A Cheerful Heart

A Cheerful Heart

Girl smiling in the rain

Happy is he…whose hope is in the Lord his God.—PSALM 146:5 KJV

When we walk the caregiving road, cheerfulness is often a foreign feeling. Our responsibilities lay heavily on our hearts, miring us in the dark. That’s when we need an attitude check. We have to consciously make a choice to be cheerful. That doesn’t mean our circumstances are any less difficult or trying. But we can choose, every day, to rise above them and smile.

In Proverbs 15:15, Solomon wrote, “The cheerful heart has a continual feast” (NIV). Solomon had probably gleaned this bit of wisdom from his father, King David. Who better than David, living in fear of constant pursuit, would know the importance of choosing happiness? In the midst of his darkest hours, he called on his God of hope. His obedience connected him with the Lifegiver, the Lifeline, his Lord.

In His word, God promises lives of abundance and joy—but we need to claim these promises. When we do, Jesus fills our spirits with His power and His love, which enable us to journey forth with hope. We receive this gift by giving Him the gift of our lives and hearts—a conscious choice. A choice that will change our lives.

This day let’s choose joy. Let’s choose to be cheerful. 

Today's Prayer:

Dear Lord, today help me choose an attitude of cheerfulness. Fill me with Your joy, hope, and peace. Help me to celebrate today.

Adapted from Strength & Grace: Daily Devotions for Caregivers, a new publication from Guideposts