A Happy, Healthy Life

Spring has sprung, Easter has passed, and summer is quickly approaching. As the days grow longer and warmer, we may even feel like we have a new lease on life. If only we could bottle this feeling up for the rest of the year. What if I told you that we can?

Scripture clearly tells us that we can find happiness, vitality, and purpose in our everyday lives. It tells us that Jesus is the Source of all that we need. In the busyness of our daily schedules, trials, and responsibilities, we often neglect the things we know will make us truly happy and bring us peace.

I’m a big health nut. Anyone who knows me knows this to be true. But even I sometimes get caught up in the rat race of life and neglect the things I know will make me feel my best. Things like getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, and moving my body somehow throughout the day. Simple things that are sometimes forgotten when life gets complicated. If neglected for too long, I often begin to break down physically, mentally, and emotionally and may not even recognize what’s happening until it spirals out of control.

This is also what happens to us spiritually when we neglect God’s Word and what He has told us to do. Over time, we feel drained physically, mentally, and emotionally because our spiritual tanks are depleted. Here are some things we can do to fill our spiritual tanks and, in turn, help us live a life full of happiness, vitality, and purpose.

  1. Be content .

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:11-13 NLT

  1. Focus on the positive.
A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day. - Proverbs 15:13 MSG

  1. Trust God in everything you do.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13 NIV

  1. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, - Proverbs 16:8-9 NIV

  1. Consistently go to God in prayer.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

  1. Read God’s Word daily.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT

  1. Praise God for all He has done in your life.
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. - Psalm 59:16 NIV

Journal: Do you allow the busyness of life to get in the way of doing what you know is healthy for you mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually? What are some healthy things you tend to let go of first when faced with trials and exhaustion? Write these down in your journal and share why you think you struggle with these areas.

Activation: Take the things you wrote in your journal and purpose to make time for them each day this week.

Prayer: Ask God to help you to have the strength to stay consistent in these things so that you can live a healthy life full of happiness, vitality, and purpose. Write this prayer in your journal and read it each day along with the scripture above.

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