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.
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.”
“Keep your heart from all vigilance, for from it flows the springs of life.”
What is in your heart? Is your heart full of love and joy, or is it full of hate, deceit, and foolishness? Are you taking care of your heart? Is God there? Are you letting God in or keeping him out? Have you gave into the temptations of Satan?
I often times ask myself these questions concerning where my heart is. If my heart isn’t for God than my heart is for Satan. There is no gray area when it comes to obeying God.
There has been a spiritual battle between God and Satan from the very first sin of time. As soon as Adam and Eve partook of that forbidden fruit, perfect unity between God and man ceased to exist. Throughout the Old Testament we see how God instructs the Israelite nation (God’s chosen people) to follow numerous commandments, laws, and ceremonies. Animals were often sacrificed as atonement for the sins of the people. These laws and animal sacrifices could not be kept completely and perfectly by man. God sent his perfect son Jesus to die as the ultimate, perfect, and most holy sacrifice so that we may have a chance to live someday in eternity with the God of creation.Jesus is the bridge to a perfect and complete unity with God again and an everlasting life in a perfect home called Heaven, where there will be no tears or heartache. Jesus always wins, and Satan will always loose. As Christians we can have full confidence in the power of Christ Jesus to save us.
What obstacles is Satan using against you?
Living the christian life is not the easiest, but for every temptation God always provides a way of escape.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
-1 Corinthians 10:13
Have you prayed for that way of escape from the tangled web of sin? God is bigger than any temptation or struggle. God is bigger than life itself because He is the one who created everything. He was here before the beginning and is all knowing and all eternal. God is above all.
God deserves our hearts and our entire being. Praise him form whom all blessings flow.
Bible Journaling has become a favorite hobby of mine just in the past year or two. This is my ESV Single Column Journaling Bible by Crossway. I would highly recommend this particular bible to absolutely anyone. If you are not into drawing in your bible, this is a great bible to use to take notes. I first got into Bible Journaling because I was looking for a bible that I could use for note taking. I found that bible journaling has become a new trend in the christian community. There are a variety of techniques as far as amterial go. I have tried watercolors before, but mostly stick to colored pencils, crayons, and black ink gel pens. Most of my bible journaling is a mixture of note-taking and art. I find bible journaling to help in meditation on the Word. Please contact me or comment below for any questions.