This was the devotion for our Single Moms Group today and I have watched it twice. Its the end that is what got me. Joyce says:
“Stop giving your husband the job of making you happy.”
Yes, I know I am not married, but this is something my mom shared with me over the weekend as a personal experience.
I had asked her about family situations and how she felt at times when life would get rough and how her and Dad have made it through all these years and how retirement was going to play out. We talked bath and forth for a bit and I asked her about being happy and having kids and being stressed and she told me that after having me and being married for over 9 years she realized that Dad was not meant to make her happy and that nobody in life is SUPPOSED to make us happy. We choose to be happy for ourselves and put our trust in God.
Ok, so keep in mind this may sound simple but how many of us keep looking for “happiness”?
How many of use keep looking for it with any relationship whether friends, work, spouse, etc knowing that that is wrong?
Exactly! All the above for me too!!
I thought about what my mom said the other night because I am concerned about life and how it will pan out at times and when I feel down its hard to snap out of it. But hearing her say that was like.. wait I can snap out of this myself, I do NOT need to search for happiness when it lies within me and I have the book of life which is the Bible.
I never thought any more about it until I was feeling low at work and needed a devotion and ‘BAM’ Joyce got me in the end!
I can’t keep worrying about things that are out of my control and putting pressure on anyone to make me happy nor giving anyone that satisfaction because that is from God and he deserves all credit for all happiness and blessings.
Hope you enjoy this devotion as much as I did!