The Secret to Happiness

As women, we tend to be the care takers, the ones who are the most willing to bend, and the ones who are there to nurture. It is how God designed us to be. It’s a beautiful & amazing gift that He has given us. And utilized in its true form & intention, it is one of the most valuable things we can contribute to this world.

But there’s a glitch in this whole operation when we are pulled too many different directions. We tend to find ourselves in a place where we feel extremely empty and completely depleted. That is when we start wandering off the path that God has designed for our lives.

So we embark on this journey to try to fill our tank back up.

Sometimes we take the route of finding unhealthy things to give us instant gratification. I was on this path for many years. I used shopping, depleting my friends for emotional support, utilizing men to be my savior, or throwing myself into a career that would provide instant success.

Other times, we do find healthy options though. And I am thankful to be on this path at this point in my journey. It has turned into taking the time to workout, organizing my life to where it feels balanced, and spending time with friends who feed my soul.

And although my journey has evolved to a place of choosing healthy options, the reality is, I’m still grasping onto things of this world to try to fill me. And sometimes, those things are still going to let me down.

I’ve spent lots of time talking about this with several of my girl friends. Some are happily married, some are single, some are living a life dedicated to their families, some are career driven. One thing is constant with all of us.

We are all constantly struggling to not feel drained.

No matter what stage of life we are in, I am convinced that there is truly only one way that we will ever feel fully satisfied.

“Don’t fall in love with this corrupt world or worship the things it can offer. Those who love its corrupt ways don’t have the Father’s love living within them. All the things the world can offer to you— the allure of pleasure, the passion to have things, and the pompous sense of superiority— do not come from the Father. These are the rotten fruits of this world. This corrupt world is already wasting away, as are its selfish desires. But the person really doing God’s will—that person will never cease to be.” -1 John 2:15-17

God promises us that there isn’t anything in this world that will ever truly satisfy us. So while it is absolutely vital that we as women take the time to feed our souls, it is absolutely necessary for us to ensure that we are firmly planting our feet in the word of God. Everything else will disappoint us and leave us emotionally vulnerable to whichever way the wind blows us that day.

“If you are right with God, He strengthens you for the journey; the Eternal will be pleased with your life. And even though you trip up, you will not fall on your face because He holds you by the hand.” -Psalm 37:23-24

Today, re-centering myself consisted of getting my butt back in church, having lunch with a strong Christian girl friend who always brings me back to the word, and taking time to spend some time with God. These are the things that I know will be guaranteed to re-fuel me to a place where I am prepared to embark on this life that God has entrusted to me.

And of course, spending a little time cleaning & going to yoga to breathe never hurts 😉

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