“But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.” (Psalm 68:3)
Sometimes it’s not easy to start your day with a “happy face”; there are days when the moment our feet hit the floor and we get out of bed, things go wrong! And when things go wrong, sometimes we just get “stuck”. But I have always believed that it doesn’t have to be that way; it’s really a mindset, because most times happiness is a choice. Happiness comes from within and is a state of mind, and our attitude when things don’t go as planned is what makes us choose happy rather than hopeless. I have found that my day goes so much better when I begin it with the Lord; a simple “good morning” Lord starts my day in a joyful frame of mind. When I set aside time in my morning to read my bible, inspirational posts and devotionals, and end it in prayer before I focus on the events of the day, I feel more in control and more in line with how I want my day to run its course.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have and enjoy life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10)
Unfortunately as our day evolves, there will be times when we come under attack, and Satan messes with our feelings and attitudes. That’s his job, to put negative, critical, and judgmental thoughts in our head and try to rob us of our joy in the Lord. Suddenly, things are just not working out like we planned, and Satan is accomplishing what he set out to do. But STOP (!), there are ways to win this battle that he is trying to create in our life. Nothing is stronger than God’s Word, and His Word promises us that He will get us through life’s challenges and difficulties. He intended for us to live a rich, joy-filled life full of abundance until it overflows!
“Be joyful always, pray continuously; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
We don’t need a special occasion, something new, or an exciting event to choose happy; most of our days are routine and many of us take these ordinary and repetitive things for granted. We forget about embracing the ordinary and find pleasure in life’s everyday circumstances. But our happiness shouldn’t revolve around new opportunity, fortune or success. When we make a conscious decision to give thanks in all circumstances we begin to see the simple and conventional things with a new perspective. Those whose hearts are alive with faith recognize the blessings in everyday things; they can be happy for no reason at all! Some days it may be a real task to choose happy, but we must challenge ourselves to choose joy no matter what is going on and stick with the promises of God. It’s our choice to live every day with peace, contentment and joy, and to make lots of room to let Him fill us up with His eternal grace, peace, love, and joy!
“May the God of hope fill you up with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
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