stories, taken from the international radio broadcast, are available on CD (or cassette). In addition, a special, interfaith Bible course, during which children earn CDs from Your Story Hour's Life of Jesus album (26 stories), is available for kids 9 years old and older. And, starting in 2008, Clubhouse magazine will be available online free of charge!

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Mailing Address
Your Story Hour
PO Box 8 
Niles, MI 49120


Telephone Numbers
1-800-987-7879
1-269-471-3701