Happy = Shallow (FMF)

Happy is a shallow word.

That is what I was going to write about. Then I read the intriguing post by Jennifer Dukes Lee about daring to be happy in the midst of plain life.

I too have moved to a “fly-over” state. I feel like God has exiled me here for some unknown reason. Joy seems illusive for me.

Then this morning an Oswald Chambers devotion talked about God’s bewildering purposes. Yep, I am there. Bewildered. Not happy. Thing is, it talked about how when we look at the circumstances, we will be frustrated and confused, but when we focus on God, and a close relationship with Him, then we have peace that surpasses all understanding.

I am happy here in “exile” when I don’t think about how I am an adult and can leave this place. When I put that out of my mind as a possibility (because if I want to obey God, moving away right now is not a possibility), I can enjoy the beauty that is here- walking to a lake, my little siblings laughter, the sound of raindrops on the roof.

Maybe happiness is more complicated than I thought.

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Five Minute Friday is a link-up where you free write for 5 minutes on the topic. This week’s topic is Happy. Find other blogger’s interpretations here.


Ugh. If only it were as easy as knowing you should be happy to actually be happy. Although today I am going to choose to be “happy”.

Still having a hard time using that shallow word 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Happy = Shallow (FMF)

  1. Hi, we’re neighbors on fmf. 🙂

    What is devotional you speak of? I’m in the exact same place: feeling exiled and if I look at my circumstances, I feel a sense of doom looming over. Helps absolutely nothing except makes me want to cry to God. I know He has plan, but you know when you just want everything to be all wonderful for a week, or more? Where everything and everyone is getting along? Yes, I’d like some of that. Terrifies me a little, but I actually love the one on time with Jesus.

    I pray we both are hand delivered non shallow happiness this week and next, and beyond 🙋 And also, gratitude lists are wonderful in exile.

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    1. Delivered non shallow happiness- I like that! The devotional is the book My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers (today’s August 5 is titled The Bewildering Call of God). Thanks for stopping by! And your right; I should get back to my gratitude list too…

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      1. I had to think about it for a minute. Almost thought we should define shallow happiness haha, but I think spending time in the Word has been not even close to shallow. There has been this peace that seems to make me forget the circumstances and despair that’s been threatening.
        (You’re always welcome! ❤️)

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  2. Happy is complicated and simple. Complicated because it doesn’t come easy. And simple, because it can come with a choice.

    Oddly, I find myself in a happy place. But it wasn’t too long ago that I wrestled with the confusion of a life far from what I imagined it would be. Hot tears. An angry fist to God. And feelings of giving up on faith. That was my place.

    Life isn’t a list of one happy circumstance after another. Happiness can still be found there. That’s the complicated part. How can someone be happy in the midst of an unhappy circumstance?

    May God give you grace and strength as you wrestle it out.

    Your FMF neighbor,
    Cheryl

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