Daily Devotional – 9/26/19 “Get back to YOU!”

I’m resharing a post from 2014, with updates because, although the date has changed, the message hasn’t. And I would try to be all nice with it but I ain’t, you need to read this …

You’re stressed out, right now about a job that’ll replace you, in the amount of time it takes them to post the job, interview and offer the position. You’re stressed out and losing sleep over somebody, who is in a whole relationship with somebody else, yet they’re dictating what you can and can’t do. You are stressing over debt, you created and got the audacity to be mad at God. No boo, this is all you, but you can come out of it, if you cut up the credit cards, stop spending beyond your means and get on a “get out of debt” plan. If that means bankruptcy or budget, do it and stop being embarrassed. Your blood pressure is high because you won’t take your medicine. That’s fine but you’re being selfish, to your family, who’ll be left behind when that high blood pressure claims your life. Your house is unhappy because you got folk in your business. Your ministry is in an uproar because you won’t sit down and devote the time, it needs, to studying. Your relationship isn’t working because you’re basing it on what happened in your last one, boo, start over.

What I’m saying is, God didn’t create us to be unhappy, all the freaking time. Bible shares in Ecclesiastes 2:24, “So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.” Baby, your life should be enjoyable and your home should be your refuge from this cruel world. Life is but a vapor, which means we ain’t got time to be stressing, losing hair, getting sick, off balance, running up doctor bills, being angry all the doggone time, wound up, crying, groaning and complaining. For the bible says in Proverbs 12:25, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” This is my good word for you today … get back to you! I don’t know what you need to let go of but do it. I don’t know who you need to whisper bye to but do it. I don’t know who you need to forgive but do it. I don’t know what changes you have to make but do it. Get back to you, have that margarita, glass of wine, cigar, weekend getaway, cut your hair, put some makeup on, dance in the house, cry one good time, scream loudly, rent that movie and laugh, take that walk, read that book … whatever it takes, GET BACK TO YOU!

Daily Devotional – 8/16/13 “Choose to be happy!”

Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and says to the first man he meets, “Do you want to go to heaven?” The man said, “I do Father.”

The priest said “Then stand over there against the wall.” Then the priest asked the second man, “Do you want to go to heaven?”

“Certainly, Father,” was the man’s reply.

“Then stand over there against the wall,” said the priest. Then Father Murphy walked up to O’Toole and said, “Do you want to go to heaven?”

O’Toole said, “No, I don’t Father.”

The priest said, “I don’t believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?”

O’Toole said, “Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”

Laughter is good for you, you know? Well, at least this is what my bible says in Proverbs 17:22, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” See, laughter flows through your body like medicine does from an IV; it soothes those places that have hurt abiding in them and it mends the broken places and makes them like new. Yea, I know that it seems like God isn’t hearing your prayers, your tears never seem to stop, your pacing is never over and sleep just won’t come but Job 8:20-21 says, “But look, God will not reject a person of integrity, nor will he lend a hand to the wicked. He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy,” but you have to trust and believe that He will. It may look like you will never be happy again after your husband or wife left but you will, if you choose to be. It may look like you’ll never get your head above water after the bills have sucked you under but you will, if you stand up. It may even look like there is nothing to laugh about but there is because things could be worse. See, God hasn’t left you, He’ll never forsake you and you aren’t being punished because you have to do a few more chemo treatments, take insulin for your diabetes, medicine for your high blood pressure, dialysis for your kidneys, pills for migraines, shots for arthritis or even pills to help you sleep; that’s just the test you have to go through in order to write your testimony. Stop waiting for folks to make you happy because happiness comes from within. Don’t believe me? Then read Proverbs 15:13 which says, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” Stop giving your heart to folks who will make it unhappy. No, folks can’t take your heart or your happiness because they are both on the inside of you which means you have to give it to them, so stop giving it away and then acting like the world owes it back. The bible says in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart,” which means; if you put your all in God, He’ll give you all your heart desires.

Laugh a little more today, smile a little bit more tomorrow, relax and let the worry go! Take your happiness back and you’ll be glad you did. Yes, God promised that we would have trouble but He didn’t say all the days would. Why do you think the bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, “So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can and people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God?” You should be happy because you deserve to be happy! Stop allowing the world to make you bitter and mean. You are the only person who can give your happiness away. Take it back right now and enjoy it!