This happiness thing… it’s hard work sometimes.
There is not a simple one step trick that will ensure you are happy always.
Life does not work that way for anyone.
So, when life gives you a bit of a kick in the pants,
you just have to focus, refocus, and focus again.
This summer has been a mixture of busy, crappy, good, happy, busy…
and I kinda miss my husband, who has been traveling in spurts without me.
A lot of the crappy stuff did not even happen TO me. My second in line has had
some fierce times this summer.
And a mother’s heart feels it.
So even when it is not happening to me directly,
it still affects me.
I was getting snappy, and cranky, and tired.
And that is not productive in being happy, OBVIOUSLY!
And, it does NOTHING to help others.
So what to do?
Focus, refocus, and focus again…
Focus on God.
The above scripture was a random draw for me today.
The good thing about randomly drawing scripture helps us to think outside the box.
I admit when I first read this one I thought, well that explains a lot.
I’m not very good at keeping commandments all the time.
In that light, you can see where it would be easy to read this one and think
“no wonder I’m failing, I’m not keeping the commandments, especially when I am cranky and crabby and tired.”
I thought, “you know, not even Jesus went through all his trials without having some doubt.”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT comparing myself with Jesus.
BUT, I can take a cue by His example.
In the garden, Jesus asked God to take away his burden, his suffering.
He wanted to get the results (save us from our sins)
but he wasn’t really looking forward to the process.
He asked if it could be taken from him.
he relented, he got back his resolve, he refocused, and he did
EXACTLY what his Father asked of him.
He was always in his Fathers Love.
God does not punish us when we fail.
We are always in His love.
We follow His commandments,
We have free will,
sometimes our free will or the free will of others hurts like Hell.
But we are always in His love.
Because His love is perfect.
So my Focus is going to be on His word.
My refocus is going to be on gratefulness.
And my focus again is going to be on finishing a school year and starting another
with even more resolve, and asking for God’s path for all of us to be revealed.
And to trust, that with His help, my focus will be pinpointed in the right direction.
Today I am grateful for a second day with no panicked calls, no anxiety, no unexpected trouble.
I am grateful for good news.
I am grateful for the desire to be a better person.
I am grateful to be loved and cherished, even when I mess up.
And I am praying the promises for my children with Arabah Joy.
And today’s was absolutely perfect.
It seems that fall is a good time to refocus, what do you need to focus on?
How are you going about it?
Share in the comments.