Be Happy Now

Be Happy Now

September 27, 2013

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)

“I’m not happy with my job. I’m not happy with my body. I’m not happy with my life.”

It seems that at some point in our lives, we each struggle with unhappiness, a spirit of discontentment, with wanting more. I remember a couple of years ago being frustrated as I sat in my comfy living room chair, Bible open, listening to the Lord. Well, maybe it was more like talking at Him, telling Him what I wanted.

What I wanted was to be happily married and have a family of my own. At 38, my “clock” was ticking, and I was still faithfully believing God for marriage and family.

If God would just give me the desires of my heart, I knew I could be happy. That’s when this thought came to me: Be happy now. If you don’t learn to be happy while you’re waiting for what you want, you’ll never be happy when you get what you want.

To be clear, happiness cannot be the sole aim of our existence. Living out my purpose by serving and loving others as Christ does is my ultimate goal. When I stop focusing so much on what I want, and focus my gaze on what God wants to do in and through me, contentment follows.

In fact, happiness is an external indication of internal contentment.

This realization stopped me in my tracks. The list of things I felt I needed to check off my list for me to be happy was tiring. The idea that I could choose happiness was refreshing. The first step was to embrace life exactly as it was; in other words, to be content. I counted my blessings more, started traveling, and did things that being single uniquely afforded me. Most importantly, I decided to wholeheartedly trust God.

When Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians, the word he used for “content” actually means to be contented with one’s lot in life. We can spend so much energy pushing against our reality when life doesn’t turn out the way we planned it. But resisting what is, and trying to control what is beyond our control, can cause anxiety. Frustration takes over. Anger prevails.

Instead of making the most of our circumstances, it’s easy to lament the fact that things are not where we believe they should be.

What if we stopped pushing against what is and learned to embrace our present circumstances?

When that shift is made, it feels like a heavy burden is released from our shoulders. It can also feel scary at first. But truly accepting where we are helps us relax and see the good God has in our present circumstances. We cast our cares, content in trusting that all things indeed will work together for our good.

When I embraced what is, I discovered happiness greater than any I’d experienced before. Just like Paul tells us to do in Philippians 4, I made intentional choices to be content with my present circumstances—and in the lot God had given me for that season. I stopped making happiness a destination and began making it my way of journeying through life.

Lord, help me embrace what is and live each day with thankfulness for the life I’ve been given. Give me the grace to be happy while I wait for what I want, rather than insist that I cannot be happy until I attain it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Reflect and Respond:
What current reality are you in that you are resisting?

What would it look like for you to be content?

Power Verses:
Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (ESV)

Psalm 16:5, “LORD, You are my portion and my cup of blessing; You hold my future.” (HCSB)

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Comments

  1. So true! And don’t you find that once you get that “thing” you really wanted, you end up discontent with it at some point and longing for something else. I think it’s that God sized hole in our hearts and our natural desire from creation to be whole and filled by only God. It is a heavy burden. I’m so glad we serve a loving God who we can ask to help put us back on the right track and also, spill the tears and words to and He hears us. Thanks for the encouraging words!

    • Melinda, you make such a good point. Unless you learn to be content, you’ll constantly be discontented no matter what wonderful blessings come into your life!

      • Kayla D. Perkins says:

        Valorie,
        The waiting for a husband and family is VERY familiar to me, especially thinking that having one would finally make me happy. I’m 29, and I’m currently dating the man who I believe is God’s gift to me. But just as Melinda said, even though the wait was excruciating, and everyday I prayed for this, now that I have it, I still feel unhappy at times. I wish I had learned to be content prior to this. I recognize this man as a blessing because he truly is, but I realize that even though he’s wonderful, he cannot make me happy. Only God can fill the void in my heart! I will embrace that truth today! Thank you for your entry today, Valorie. You and all of the Proverbs 31 Ladies are such an inspiration to me on a daily basis. I too would love to write about Jesus and the wonderful things He does for His people! Be blessed today and always!

        • I am more or less in the same situation as you, Kayla. And I’m deeply encouraged by your words! Here’s my prayer today that I want to share with all of you…

          Father, I have dipped my toes into the serene pool of contentment. I have felt how refreshing it could be to feel at peace in my present situation. Help me step out in faith, Oh Lord. Grant me the grace I need to trust you fully so that I can leap into Your arms where peace and joy abound. Help me live my life with contentment in my lot and leave the place of discontent where impatience, bitterness and anger lurk. I praise you Lord for Your goodness and Your mighty works in my life! I claim the abundant blessings that You will bestow on me in Your perfect time. And in my praises, may all that surround me see Your greatness in my life! In everything, may Your name be glorified! In Jesus’ most precious name, I pray. Amen.

          The good Lord bless us all!

        • Thank you so very much for sharing your testimony in waiting it all out but being content and happy TODAY, NOW while we wait!! Such an eye opener for me to have read through all this … I too am longing for a husband and great little family… now I understand that I can actually BE HAPPY STILL WHILE I WAIT!! YAY ? THANK YOU FOR SHARING! GOD BLESS YOU

  2. Leah Dressler says:

    I needed this message so badly. It was like she was talking about me personally, I have a wonderful, kind, loving husband, a beautiful daughter, two wonderful stepsons, kind daughter in laws, precious grandchildren, a good job, nice house, etc. and yet I struggle daily with why I am not happy. I know that I am so very blessed and I firmly believe that Jesus Christ is savior so why do I have these feelings? When I see others around me struggling with real problems I feel so ashamed, and yet there is still that lingering thought!

  3. What a lovely devotion! I could be reminded about the secrets of happiness and contentment everyday. So happy to see Valorie Burton join the P31 lineup! What a gifted writer and coach!

  4. oh so nicely stated!
    You have affirmed the heart-set of God’s leading in my life. ps 37 and the “desires of my heart” took on new meaning when i realized the desires weren’t necessarily my desires that I sought, but desires GIVEN me by God to embrace.
    And “pushing against my reality” was a home run.
    Thanks you for the reminder of so much truth.
    God Bless, Linda

    • Ps 37:4 immediately came to mind while reading this. Taking delight in the Lord first and foremost surely is a challenge, and then I’m reminded in Ps 103:5 that He satisfies my desires with good things. Isn’t that awesome?!

  5. Thank you Valerie. May God continue to inspire you.

  6. Wow, you put into words exactly what I felt during my husband’s 10 cancer battles and when he was called Home to Heaven. At some of the worst times of my life, I was at Peace, Content, I knew what to put my time into (our daughter’s 2 Birthday party and our son’s 4th Birthday party, treatments and surgeries that made sense, a surprise party for my husband to remind him of who he was before cancer and other important things) and what to set aside (vacations when the cancer came back, being there for our children day in and day out {this one still hurts. I missed so much}, volunteering, coop for my kids preschool, having friends over, and countless other things I let go) , I felt Joy ( I noticed all the little bits of Joy in my days. Our family motto was Life is Good). All the good was and is from the Grace of God, finding Jesus at the lowest point. And when I could not walk, He not only carried me, He lifted me so high I could do supernatural feats. TYJ 🙂 GIG

  7. Happy Friday

  8. I cannot add substantively to what has already been said so well by other commenters, but could not miss the opportunity to add my voice to the many others that thank you for this post, which has reached me at the perfect time. Again, thank you!

    • I second what Beth wrote (her words are much more eloquent) Thank you for this message….it has come at the perfect time for me as well!

  9. I sometimes find myself missing what is right in front of me because of longings I have for those things that elude me, I want to be content and have that satisfaction of living in the moment in all the blessings I already have!

  10. Thank you so much for this devotional! It was spot on for me.

  11. Thank you so much for this message. It hit me very hard this morning as I am dealing with a new reality of life after finding out my husband had an affair. We are in couples therapy and are both committed to making the relationship work. However, the new reality is very hard and I struggle daily with what truely makes me happy.

    • I am praying for you Sherri. I ask God to heal the deep betrayal and feelings of rejection that come with an affair. I pray for the wounds placed on your heart. I pray against the enemy who would not want your marriage to be restored. I pray against any and all lies he speaks in to your mind. You are loved, you are worthy of love, you are beautiful. Our Papa sees no flaw in you. You are being held in His loving arms. I pray for total restoration of your marriage and of your wounded heart. God bless you as you work through all of the emotions. He is with you and He is for you. I lift you up to the God who heals the most brokenness of hearts.

    • Hi Sherri, I’m so sorry to hear what you are going through. I just said a prayer for you and will continue to pray for you. May you receive God’s comfort and grace, and healing from your marriage. Peace and blessings, Valorie

    • Sherri, I, too, found out my husband was having an affair on me back in February. And what a journey it has been. God is on our side, He HATES divorce, so He is for you, not against you. The devil will twist your mind every which of way, do not let him win.
      I beg you to trust God, you cannot trust your husband right now, but you can trust God.
      At the time I found out, my husband was ready to leave me, but I wasn’t having it. I put my “Suit of Armor” on and fought tooth and nail…I knew I couldn’t change my husband’s heart, but Proverbs says God can change a king’s heart, and I know if he can change a king’s heart, he can sure change your husband’s heart, b/c he changed mine… This may or may not be an easy journey for you…either way, don’t give up; hold your tongue; laugh; smile; praise God in everything. I encourage you to listen KLOVE day in and day out, it was and still is my saving grace. It’s been 7 months, and we are still on a healing train…I have a wonderful testimony, andit’s not over yet…God can and will heal your marriage, you just have to trust in Him. You need to rest in Him. Picture yourself as a caterpillar in it’s coccoon…that caterpillar is resting and trusting whatever is going on in its little body, little does it know, it will soon blossom into a beautiful and free butterfly. That’s how you should be…while God is working, you just need to rest and trust and the outcome will be beautiful. Love you girl, and am praying for you…

      • Thanks Tiffany, Your words are an inspiration. I pray you have found peace in your new reality. The journey is hard and I know it is a long road. 24 year of marriage and trust out the door.

        The hardest part for me is the anger. I have never been an angry person but this anger is consuming me. Holding my tongue is almost impossible. My husband has never talked about leaving, he appears to have changed his ways and I pray that they are permanent changes. He has joined a men’s group at church and we are once again in a small group bible study.

        Thank you for the prayer and I will continue to pray for you and your relationship. I pray all emerge as beautiful butterflies!!!!

  12. This was much needed. Choose to be happy. Stop focusing so much on the destination and enjoy the journey.

  13. I spent time in bed this morning crying my eyes out because of this very subject, shaking my fist at the heavens asking God “WHY WHY WHY?” To open my emails this morning and find this message, how wonderful!!! Now it’s up to me to figure out how to put your message into action. Does anyone know of any internet support groups for women going through these kind of trials to share ideas? I’m pretty isolated in my struggles and could really use some support from other women!

  14. Even we as Christ-followers need to be careful with “happy” and “content/joyful”. Those are two very different things. Paul said he knew contentment (read:peace & joy) despite his current circumstance. I don’t think he was HAPPY about getting flogged, shipwrecked, beaten, stoned, called a liar, and ultimately martyred. I don’t think Jesus was HAPPY when he knelt and poured himself out to God asking this cup be taken from him or when he cried out from the cross that God had forsaken him– I bet he was so sad and heart-broken and believe that was what ultimately killed him–separation from his source of Life. We are not HAPPY when a child dies, our spouse gets cancer or we cannot have babies. We are downright heart-broken. And that’s ok! Paul and Jesus found peace and contentment and joy from the one true source: God. Paul knew his eternal reward was assured despite the happenstance (where we get the word happy) he found himself in. Jesus knew the masses he would reconcile to the Father despite what he had to endure.
    I agree, “happy” is a state of mind. “Content/ Joyful/ peaceful” is a state of BEING one with Christ and the indwelling Spirit. I pray we all get there!!!

    • melanie, so true and important to remember.

    • Thank you for your words of wisdom. I struggle with why I am not happy when I have so much to be thankful for. But my son is a drug addict and going to prison. Happy? Nope, not the least bit happy. He’s totally turned his back on God and us. I’m more scared to death for him as I know the consequences of spitting in God’s face. Yes, I have much to be grateful for and when I read devotions like this I feel nothing but guilt and wonder what’s wrong with me. I know that’s not the intent of this devotion and it’s so good to practice gratitude but also to realize that grief is real and it’s a response and an appropriate one to loss. I think that answer is to grieve but not grieve without hope that I the end, all things will work together for my good as I follow Jesus and am obedient to Him. Thank you for your post on reality. Sometimes, life is just dang hard and there are difficult season. I guess the best I can do it turn to my Papa each morning and cry my heart out to Him knowing that He is the One who heals and to remember how much He loves me. He will see me through.

    • amen

  15. Leslie Dillon says:

    Thank you, what a blessing this devotional was to me ! God asks us to live one day at a time! “give us this day our daily bread…” 🙂 Enjoy the journey!

  16. this was a wonderful devotion and always timely. a couple of sayings that challenge me to be content are:
    “bloom where you’re planted.” and
    “the grass is greener where you water it.”
    sometimes we grasp our desires so tightly when we can be blessed by opening our hands to receive what god intends for us to have. isn’t discontentment ultimately mistrusting god?
    may we all be women of contentment! blessings to everyone here.

  17. There were two things that you wrote, here, Valorie, that reached right in and snapped my heart to attention: “If you don’t learn to be happy while you’re waiting for what you want, you’ll never be happy when you get what you want.” and “happiness is an external indication of internal contentment”. May God grant me the wisdom to make the choice to exude happiness by reminding my spirit of all that He’s already done for me and gifted me with. This was a much needed devotional! Thank you.

  18. Thank you Valerie, You word gave me refreshment.

  19. Thank you, Valerie for this devotional! I love that verse that Paul wrote in Philippians……when I read that verse, I was thinking to myself, “wow, how did he even learn how to be content? And here I am….whining that I hate where I live, and the fact that I don’t have many friends…..”
    I’ve been trying to be content but it’s really hard….esp when my husband has 2 jobs and I’m usually at home when I’m not working…..
    I also have a problem doing things on my own…..and I don’t enjoy my own company 🙁
    How can I be content? How can I feel happy?

  20. Thanks, Valorie. This one was right on time. There’s a lot of stuff going on in my life and family right now and I can’t do anything about it. It’s not on me to change. Powerless, but God is powerful. I have testimonies…but this time feels so different. He is taking care of us but is really silent right now. So yeah, the best I can do is praise Him and keep it moving. The stuff that I am dealing with and want to change is not within my skill set nor within my realm of expertise. This is a job for Jesus. So as I deal with an unemployed spouse not speaking to me (yet again!) and a special needs son acting out, I know that God is able to keep my head on straight and focused and doing what I need to do on my end to keep this ship afloat. Happy Friday, all.

  21. I so needed this message today. Constantly thinking I need more to be content. I am so thankful for what I have. Who knew wanting more is what is keeping me from being happy and truly seeing all the blessings I have.

  22. Thank you for this devotional! I struggle with discontent mostly when I start comparing my situation with others. “When will we ever own a house? I’m tired of being cooped up in this small rental. Why can’t my husband have a more stable job with a guarantee of health benefits? Why can’t I find a full-time job so we could live more comfortably?” But when I ask God to show me the truth of my situation, my eyes are opened to the blessings of my situation. Because I only work part-time, I’ve been able to spend much quality time with my daughter the first few years of her life. Those precious times can never be bought. We may not be rich materially, but I’ve been blessed with that quality time. We worry about health insurance, but God has given us good health through the years. Though we don’t own a house, we are thankful that the flexibility of our current job situations allows us to have simple, quality time as a family. I still struggle with discontent, but your devotional helps remind me to see the goodness of God in my situation.

    • Marcie, thanks for letting us take a peek into your world as you process the emotions of worry and contentment. It is a real journey to remain content no matter your circumstances. But with God’s grace and strength, it is always possible. Without that, we easily fall into the trap of feeling sorry for ourselves. You’re in my prayers. 🙂

    • Marcie ,Thank you for sharing this. We are going through the exact same thing . We live in a small rental ,no health care and 4 kids. I also only work part time. I have been struggling with this, this past week or so with the same situations. I also have had a hard time because When I found the full time job and starting working , a month into it we lost our sitter,My mom. So I had to go back to working part time and again to no insurance and to not move forward. I constantly struggle with anxiety and not being content. For a long time I had it under control , I read a book called “calm your anxious heart” That book opened my eyes. But the past 6 months I have let that fear come over me again. I know God will see me through and this devotion really kicked me in tail. I am truly blessed by all I have. I have a wonderful husband , 4 full of energy crazy kids, a roof over my head and food on the table. It may not be a lot but its probably better than most. I refuse to let the devil take that from me . God has great things for us just wait and see.

  23. Tiffany Toms says:

    As i journey to find my way back to God this message is very clear to me. I haven’t been to church since I was very young, yet I have always questioned our purpose and the scientific means of things never really giving 100% of my faith to Him. I still struggle with my scientific mind and my heart. This post speaks to me because I have struggled for 15+ years with terrible anxiety, to the point of not leaving my house as a teenager and into my early 20’s. Now, in my 30’s with 2 young children and a husband, I still struggle with daily activities, depending on my husband for so much and depriving my children of adventerous activities and travel. I constantly worry about “what ifs” and now most recently death. I know that if I filled that void in my heart with the word of God that those fears would be silenced. The struggle is continuous and I work to cherish the moments of today and stop focusing on would could be, I need to focus on what is. I am thankful I have found this site and plan to use it as a resource in my journey to find my way back and as I learn the word.
    Be well.

  24. This could not have come a better time. As I lay in bed last evening crying out to the Lord about “my happiness” or lack thereof….I have preordered the book, taken the happiness test and am focused on God’s word. Thank you!

  25. this really hit home because I am someone that is never satisfied and now the last 8 months I’ve been dealing with my wife having affair with another married man while pregnant with our child. I cannot get along with my life whatsoever can never seem to be satisfied with her actions when I pick up when it comes to our child or how she how she communicates with me. . I really need to concentrate more on the good things that I do have one of which is a very beautiful daughter.

  26. Thank you Valorie for a beautifully written devotional! A great reminder that we can be content and happy whatever our situation or circumstances. Hope to see more of your writings on this site!

  27. You do not know how much I needed this. It truly brought me to my knees as I wait for God to bless us with a home and other family issues. Even as I type this, I realize how petty my wants are. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!! May God bless you!!!

  28. A Word in DUE Season!!!!! Have a great day!!!!!

  29. This was such a beautiful and timely post. Thank you for your inspired words. I’v been gleaming wisdom from the Proverbs 31 devotionals for years and they always speak hope into the dark places, regardless of life circumstances. I also deeply appreciate reading a devotion this morning that references the life of someone who is struggling with singleness, not having children and the ticking of one’s “clock”. Reading today’s devotion reminded me that God also sees and speaks to me and not exclusively speaks to those in P31 community who are wives and mothers. Thank you again.

  30. I especially loved this devotional this morning. Sometimes I forget how blessed I am to be an American and that God has truly supplied all my needs and many times even my wants. This was a great reminder for me. Thank you and may God bless you with your wants.

  31. This is EXACTLY where I’m at in my life…learning to be happy NOW with what I have NOW; all the while, while waiting on my prayers to be answered. Thank you for this sweet reminder, and thank you Lord for speaking to us through Valorie 🙂

  32. Thank you so much, Valorie, for this reminder. This is something the Lord has been teaching me too. What a complete change to our normal way of thinking. What a great challenge. Saving this devotional!

  33. I needed this message right now. I go through highs and lows when it comes to happiness and contentment and right now I seem to be on a low. In the past I have always noticed that my low periods correspond with times that I have not been as close with God, and right now is no exception. My devotional and prayer life is seriously lacking. Thanks for the reminder that I need to fill up my God-sized hole with a whole lotta God!

  34. I have been with my soulmate for three some years now. He truly has been a life saver/changer for me.  

    I have always seemed no matter the situation, I was always wanting more. Even though I had the man I dreamt of someone I woke happyto, in June at work I almost lost it all. I started talking to a fellow male employee. We had chatted daily for almost three months. I broke I needed to tell the man I believed to be Gods blessing to me what I have done to him, it absolutely was the hardest seeing the tears of my lovers eyes. We have been working on us within ourselves. For the hurt I caused him, he proceeded to speak of Gods name to me. Telling me look towards the lord, still holding my hand helping me overcome and see that what I have been missing in my heart wasn’t affection from another man, it wasn’t because I felt my mates love for me wasn’t enough. It was because I wasn’t allowing Jesus to take the wheel, I didnt allow god into my heart. I’m thankful for him and I know he is my soulmate for he lead me to the lord. Reading devotions and all your amazing stories, seeing gods work daily, has showed me how to love myself. And as long as I allow god in to my life, that’s all I will ever need. Just to say Yes.The lord works in amazing ways.!!! Amen

  35. I just love how each blog speaks directly to me. We are all at different places in our lives, yet the Lord seems to direct us to where we need to be. I had to chuckle when I read this post because this has been something I have been struggling with lately. Thanks for bringing clarity. Hugs

  36. We live in a world of instant gratification and the thought of waiting is hard to handle. God’s timing is perfect and this was a great reminder that while we are waiting for God’s timing, we need to be happy with what we have so that we don’t regret missing anything!

  37. I found this much needs devotion on Facebook when Renee Swope shared it with a caption that was talking about being happy in our circumstances. I shared it on my page so could read it this morning.
    I really needed this for this time in my life. My husband should have retired from the Navy this year but because of circumstances that were out of our contol in the last three years we will be here another 15 month. I had been counting down the time that remained since we got married & looked forward to buying a house/settling down. Other people we know got to do this last year and I am here dying inside because I am ready to be done. I should be done. This reminds me… Be content. Be happy and live where I am instead of lingering on where I want to be… in due time I will be there too. I need to be content in living today.

  38. Great Article! Thank you for sharing.

  39. Amazing I have not been on for awhile , but its amazing how God speaks to us. Thank you for sharing

  40. Angelina Asbery-Holmes says:

    The word happy takes on so many phases of our lives. For me, I am going through so much. My husband gambling and it’s so bad that when he gets paid, the rent will not be paid. I’ve been dealing with this for several years. For this….I am NOT happy!! But, I know in my heart that I have to turn the recording in my brain, and be grateful for life. I have a job, my mom is still alive. I have two son who are unemployed (college grads), and they looking for work! So, I choose to be happy even though I am dealing with my husband’s gambling habit!
    Happiness and Hugs everyone! love this blog/posting….

  41. ifoneonlyknew says:

    WOW! I just blew up here two minutes ago again about how unhappy I am with my life circumstances and the mirey clay of despair of things in my life. Then to pass a little time I look at this devotional. WOW! To some true happiness is a gift. To others it never happens. It may be an opportunity to some. To where others they are truly blessed. And never realized it. I have not been doing devotionals for a while. MY TIME is everyone Else’s time. It’s hard to find true trusting happiness when you are faced with daily heartache, struggles, and obstacles. My husband is ill, and blind. There is no one else to help. Help walked out the door and never came back. Because life issues many do not want to deal with. My child is sick too. With many miracles the child has come through, but we are still faced with many obstacles within the next four years. There is no break from hospitals, doctors, and daily life and financial struggles. People have walked out of our life because of the sickness. Even the so called church people and leadership does not have understanding Christ unconditional heart. But a heart of judgment. So to walk a mile in ones shoes is an eternity of not wanting to even take one step to help along the way. Some people may be blessed and not stressed and find true happiness with a bountiful peace. But to some the reality of life is a heavy burden and the days of sorrow are long. To where their is no peace, joy, and happiness others may know and realize. UNTIL you walk a mile in ones shoes and bare the heavy tolls and chains that prevail someone each day. Then you would know what life circumstances may prevail someone. If you are truly happy, be lucky! For many are not because the life circumstances just don’t let it happen!

    • I can relate to your story. My son Cole is seven, and has severe CP. He is completely dependent for all of his daily care. We have seen several friends come and go because it is just too much to try and understand. I will say a prayer for you and your family today! Don’t give up, there are good people out there who stick around. It is usually the ones you don’t expect to. It helps me to think that there is a purpose in Cole’s condition, even if it was only to bring me closer to God and learn to depend on Him for my strength.

      • ifoneonlyknew says:

        Bless you Candi! Sometimes the only ones that understand are the ones who are going through their own medical saga. They can relate in so many ways. With an understanding heart because they have been there or are still their through own medical issues. Good luck! With your situation. A fair weather friend is a friend who comes and goes. A solid friend sticks through it all no matter how thick or thin the waves of circumstances of life is facing the other friend.

  42. Thank you for this encouragement to ‘just be.’ I am too often tempted to focus on what I think I want, or, even more often, what I no longer have in my life. It is an exhausting, fruitless way to go. I love the Lord and needed this reminder to live in this moment because the Lord is “I Am”…. not “I Was” or “I Will Be.” Thank you for this reminder to choose to feel His loving blessings right now, in THIS moment. The peace that fills my heart blossoms into happiness and a cheerful heart when I choose to be happy NOW.

  43. This was so appropriate for me this morning! Just another reminder that God knows what we NEED! I was actually writing down bills that are due and getting discouraged knowing there never seems to be enough money left over to do the things I’d like. This devotion picked me up and put me back on my happy path for the day!

  44. Just Like the Eagle,
    You’ll fly Like Gold,
    You will be Valued Like the Sun,
    You shall shine bright Like the river,
    You shall flow unlimited Like the Palm Tree,
    You shall Flourish and like Money, You shall be Useful
    Happy New Month …

  45. Thank you so much for this enlightening article. For years, I have been prone to depression, ungratefulness and having a victim mentality. I have not appreciated all the wonderful things that I have now – my loving parents, my home, my health and most importantly God. I thought God abandoned me because he didn’t give me my love, because I didn’t hear from Him, He didn’t give me my perfect career, money to buy my home, etc. When I was in a relationship, I lived to get married vs enjoying my boyfriend at that moment. I was overcome with anxiety over not being loved, not being married, not having a baby at my age, not having enough money, worry about not having the perfect career, and so many other insecurities and fears. I let years go by like this, riddled with pain and insecurities and never appreciating the now.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for this article.

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