John 16:33 talks about how there will be trouble in our life but that God is with us and not to fear.
But how often to we forget to give it to God and immediately get down and sad? We are human so of course we think negative and try to fix it ourselves when in reality we just need to give it all to him.
I am the worst at this and I know that. My life is not easy and we all have hard times but we have wonderful times as well! Cast your worries onto God and change your attitude towards the situation and make it positive! Do NOT let Satan attack and make you feel down. Get happy and feel blessed!
Joyce talks about how she handled things in the past which is how I am sure we all handle things at times but I love how she is so honest and focuses on how she changed and how happiness comes from within.
There is so much I could say about this but I want you to watch because it is hilarious at how she puts a few things in there! Humor is the BEST!!
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!
When I first started watching this I was like.. SO thats why my life is rough! People keep praying for me! lol! Stop it! haha jk. You have to watch the video to get that. I never realized how prayer works but I have seen it work in people but how she explains it makes so much sense. The reason I know is because the harder my mom would pray for me to more difficult my life seemed to become but then when I realized what I needed to changed and got my focus back then life made sense. Prayer is very powerful. In this she talks about how when you pray for someone it is frustrating because you love these people and for some reason it is like their behavior gets worse rather than better. It is all because of when a person gets in trouble and has to deal with punishment. Not saying God punishes per-say but he starts showing you how your actions are destructive once people pray for you and that channel of prayer is communicated. I can see why so many people give up on praying for people bt this is when God is just getting starting and working on them. You can never give up and think that it is a waste of time. You have no idea how God is working sometimes.
As an example.. Just a random show I was watching the other day… A teenage girl lost her mother tragically and all she saw was her father burying himself in his work and not shedding a tear. She looked at him and despised him and told him she was so disappointed because her mother deserved to be mourned for and he never took a day off to mourn and that her mother deserved better. Later in the show she bumps into a friend who spends most of her evenings out very late and lived across from a Park. She said she sees her dad there most nights or extremely early in the morning weeping with a book in his hand. The Girl then asked if it was a specific book and she said yes. The daughter then teared up and said that is the park where he and my mom met and their first talk when they met was over that book. She immediately left and realized her dad just did not want her to see him upset for afraid it would make it hard for the daughter to move on. Whether it was right or wrong is beside the point. The point is, she had no idea that she was completely wrong about her father and that he was going and mourning in his way. She assumed that since she did not see it herself that nothing was happening.
How many times are we like this? I am like this all the time. I am so fixated on “Seeing is Believing” when in reality we have no idea how God is really working on a person. This is why we should never give up on praying for people we love or want to love more. It is not our duty to judge and decide how and when God Works in somebody else’s life. I just know I need to tell myself this way more often and not give up and to have more faith in the prayers not only for others but the ones for myself as well.