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A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 AMPC
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25 AMPC
A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:13 AMPC
All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances]. Proverbs 15:15 AMPC
It is difficult to be happy when it seems like everything is going wrong. Sometimes it feels like the life you took time to build, the one you hoped for and dreamed about, has come crashing down in an avalanche of crisis after crisis, crushing you in the debris of failure and heartache. Sometimes you are so broken that you can literally feel your heart ache. You feel robbed of courage and hope. You are anxious and fearful of what lies ahead. You ask yourself, “Can it really get worse?”.
You sit in the darkness of your weary heart, expecting the worst – believing that nothing will ever change. You attract the life you expect. Heartbreak and sorrow can wear you down to a point of emotional fatigue where hope and joy seem unattainable… too far from your grasp.
Deep in anxiety and hopelessness is a root of fear. You become afraid to open yourself to the possibility of good things happening… to dare to dream. You become a manufacturer of worst case scenarios, expecting negative outcomes before they even happen. You become the producer of your own nightmares and eery daydreams.
If this is your mental environment, it changes the way you behave. What you see as possible, what you expect, affects how you live – how you think, speak and act. How you think, speak and act determines the life you have. So in that way, you attract the life you expect. Your expectations build a framework for your life. It is almost like ‘reverse hope’. Faith gives substance to our dreams and unseen desires…things hoped for. Fear is putting faith/hope in a negative outcome. So your expectation of the negative – your faith in the negative – gives substance to it. Gives it power for manifestation by your thoughts and words, bringing to life the worst that you expected.
How do you break this vicious cycle when it feels like you’ve buried yourself alive? How do you break free when you feel so justified in expecting the worst? You GET GLAD! (I know you thought the garbage bag people came up with that, but God actually invented the whole the gladness thing).
The Bible says a happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing (Prov 17:22). The health of your heart and mind is directly linked to how joyful and grateful you are.
It may feel fake at first, but begin to rehearse all the reasons you have to be cheerful. Force yourself to focus on the good in your life. For some strange reason, it’s our natural inclination as humans to focus on the challenges. Determine in your heart that you WILL praise God, that you WILL laugh and smile today. God is for you. He is on your team, rooting for you and working everything out behind the scenes for your good and His glory. But you have to believe it. Purpose in your heart to put your hope in God. To expect good things to happen. And while you wait, to be thankful for the blessings you already have.
It’s as if you have to check yourself in at the heart hospital and put in an IV of gratitude and hope at full blast. Before you know it, you’ll feel strong again. Strong enough to hope again. Strong enough to climb out from under despair and the rubble of broken dreams. Strong enough to laugh and smile as you think of the future. Because you begin to see that God is just as present there as He is with you in this very moment. Before you know it, you have JOY! Real, lasting joy! Not because your circumstances changed, but because YOU did!
Love & Blessings,