Hope is the confident expectation of good things from God!
Why is it that we so often wake up anxious, expecting the worst things to happen?
Okay, so bad things may happen. We live in a fallen messed up world! But why wake up each day expecting them? I’m sure there are many reasons . . . one reason may be because life keeps dealing a bad hand and we end up thinking “this is how it’s always going to be.” I get that. I’ve been there. But over time I’ve learned that staying in this mindset only serves to hurt me.
So if given the choice, to hope or to hurt, what would you choose?
Thanks be to God, I’m learning to choose hope . . . and hopeful thoughts always make me feel better. That said, I’d like to share my happiness tip #9 with you today . . . Continue reading “Expect Good Things! [Happiness Tip 9]”
The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow.” – Robert Tew
Happiness tip #8: Keep your eyes on the road ahead
Keep your eyes on the road ahead. Stop looking back! Trust that your struggles (past or present) have purpose, and that they are developing in you great strength for tomorrow. So let go of past disappointments and hurts and look ahead to all the wondrous possibilities that lay in store. Though you cannot know what the future holds, you can trust the One who holds the future. Fear not. Whether God leads into a valley or a mountain top, He promises to be with us and to guide us. And the best part is that every trial we’ve faced has prepared us for what lies ahead. So keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and look ahead with joyful hope and confidence. Jesus is our faithful champion who initiates and perfects our faith as we walk with Him! Look ahead . . .
Continue reading “Keep Your Eyes on the Road Ahead [Happiness Tip #8]”
When my heart grows faint, I often turn to the Psalms for inspiration. There I’m reminded that all throughout history people have suffered and grown weary. And they’ve turned to God for help.
Continue reading “When My Heart Grows Faint [A Prayer]”
Hey there friends! I hope your having a sunny day. But if you’re feeling down for any reason, here’s a gentle nudge to encourage you . . .
There is a blessing in your storm, hang in there . . . God is making you perfect and complete, not lacking in anything!
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4
Continue reading “A Gentle Nudge [Hang in There!]”
The pain of a broken heart is as real as they come! All we can think about is the pain and all the negative aspects of feeling broken (rejection, feeling unloved, lonely, afraid . . .)
But what if there was a benefit to a broken heart? What if there was purpose for your pain?
Let me begin by saying, if you’re reading this and your heart is broken, I feel for you, and I’m terribly sorry. It’s a shock to the system (I’ve been there), and you are probably grieving. But here is the good news. The most grueling roads often lead to the most beautiful destinations! Stay positive. Beautiful things are in the making!
Here is one key benefit (learned from experience) to focus on to speed up the healing process . . . Continue reading “Key Benefit of a Broken Heart [according to James]”
Hey there friends! I hope your having a sunny day. But if you’re not for any reason, I’d like to offer you a gentle nudge to hope, heal, and be happy . . .
When life throws lemons at you, make lemonade 😊
Enjoying my freshly squeezed lemon juice with honey. God is so good! He always provides a way to get through our struggles!
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Continue reading “When Life Throws Lemons . . .”