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Linda Stoll
Linda Stoll
3 years ago

‘Read His Words Before Ours!’

Wow! I’ve never seen that right at the top of a post. That’s hitting home for me, Lesley … what a way to keep our writing focused on the One who has given us everything we need for life and godliness.

What an impact.

Meanwhile, I’m thinking God wants us to be blessed, to be joyful, even when circumstances are anything but happy. Happy seems to transient, so fickle. I love how you’ve pulled this all together today. Thank you.

Bethany
Bethany
3 years ago

Amen!! There are things I thought would make me happy but that I’m glad didn’t too because they redirected me to joy in the Lord. I can’t recall which major prophet, but one describes idols as promising us much but never being able to deliver satisfaction. Thanks for this!

Sarah
Sarah
3 years ago

So true! I sometimes find myself in this place, looking to my family or my circumstance to make me happy instead of contentment in God’s presence.

Laurie
Laurie
3 years ago

Thank you for the thoughtful discussion of happiness. I believe there is a difference between living a happy life, where happiness is like background music that infuses our everyday activities and short, intense bursts of pure joy, which are exciting and fulfilling, but not sustainable. I enjoyed reading very much!

Alice V. Walters
Alice V. Walters
3 years ago

Dear Lesley, this puts a whole new spin on John 10:10 where Jesus promises abundant life, not trouble-free life, not crazy bubbling joy, but life. Life in Him, where there are peace and security, and that contentment only He can give. Thank you for this gentle reminder to always look to Jesus for what we need.

Mary Geisen
Mary Geisen
3 years ago

Lesley-this is so well-written. You have turned your situation into a lesson for all of us. Many people do believe God is supposed to make us happy and because that is not how it works, we become frustrated or decide we don’t want to believe in a God who makes things hard for us. You gave us a lot to think about today. Thank you!

Anita Ojeda
Anita Ojeda
3 years ago

Jesus wants us to be happy, just as we want our children to be happy–but just like with our children, He knows how to bring us happiness in ways we never expected (and ways that confuse us at first, or even anger us).

Joy Lenton
Joy Lenton
3 years ago

Wise words, Lesley! You’ve covered the topic really well, with balance and the truth of biblical perspective mixed with our all too human desires. Thank you! 🙂

Michele Morin
Michele Morin
3 years ago

So many good points here, Lesley. I remember Elisabeth Elliot saying that God is more concerned with our holiness than with our happiness, and that certainly was the case in your story!

Lisa notes
Lisa notes
3 years ago

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of seeking our own happiness. But you’re right that there is a temporary happiness we can get from circumstances and things, but the long-lasting and deepest happiness come from our relationship with God. Thanks for sharing here, Lesley!

Gayl
Gayl
3 years ago

“Instead, I was invited to seek that “abundant joy”
that can only be found in knowing God and His presence with us!” Amen! When we seek for happiness in all the wrong places we will only find disappointment, but when we seek it in Christ our joy will be full. Blessings to you! Thanks for linking up with us at the #LMMLinkup.

Joanne Viola
Joanne Viola
3 years ago

Well said, Lesley. Just last week someone said to me (in absolute tears), “I just want them to be happy”. God, our Father, wants us to be happy but more so, He wants us to spend time with Him. Thank you for sharing wisdom from God’s Word as I am going to share pass this along to my friend.

Rebecca
3 years ago
Reply to  Joanne Viola

How delightful that He desires our time with Him! And precious indeed that it is in this time, that we find our deepest needs met and joy filled!

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NICOLE REILLEY
NICOLE REILLEY
3 years ago

This is spot on!