Proverbs 15:13 - A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
When things are going well do you feel guilty because you’re having a good time? Do you believe eventually something bad is going to happen even when good things are happening? Maybe you feel that you don’t deserve to be happy. It takes courage to be happy. Do you struggle with allowing yourself to be happy? I’d love to hear from you.
Ecclesiastes 5:19 - Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work--this is a gift of God.
Do you know that it takes courage to be happy? It’s easy to focus on the negative and get into a rut that you can’t seem to drive yourself out of. It takes effort on our part to be happy. There is always a reason around us to let even the simplest of things make us happy. Just look at a field of wildflowers. Some may see only weeds growing and become unhappy because of all the work it will take to remove them. But take a young child to a field of wildflowers and they will pick a bouquet to take home to their mother. Think like a little child and see the true beauty not the weeds.
Psalm 118:25 - O Lord, save us; O Lord, grant us success.
You have this dream that you want to see fulfilled. So you thrust yourself into the business of making yourself a success. But things don’t always happen overnight. It takes persistence while balancing all areas of your life. If you use too much time on your dream and forget your family, it won’t be worth it. Success comes and goes, but family needs your attention or you might lose them. It’s one step at a time. Do you have big dreams that are robbing your family from your presence? It’s okay to dream big, but just be careful.
Isaiah 43:18 - Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
We compare ourselves to others, but we also compare ourselves to our past. Some of our past memories were bad. But others, in fact, were pretty good. If we keep looking back either to bad memories or good ones, it can hinder us from enjoying the present. We can think that the “good ol’ days” are gone forever. They aren’t. Stop doing comparisons. Today can be one of your future “good ol’ days.” Do you find yourself thinking too often about your past? I’d love to hear from you.
Job 10:15 - If I am guilty--woe to me! Even if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head, for I am full of shame and drowned in my affliction.
I tend to feel guilty about too many things. I blame myself for everything that’s not working in my life or those around me. But, I am not God. The world does not revolve around me. Not everything I do is wrong. I am capable of winning many battles. Do you feel guilty about your life? Do you believe everything you do is wrong?
Psalm 27:3 - Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.
Being flexible isn’t always easy for type “A” personalities. We tend to want to have everything planned out before beginning our day. And then, something happens to side track us. But what we thought was messing up our day actually brought about a chance to do something we wouldn’t normally do. And that can lead to joy and strengthening of our confidence. Do you have trouble when life gets side tracked or are do you accept the interruption and find something good in it? I’d love to hear from you.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.