Welcome to April 1st!
This is also the first day of “The Happy Thought Project”, which may seem like a big joke to some of us!
But, do not fear, this is NO joke Happiness is a HUGE part of our lives and when we have lost sight of where our happiness stems from, when we have lost touch with digging down deep and purposefully finding the joy in even the most difficult of days, that means it’s time to take a step back and retrain ourselves to think positively!
We have all seen many a silly positive quote that made us roll our eyes. We have all tried to practice being positive, I am sure, only to find ourselves back in the same sad and depressed rut. So, what is missing then?
I believe, as a Christian, that our true happiness can only be found through Christ. Without His purpose in our lives, I can’t imagine how I would find the happiness to even get our of bed in the morning.
So, first things first. I am not going to make any assumptions that everyone reading this and joining in on The Happy Thought Project is a true Christian.
By Christian, I don’t mean someone who does their best, tries hard to be a good person, is helpful to others, and lives a pretty straight, upright life. Those are all GREAT things to be and I hope that all Christians do strive towards this, but just because we try our best to be a good person does not mean we are automatically given that ticket to Heaven.
The great thing about Christianity though, is that God made it so plain and simple for us to become a Christian, to become a child of His.
There really are 3 main parts to becoming a Christian:
1. Realize that you are a sinner:
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
2. Ask for forgiveness of your sins:
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out” (Acts 3:19)
3. Invite God into your heart to save you through Jesus Christ.
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
If you are unsure of how to ask God into your heart, here is a simple prayer that you can pray:
“Lord, I stand before you a sinner. I believe you died on the cross for my sin. I believe God raised you from the dead. I am asking you to come into my heart and save me. I accept you into my heart as my personal Savior. Thank you Lord for saving me-Amen”
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
If you have any questions AT ALL, contact me! I would love to talk more with you about this, or any other questions you might have
If you are already a Christian, this day is a great reminder of the gift we have been given. It’s also a reminder that while we are on this earth, our biggest goal is sharing Christ with others! If you have a friend or a family member who might need to hear this today, don’t be afraid to reach out to them. Ask them out for coffee so you can chat, or invite them to be a part of this study.
That was definitely #1 on the agenda of starting off “The Happy Thought Project”, because without 100% assurance that we are going to spend eternity with Christ, our search for happiness is meaningless!
For the rest of April, some days there will be blog posts and longer ideas and thoughts and shareable times, and then some days it will be short and sweet. A lot of us are busy women, mothers, so I know that it can be hard to devote tons of time each day to one particular thing. I hope by mixing it up a little, it creates interest and gives us the time we need to re-focus on the good in our lives!
Today, since we have already gotten pretty deep discussing what it means to be a true Christian, I want to start today out with a simple challenge.
Find one verse from the Bible, or one quote (this can be one you already know, one you found on pinterest, etc), that stands out to you regarding being happy, being positive, or maybe the lack thereof. We will be sharing these on the facebook page
and also on Instagram (@thePatrioticPeacock), using the hashtag: #TheHappyThoughtProject (so we will all be able to read each other’s!).
Here is mine that I came across this morning and it really seemed to sum up, in a couple of sentences, what The Happy Thought Project means to me:
I challenge you to share something with us that speaks to you about joy, peace, happiness, or positivity.
There are NO wrong answers
Just share your heart with us!
The verses for today are:
Take a look at those. We will be looking at them closer tomorrow and dissecting Paul’s message on finding peace. It’s a good one that you won’t want to miss! Who would have thought that the steps to peace finding were laid out so boldly in the Bible?!
I am excited ladies! It isn’t too late to join, so if you are just now hearing about The Happy Thought Project, come join our facebook group
Happy Tuesday friends!!!