Dr. Chio Ugochukwu
As we consider ourselves and our families during this holiday season, let us remember those who are suffering and have no one to share their days with. The problem is that we all get exhausted and stressed out trying to meet deadlines and do the all things we want to do during this period.
The challenges during this period include having enough money to complete your projects, buy Christmas gifts, end of the year parties, visiting friends and traveling.This can become overwhelming unless we learn to pause and become more thankful. Instead of worrying too much of the things you wanted to accomplish this year that you have not yet done, thank God that you are still alive today. The gift of life followed by the gift of good health are among the greatest gifts we get in life.
Unfortunately most of us forget to thank God for these gifts and start complaining to God about the things He has not yet given us. Can you imagine how you would react if you regularly helped someone, from the beginning of the year till now and the person never even said thank you to you, then starts asking you for his or her Christmas gift? What will you do? Will you see that person as a winner or whiner?
If we want to be winners,we have to live in such a way that all those who come in close contact with us will know that we hundred percent depend on God. Jesus is the only person who can transform us into winners, but He cannot do that for us if we do not have a personal relationship with Him. The first way to doing this is being thankful. When we become more fully thankful to God everyday of our lives, we free ourselves from trying to do everything by ourselves and give God absolute control.
Thankfulness will lead us to happy and total dependence on God and His wisdom, His strength, and His courage which will make us winners. The challenge for me and I suspect for most of us , is “how do enthusiastically do this everyday?” How do we thank God everyday despite our busy schedules and daily challenges? One way to make sure we communicate with God everyday.is to have our daily STAR moments. STAR stands for Spiritual Time And Reflection.
May God continue to try to live according to His will . Amen. Gloriam ad infinitum
Depending on where you live in the world, you will soon be experiencing my different holidays in the coming weeks and months. In the United States, Thanksgiving is round the corner. Thereafter will come Christmas and New Year. For others it will also include Boxing day. This is not an exhaustive list. Whatever you celebrate it is important to find ways to help you remain happy during this period.
Why is this important? Well, though this is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, for a large number of us, it is time of stress. The stress comes from the struggle to manage time well, to buy presents for our friends and our loved or from worrying about money.Sometimes, the problem is not that people do not have enough money, but that a lot of people want to spend more money than they have because they want to impress those they are giving presents or because they are competing with others. sadly this competition can even be among parents, brothers and sisters, friends or even grandparents.
The problem with this approach is that it will make you sad because it is not grounded in gratitude and cheerfulness. Remember that God loves a cheerful giver. This does not only apply to when we are making donations to the church or to charities. It also refers to how we give our time , our goods and services. This is why one of the first steps you have to take if you want to be happy this holiday season will be, to ask God to help you.
First, present your plans to God. Tell Him you intentions and tell Him your fears and anxieties. You will be happy if you act with the right intentions . You will be happy if you try your best without going out of your way to get others to approve of your action. If you act hoping that others will be impressed, you end up being disappointed. Why? It is difficult to read the mind of others. Secondly you may not have enough money to buy precisely what want. Yet, if you focus on them you miss the peace and serenity that comes from looking inwards.
If you want to be happy, this holiday season, write down your plan. Make a to-do list. Cross out things on your wish list that are too expensive or too stressful for your budget, even if you can afford it. Watch your time.Don’t try to do too many things at a time. There is only 24 hours in a day. Get enough sleep. Pat yourself on the back. Be thankful to God for both the things you were able to do and the ones you were not able to do. Be grateful for live. An attitude of gratitude will make you happy. Do not focus only on your daily irritations and challenges. One strategy is to write down all the positive experiences of your day to day life. You can also learn about more practical and easy strategies remain happy this holiday season by reading The Secret To Daily Happiness: How To Get Yourself More Focused, More Fulfilled And Happy One Moment At A Time.
Dr Chio Ugochukwu
One of the key features of Adoration Worship with Fr. Mbaka is praising God by calling Him different names. These names reflect the majesty and omnipotence of God. They are praise names. You can use them at different circumstances and times in your daily life. How many do you know and when do you use them.I will share with you a few examples today.
You can sing or shout out these different names for God, to lift up your mood and make yourself happy. You say a name ans sit down in awe or just simply be thankful to God for all his blessings and mercies. You can use these names for praising God and thanking Him .Apart from all the steps we take everyday in our lives to be happy, being thankful to God and praising Him will help us to appreciate the amazing majesty of God.Here are more names.
According to Fr.Mbaka, every child of adoration should have at least 20 different names with to call on God at any moment in time? Remember, that if we are not transforming our daily moments for gloriam ad infinitum,then we are giving the devil a chance. Here are more names,Yahweh-Rapha, El-Elyon, El Roi
Please be kind enough to share the other names you have for God by making a comment. We want to share as many names as possible that we have for God with as many people as possible. May God continue to bless us, May He continue to bless you. Have a happy and blessed day. Never ever stop praying. Always pray to win and remain humble and thankful .
Have you ever spoken to someone and wondered why they are so happy? Did you wonder how you could make yourself happy everyday? Already we know the answer is not simply in getting more money. We know that money cannot buy happiness though we need it to take care of ourselves and our families. On the other hand if you decide to simply rely on your job and your official position to make you happy, what will you do when it is gone?
Everyday we all have to deal with different obstacles and challenges to our daily lives. Sometimes this will come from friends, at other times it will come from relatives or co-workers. It may even come from the attitude and behavior of our children. Whichever way the challenges may come from, we cannot let such challenges rob us of our happiness. We have to find happiness in the middle of the day. After all as members of the adoration family,we know that God wants us to be happy. He wants us to be happy both here on earth and in heaven.
What are the secrets to daily happiness? One of the main secrets to daily happiness is our ability to live fully in the moment with detachment. This means that if we want to find happiness in the middle of the day, we have to be able to try our best in the morning, but be prepared to let go of the morning to fully embrace the afternoon. Sometimes, when rushing off to work , one may run into such a bad traffic jam that , you end up getting to work so late that you miss an important appointment. If you remain mad at yourself, then you will be so angry that when God sends a healing angel or someone who will give you even greater blessings than the one you missed, you will end up missing the second opportunity. Has this ever happened to you? It has happened to me before. After the experience, I promised myself that with the help of God through whom, I can do all things, I shall live in the moment.
Though living in the moment is a very important part of finding happiness in the middle of the day, it is not the only factor. The other thing you need to learn to do is to start asking how you can change your situation for good , instead of asking why you are in a situation you do not want to be in. Unfortunately, most of us spend more than 60% of our time,complaining ton people and asking God “Why”, instead of trying to find out how we can be happy and successful. We need to spend more time finding finding out how we attain sustainable daily happiness and go out and take action.
Dr. Chio Ugochukwu
Coordinator of Adoration International Ministries
Do you know the secret to daily happiness? Do you have your own secret to daily happiness? The secret to daily happiness lies in your ability to transform your daily moments. If you do not transform the moments that make up your daily life then your potential for having a happy day will be greatly diminished. God wants us to be happy both here on earth and in heaven. He wants us to be happy now!!!!!!
One step in the right direction would be to try to pray once you wake up. If there is no time, then pray on your way to work. If not pray as soon as you get to work. Keep it simple. Praying simply means you are pausing for a moment to tell God about your plans for the day. Give Him details. Tell Him your main goals for the day and how you hope to accomplish them. This is a very important part of the secret to your daily happiness. It is like having a road map for your journey. If you leave your house in the morning and you start by driving in the wrong direction, you may end up having an accident, unless you realize your mistake and quickly change direction. Another way to change directions when you are lost is to ask for help. Of course you have to be careful to ask the right person. God is always willing to help us if we ask Him.
Our daily happiness is fleeting because we have to deal with different issues and situations through out our lives. We have to deal with work, with our emotions, we have to deal with family, we have to deal our friends, we have to deal with strangers and even sometimes with those we know do not want us to succeed. How can we deal with all different situations and still be happy. We can do this through the concept and act of situational management. This means you have to deal with each situation fruitfully without getting overwhelmed.
You have to look at everyday as a series of moments that encompass the situations and circumstances of our daily lives with opportunities and challenges.You also have to remember that God wants us to be happy everyday, but that we have learn about the simple steps we can take in our daily lives that will help us to have fun in the Lord, to interact happily with our friends and family members. If you want to learn more about situational management and other tips for daily happiness, be on the look out for my new book the, “The Secret to Daily Happiness.”
May God continue to transform and bless you.
If you let Christ live through you, you shall have success beyond your imagination. This is true for each one of us. We just have to believe and allow Christ into our lives. By doing this we let the power of God become completely functional in every aspect of our lives. How can you fail when the full power of God is working in your life?
You cannot. The problem we have is that because we are human and weak, the evil one finds a way to make have less faith in God. We start by falling into every temptation. Sometimes these temptations come in the form of distractions or doubts. The distractions can be internal or external. An example of an external distraction would be a friend coming to visit you as you are getting ready to for Mass or service on Sunday. Instead of taking the opportunity to let the friend know you need to go and worship God, you make an excuse and either stay at hone with the friend or you end up going out with the friend. By doing this you miss an opportunity to get your spiritual fuel or energy recharged for the coming week.
Doing this will leave in danger of not having the the energy you need to overcome temptation at critical times during the week. This is like driving your car without regularly putting gas into your car. If you do this consistently enough, you will eventually run out of gas. if you are lucky , you can run out of gas near a filling station, at other times, it might be in the middle of nowhere. How can you can help , if you are in the middle of nowhere. It is difficult .
The same can happen to us , if we stop praying, reading the bible, being thankful to God and stop treating others the way we would like them to treat us. By letting Christ live through us, we shall become more focused in trying to do the will of God all the time. According to st. Gregory of Nyssa, what it means to be called a Christian is to be someone who has proclaimed to be an imitation of God. We can only do this if we choose purify ourselves as far as possible from vile thoughts and deeds.
Pleasing God in everything that we do, we help us become the best versions of ourselves. We shall have better relationships. we shall have greater financial rewards, better jobs, more success in business, we shall become more generous, more forgiving and more thankful. Take advantage of this moment and say thank you to Jesus. Tell Him your plans, your fears and your dreams. Tell Him you want to have unlimited success through His help and your desire to help others. May God continue to have mercy on all of us, and continue to bless us beyond our dreams. Can you remember anyone you have helped in the past 7 days? Is there anyone you have forgiven in the past seven days?