This Makes Me Happy

The other day I heard Chip Ingram say this on the the radio…

“God never promised to make you happy, what He promised was to make you Holy.”

We seem to stumble over happiness . Our needy, selfish flesh is looking for it everywhere. It wants. And craves. And stumbles over it, trying to attain it all the time.

I like to use the word stumble with happiness because it reminds me that happiness or at least the search for it is a “stumbling block” set out by the deceiver himself.

Our little minds get so caught up imagining happiness in the form of earthly blessings that we soon forget all about the eternal blessings. We spin out for a taste of what we think we want for happiness. But, eternal blessings. Oh, the eternal blessings! You know, the ones that completely overwhelm even our wildest, loveliest dreams for happiness.

That’s where it’s at.

And for now the earthly blessings He does bestow are best found within an arms reach. Robert Louis Stevenson said…

“The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet,duties at your hand, the path of God just before you.”

I want to find happiness only in Him and in what He’s already given to me along with anticipating His ultimate in eternity.

So, in my refinement, my sanctification, my journey to Holy… I’m forgetting all about happy. Asking Him for the strength to do that. To keep my focus on His promise of Holy instead. The eternal. And of course you won’t be surprised, but…  it’s working.

Funny thing is… this makes me happy!

Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8

Counting with Ann at A Holy Experience and linking up with Lindsay for Messy Mondays and Shanda for On Your Heart Tuesday!

196. celebrating 12 years of marriage with husband…
197. his passionate love for me that continues to grow…
198. the way he prays for me…
199. the godly example of a man he is to our children…
200. how hard he works for us…
201. the way he waits on God…
202. the wisdom he finds in God’s word…
203. how He longs to serve Him in some grand way…
204. knowing there is no one better for me
205. finding You at the center of our marriage even when it’s hard
206. loving each other more as a result of tough times
207. the gift of more patience…
208. more understanding…
209. and more love
210. sweet anticipation of Your plan ahead for us
211. spontaneous overnight trip to celebrate with the kids
212. road trip giggles
213. Pringles (because it’s not a road trip without them)
214. Dramamine (because a road trip goes bad without it)
215. Joe’s Crab Shack (our favorite place to eat as a family)
216. finding Your blessings in absolutely everything

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13 Responses

11.07.11

Hi Heidi – so true. We spend so much time searching and expecting happiness and when we don’t have it we ‘stumble’ great encouragement and I love the quotes you’ve used. I’m retweeting this (new to twitter 🙂 ) have an awesome week ahead. God bless
Tracy
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11.07.11

Love the post especially when you said God never promised to make you happy God promised to make you holy…As He is holy so should we be.. Have a blessed Monday sis
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11.07.11

I often look at your signature at the bottom of each post and see “From my heart to yours”; just thought I’d let you know that it does just that!
“So, in my refinement, my sanctification, my journey to Holy… I’m forgetting all about happy.”
This is so true and real, and today it spoke straight to my heart! I’m learning this to be so true in my life as well!
FORGET HAPPY! LIVE HOLY! So good, Heidi! Thank you!
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11.07.11

Such a blessing to have a godly marriage. Happy anniversary! Visiting from Ann’s place.

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11.07.11

Heidi,

I love your quote, He doesn’t promise to make us happy, he promises to make us holy. Amen to that.

Blessings to you Heidi, and happy anniversary.
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Great quote friend. How I long to be holy.

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Absolutely wonderful post Heidi. Our earthly wants can be powerful influences, but we need to keep our eyes on the road to Holy!

I really loved your list this week as well… So many Blessings in your marriage!

Have a wonderful Anniversary, and a Blessed Day!
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11.07.11

Our true happiness can only be found in Him!;) great list…love ya!

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Happy Birthday!
I totally agree: our search for happiness can be a stumbling block. We need to concentrate more on joy.

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This statement is so powerful! Just the other night in our marriage class we talked about how God created marriage for our holiness instead of our happiness. Happiness is overrated. 😉
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I remember the day I realized that the circumstances in life were not there to make me happy. Yes it was so freeing…and I agree made me happy! 🙂
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11.07.11

I love to listen to Chip Ingram. I get to on Thurs. and Friday mornings! I am convicted to also forget about what makes me happy on this earth and focus solely on Him and the eternity set before me. After all, what will I take with me from here? Nothing except what I’ve done for Him and the souls who I led into the kingdom by His grace!

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11.07.11

Totally love your post.. It’s really inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing this great post!
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