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 .