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My Happy Place . . . the best is yet to come!

My Happy Place

Erica from Raising Munchies recently wrote about her happy place and invited me to do the same.

I’ve thought of several things that bring me joy and encourage my heart. Things cause me to feel a little lighter, breathe a little easier or smile a little more.

Sitting quietly to soak up the Word of God, dwelling on His promises

Walking through the woods, breathing in the earthy freshness

My Happy Place

Wrapping my hands around a warm cup of tea and leaning into the steam

Laughing with friends

Watching the kids play together

Digging in the garden dirt and harvesting homegrown veggies

My Happy Place

Talking with H.

Getting lost in a good story

Singing praises to God, worshipping with brothers and sisters on a Sunday morning

Reading books to the kids

My Happy Place

Cooking real food that my family will love and eating it with them

Receiving a freshly picked bouquet of wild flowers

My Happy Place

 

Every one of these things is a blessing from God who loves to give good gifts to His children.

I found it interesting that each time I thought of something that makes me happy, I’d also think of an exception.

Sitting quietly with God’s promises except when the phone keeps ringing. Watching the kids play until they start to yell at each other.  Wrapping my hands around a warm cup of tea unless someone spills it on me.

It made me wonder if I’m really so inclined toward discontentment. Its true that I can work more on being content in every situation, but I’m also reminded that the best is yet to come!

For all the blessings God gives me to enjoy here and now, I will not be truly satisfied and content until I am face to face with my Savior. Free from every earthly distraction, temptation and sin. Free to sit at the feet of Jesus and worship Him without any other care.

While God continues to give me breath, I will enjoy the blessings around me. Yet, as a child of God redeemed by the blood of Jesus, I must not forget that the best is yet to come!

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those that love Him.
I Corinthians 2:9

I’m inviting Elizabeth from All Kinds of Things, Danielle at More Than Four Walls and Joy at The Joyful Truth to continue the conversation by writing about their happy places.

Shared at: So Much At Home, Homemaking MondaysThriving Thursday, Fellowship Friday and Coffee and Conversation.

What brings you joy and encourages your heart?

Comments

  1. Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

    I love your list. It made me happy just reading it 🙂

  2. A great post – thought provoking and satisfying. There are so many blessings in life and we need to train our mind to see those more often than the problems….. that leads to contentment. 🙂

    • Yes, so many blessings . . . and we definitely have to take our thoughts captive and talk to ourselves a lot to remind ourselves of what is true.

  3. Abi, So appreciate the wonderful verses and encouragement to contentment! A continual battlefield for me – stopping the grumbling and counting the blessings! thanks….sandraj

  4. Abi, I really loved when you said that you could equally think of exceptions to your happiness. I do the same thing and then I focus on those negatives. Really, my life is surrounded by happy places. Thank you for the reminder!

  5. Hi Abi, I’m popping over from Fellowship Friday.
    Thank you for spelling it out – I can relate to so much of this. I am aware that I give more weight to the distractions than to the moments in my ‘happy places’. I am often reminding myself and others to be intentional – I needed this conviction to be intentional about giving more power to the ‘happy’ than I do to the ‘unless/except/until’ !!!
    Blessings – Trish

  6. Love it! Many of these would equate a happy place for me as well!

  7. what a beautiful article to share!

  8. Many of the same things you mentioned also bring me joy, and like you I can find the exceptions. When I struggle with joy, I remember Psalm 16:11…Joy is in the presence of God. I can find no exception there and when I remember Him..all other things fade away. 😉
    Blessings,
    Dawn

    • Thanks for sharing that verse, Dawn. Reminds me of a line from a hymn “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

  9. This is beautiful Abi 🙂 I understand questioning whether you are inclined towards discontentment. I know I struggle with discontentment, without realizing it. It kinda creeps up.
    Amen on the best is yet to come 🙂 I love that. Looking heavenward!
    Thank you for participating. I am looking forward to reading from the ladies you have invited.

    • Thanks, Erica. Much to enjoy now yet so much more to look forward to. May we both have attitudes that look for the blessings and appreciate them.

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