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New Life Daily Devotion - Aug. 4, 2009

  • 2009 Aug 04
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  Cheerfulness 101 
Every day is hard for those who suffer, but a happy heart is like a continual feast. 
Proverbs 15:15 NCV

Cheerfulness is a wonderful antidote to stress. And, as believers who have been saved by a risen Christ, why shouldn’t we be cheerful? The answer, of course, is that we have every reason to honor our Savior with joy in our hearts, smiles on our faces, and words of celebration on our lips.

Christ promises us lives of abundance and joy if we accept His love and His grace. Yet sometimes, even the most righteous among us are beset by fits of ill temper and frustration. During these moments, we may not feel like turning our thoughts and prayers to Christ, but that’s precisely what we should do. When we do so, we simply can’t stay grumpy for long.

Cheerfulness prepares a glorious mind for all the noblest acts of religion—love, adoration, praise, and every union with our God.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look. 
St. Francis of Assisi

God is good, and heaven is forever. And if those two facts don’t cheer you up, nothing will.
Marie T. Freeman

Be assured, my dear friend, that it is no joy to God in seeing you with a dreary countenance. 
C. H. Spurgeon

When we bring sunshine into the lives of others, we’re warmed by it ourselves. When we spill a little happiness, it splashes on us. 
Barbara Johnson

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, You have given me so many reasons to be happy, and I want to be a cheerful Christian. Today and every day, I will do my best to share my happiness with my family and my friends. Amen

 
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