Happiness is fine, but you can’t depend on it. It’s cool, but it comes and goes.
The great challenge of life is to constantly, at every turn, choose joy, especially when we’re not happy. Happiness always fades away. It changes as circumstances change. Sometimes the wind blows favorably, and other times it blows contrary. Happiness is as dependent on circumstances as a sailboat is to the wind.
Joy, however, is the real deal. Whether there is wind, no wind—or even a fierce storm.
And here’s the awesome thing—we can experience joy every day.
So just how do we tap into the power of joy in real-time?
Joy is triggered when we make the choice to rejoice.
These words have provided comfort and strength for more than 3,000 years: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” – Psalm 23:1-6
In “The Simple Life,” pastor and Best-selling author David R. Stokes explores these ancient words that are ever new.
When was the last time what someone said hurt you?
One of the most common reasons people stop trying to make a difference has to do with getting hurt and not getting through or over it. Good Samaritans get mugged.
WHEN GOOD SAMARITANS GET MUGGED details practical strategies for overcoming the depression, frustration, anger, fear, and discouragement we experience when we feel the pain of criticism, rejection, and personal attack - even though we are trying to do the right thing.
There is hope, and there can be healing, WHEN GOOD SAMARITANS GET MUGGED.
In his famous poem, "IF", Rudyard Kipling extolled the virtue of knowing how to "keep your head when all about you are losing theirs--and blaming it on you." This book is for people who want to be like that.
The principles shared are derived from the writings of Simon Peter, an early follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus saw Simon's potential from the beginning. That's why he gave him such an ironic nickname -- ROCK (Peter). Simon was anything but "solid" for quite awhile. But God knew what he would become.
The affirmation "Keep Calm and Carry On" originated in a morale campaign in Great Britain in the build up to World War Two. These days the phrase has become part of popular culture.
Practical, in-depth, and thoroughly biblical, How to Keep Calm and Carry On will challenge your mind and comfort your heart.
A single mom. An economic crash. Corrupt political leaders. Sound familiar?
Almost 3,000 years ago, a ragged preacher from Israel visited a small village in what is now Lebanon. A famine had ravaged the region, but the preacher—a man of God named ELIJAH—asked a starving widow for food. This audacious request was the beginning of a dramatic story that would save her—and her young son. It’s a story that still speaks to us all these centuries later.
Wall Street Journal best-selling author David R. Stokes shares what that single mom learned back then, and how the principles of FLOUR POWER are still available to us today!
Life takes us down many roads, and for some of us, those roads lead far away. But as David R. Stokes delves deep into Jesus' familiar parable, it's clear that God wants us to realize that he understands our nature and our tendencies - even those that take us away from His heart. He chases after us, wanting us to come home. We can either let conviction and repentance lead us to grace, or let guilt and pride lead us to the grave. It's our choice.