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How Does Happy Happen? (something to look forward to), part 3

“Always have something to look forward to.” Tony Robbins My friend’s explanation about her parents’ divorce seemed simplified, but her insight made a big impression when she said, “I think my dad and mom split up because they didn’t have anything to look forward to anymore.”  Her parents let go of season tickets, the ones they purchased...

How Does Happy Happen? (something to do), part 2

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. The Great Commission in Matthew 28: 19-20 NIV One of the first times I walked into the church across the street, I was handed a pencil and told I’d need it...

How Does Happy Happen? (someone to love), part 1

“Happiness is pretty simple: someone to love, something to do, something to look forward to.” Rita Mae Brown I had the part about “someone to love” all mixed up.  It took attending a church where I watched people practice loving and spending time with Jesus to recognize that I’m happiest when I accept my relationship and time with Him is...

Happy To Be Me (God wants us happy), part 5

“God is the one who gave us the deep desire for happiness. He delights in our delight.” Alli Worthington If you asked me before now if God wanted us to be happy, I would’ve given the expected answer and said yes. In my head, though, I would have questioned the question because I associated God with suffering, not happiness. I thought the same...

Happy To Be Me (self-actualized or actually happy?), part 4

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi So far, I’ve written about the upside of unhappy qualities like self-doubt and grumpiness that is our weaknesses keep us close to God.  I’ve also written about trying to get our turn at life only to find out we have to turn over our lives to...

Happy To Be Me (it’s my turn), part 3

“Our difficulty (and unhappiness) is not that we don't know God's will. Our discomfort (and unhappiness) comes from the fact that we do know His will, but we do not want to do it.” Henry Blackaby, paraphrased Enough about God … when’s it my turn?  I can’t tell you how many friends ask this question or claim that now is their...

Happy To Be Me (grumpy without God), part 2

“God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.” C.S. Lewis I had to laugh when Prophet Jim Reilly told a friend that even though he had it all, he continued to be “grumpy” until he got ahold of God.  In 12-step programs, the members call this “being irritable and unreasonable without knowing it.”...

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