Ecclezzia is a top Christian blog with a christian approach on the latest news and events. Be inspired by their faith articles for spiritual uplifting, or simply be entertained. Their mission is to to provide information and resources to inspire, equip the christian body and the world to live to be the church outside the walls of the church building.
The International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide every March 20, and was conceptualized and founded by philanthropist, activist, statesman, and prominent United Nations special advisor Jayme Illien to inspire, mobilize, and advance the global happiness movement.
What You Need To Know About Happiness
1. Choose to be happy
Your mind is very powerful. And the language, the words you use inside your mind and the ones that come out of your mouth, shape your reality. You choose to allow yourself to wallow in the pain when you let your mind spiral out of control. You can also make the choice to shift beyond the obstacles and uncover the happiness and joy that already exists within you. You don’t have to find it – you allow it to come to the surface.
2. Understand what makes you happy
Honestly, I don’t think enough of us know the answer to this. We live each day so focused on becoming people who are supposed to conform, perform, and produce academically and professionally, that we have lost sight of exactly who we are. Many people believe that it is status, power, or material possessions that will make them happy. But it really isn’t. Allow yourself to get very still and ponder with curiosity, “Who am I really?” At the very core of you, what brings you joy?
3. Take time to enjoy the simple things
Life can get pretty complicated sometimes and simply getting things done becomes the focus. What makes you close your eyes and breathe a deeply contented, happy sigh while enjoying one of life’s moments of peace and joy? Take a moment to enjoy the truly simple yet wonderful moments in life on a regular basis.
4. Change your thinking
Your self-talk can make or break you. Negative self-talk can make challenging circumstances turn into suffering. You can’t control everything that happens in life but you can control how you respond to it. And the first place of action is in your mind. Reframe all those negative worse case scenario doomsday gloomy predictions turning them into positive planning and look for solutions instead of dead ends.
5. Be forgiving
Unresolved anger for past hurts is a surefire way to kill your happiness. It takes a significant amount of energy to hold on to angry feelings and you will be robbed of all joy. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that whatever happened was right or your fault. It has nothing to do with who is responsible for whatever hurt you experienced. Forgiveness allows you to take back your power. Being forgiving means putting the pain and suffering where it rightly belongs – in the past. This then allows you to move forward with your life without the baggage of the anger weighing you down. You’ll then be back in charge and free.
6. Get some perspective
It may sound cliché, but truthfully if you change your outlook and attitude by focusing on what can go well, is going well, and has gone well, you really will change everything about the way you look and feel about your life. When faced with challenges, the viewfinder through which we look at our life and circumstances can become very small and focused on the negative. You can become conditioned to “expect” things to go wrong. Remember that like a phoenix, you can rise up from any fall, misstep, tragedy or failure.
7. Have fun
Life is a journey and it peaks and valleys somewhat like a rollercoaster. When you learn to live in the here and now you can be present and enjoy the ride. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Have fun getting outside that box of your comfort zone you exist in. Do something you’ve always wanted to do, but either never had the courage or thought it would be this thing you do someday – when you have time. Make fun a priority in your life. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to take care of you. It will give you the fuel you need to keep going when challenges arise.
8. Surround yourself with positive people
If you’re prone to struggling with being positive, limit contact with others who encourage a pattern of negative thinking. If you feel like your energy is being drained around certain people or have friends who love having a pity party, it’s time for some new people in your life. Seek out friends and family who are living the kind of life you are envisioning. You want to be around people who will uplift you, energize you and are joys to be around. They say you become like the five people you hang around with the most – so choose wisely.
Former Catholic Archbishop and now Apostolic Administrator of Jos, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama has shed more light on his new appointment.
It was gathered that a Coadjutor is a bishop who assists a diocesan bishop and often has the right of succession.
Kaigama, who addressed a news conference on Tuesday in Jos, said his appointment as Coadjutor Archbishop followed the retirement of John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Archbishop of the See of Abuja.
Pope Francis had on March 11, appointed Kaigama as the apostolic administrator of Jos, where he served as its chief Shepherd in the last 19 years; and to also oversee the affairs of the Abuja Archdiocese.
According to the prelate, his appointment does not stop Cardinal Onaiyekan from exercising authority over the archdiocese, adding that he, (Onaiyekan) remains the Archbishop until the Pope appoints a substantive chief Shepherd for the archdiocese.
“You will recall that on March 11, the Holy Father, Pope Francis appointed me as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese.
“The appointment of Coadjutor Archbishop of Abuja does not however, mean John Cardinal Onaiyekan ceases to exercise authority over the archdiocese
“In fact, he still remains the Archbishop until the Holy Father accepts his resignation and I am canonically installed in a liturgical ceremony,” he said.
Kaigama also explained that he would continue to oversee the affairs of the archdiocese of Jos until a suitable candidate was appointed to replace him.
“At the same time, the Pope has appointed me the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Jos.
“I will continue my duties of tending to the Lord’s flock in the archdiocese of Jos, meeting all my appointments and schedules; and fulfilling all my normal pastoral duties.
“I remain the apostolic administrator, pending the time a new archbishop of Jos is appointed and duly canonically installed.’’
Kaigama acknowledged that with the double appointment, the task would be enormous, but added that with the support, prayers and cooperation of his priests and members of the Church, he would surmount any challenge.
He, however, called on Catholics in Jos and Abuja archdioceses to continue to pray for him and all those in positions of authority to succeed.
Pope Francis has highlighted the importance of Tenderness in the life of a Christian.
He said this on Monday during the Meeting with representatives of a charismatic group dedicated to caring for the sick.
The word “tenderness,” Pope Francis warned, is “a word that today risks being dropped from the dictionary.”
“We must take it up again and put it into practice anew. Christianity without tenderness does not work. Tenderness is a properly Christian attitude: it is also the very marrow of our encounter with people who suffer,” he said.
The pope met March 18 with men and women religious from the Camillian Charismatic Family.
Founded by St. Camillus de Lellis in the late 1500s, the Camillians around the world serve the sick, with an emphasis on the poor and dying.
Pope Francis praised those present for their work of “loving and generous donation to the sick, carrying out a precious mission, in the Church and in society, alongside the suffering.”
He encouraged members of the Camillian family to always remember that their charism of mercy toward the sick is a gift from the Holy Spirit, meant to be shared with others.
Charisms, he said, “always have a transitive character: they are orientated towards others. Over the years, you have made efforts to incarnate your charism faithfully, translating it into a multitude of apostolic works and in pastoral service to the benefit of suffering humanity throughout the world.”
St. Camillus de Lellis initially founded an order of men, at a time when active consecrated life for women “had not yet matured,” Pope Francis noted. Two congregations for women were created in the 19th century, and secular institutes were established in the 20th century.
These developments, the pope said, “have given completeness to the expression of the charism of mercy towards the sick, enriching it with the distinctly feminine qualities of love and of care.”
He offered prayers that Mary, Health of the Sick might especially guide and accompany the consecrated women, teaching them maternal dedication and tenderness.
The Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Center (KICC) was born on 17 March 1952.
Ashimolowo converted to Christianity from Islam at the age of 20 after the death of his father before enrolling with a Bible school.
Forbes estimated Ashimolowo’s net worth is at between $6–10 million.
KICC annual accounts confirmed that he earns an annual salary of £100,000 but the majority of his wealth comes from the sale of Christian literature and documentaries from his media company, Matthew Ashimolowo media.
This is consistent with the fact that Ashimolowo subscribes to and teaches success in the vein of Prosperity theology, which in most respects is considered controversial.
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo was born in Kaduna which is the Northern part of Nigeria on the 17th of March 1952; and born to Muslim parents, he is the 4th in a family 5 children.
As the son of a military officer, his father was constantly transferred on official duties and this meant his family was also on the move. His Muslim name was Ahmed, after his father died in the Biafra war. At the age of 22, he got saved in adrunken state, after which he went to Bible school in Lagos to further his career as a minister of the gospel.
After Bible school, he began as an assistant Pastor in Foursquare Gospel church, after which he was moved to the UK, where he started his own ministry. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo’ s Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) is said to have started in the year 1992 with just eleven members in a school hall in the North London. Over time, the membership of the church grew and the church had to move to Hackney town center after which it acquired a building at Mare Street.
The building later became too small for the community. KICC is currently housed by another building which situates at 57 Waterden Road.
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is a dynamic preacher, having preached for over 30 years he is a successful leader and a prolific author having written more than 20 books.
He has received numerous awards for his outstanding books and selfless service; he is the author of over 60 books.
He is a strong advocator and a voice in the Pentecostal Christian community in United Kingdom.
He is a constant feature on God Channel TV, TBN, Daystar and various TV networks. Pastor Matthew serves on the board of Premier Radio station which is UK’s premier Christian radio station. He is a motivational speaker and a successful business man.
As an author, he has received accolades for his outstanding books. He is the winner of the Nigerian Booksellers Award for Tongues of Fire and many more. He currently hosts “Winning Ways” which is shown on TBN Daystar, God channel and aired on Premier Christian Radio. He also hosts 24 Hour Miracle which comes up on OBE TV.
President and Founder of The Living Bible Church, Bishop David Oyedepo also known as Winners Chapel has shared a lovely family picture with a powerful Caption on his Social Media Account.
Believing God for the Fruit of the Womb? What Do You need to do? God’s greatest desire is that you have your miracle children. God’s plan and purpose for every family is to be fruitful and multiplied. Just as He instituted marriage and placed everything at their disposal to make life pleasurable and pleasant for them, Praise Him Ps 67:5-7 Get Rid of Unbelief Shun Tradition and Vain Philosophies Destroy all Alternatives
Spirituality Without Responsibility Is Insincerity – Pastor Paul Enenche
Scripture: Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.Acts 20:28.
Spirituality is an indispensable necessity for life and destiny. The greatest need of anyone is the need for true spirituality. The most essential needs of man are spiritual needs. When the spiritual is handled, the natural follows. Therefore, a person must give crucial attention to his/her spirituality more than all other things in life.
Now, let me give three things that spirituality would produce in the life of a person:
i) Spirituality is the doorway to responsibility
Every true spiritual person is a responsible person. A spiritual husband, father, employee or employer is a responsible person
To know God well is to do things well. Nothing refines character like spirituality. The closer we get to God, the more like Him we become (2 Corinthians 3:18). Spirituality without responsibility is insincerity.
ii) Spirituality sharpens mentality
The closer to God we are, the more like Him we think. No one can be closely related to the Almighty God and behave like a fool. Distance from God is a distance from sense; disconnection from God is an impartation of stupidity.
iii) Spirituality is the doorway to reliability
The closer people get to God, the more reliable they become in their character (Daniel 6:3). So, the limit of spirituality is the limit of reliability, and reliability is the foundation for authority. Your spirituality will provoke your reliability and your reliability will establish your blessing.
Beloved, my counsel is, develop your spiritual roots in God and let it reflect in the way you live.
Remember this: Spirituality without responsibility is insincerity.
1. Decide to maintain a life of high spirituality. 2. Endeavor to always accept responsibility. 3. Be reliable in everything you do. 4. Approach life with a solid mentality.
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 2nd Corinthians 13:5
It is possible for a person who once walked with God to drift out of the faith. This is the reason why 2nd Corinthian 13:5 say:
“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
From this scripture, we see that it is also possible for a person not to know that he or she is no longer in the faith, especially if such a fellow has become a reprobate. To become reprobate can be likened to spiritual insanity.
When a person is psychologically insane, he or she can no longer differentiate between good and evil. For example, a mad person wandering around naked will regard someone who is properly dressed as abnormal for putting on clothes.
In the same way, when a child of God who has been taught to be properly dressed now begins to dress half nude in the name of fashion, something fundamental has gone wrong in his or her life. The fellow must conduct a critical, biblical examination of his or her faith.
The Psalmist made a wise request from the Lord in Psalm 139:23-24. He asked the Lord to carry out a thorough search of his inner man to see if there was anything contrary to His nature in it.
This suggests that we can pray to the Lord, as the Revealer of all secrets, to reveal the true state of our hearts to us. When a reprobate person prays this prayer sincerely, God will come to his or her aid to remove the scales covering the eyes of the heart from seeing its true state.
The Psalmist prayed that God should graciously find out to him any iota of wickedness that might exist in him and lead him out of it onto the way of righteousness. The easiest way the Lord does this for His genuine children is through His written word. In Psalm 119:9, the Holy Spirit reveals the secret of righteous living, saying
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
The word of God enables us to examine whether we are still in the faith. It acts as a mirror that shows our true state (James 1:22-25). When God’s word illuminates your ways, you will see where you might have erred (Psalm 119:105).
The word does not stop at revealing sin in our lives, it also cleanse us from sin, but only if we allow it impact and change our lives (Ephesians 5:26-27). Beloved, if you sincerely want to examine whether you are still in the faith, study the word.
We attract what we expect and we reflect what we desire. Again, we become what we respect and we mirror what we admire.
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
God’s word is like a mirror; each time you look at it, you admire it and whatever you admire, you mirror and imitate.
In Luke chapter 5, Jesus used Peter’s boat to preach. After that, something happened. Jesus told him to cast his net into the deep and Peter replied,
Luke 5:5-6 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
The truth is this, when Jesus used Peter’s boat nothing happened. It was as he responded to the word by obeying and letting down his net that something happened. The word in you does not guarantee automatic breakthrough. Many fold the hands and wait for something to happen. They say, “well I am born again, it will happen, I am a child of God”.
The truth is that only the word of God you respond to that will produce results for you. Until Peter responded to the word, he never saw any breakthrough.
Luke 5:5b nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
It is the word you respond to that brings result. Many born again christians are failures today because they only hear the word, take notes in church and just leave it there. No response to the word. The only way you will see changes in your life is by responding to the word.
Only your response to the word will make the word to produce results for you. No response, no results. There is no magic about it. God is not a magician. You must respond to His word before He can respond to you. That Jesus is in you does not guarantee that everything will just work. You have to respond to the word of God.
Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
Those who do know their God are the ones that will command attention, by reason of their results. Those who do know their God, they will stand out, obtain outstanding breakthroughs. Friend, you are not disadvantaged in any way, you are not a failure. Anytime you see things not working, lack of knowledge is behind it
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
All you need therefore is a word-encounter. It is the word of God in you that determines your worth in life.
Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama as the co-adjutor Archbishop of Abuja.
With his appointment, Kaigama will take over from His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan who clocked the retirement age of 75 on January 29, 2019.
The Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, His Grace, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, made the announcement during the opening ceremony of the first plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in Abuja.
Kaigama who is currently the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Jos and immediate past President of the CBCN, is a priest of Jukun origin from Taraba State.
“We congratulate and pray for Archbishop Kaigama. I know that it is not easy for him. But I told him like Abraham, go out of your land in the land God will show you and God will bless you and make you the father of many people,” Filipazzi said.
Born on July 31, 1958, Kaigama studied for the priesthood at St. Augustine’s Major Seminary in Jos, and Rome respectively.
He was ordained on June 6, 1981, and was appointed Bishop of Jalingo by Pope John Paul II, now Saint Pope John Paul. Kaigama was consecrated as bishop on April 23, 1995.
In 2000, Kaigama was again appointed by Pope John Paul II to succeed the late Archbishop Gabriel Ganaka as Archbishop of Jos.