Daily Devotions

Happiness Exercise

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Hector and the Search for Happiness is a movie Jill and I watched on Netflix yesterday. If you look on the Tomatometer, you will know that it was panned by the critics. But I am not a critic. I loved the film. It was obvious etc., but the movie still calls us to think about what truly matters in this world, and to name it and cherish it. The film calls us to reflect on our lives and to find happiness in being fully present and appreciative for the moments in your life. 

Our devotion today, is to remember your past, and embrace it. To work intentionally on noticing the world and people around you. Finally, to appreciate what and who is around you. Embrace it and them!

The Power of This Moment

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Henri Nouwen, in his book, Finding My Way Home, challenges his reader to try something new. He states, "A waiting person is someone who is present to the moment, believing that this moment is the moment." You may not think it is something new, but be honest, how often are you really, fully living in the moment? We day dream, text, plan, and obsess all the time, but rarely, if ever are we truly focused on the moment.

Some time today, take five full minutes and embrace the moment you are in. Listen intentionally. Feel the temperature around you. Let your senses rule your mind for a moment. After the five minutes are up, offer God a prayer for the life and blessings God has placed all around you.