You Can Have My Happy

In an effort to make God bigger than any current situation I may be facing, I’ve set out to make 2018 a year of thankfulness.  Using my Erin Condren planner, aka “The Family Brain,” I’m utilizing the monthly spread to write down all the ways, big and small, that God is good in my life.  
As I was looking over the month of March, I thought it was kinda cool that today (March 20th) is labeled, “International Day of Happiness.”
Ironically landing on the first day of spring, it seems like a natural fit.
I for one definitely fall prey to Seasonal Affective Disorder that comes along during the long, gray, cold days of winter.
Now, living in Kentucky proves to be a challenge during this time.  We easily can sail through December and January with no snow only to be hammered in March and April.
Mainly because Kentucky weather is psychotic.
Monday for example, was a beautiful 64 sunny degrees while Wednesday we are expecting a winter weather advisory.

Go figure.
Since the beginning of February God will not let me let go of my memory verse.
I’ve had 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 written on each weekly spread in that same planner.

Always be joyful.
Except when my plans aren’t working out.
Always be joyful.
Except when I have no idea how I’m going to pay this week’s bills.
Always be joyful.
Except when my kids will.  not.  listen.
Always be joyful.
Except when I feel so alone and afraid.
Always be joyful.
Except when the people I am around suck the ever-loving life out of me.
Sorry.
I’m afraid you aren’t going to find those exceptions in any translation of the Bible.

The annoying thing about happiness is that it changes with feelings.
With circumstances.
Happiness ebbs and flows with situations.
But God has called us to much more than a life that is ruled by our emotions and feelings.
He isn’t calling you to be happy.
He’s calling you to be holy.
He’s calling you to a life full of joy.
Why?
The rest of that verse says, “because it is God’s will for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
You undoubtedly will face those times when the enemy is trying to make you unhappy by highlighting everything that’s going wrong in your life.
Because why?
He’s a liar.  He’s a thief.  He’s a destroyer.
He will lie to you.
He will steal moments of happiness.
He will destroy the goodness of God that is so abundant in your life.
He wants you to miss the forest of God’s goodness for the saplings of despair that keep tripping you up.
Even in the darkest of situations.
God.  Is.  Still.  Good.

Regardless of the fact that my old Kentucky Home may have forgotten to take her bipolar medication, I LOVE that in the cycle of seasons, spring follows winter.
After months of death and despair and cold and darkness.
Joy comes.
In Matthew on Mary’s arrival to the tomb, she was broken with grief, full of despair and sadness.
BUT  when Mary saw Jesus’ tomb empty, she ran from it afraid…but full of joy.
She was afraid.
But fear didn’t have her.
Joy did.
Oh my God.
Do you feel that in your spirit?
You can have circumstances.
But they don’t have to have you.
The tulips don’t lie dormant under the frozen ground with their leaves crossed and a major attitude, saying, “You know what?!  This sucks.  We have been stuck under here for MONTHS.  Screw blooming.  I’m just going to stay down here and sulk.”
Ha!  Can you imagine?!
They literally lie in anticipation of the call of their Creator; their opportunity to burst forth with life and color and glory to the One who holds it all in the palm of His mighty hand.
“See God!  Here we are!  You are faithful!  You didn’t forget about us!  So for the rest of our days, we will glorify You”

So let me encourage you.
No matter how bad today sucked the life out of you.
Regardless of what tomorrow holds.
James 1:2-8 says to consider everything and count it all joy.
Count it ALL joy.

So sure…
The enemy can have my happy.
But because the joy of the Lord is your strength, let’s refuse to let him have our joy.
Let’s brush off the snow and sadness…we got some glory to give.

 

2 thoughts on “You Can Have My Happy

  1. Jill, precious child of God. I just had the feeling that I wanted to stand up and cheer as I read your post. I remember when I suffered from S.A.D. I would wake up angry, and feel like crying. Then I found “Joy in the Morning” on my radio station, and the Lord impressed upon me that after Dec. 20th the days would get longer. That meant that Spring would soon follow with more sunshine. I have read your blogs, but this one touched me inside the core of the crust of “you got to wait”. I love you sweet niece. Keep listening to the Spirit.

    • Aunt Sylvia! I’m just now seeing this! You are so so so precious! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! God is SO good!
      love you!

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