“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.”–Dale Carnegie
Happiness may not ever rule the world, but it can rule your world! Being happy is a choice. We can choose to be miserable or want to be satisfied. Outside influences can steal our joy for the moment. However, you can again choose to be happy in spite of external stressors.
This is something I struggle with, and sure you do as well. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of anxiety over outside influence in our lives. Putting a smile on our face and being grateful for the smallest of things will keep us in faith.
Even when we get kicked in the gut. I am not suggesting that you have to smile and say, “thank you can I have another.” You can mourn a situation for an appropriate time. We all have disappointments that steal our joy. It’s recovering from it that makes the difference.
Don’t give into stress, disappointment, or the like. This is your life guided by God, be grateful for that.
Here are five quick things you can do to recover your joy:
Get outside and enjoy nature. Breathe the fresh air, take a walk by a stream or water. Take a minute to see the beauty around you.
Let whatever troubles you go. Give it to God.
Pray, find time to meditate on peace in your life. See yourself in your mind’s eye as happy. Feel that sensation and own it.
Do something for someone else. Be a blessing to others. Get outside yourself and help someone that needs some loving attention.
Be okay with you! Know that trials in life come, but this too shall pass (pardon the cliche) it’s true. Seasons come and go in our lives. Don’t lose sight of that.
Okay, what are you waiting for? God believes in you, I believe in you, so get happy! Don’t overthink, take action now!!!
When it comes to life, this quote summed it up for me:
“Fight like you’re the third monkey trying to get on Noah’s ark.”
I thought this to be so profound. What the hell else do you have to lose? Too many times I hear people say it’s too hard I cannot do it, whatever the thing is they’re trying to do.
Get that out of your brain NOW! Going through this life, we must retrain our thoughts to believe. Forget about the HOW. How will come with belief, work, and faith?
Our new mantra: Belief – Work – Faith
What I mean by work is that we must get off our butts and be productive. Do NOT confuse activity with productivity. Job at training yourself, taking steps every day that are positive towards your outcome. Don’t sit on your ass and simply do nothing.
When we pray, it needs to come from your heart. Many make a mistake begging God, please let me pay my rent, please, please, please, please, please!
Stay in Faith
Going to God in prayer take him the grateful you. Not the needy you. Big difference. “God thank you for my financial abundance.” “God thank you for my renewed health.” “God thank you for bringing the right person into my life.” See the difference?
Pray for the outcome you want. Don’t pray for strength, tell God thank you for your power.
It’s been a tough few months for me. Yesterday, was the end of a season in my life and today it’s time to let a new season unfold. I’m looking one more time in my rear view mirror to say goodbye.
A new road, a new life, hope!
What I choose to accept in my life today is that God is in complete control of my life. My one little struggle with that is letting God do his job, and I do mine. In my studies, I have come to learn that if I continue to look backward or in the rear view mirror several things are going to happen.
I will miss the exit God has directed me to take. The enemy will rejoice in that.
I will inevitably crash if I keep my eye’s looking backward instead of what’s in front of me.
I live status quo, miserable with no change.
What was meant for my destiny will fly by me because I am not allowing my real chance to unfold. Why, because I am not looking forward to seeing my new life.
As you can see if we look backward nothing good can come from it. Yes, I never really wanted such a significant change in my life. On some fronts, I was very content and others in hindsight I was not me anymore, that was not good.
Even though struggle comes from looking into the past, it’s hard not too. What I have come to learn is that we must pray for the strength to look forward, we have to learn to become expectant of beautiful gifts the Bible has promised us and that Jesus paid for on the cross.
Today I trust you will make a pact with me that we will look forward, leave the status quo behind. God has a plan for our lives why not see what that will be!
“Prayer is man’s greatest power!” –W. Clement Stone
This bright light of God, Mattie, while on this earth stood for what I call “the true life.”
“It doesn’t matter how you pray. Pray. All religions are beautiful, and they all have one common belief. There’s something bigger and greater than us that can give us and take from us life. It is better than the here and now.” — Mattie Stepanek
One of my first questions. How do you talk to God and will he listen? Yes, he hears when you pray earnestly. What I mean by that is open and honest. Ask before it is given, in our lives we as humans say, “I will believe it when I see it.” God is the opposite!
Here are some cool things. You can talk to God anytime you want. Most of us speak directly to God when we’ve messed up. “Oh God please save me.” The good news is you can pray formally on bended knee, or you can talk to God on your way to work in the car.
Here is the biggest thing you should remember when you pray: “Don’t Beg!” God knows your situation and does not need you to beg. He has already forgiven you. For example, God thank you for the restoration of my relationship with ______. God bless you for my healing, my body is better (even if you’re still sick). Thank him for what you want to have as though you have it already.
When you study your bible, you will learn that God has already given you an abundant, health-filled life. We must receive it through faith.
One thing I have found very useful. I lay down on my bed at night. Put headphones on and find meditation music that relaxes me. As I listen to the music, I close my eyes and imagine myself in the presence of God. I begin to thank him for blessing my life with abundance, financial blessings, health and joy in my life.
When I do this visualization, it helps me to feel my prayers are powerful. That I see myself during meditation. I see myself happy with my children. I see my boss handing me a big bonus check. I see me laughing and happy. Most importantly I see me standing with Jesus, standing in heaven with my lord. Peaceful, happy and full of all the love I could ever ask.
When you see your prayers in that light, it’s already yours. Then God will begin to move things in your life, so it is a reality. It won’t happen overnight, don’t have unrealistic expectations. Know that God is providing what you see in your prayers as though they are already yours. If you see yourself on top of Mount Everest, then have faith God will put you there if its Gods Work for you.
God will provide all the promises in the Bible that are yours. Through prayer that you give God thanks for already providing your answers. The answers will come. Patience will be the next chapter, but this is where patience comes in.
People also ask me does God hear better when I pray at Church or a holy place. God hears all prayers no matter where you stand. If you come to God with a humble, loving heart, God hears you loud and clear.
Another question I get all the time. How many times do I need to pray for a specific thing? Ask yourself this question, if someone keeps asking you the same question repeatedly what would you do? God is an intelligent soul so I would imagine with confidence that once you confess it to God, he has it.
In prayer, you need to confess to God your sins. If you want forgiveness, then you need to come clean with God. Prayer for me had a real cleansing feeling for me. When you ask for forgiveness, then accept it because you already have his mercy.
Prayer is like getting a new job. When you take the role it’s on the promise of pay; you must do the work first before you get paid. The easiest way for me to understand how prayer works. I had to do the job before God would begin to bless me.
Which stands to reason, something for nothing is always nothing. Earnestly, seek God’s promises in the Bible in prayer. The good news is, it’s everything you need and then some! Words without action are just that words. Faith is action.