1. Pray. The Bible tells us to “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17). I do that. I am not one to have a quiet time for X number of minutes per day. If I were to be that rigid, I would fall asleep in prayer. My heart and soul are in constant communication with God. I pray for God’s protection while driving. I thank God for my daily blessings as they occur. I praise God for the birds I am able to identify and experience their habits. I am saying sentence prayers all day long. “Help me to say the right thing.” “Help me to find the perfect gift.” “Thank you for protecting me as I pulled in front of the car in my blind spot!” And for the past year or so, it seems I lose something constantly. It stays lost until I finally give up and pray about it. Divine intervention is shocking, because, after praying, the item suddenly reveals itself – usually within seconds!
2. Sing! “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever” (Psalm 89:1). If I am not praying, my heart is singing my favorite songs. Many of the worship songs and hymns are heartfelt prayers in themselves. This one has special significance for me:
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3. Be joyful! “He that has a merry heart has a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:15). A merry heart gives one a happy countenance. Do you ever smile from happy thoughts as you walk down the street, and then you notice strangers are smiling back at you? Sometimes, I put on a smile as I am among strangers and just watch what happens. You will be surprised how many smile back! Be intentional to be joyful! It makes a difference in your attitude, your outlook, even your health!
4. Help others! “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) Commiserate with a friend or neighbor who is sick, has a problem, or is grieving. Being able to help someone else in his/her time of need is very gratifying and pleases your heavenly Father.
5. Give generously – to your church, your favorite charities or cherished causes. Whatever you give away will come back to you in blessings. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” Hebrews 13:16.
6. Live your life as if there is no tomorrow. If you became crippled from an accident tomorrow, would you regret what you had not accomplished or revel in what you have accomplished? “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).
7. However, if you do become crippled tomorrow, go back to number 1. As long as you are breathing, God is not done with you yet! “All things are possible for one who believes.” (Mark9:23).
What would you add to this list?