I’ve found that my emotions constantly change and I believe this is true for most all human beings. Even the smallest things in each day can make us react with a variety of emotions. One thing that I’ve been trying to put into practice is incorporating habits of happiness in my daily lifestyle. A statement from one of my favorite podcasts called, “Happier” with Gretchen Rubin stated, “Actions impact feelings.” When I first heard this so much clicked in my brain. It’s that connection between feelings, actions, and then behaviors that make us who we are.
Actions do impact feelings.
Self-care is so important when dealing with emotions. I know when I routinely practice self-care I gain so much peace and clarity in all aspects of my life. The actions of simply reading a book I love, taking a warm bubble bath, or going out to a favorite shop or cafe keep me grounded in who I am and how I am growing as an individual. I recently took myself to the movies on what I like to call a little “solo date.” I promise you it wasn’t sad to be a single college girl out by myself. In fact, it was quite liberating and gave me the space I needed away from my busy schedule. It also gave me a break from some hard feelings I’ve been struggling with on a personal level. I am not saying that taking yourself out on a “solo date” is going to change everything all at once, but for me it gave me the perfect amount of time to block everything else out and focus on myself. Take some time to think about who you are, what you like to do, and what your dreams are. Find something that will inspire you daily and help you grow as an individual.
I believe taking the action of self-care and loving yourself impact your feelings in an extreme way. Self-care also makes you responsible for how you feel. Loving yourself doesn’t mean you have to be selfish either. In fact self-care is so essential to loving others! To love others, it’s so important to love yourself in confidence. Before you can truly take the action to love others, you have to put action towards loving yourself!
As christians we are called to be the light of the world, and I believe that taking care of your light is so important. So take some time for yourself. Meditate on God’s word alone and give yourself some space to pray and trust God with your everything. Your worries, your insecurities, your hopes and dreams, your fears? EVERYTHING. Make this a habit of happiness and incorporate it into your everyday lifestyle. I promise that daily prayer and bible reading will only be actions that will improve your feelings and behaviors.
I’ve found that keeping close ties with other christians is so essential in keeping your light shining bright. I get the majority of my inspiration from other christians that speak biblical truth in love. Taking the action to surround yourself with encouraging people can make a HUGE impact in how you feel which in turn creates positive and encouraging behaviors in yourself.
Also, let’s not forget that the world we live in is full of suffering people and chaos. It’s quite a huge mess, this world. It’s our job to make ourselves the light, but to also shine in this dark world. We are called my the Lord to be shining examples to others who do not know Him. I believe we spend too much time hiding our light from those that need it. It’s time to stop hiding and shine. I believe we also stay too comfortable and hide our light among other lights. Yes, gathering together with other christians for worship 3+ times a week is great, but let’s make sure we are taking that encouragement and true worship into the dark world that needs it. Let’s try to impact the feelings of those that need the Lord with our actions and with the power of prayer let’s reverse some worldly behaviors? It’s not an impossible task. Let’s make this world a little happier.
If you think you’ve blown God’s plan for your life, rest in this: You, my beautiful friend, are not that powerful.
Often times as humans, we forget that God is in control. It is He that created us and everything. He gives us the very breath in our lungs, yet we don’t adequately praise Him. We make plans for our futures and live expecting tomorrow, but it is God who holds the future in His very hands. We try to find happiness and forget God is the answer. We complicate our lives instead of living simply for Him. We create anxiety and worry from deadlines and to-do lists when we should give it over to our God.
It is so clear that God is powerful, and we are powerless in comparison to a God that is so big.
As humans in this day of age we seek instant gratification and simply forget to practice patience in our daily lives. We want things when we want them. We look at the lives of others and often think the grass is greener on the other side. We tend to forget the big picture and what our minds and hearts should be fixed on.
In John 10:9-10 Jesus speaks saying,
“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Jesus wants us to have abundant lives and he came for that very reason. It should lift our spirits to know that Jesus came to give us an abundant life. It’s our choice to have faith in him and choose to accept this gift of abundant life that we are all so unworthy to receive.
Jesus made it possible for us to live abundant lives and to seek happiness and fill our hearts with true joy. If we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness all this and more will be given to us.
I recently listened to a sermon entitled “Looking for Happiness” The main points included:
Give God full access to your life
Focus on the good in people
Do good to others
Give what you have
Romans 12:2 speaks about transforming and renewing your mind saying,
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
I challenge those reading this along with myself to study the bible daily to transform and renew our mind so that our eyes can be fixed on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith.
Let the Word mold you, let God hear you, and let yourself be still in the chaos of life.
This year give it all to God. Be positive in all circumstances, better the lives of others, and have a giving heart.
It’s been a busy semester and I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. My goal of 1-2 posts a month has been lacking and for that I’m truly sorry. It is Thanksgiving break and that gives me a week to refresh my mind and work on some new ideas for Magnificat Soul. I have started to create new social media platforms for Magnificat Soul. Keep up with notifications for more information in regards to new series and links to the new Facebook and Instagram pages. I’m really wanting this blog to take off and I’m really going to be pouring my heart into this blog. I see such potential for this blog to become a faith loving community full of inspiration and love. I’m excited to keep following my passion of writing and sharing my faith on this platform.
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“Love so amazing, so divine: Demands my soul, my life, my all”
I’ve sung this hymn countless times, but have only recently begun to really search my soul and see the impact this song should have on our lives. Because of God’s love, God’s amazing love, and His divine love we are demanded to give our souls, our lives, and our all to Him. There is nothing we, as imperfect humans with messy lives, can give God that compares in equality to his amazing and divine love. So why not give our all to God? He has given us His all and we are created by his mighty hand with instructions to obey Him and serve Him. It should humble us greatly to see that the God of everything has given His all for us. We have nothing to be proud of in comparison to the greatness and all superiority of God. Not only that, but He wants a real and genuine relationship with us. He wants to be close to us. God is ruler of all things, loves us beyond measure, and wants to work in our lives in big ways. He is bigger than anything we can imagine, and greater than the best sights the world has ever seen. He is true, and mighty. He is strong and powerful. He is more than worthy of all our praises and at that deserves far more. He is our rock and our purpose of life. He is our Creator the only being that has authority and we were created by Him with purpose. If this is not true love, what can be? This love so amazing, so divine; it demands our souls, our lives, our all.
To preface this blog post, I just want to say that I’ve been doing quite a bit of healing and focus on myself this summer. This post was written a couple of months back and I’ve been debating if it should even be posted. I feel that there are many others that can relate to this “zombie” feeling I am describing. I’m telling you, it’s the worst feeling to be full of self pity, laziness, and selfishness. To those of you that are in a slump in life, I pray this lifts you up. I pray that it can be encouraging that I battled this feeling and am in the process of recovering. So here it is…
THE ABYSS OF SELF DESTRUCTION…
When reality sets in things change. That light goes off in your brain and you realize things need to change. Things can change for the better or they can spiral into an abyss that leads to self destruction. It’s hard to describe how it starts. I blame three main characters that have played a part in this. Self pity, laziness, and selfishness. These are some of the worst traits that humans can posses and together can create a lifestyle that can only lead to self destruction. I’m not saying I’ve experienced the lowest of the lows and to those who are reading this who have I am sorry and I pray that you allow God to lift you back up. However, I have been able to realize the reality of loosing myself and edging closer to falling into the abyss of self destruction. It’s a scary feeling to realize how far you have lost yourself.
It’s when you separate yourself from family, friends, and loved ones. You forget all the dreams and plans you had for your future. You stop praying and you stop caring. The world caves in on you, but you just let it happen. You start living as if you’re a zombie. You voluntarily make choices that at first seem innocent, but can quickly snowball into a lifestyle of sin. You can instantaneously loose yourself in one moment by giving into a seemingly meaningless decision. When you start to pity yourself, decide to not make the effort to change anything in your life for the better, and become consumed with fulfilling selfish desires… that is the essence of self destruction.
This battle against yourself may seem hard at times, and trust me it will be hard. There is a God that is bigger than us who can fight the toughest battles. There is hope and safe haven in God. In Him is safety and security from the evils within you. He can defeat your most challenging battles. I encourage you and myself to daily give the battle over to God. He will make your heart clean again, fill you with peace and love, and cleanse all those selfish desires, replacing them with desires to serve Him and love His church and the family of believers. He will replace all the negative thoughts with positive ones. He will take the zombie you have become and breathe new life into it.
I’m a believer in change and repentance. Reckless lifestyles can be changed. While reckless decisions cannot be taken back, the lifestyle to continue making those decisions can be reversed. Replace self pity with love, laziness with courage, and selfishness with the attitude to be selfless in all things. Stop it with the blame game, do not even blame yourself. Forgive yourself, and learn that you are on a new path that your past has no control over. Do not let a day go by without abounding in love and prayer. Replace bad habits with good ones and lean on God for strength and encouragement.
As a child I dreamed of Disney romances of my own. I wanted to be a princess and ride off into the sunset with my Prince Charming. I wanted nothing more than to hope for a happily ever after. After I began dating I realized that Prince Charming was going to be really difficult to find. So, there began my journey. A journey of heart break, disappointment, and a lot of hard lessons learned. I could regret everything about my choices in the dating world, but I choose not to because sometimes learning the hard way is the best way to learn. I find that I am susceptible to getting my heartbroken, due to the hopeless romantic that lives inside me. As a teenager the pressures to date can be very overwhelming. The whole dating world seems to be extravagant and exciting. It’s a world that is really difficult not to desire, but as I’ve grown through my past dating experiences realizing I’m only creating a world of garbage for myself. Yes, I said it. Garbage. There is nothing worse than finding out the one you thought was your Prince Charming is not. The pain and heartbreak that comes creates a lot of garbage. It’s emotional garbage. So I learned to take out the trash, let God in, and give it over to God to find my Prince Charming for me. The dating world of a christian should be different. “Garbage dating” needs to stop, and as christian young ladies we should take dating seriously and be constant in prayer for our Prince Charming and be wise in all our ways. One simple step is defining love from God’s perspective.
1 Corinthians 13:4-13
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogantor rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b]6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
This passage is commonly recited at weddings, and one I know nearly every word to by heart. It’s my idea of true love. It’s bigger than the childish dream I’ve grown up with about marrying Prince Charming. I absolutely love the idea of loving and to be loved in this beautiful way. Here in 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul defines love. This is a truly heart warming passage of scripture as it lists the characteristics of what love is and what love is not. This scripture has always stuck out to me as the scripture to live by especially when pursing a godly relationship. It’s one that will be recited at my wedding and is one of my favorite passages of scripture. With love nothing else matters. God is love.
We should continually fall in love with God every day. As we continually seek His truth and strengthen our faith. In God we have an endless hope for eternity. With this faith and hope, come love. It is God’s perfect love. We have love for all that God has done for us. We have love for a Savior who lived a human life as we do full of temptations and deception, yet was perfect and endured a painful death, so that we could be made perfect.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
I would encourage each and every one of you to search for love. Stay away from the “garbage love” and open your heart to something deeper and more meaningful. Take out the trash, and do away with emotional heartache. Open your heart to the love of God. It’s so wonderful and amazing what God can do in our lives if we just have faith, keep the hope, and above all love Him.
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”