Journal Entry ~ 12/13/18
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. - Psalm 1:1-2
If we are to be happy, we have to be conscious about what we are doing. God laid out the plan so clearly in scripture for how we are to be happy - yet, so many people are still walking around struggling with despairing or anxious thoughts. God speaks to us so often about how to be happy in scripture, but we ignored it or fail to apply it.
Blessed means happy. Understanding that truth and knowing how many times God speaks about being blessed in His Word has really changed my perspective on God’s plan for our life. He wants us to be happy - He wants us to experience joy in this life, and He clearly tells us how to be happy in this life.
When I think about my children, I spend so much energy trying to help them make decisions that I believe will ultimately make them happy. In this life, all I really want is for my kids to be happy. It pains me to watch them make decisions that I believe will ultimately lead to their unhappiness...so I offer plenty of advice about how to be happy. Why do I so desperately want my kids to be happy? Because I love them.
God wrote a book for us to tell us how to be happy, yet like stubborn children who don't listen, we don't always follow His Words. How much He must love us to tell us how to be happy over and over again! In this passage, it's quite simple - who you hang around with is going to determine your happiness. If you choose to spend time around unbelievers, you are going to be influenced by them. If we want to be happy, we need to spend time with fellow believers and we need to seek our advice from believers. In other words, "get in a small group" and you will be happy. I couldn't agree more - so very thankful for the bonds I have with all of the Sisters in Christ I know from small groups.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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