You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, June 16, 2014: Habits of Happiness: Be Happy No Matter What {click HERE to listen!}

By Sheryll Belonga

I consider myself a happy person. Growing up I was at times labeled naive. I could agree with that to a certain degree, but it would bother me. I am the type of person who likes to see the best in others. I like to hope that people I come in contact with can be trusted. I like to see the bright side of things and be optimistic. At one point I wanted to change until I realized God made me this way; I liked wearing my rose-colored glasses.

Yesterday, Pastor Joe said the pursuit of happiness was a choice. I firmly believe that. I believe we can choose to be happy no matter what is going on in life. Does this mean nothing bothers us?  No, of course not!.  Does this mean we never worry? Not at all.  What it means is that when something happens that affects the world around us in a negative way, we choose to look for the positive side.

When I feel discouraged I love to sing Donald Lawrence’s song Encourage Yourself

Sometimes you have to encourage yourself.
Sometimes you have to speak victory during the test.
And no matter how you feel,
speak the word and you will be healed;
speak over yourself,
encourage yourself in the Lord.
Sometimes you have to speak the word over yourself,
the pressure is all around,
but God is present help.
The enemy created walls,
but remember giants, they do fall;
speak over yourself,
encourage yourself in the Lord.

This song brings me to my happy place because it reminds me that things will be okay. More importantly it reminds me of why things will be okay: because God is here. With us. Right now. He sees me and knows what I am going through; he sees you and knows what you are going through. Whatever circumstance or situation, He has control. That doesn’t make it easy,  but we can rejoice in the Lord in spite of it. I can choose to be happy.

Pastor Joe also said waiting for the perfect circumstance in order to be happy can leave you miserable. So many people feel like having all their ducks in a row that will bring them happiness. Problem is nothing is ever perfect. The minute something occurs to disturb the flow of the water those ducks are knocked off course. But when they are, they simply adjust. Have you ever seen ducks shaken by water and freak out? They simply adjust.

Pastor Joe gave two habits of happiness yesterday:

  1. Take a broad look at your problems.
  2. Take a narrow look at your priorities.

When you look at your problems, the way to happiness is to change your perspective and realize that your problem may be essential to your progress.

When you look at your priorities consider whether or not the current situation will even matter years from now.  If it won’t let it go, let it gooo and let it bother you no mo’.

Gotta love the movie Frozen.

Anyway, yes, when we learn to let go we do like Paul said in Philippians 4:11-13

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

So let it go and let God take control. If you still struggle I can let you borrow my glasses; they are the perfect shade of rose.

Sheryll Belonga is wife to Jurrell and homeschooling mom to their three great boys. Her hearts desire is to glorify God in all she says and does in spite of life’s daily happenings.

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