“I Just Wanna Be Happy!!!” – (Part 1 of 4)

“I just wanna be happy!!”

After reading this post, I’m not so sure you’ll settle for just being “happy”.

“What?  Of course, I want to be happy!!  Who wouldn’t?”

 

HAPPINESS DEFINED:

Merriam Websterthe state of being happy, an experience that makes you happy.                  

Bible  –  a fleeting feeling that depends upon temporal factors, like circumstances or other people.

HAPPINESS EXAMPLES:

Everyday life – “I’m bummed out. I think some ice cream, with chocolate syrup, will be just the thing I need to make me happy!” –  At least for the moment…

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BibleWhen Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife. Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a son. Then Leah said, “What good fortune!” So she named him Gad. Leah’s servant Zilpah bore Jacob a second son.  Then Leah said, “How happy I am! – Genesis 30:9-13

To read more about this intense “boy baby producing” competition between Rachel and her sister Leah read – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+30%3A1-13&version=NIV

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JOY DEFINED:

Merriam Webster – to feel great delight, to be glad                                                                          

Biblecontentment that comes from internal factors, like our faith in the Lord.  It is everlasting and not dependent upon circumstances. 

 JOY EXAMPLES:
Everyday LifeWhen life gives you lemons…
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Bible –  Paul says, I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:12- 13, 19
SO MAYBE YOU’RE THINKING…
“I like this concept of joy.  I can be content with my life, I can appreciate the ‘present’, I don’t have to allow circumstances to dictate how I’m feeling, and it lasts forever.  Wow!!  Seems good to be true?  Seems like I’m on a seesaw.  Some days up, some days down.”
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IS HAVING “TRUE JOY” IN MY LIFE REALLY POSSIBLE?

FOR THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION, KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR “I JUST WANNA BE HAPPY!!!”  (PART 2), http://wp.me/p5nZpi-kY

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2 thoughts on ““I Just Wanna Be Happy!!!” – (Part 1 of 4)

  1. Monica thank you for the great post! I absolutely believe that happiness and peace are possible for everyone regardless of their various situations. In high school I used to think, “I’ll be happy when my skin clears up. I’ll be happy when I make the Volleyball team. I’ll be happy when I get my braces off. Now…I’ll be happy when I lose my baby weight :)Etc” I was waiting for life to provide me happiness. What I had to learn is that I have the opportunity to chose be happy today. All people experience challenges, sadness, and disappointments in this life, but we don’t have to be consumed by our hardships; we can move toward peace (And yes, I know it is easier said than done, but that is why we have our Savior to help heal our wounds and hurts). I have learned from inspiring individuals who have made peace with their challenges and live with joy amid adversity. A great medicine that works for me is to serve others in a meaningful way. When we focus our attention on helping others we are accompanied by the Holy spirit, whose comfort is true peace.

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  2. Thanks for your thoughtful comment 🙂

    Did you take a peek at “I Just Wanna Be Happy!!!” – (Part 2)?, because your comment –

    “A great medicine that works for me is to serve others in a meaningful way. When we focus our attention on helping others… “

    is just the prescription the Great Physician, Jehovah – Rapha: The Lord Who Heals, prescribes 🙂

    Your “cure” for happiness, I’d suspect, is not so different from what we’ve all tried in an attempt to achieve the elusive “HAPPY” feeling. For me personally, there are almost too many times to count, when I’ve allowed my “cures” for happiness to the direct my responses and reactions, with less than desirable results.

    The key for me, and probably others who can relate to your comment, is to apply what I’ve learned, and practice what I preach.
    I must just listen to God’s word. I must do what it says. Otherwise, I am only fooling myself. – James 1:22

    Until the Lord Jesus Christ returns, I continue to be a work-in-progress 🙂

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