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10 Ways to Get Your Joy Back

Not long ago Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University published the World Happiness Report. The report showed that the United States, one of the world’s economically richest countries came in #15 on the Happiness Scale; and our level of happiness has gone down since 2005.  The findings from that report remind us of Jesus words in Luke 12, “a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Followers of Christ understand that joy and happiness are not the same. Happiness is the feeling you get when things are going well; it’s based on your circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is a deep sense of pleasure, delight, gladness and well-being that is independent of circumstance.

How to Walk in Wisdom

Make coffee. Check. Feed the dog. Check. Finish the dishes. Check. Although you may not be looking to add another “thing” to your plate, getting wisdom is an essential item for you to put on your to-do list this year. Unfortunately, getting wisdom is not as simple as picking it up at the grocery store on your way home from work. So, how do you “get wisdom”? Here are just a few ways you can make getting wisdom an attainable priority every single day.

Why You Should Talk to God More in the New Year

The beginning of the year is a great time to reflect on the previous year and set goals to achieve needs and desires in the new year. So, what do you hope to achieve this year? Whatever you need this year, whether it’s strength, courage, peace, or healing, you need the hand of God on your life to make it possible. If you want this year to be a year of seeing God do more in your life than ever before, prayer is the answer. Read what the Bible teaches about the importance of prayer and discover one of the best ways to help you cultivate a powerful prayer life.

How to Find Meaning and Satisfaction in Your Work

Work has a tremendous impact on us internally. And that’s true whether you are unemployed or currently finding great satisfaction in your work. Every person has an innate desire to find meaning in their work. In fact, a Harvard Business Review surveyed 12,000 employees from a broad range of companies finding that 50% lack a level of meaning and significance at work. Moreover, the single highest impact on people sticking with organizations came down to employees finding meaning and satisfaction in their work. Those who find meaning in their work report 1.7 times higher job satisfaction and are 1.4 times more engaged in their work. Those statistics necessitate the question of how we discover and experience satisfaction and meaning in our work. What does the Bible tell us about work and how can we find real meaning through activities that will consume much of our adult life?

Trust the Process

There are times when God puts things in our hearts (dreams, aspirations, goals) and He gives them to us right away. There are other times (this seems to be the majority) when God puts things in our hearts and then makes us wait. Often, we can wonder what God is doing. We can begin to ask, “Did I really hear from God?” Or perhaps the biggest question, “God, what is taking you so long?” I have found that during that time of waiting, God is preparing us for the promise. During our waiting, He is teaching us things. He is growing our character, our faith, and our ability to do what we feel called to do. God is taking us through a process. The question is, “Will you trust the process?”

Does God Want Me to Be Happy?

Have you ever thought to yourself, I wish I loved life as much as that person? Why is it that some people can smile at the future even when it seems uncertain? What causes someone to see purpose in the mundane tasks of life? What enables a person to laugh even though they might be walking through a challenging season? Most people, if they were honest, would say that one of their greatest desire is to have joy. But, unfortunately, many people find this goal much more difficult to achieve than they imagined. Read this blog to find out how you can have joy.

One thing that can change your life!

Our words have an enormous effect on the world around us. In the same way, it only takes a spark to set a forest on fire, a careless or wrongly placed word can burn down a relationship. Our speech can turn unity into chaos, or bring pain where there should be protection. However, an encouraging word aptly placed can change someone’s entire day. You can enhance your marriage, bring success to your work, help your children, and enrich your friendships by simply letting the words of our mouths be life-giving. The decision is yours, choose your words carefully…

How to Set Yourself Up For Success in the New Year

Perspective is the way in which you view life. Perspective is the lens that colors everything you look at. As you look at this year, what perspective do you have? Is it one of hope and anticipation? I hope so! It is God’s desire to show you his goodness and to reveal himself to you. But in order for that to happen, you have to have the right perspective.

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