Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength.
I was born again when I was nine years old. But growing up I was in Church only on and off. When I grew up and had kids of my own I wanted to do better... but we went to Church on and off too. Better than when I grew up...but not like we should either. Up until three and a half years ago I would have read this verse and felt upset. I would have said, "Sure a cheerful heart is good medicine...but I can not help that I have a broken spirit!"
What changed how I see this verse?? I learned how to have a relationship with God. In all those years I didn't really understand how to grow in God, how to get to know God. Then my son put a One Year Bible in my hand for a Christmas present. I started reading, and in that reading I begin to really, really know God. Then I found some wonderful people that grew me, and taught me more and more and more. Now I know how to be in control of a cheerful heart. I let go and let God. Sometimes I fall in that trap of a broken spirit...then I remember what I have learned these past three and a half years and I take control of my heart by giving all the things in my life over to God again.
Every day that I pick up my Bible and renew my mind, I grow just a little..and a little more. People around me said I have grown by leaps and bounds. The key is to stay hungry for God. When we do that everything else is added unto us!! Including a happy heart!!