A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.
Even though there may be things going on in our lives that make us feel sad, we cannot let them bring us down. There is still good in the world, there are still good people and there is still a reason to smile. Jesus loves you and will never leave you and that’s more than enough reason to smile.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
We are not always good at waiting, it’s just our nature. We get impatient, frustrated, and start to doubt God’s will in our lives. But we need to be confident in God’s goodness. We need to wait on the Lord’s timing, hope in his mercy, and believe in his promises!
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Prayer is not only about us talking to God, we must also listen for God to speak to us. We may not hear an audible voice like Samuel did but if we listen with our heart we will become sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Spend time with God simply being still, listen with your heart, and learn to recognize his voice.
All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
You can choose to be worried and troubled or you can choose to trust God and be happy. The way to a happy heart begins in giving thanks to God in every situation. You can always find something to be thankful for even if you have to look a little harder. Be grateful for the little things that God can use to fill your heart with joy.
She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”
God sees you. He knows your heart and your hurt. You are not alone. He loves you more than you could ever imagine. Trust God. Give him your brokenness and allow him to heal your heart and lead you to restoration.
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
When you have a relationship with God your heart changes and is free from anger, worry, and envy. You have peace in your heart and a hope that makes you joyful. But a person who envies the happiness, prosperity, and success of others exhausts and strains herself. Don’t let envy take away your peace and joy, don’t let it affect your spirit or your health.