There is a big difference between Joy and Happiness, and too often we confuse them. Happiness is a temporal state of the mind; joy is a permanent condition of the heart. Happiness is the result of our emotions being satisfied; joy is the everlasting imprint on our heart that gives us strength. We may go … Continue reading Joy Comes in the Morning
It’s not the challenges in life that make us who we are; it’s how we deal with them that reveals our true character. If we want to know who we really are inside, just wait until we are under pressure, facing a challenge or stressed. This is when our real attitude comes to the surface. … Continue reading Bad Attitudes
Many Christians feel that they are entitled to blessings and rewards from God because they're Christians. They focus more on what they’ll get from God than on what they'll do for God. They put the crown before the cross! God does bless us now, and He will give us rewards and crowns one day, but … Continue reading the Crown Before the Cross
We all know the Scripture in Psalm 37:4 that says, "Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart." Many so-called Christian doctrines have stemmed from this Scripture with the interpretation that God wants us to have all the "material possessions" that make us happy. And the truth is, God … Continue reading Desires of the Heart
Have you ever wondered how some people can be so happy and carefree one minute, and then become totally ticked and angry at the slightest dispute the next? It's because the happiness that they display when everything is going well is a result of their emotions. And our emotions can and do change, just like … Continue reading The Joy of the Lord
The Bible talks a lot about joy, and it’s an emotional word that we’re most familiar with in songs such as Joy to the World. But what does it really mean to have joy? Who can get joy and why do we want it? The word, “joy”, is used almost two hundred times in the … Continue reading What Does it Mean to Have Joy?
Faith is the substance that links us to God and makes us who we are. It goes along the same line as the old antic, we are what we eat. The more we learn about God, the more faith we have and the more like Jesus we become. Knowledge leads to conviction which leads to faith … Continue reading Faith Builds Character
The spirit of Christmas can be the greatest feeling in the world, and the hype of shopping along with the traditional Christmas carols and glittering decorations set the perfect atmosphere for the season. Family gatherings and great feasts add joy and excitement to the hearts of everyone, whether they are Christians or not. This is because we … Continue reading The Heart of Christmas
We all love to unwrap presents as we try to anticipate with excitement what's inside. Receiving gifts is fun and encouraging and can be the highlight of our day. So, why would anyone rather give something than receive it? There is a blessing that comes - joy unspeakable - when we can give to others … Continue reading Why is it better to give than to receive?
....for many people, but not for everyone. Spring brings joy and peace but most of all, it brings new hope. As the signs of winter begin fading away, we hear the welcoming sounds of colorful song birds and we see some tiny sprouts of crocuses popping up in the garden. Somehow, the stress and challenges of winter … Continue reading The joy of spring is in the air…