My daughter, Brooklyn (15 months), received a VeggieTales book from her grandparents titled: “I Thank God For This Day!” You can press a button and a song will play. The catchiest part of the song goes like this: “Because a thankful heart is a happy heart. I’m glad for what I have – that’s an easy way to start.” Brooklyn loves this feature – she now knows how to say Aaa – pppy (silent H) and she has the cutest hip-swaying dance to go along with the song.
After pushing the button non-stop, it’s quite easy to get the first part of that phrase stuck in my head. “…a thankful heart is a happy heart…” I want to be Aaa – pppy. I know you do too. If I can be thankful and grateful to God for what He has already given me, then I can be happy and satisfied. The hard part is to have an attitude of constant gratitude. How can I not be inundated with thoughts about what I don’t have?
If marriage, family, and children, or all three are major dreams for you, and you currently don’t have any of these things, then how can you remain happy and satisfied in life?
- Remain in a constant state of trust
- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
- If you believe that marriage is part of God’s plan for your life, then you must choose faith, and trust God that He will fulfill His destiny for you.
- When you believe and trust, you will be a happier, more positive person. Period. You just will. When I doubt good things for myself or my life, my outlook on life gets worse, my attitude gets worse, I become more negative, I complain more, and I worry more. But when I’m confident in God’s destiny/plan for me, then anything can happen, or nothing at all, and I remain happy. If I trust God through it, then my happiness becomes less of a roller coaster and more of steady plane ride.
- Remain in a constant state of gratitude
- Constant gratitude comes with constant trust. When you’re in a really difficult season of life turn to God…constantly…instead of that friend, or that significant other, or that alcohol, or that food. God. God. God. When you turn to Him, you gain confidence in His good plan for you, you remain in a state of trust, your faith is strengthened, and you stay joyful even when things aren’t going your way.
I know attitudes change when circumstances change, but if there is intense fluctuation with your happiness and sadness (barring any chemical imbalance), then surround yourself with stable, godly people and use this difficult time to get closer to God. IT IS POSSIBLE to be satisfied when you genuinely trust that God’s got your back.
As the song goes … ‘Be glad for what you have – that’s an easy way to start. Because a thankful heart is a happy heart.’ So, together, let’s live life satisfied.