Reading Matthew chapter 5, I come to the word, “blessed.” In fact, I see it mentioned 9 times in that chapter, and I wonder what it really means to be blessed. In the English language, it can mean several things: consecrated and holy, favored and fortunate, or blissfully happy.
So which one is it, or is it all three? Looking at the original Greek, we see the word there is “makarios,” which means to be happy.
In Psalm 144 David wrote, “Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!” Does that mean that God’s people aren’t afflicted with trials? Does it mean that we aren’t facing the same disappointments and uncertainty that our neighbors are? Does it mean that our relationships are easier than everyone else’s? Or could it be that while we’re facing the same struggles we’re learning to be content and to trust in the wisdom of God?
Most people look at happiness as a constant rollercoaster of emotions. When life is good–they’re up, and when it’s down they’re down. How can we expect to find joy in a world that is constantly changing? We can’t. But we can find joy when we lean on an unchanging, sovereign power of God.
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Practice trusting and leaning on God during uncertain times. Make a little note for yourself that simply says, “His wisdom is greater than mine.” Put it up on your fridge or a prominent place in your home as a reminder to lean and to trust.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:12-13, NIV)
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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