12. Happiness | 31 Days

This is post 12/31 of Write 31 Days. See full list HERE.

Sara Groves’s 2009 record, Fireflies and Songs, has a song called Different Kinds of Happy. I loved it the first time I heard it. It’s about the difference in happiness between her wedding day and the moment, years later, coming out of marriage counseling knowing that they were going make it.

“It’s a sweet, sweet thing

Standing here with you and nothing to hide

Light shining down to our very inside

Sharing our secrets, bearing our souls

Helping each other come clean”

Sara Groves, Different Kinds of Happy

I’m not married so I can’t relate completely but I love it anyway cause I do believe there are various degrees of happiness all around our lives.

There’s the happiness of listening your nephews tell you the cool thing they just did.

There’s the happiness of playing a board game with your family.

There’s the happiness of a good book and a quiet evening.

It’s not complex or complicated. It’s the simple and steady. And the serendipitous and all-consuming.

There’s the happiness of coming out of extreme pain and knowing you’re going to be just fine.

There’s the happiness of a first date and then, a year later, the happiness of a familiar hug.

And like she talks about in the song, there’s happiness of being honest and real with someone and feeling secure in their love and transparency. you can’t get to that place in a day or two or even one or two years.

Happiness comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. But I think that the deeper moments of happiness come after the challenging times when you can look back and see how far you’ve come and look ahead and see how far you get to go. Deeper challenges, deeper experiences, can make for deeper happiness afterward.

Sure, happiness is finding a piece of chocolate at the bottom of your purse when you’re late getting lunch but it’s also looking at your kid brother after you’ve had a fight and knowing that no matter what, he’s still got your back.

I think back to what made me happy 10 years ago. Man. While many of the same things still make me happy, experience has shown me a different kind of happiness that I couldn’t have anticipated. You just can’t until you’ve come through. And 10 years from now, I’ll think the exact same thing. There are different kinds of happy that you can see in your life now. There are different kinds of happy and sometimes only a later you will fully understand. 

I wish those two could see us now

They never would believe that there are different kinds of happy”

Sara Groves, Different Kinds of Happy

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Monday Morning Gifts

It’s Monday morning, y’all!

This is so not the post I planned on writing but I was grappling with a school assignment last night till the wee hours of the morning so that kind of threw a kink in my plans. But! I have determined to blog on Monday mornings and I will do just that.

There are gray skies overhead in my neck of the world but, surprisingly, despite my lack of sleep, I’m feeling more energetic today than I’ve felt in many a Monday AM. So I thought I’d give you some presents and spread some Monday cheer :).  We all need some inspiration and motivation to get us going, yeah?

First, a song.

Okay, another song cause I couldn’t choose!

Second, one of my favorite passages in the Bible.

“To whom then will you liken Me,
Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high,
And see who has created these things,
Who brings out their host by number;
He calls them all by name,
By the greatness of His might
And the strength of His power;
Not one is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”?

Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,

But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:25-31

I looooove these verses cause they remind me of the greatness of God and His watch care over me.  He gives strength to the weak and they will not grow weary.  Thank You, Jesus!! 🙂

Third, a resource.

I’m really trying to change my sleep schedule and be early to bed, early to rise.

(That way, these Monday morning posts will be for real in the morning, like at 6 or 7!)

Late nights are such a hard habit to break but I’m determined to get it together.

Last week, I found this really great podcast that I’ve been listening to and it’s giving me another push toward my goal of a better sleep routine and increased productivity. So far I reeeeeally like it so you might want to check it out too!

It’s called the 5 AM Miracle hosted by Jeff Sanders and you can find it HERE on his website or subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher or where ever you listen to podcasts.  Check it out and let me know what you think!


I don’t know what you’re facing this week, but one thing I can guarantee you: God’s got your back.  Whatever you’re dealing with, whatever obstacles your facing, whatever circumstances feel overwhelming, He’s got you and He will not fail you.  Give it all to Him and rest assured He will lead you through.

Have a blessed week, y’all!

Elyssa

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