Happiness

Dear God,

Norman Vincent Peale recommends that we drop unhappy thoughts from our minds twice a day, morning and evening.  He encourages us to re-slant our thoughts to happier living.

I can only turn to You when I attempt to work with my mind.  I find that when I invite You into my heart, my mind acquiesces to the joy that I am seeking.

You are my Rock.  Thank You for giving me good days.

Amen.

Miracle of a Day in a Beautiful World

Dear God,

I am so happy and grateful for just the miracle of another day in this beautiful world.  I should never take life for granted.  I am given so much, so much that is beautiful—in nature, in my relationships, in abundance.

I will celebrate this day the wonderful blessings that You give all of us.  If things sometimes seem awry, then let me remind myself that You are living through me, experiencing right along with me.

Thank You for being immanent.

Amen.

Rejoicing in the Day

Dear God,

I am rejoicing in the day today, sunny and mild, a spring day.  I got out of the house this morning on an errand, but I remained relaxed and easy-going for the drive.  Some days just everything seems to go right, and this is one of those banner days.  Let me not forget to say a heartfelt thanks that life is going, right now, so smoothly.

I don’t know if this sense that I have no problems is because of my gratitude list.  But I suspect that keeping this list has raised my mood and even given me more things to be grateful about.  We need our gratitude for time well spent.  Instead of focusing on something that might go wrong, we emphasize all that is going right.  And the pluses always outweigh the negatives.

Thank You!  This day is a bonanza, and I am grateful that You are blessing me with such joy.

Amen.

God Wants to See Love in Our Hearts

Dear God,

My disappointment from yesterday turned to joy when I received an apology on email, followed by the phone call I had been promised. 

I discovered something important, though, about the egoic patterns that still linger in my mind.  Yesterday afternoon and evening felt fine when I realized that my heart was longing to feel love.

Once I had turned to love, You were back.  What an important thing to realize!

Thank You for the lesson taught to me yesterday.

Amen.

Happy & Grateful

Dear God,

I feel grateful for the life I am living.  I buoy my mood with a light box.  Feeling happy solves a lot of problems before they get started, reshaping my thoughts upward to You, lifting my spirits. An uplifted attitude seems to be what I need to feel overwhelming gratitude.

Thank You for the mellow and peaceful feeling I have today. Thank You for taking me by the hand and leading to a good life.

Amen

Happier Slant

Dear God,

It is easy to let something rest lightly on my mind, even if the something is disturbing.  It is not so easy to dismiss the thought entirely.

But I am making progress in retraining my mind to a happier slant.  Thank You for Your part in the motivation to do so and the wherewithal to actually do it.

Amen.