Sharing with us today is Anna Tamar, who blogs over at A Heart for All Nations. She is a biology major with a desire to travel the world curing people physically and healing them spiritually.
It’s not possible for one to be happy all the time but I believe we make being happy more difficult than it really has to be. Sometimes we make choices that we deliberately know will make us unhappy. You see I find myself now happier than I have ever been. It is not because life is perfect but because I have now become consciously aware of the things that makes me unhappy and I do my best to avoid them. I have evaluated myself to know what ruins and makes my day. Apostle Paul puts it like this in Romans 12:3 “ …..Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves….”
It’s really that simple! Be true to YOU! To the things you like about yourself and the things you don’t like so much. It can be something as simple as not liking the menu at a restaurant. You can make choice not to order, it’s not common…. but it’s really okay to leave a restaurant if don’t have an appetite for anything on the menu. If you dislike wearing high heels don’t wear them, find a substitution or stick to flats. I personally dislike flats, I don’t know why but when I wear them it makes me feel like I am walking around barefoot. Do I still buy them? Yes. I mean every woman should own a pair of flats right? No.
When we are true to our selves we begin to honestly evaluate our spiritual lives. We begin to know where we fall short and where we need the grace of God to help us. Be real in your evaluation….find the things that drives your affections for Christ and emerge your life in them and find the things that bereft you of that affection and walk away from them. Nothing brings me more joy than spending time in the presence of God. Because that makes me so happy, that’s what I do at the start of my day. For some people it’s worship, or prayer or devotional with your spouse or even a physical activity like running…when you find the source of something that makes your day go 100 times better…. make sure you don’t go a day without it. I choose to be happy.
Rebekah | MoreRadiance.com says
This post was such a help to me today… THANK YOU! I know one thing that hinders my joy and happiness is not getting enough sleep. When I am well-rested I can go after my goals with energy and gusto and that certainly makes me happy. Applying this to my spiritual life: writing/journaling my prayers to God is something that makes me happy, as well as finding special verses I can cling to. Also, reading good christian books really helps inspire me too!
Thanks for this post! <3
Thank you for sharing what you are finding works for you, Rebekah. It’s such a blessing that we each have the opportunity to learn from one another. We glad to hear that Anna’s words resonated with you.
Great Post!! So many people looking in all the wrong places for happiness when it can only come from Jesus.
Riaha Raj says
Well said happiness is only a choice. I have chosen to be happy by single forever 🙂
Pam Williams says
Happiness is definitely a choice. So few seem to realize that and look for happiness outside themselves. Very good post, Anna.