I recently did a devotional on the YouVersion app and it was titled Happy You Happy Life.
Normally I am pretty skeptical about the word HAPPY (please refer to the previous post – Happiness is okay) but to be open and transparent, the end of the year was preeeetttty miserable for me. So I literally pepped myself up to this because I am not supposed to be miserable due to Jesus in my life….and yet during the events that sent me spiraling, I was supposed to be overjoyed at what had happened…..instead of a downer. I needed help.
Starting the devotional I read the first day and I was hooked! So hooked I needed to share what was causing me to be happy with the few people who pay attention to my social media accounts, which are normally filled with pictures of my beautiful dog (#sweetbellepepper) and my amateur bakes.
I wasn’t alone in feeling this spirit of imbalance during the holiday season. You are smiling at the parties and when your mind isn’t on the disappointments in your life…..but when you’re alone….
In the shower where the water brings out the dark thoughts and tears.
In your bed.
In your devotion time.
In your car.
The disappointments come in like a flood and you do your very best to keep it together. Normally, failing at that. Which only makes it just that much harder to remain composed.
I went through it faithfully – everyday reading the devotional and the scriptures that went with it. Then I would create a picture of what I got out of the devotional. Shared it. Then went to bed. I did it this way so 1) I would have God’s Word and what He spoke to ME as the last thing I processed mentally that day 2) I would look at it all day the next day to remind myself of what God had spoken to me
Huge success. Not just for me, but for those who saw it. They needed to hear that God was with them in this season (even if it wasn’t difficult) because when they do go through difficult seasons, they have HIS word (not mine because I honestly can’t remember most of what I wrote) to remember. They have access to a pictorial reminder that they can look at constantly.
The devotional ended (it is only 14 days) BUT the message of Happy You Happy Life is in my theme for this new year.
Instead of New Years Resolutions, I discovered that people have a word for the year.
My word is HAPPY. The hashtag ( I am a millenial in some aspects after all) I am using for all year is #happyyouhappylife Because everyday there is something GOD himself has placed in the day that is designed to remind you to be happy and filled with joy because He loves you, He saved you, He wants to be with you, and He wants to talk to you. He wants to lean back and listen to what you have to say to Him. He wants to whisper in your ear sweet “nothings” than can change your life. His sweet “nothings” hold more weight than our loftiest of speeches.
God not only has things He has specifically place in each day for YOU to bring a smile to YOUR face but He wants to do these things so we share His goodness. He also does this in a new way!
Everything God does is for His glory and He rarely does the same thing the same way twice. Thus my verse, technically verses, for the year. Isaiah 43:18-19 (conglomerate of versions – NKJV, NLT, ESV)
Do not remember the former ways or consider the old ways, it is nothing compared to what I am about to do. For I am doing a new thing, See! I have already begun it! I will even make a pathway in the wilderness and I will create rivers in the desert.
Isn’t that just overly exciting? Especially when it looks to be literally the same old same old. To have God promise that the old will not stay and that He is doing new things and He is already starting – is beyond amazing to me. I know He means it, if not for you then definitely for me because He quite literally posted it everywhere. All over my social media, in my devotions, even my Bible fell open accidentally. WHAM! There it is.
I know God has amazing things – NEW THINGS – in store for us all this year. We just have to be on the lookout for them.
Oh and if you thought “pshhh that’s just a typical New Years verse, He doesn’t actually mean that for this year” errrr hold up! I’m skeptical and cynical as well (something the Lord is getting out of me) and because that is my natural inclination He gave me Philippians 1:6 juuuuust as a reminder of “Hey doubt GO AWAY!”
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very [NEW] thing, that HE who began a good work in you, will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ
The NEW thing that He has already STARTED will be finished by HIM and Him alone. If God started it, it’s good. Since it is good, He will finish it and it will end well in my life. If God did not start it, it is not good. Since it is not good, God will end it and my life will be better without it.
HAPPY YOU HAPPY LIFE! GOD IS DOING A NEW THING!