I’m sitting here in early morning quiet on a Saturday reflecting on the last few weeks.  It has been a few weeks with what felt like thicker air pushing in on me making it more difficult to breath, focus, and hear the truth.  I struggled keeping my happy.  I found myself saying “Jesus” quietly to myself more often than I had in quite some time.  My heart hurt, and I couldn’t really put my finger on it.  Busy at work and lot’s of hours?, less sleep? exhausting myself with early morning work outs and evening runs?, fathers day is around the corner?…..  I believe it was a combination of all of the above.

Do you find your happy sometimes feels like it’s just snuffed out?  Does life feel great but then all of a sudden, for no reason, the air has gotten thick, the flame has been harder to burn, and you find yourself wanting to hide? Guess what.. that is life!?  It is totally normal!! God is with you, loving you, and whispering truth into you while Satan is using this time to try and win you to his lying layer.

When I struggle, or feel pressure squishing in on my heart, I tend to find a good Christian book and soak it up. That is exactly what I did last weekend.  I’m not sure why I have never read one of Lisa Harper’s books before, but I am hooked!  Last weekend I picked up her The Sacrament of Happy, What a smiling God brings to a wounded world. I can’t recommend this book enough.  I gobbled it up in two days.  It’s no accident I stumbled upon this book.  My heart needed it, my head needed it, but most importantly my spirit needed it.  I have since gone onto kindle and downloaded several more of her books!

Happy is a choice.  Happy is free.  Happy is infectious.  Happy is possible amongst pain, hurt, sadness.  I would like to encourage you today to find your beautiful smile, put a small skip to your step, and believe that you matter.  Try it for the first hour of the day… I promise you it will change the rest of your day!

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