PSALM 28:7 ~ "The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him."
... "At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God's hand until we learn to hear Him ... Watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet ... When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light." -Oswald Chambers-We all go through valleys and mountains in life — problems, hardships, trials and temptations. However, we also look for ways to fix them. In the multitude of solutions you could possibly think of, ask yourself one of these two questions: "What can I do to fix them?" or, "What can God do to fix them?"
""For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.""
As the old cliche, "money cannot buy happiness." is really true. No amount of money or things will ever give a person lasting joy. Ultimately, because joy unlike happiness is not based on circumstances nor a fulfillment of material gain. Joy is the absence of any circumstances. Therefore, if you sow joy, you will reap contentment. Because a joyful person is a content person. The Apostle Paul can vouch for that in Philippians 4:11-13 when he said:
"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5). Put your trust in the Lord and let Him help you. "Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock." (Isaiah 26:4).