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#GoLoveSomeone Instagram Challenge

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I think one of our greatest questions in life is, “What is the key to happiness?” For someone who has battled depression since early adolescence, I can tell you that I have asked this question a million times.

When I first decided to follow Jesus, I had no idea the love and freedom that awaited me from my Savior. I was still stuck in my old worldly ways (which still creep up on me sometimes), and I only added more pressure to myself with added rules and “spiritual” tasks. And you know what, I still wasn’t even happy!

The only way I began to feel true freedom and joy was when I surrendered my life fully to God and finally experienced His love. No, I wasn’t instantly frolicking through the fields singing happy songs every day. To be honest, my depression is still a struggle I face. I am not ashamed of that though. On the contrary, I almost like it. Because of this struggle I know that I will always be in constant need of surrendering to my ever pursuing Heavenly Father. 

True happiness–the kind that goes beyond the joys of this world–sort of snuck up on me in two parts. First of all, I truly experienced God’s joy when I felt His love and mercy wash over me. When I finally accepted His forgiveness and decided to put Jesus at the center of my life, I found a peace and joy like no other. Yes, bad things still happen and I get sad, but the Lord’s peace is still there.

The second part to God’s joy is serving others. I’m a big fan of Joyce Meyer, and I love how she always talks about serving others in order to get our minds off of our own problems. To be honest, it even goes deeper than that. Think about it–some of the happiest people in the world are those who love God and spend their life serving others.

When I began to focus less on myself (which can also be a huge struggle), and devote my time to loving my family, friends, and my church and community, I found that I was happier and experiencing more intimacy with God. 

I know I haven’t been alive that long, but what I’ve learned so far is that joy doesn’t go very far when it’s just about us. True happiness is felt when you realize how much God loves you, and that you can radiate that love to the world. Want to get happy? Go serve someone. Go love someone.

That’s what this challenge is all about.
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Starting tomorrow, January 14th, for the next month I will be hosting a challenge on my Instagram under the hashtag #golovesomeone!

The challenge is simple. Everyday find some way to love someone. Remember that love is a verb–it’s about service. It can be anything, such as praying for someone, buying a stranger’s groceries, taking care of a sick loved one, or just giving up your free time to love somebody.

I want all of us to challenge ourselves to do a loving act of service everyday. The only two rules are:

  1. Put God at the center of what you are doing
  2. Do your act of service from a heart of love and sacrifice

Then think of a creative way to make/share an image of a heart to post on Instagram! The heart will be a symbol of your act of love. Be sure to use the hashtag #golovesomeone and tag me @fearfullywonderfullyme. This isn’t to brag, but to keep ourselves accountable and to have fun and connect with each other! Let’s fill Instgram up with hearts. Let’s fill Instagram with love! 

The challenge will officially end on February 14th, but feel free to keep it going even longer. You can also join in on the challenge whenever you want. I just want to see a heart everyday through Valentine’s Day!

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment and share 🙂
My Instagram: @fearfullywonderfullyme

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The Secret to Joy

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When I was a little girl, my grandma taught me the song “I got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart!” I would sing it back, knowing that God gave joy to my heart. How much did I really know God’s joy? Hardly at all compared to what I know now. There is a secret key to always having happiness and joy down in your heart. It’s more than just a choice or attitude adjustment, and it’s not hard to do. So what is this secret to everlasting joy?

Having a heart of praise.

That’s right– praise God! In my church I have made some awesome and joyful friends, both young and old, and they all have one thing in common: praise is always on their lips.

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth (Psalm 34:1 KJV).

When you develop a heart of praise, it’s impossible to feel hopeless and depressed. It’s not that you will never feel sad or lonely or upset, but you know that God is always there listening to you and loving you more than anyone ever could. It’s knowing that there is hope for the future, and that God works out everything for our good and His glory in the end.

Life here on Earth has suffering. That’s a consequence of sin and the worldly influence around us. But no matter what happens or how bleak your circumstances are remember this: Jesus, God’s one and only Son, died an innocent death and shed His blood so you could have eternal life with His father. He loves you so much He gave His own life so you could be adopted into royalty!

When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take care of me (Psalm 27:10 NKJV).

God is your heavenly Father and always will be! So give Him your praise all day long. You don’t have to do anything special or interrupt important activities (unless God is tugging at your heart to do so). Just turn your thoughts to praise of all that the Lord has done for you. Mutter under your breath how glorious He is.

My favorite way to give praise to the Lord is to sing or hum to Him songs of worship and praise. Grandma got it right– there is something about singing that just lifts you up.There are Christian radio stations and albums, as well as the songs you sing at church to help foster praise. I believe that singing out to God is like sending Him a love letter. It also moves us and gets us in tune with the Holy Spirit. I’ve noticed a lot lately that if I am singing songs of praise and giving thanks for all God has done for me and all that He is, then my heart really does have joy!

How do you give God praise? Please comment below 🙂

Love, Emily <3

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