Happiness and satisfaction - November 2020

Happiness is what we all want, and that is a good desire when we seek it in Christ. Read on to explore how to do that.

The God Factor

The God Factor

In God in the Dock, C.S. Lewis included an essay entitled “Answers to Questions on Christianity.” One of the questions is on which of the religions of the world gives to its followers the greatest happiness, and he gave this famous reply:

My Three Sons

My Three Sons

Dressing my three preschool sons alike seemed sensible at the time. It made clothes shopping easier, for one, and because they were brothers with similar builds and complexions, they looked good in the same clothes. At home it gave a sense of order, however superficial, to a household with three little boys in perpetual motion, and in public it showcased what I was sure was the most adorable set of kids ever.

Making a Masterpiece

Making a Masterpiece

When the life of a follower of Jesus is lived as Jesus intended it to be, it becomes a thing of beauty. Being a Christian and having a relationship with God should be something that permeates our daily experiences, is integrated into our decisions, and brings color to our perceptions of ourselves, others, and this life.

Fire in the Heart

Fire in the Heart

Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable—and, most of all, fear puts hopelessness at the heart of life, while faith rejoices in its God.
Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878–1969)

God’s Imprint on Me

God’s Imprint on Me

Lately, when I have gone to the bank I’ve noticed that I now only have to show some identification and then put my right thumb on a biometric reader. This effortless action conjures up all the information needed from my personal bank account and I’m able to withdraw my money without any further procedures.

10 Ways to Increase Your Self-Confidence

10 Ways to Increase Your Self-Confidence

1. Make a list of all the good things you currently have in your life.

Always give thanks for everything to our God.—Ephesians 5:20 TLB

A New Lease on Life

A New Lease on Life

“That’s not fair” must have been my three most-used words when growing up. It seemed that someone—or everyone—always had it better than me.

By my early teens I had a well-developed measure-and-analyze mindset, and I was particularly obsessed with comparing my looks, personality, and abilities with those of other girls my age.

Feeling Beautiful

Feeling Beautiful

I looked at the mirrored wall at the gym as I moved through the tai chi motions and had the most surprising thought. I never knew I was so beautiful.

Let me explain.

A Question of Perspective

A Question of Perspective

I read a post by Rabbi Evan Moffic the other day that made a lot of sense to me. Here’s the last paragraph:

“Life,” philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once said, “is lived forward and understood backward.” The power to understand the backward part of lives lies within us. We can’t change what happened, but we can change what it means. What we choose to remember helps shape who we decide to become.1

The Difference Faith Makes

The Difference Faith Makes

My father had profound mental health issues which caused him, my mother, and us seven siblings much grief. I had a very unhappy childhood.

When I was two years old, I was seriously scalded by a pot of boiling water. To this day I still bear the scars over several parts of my body.

Abundance or Excess

Abundance or Excess

When I was 19, my then-boyfriend told me that his mother, on a recent business trip, had been in a restaurant where people paid $50 for lunch—which would be three times that in today’s dollars. He said that he dreamed to one day be in a position to buy that kind of lunch. “That’s freedom!” he said.

This Day

This Day

Who would have thought that I’d be writing an article on the topic of happiness and satisfaction after everything that we have been through this year due to the COVID-19 virus? After having experienced so much insecurity and uncertainty in the air, how could that be a time to think about happiness?

Strength in Joy

Strength in Joy

You have heard that the joy of the Lord is your strength.1 How do you get this joy? By loving Me with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength, and by loving others. As long as you have a heart of love—love for Me and love for others—I will fill you with My joy and peace.

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