Earlier this week I talked about Deciding Not to Stay in those spots that keep us stuck.
Today I wanted to share about things we need to Decide TO–one of those is happiness.
We can decide to be happy every single day. It is in our ability to choose to–and that without condemnation.
So yesterday, I decided to be happy and I re-joined Instagram early. Yay! You can find me at his_hollysmith there if you’d like. I will likely set my posts to private soon, so please go ahead and ask if you see it set to private.
The main draw for joining back was to be more intentional in taking pictures this year.
I don’t have time to scrapbook. And I want a record of it in pics. I daresay, we will look back on this year one day with WONDER at the work of God. We are already seeing His fingerprints and His movement in this next journey upon which we are embarking.
Secondly, I missed you all. And though I definitely won’t be found on Fb or twitter anymore. They are just not FOR me–they eat at me in so many ways–and in the process, steal my joy. I like pinterest and instagram, though. They both make me happy. I can both stay in touch and see how you all are–and PRAY!–and I can confine and corral my own thoughts in places that can be stumbling blocks for me.
Here is something else that makes me happy… Painting.
Finally, something that brings my heart joy and happiness is thinking upon wise passages like this one from George Mueller:
The Lord, to show His continued care over us, raises up new helpers. They that trust in the Lord shall never be confounded! Some who helped for a while may fall asleep in Jesus; others may grow cold in the service of the Lord; others may be as desirous as ever to help, but have no longer the means; others may have both a willing heart to help, and have also the means, but may see it the Lord’s will to lay them out in another way;– and thus, from one cause or another, were we to lean upon man, we should surely be confounded; but, in leaning upon the living God alone, we are BEYOND disappointment, and BEYOND being forsaken because of death, or want of means, or want of love, or because of the claims of other work. How precious to have learned in any measure to stand with God alone in the world, and yet to be happy, and to know that surely no good thing shall be withheld from us whilst we walk uprightly!
If I, a poor man, simply by prayer and faith, obtained without asking any individual the means for establishing and carrying on an Orphan-House then this would provide visible proof that God is FAITHFUL STILL and HEARS PRAYER STILL.
To have visible proof in Christ Jesus is to be happy.
So beloved, TRUST Him more. Give Him full access to your inner thought life and listen, look and pray for His will to be done. Then WATCH His visible proof happen over and over and over. Then TELL about the great things He has done.
Let’s start an infection of TRUST among believers, by TRUSTING…and BELIEVING that no good thing shall be withheld when we stand alone with God and find happiness in the One who goes BEYOND BEYOND our wildest imaginings! This is the day for His Name to be lifted high. This is the season, where our trust will impact not only this generation, but the ones to come, as well.