Tag Archives: joy

Nothing Exciting Happens on Most Days: A Message on Happiness and Meaning (Soul. Musings. 03/26/17)

People have long debated the question of what is happiness? We often use the term “happiness” as a catch-all to describe a range of emotions from excitement to contentment and every positive feeling in between. Over the last several years, … Continue reading

New Book Now Available: “The Greatest Giver”

Light • Joy • Wonder • Possibilities • Peace • Victory • Purpose • Love • Hope • Forgiveness • Grace • Eternal Life  The gift of Jesus Christ to humankind is the greatest gift ever given. But it is … Continue reading

Giving and Giving (Live. Pray. Hustle. 12/23/16)

Giving isn’t about getting or karma or reaping what you sow. It’s about giving and giving for the joy that giving is. LIVE. PRAY. HUSTLE.

Don’t Be Afraid (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 358)

Luke 2:10 (NLT) But the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.” Throughout the Christmas story, four individuals had two things in common with each other. … Continue reading

Losing It All While Hanging On (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 333)

Mark 8:35 (NLT) If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. Too many … Continue reading

Grateful For Every Moment (Live. Pray. Hustle. 11/23/16)

When we are grateful for every moment in our lives, no matter what it is, we begin to feel happiness and overwhelming joy. LIVE. PRAY. HUSTLE.

Generosity in Exchange for Happiness (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 296)

Acts 20:35b (NLT) You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ How do you define happiness? Some people define happiness by how much money they have, how big their house … Continue reading

Joy in Divine Will (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 295)

Psalm 40:8 (NLT) I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart. God’s greatest desire is to live in and fill up the hearts of all people in the earth. That means … Continue reading

Let Your Joy Out (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 284)

“The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach, is Joy.” — Fra Giovanni Life actually boils down to one main question: are you really living it? And I don’t mean in the way … Continue reading

Travel the Distance (Live. Pray. Hustle. 09/23/16)

We can’t jump from the side of pain to the other side of joy. We must travel the distance. LIVE. PRAY. HUSTLE.

Weakness as a Tool for Strength (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 254)

Psalm 84:5a (NLT) What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord. At times, we get tired. We grow weary after a long day of work. We feel physically weak, even exhausted. We run out of energy, time, and … Continue reading

No One Else Is Living Your Dream (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 216)

“One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.” — Archibald Rutledge We’ve been taught that envy and jealousy are destructive attitudes to have. The truth is, they … Continue reading

The Compass Points Right (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 198)

Psalm 1:1 (NLT) Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. It has been said that one can tell a lot about a person … Continue reading

The Deep Well (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 187)

Matthew 5:3 (NLT) God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Everyone wants to be happy. Self-help books and manuals offer tips and strategies, therapists give suggestions to their … Continue reading

No Law Against These Things (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 181)

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! We are often told what we should not … Continue reading

A World of Massages (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 176)

Mark 10:43-44 (NLT) But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. The battle against … Continue reading

Keeping Watch Always (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 174)

Psalm 121:7-8 (NLT) The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. When our difficulties and dangers are at their highest, that … Continue reading

But Take Heart (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 91)

John 16:33 (NLT) Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. Throughout the world today, there are many people who live in fear. They feel guilty about the past, … Continue reading

Something Greater Is Coming (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 86)

John 19:41-42 (NLT) The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. …Since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. After Jesus’ earth-shattering death on the cross, it’s hard … Continue reading

Promises Veiled by Darkness (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 85)

John 19:30 (NLT) When Jesus had tasted it [a sponge of sour wine], he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Good Friday is the day the world came to a screeching halt. … Continue reading