7 Secrets of Family Happiness

7 Secrets of Family Happiness

Bringing your kids up to be happy and stable is the most important job you can have as a parent. Instilling happiness into a child means cultivating a mindset that allows a child to think positively and have experiences that back up a sense of wellbeing.

There are many parenting tricks that can help your children lead happier and mentally healthier lives, and there are some countries that come out on top when it comes to overall happiness. So what exactly are they doing right?

Denmark and other Scandinavian countries such as Norway and Sweden continually win the yearly “happiest country to live in” contest, and they have a culture that helps to ensure children are brought up happy and content. This is mainly down to “hygge” — moments of set family time that Scandinavians practice throughout their lives. Here I’ll explain more about hygge and how it can help produce 7 successful habits of parenting we can use that go towards raising happier children.

1. Create Set “We” Times Together

As parents, we all have busy lives, but hygge, a tradition in Scandinavian culture, basically translates as having cosy time together. Originally carved out of the deep, cold winters back when families spent time keeping warm and keeping each other company, the concept of hygge is still prevalent today and is seen as an important cultivator in family happiness. Think of it as a form of mindfulness spent together as a family unit.

Putting special time aside each week to spend together, such as going for walks, a BBQ, or a special family dinner, creates a habit of “we” time. With computers, TV, and video games luring kids away, along with busy, hectic lives for parents means it’s even more crucial to make this together time a way of cultivating happiness for children and the whole family.

 

2. Lessen The Negativity

This is probably an obvious one. After all, you can’t cultivate positivity from constant negative environments. However, while it’s not always easy to create positive vibes all the time (we’re human after all!), it is beneficial to cut down on complaining, arguing, and general negative talk. When creating these special times where you gather together, make sure it’s negative-free and purely there for enjoyment and connection between you all. The aim is to create a safe, positive space that children will respond well to and that will teach them the importance of having fun together, leaving negativity at the door.

3. Create A Cozy Atmosphere

It’s traditional that the family time of hygge is cozy. Coziness emulates togetherness in Norway and Denmark, and this could involve cooking a hearty meal together, renting a cabin somewhere, or getting out and going somewhere beautiful away from the TV, computers, and video games. Creating a cosy space encourages human connection without the modern distractions that families face, even if just for a few hours.

4. Play Games And Have Fun

Remember the good old days of board games with the rain coming down outside and paddling pools in the summer? With video games causing more solitude from the family unit, it’s crucial that spending time together is fun and playful. Play is a wonderful way for children to laugh, learn, and be happy, and hygge creates the opportunity to use this as a bonding session. It’s all about enjoying and getting the most out of the present moment — a good habit to have when it comes to creating happiness in our lives.

5. Share Positive Stories Together

Another way of cultivating happiness and bonding is sharing uplifting stories from your past with each other. This gives the opportunity for laughter, and laughter is known to improve health and boost happiness. It’s also a great way of allowing your children to get to know you better and teaching them the importance and benefits of storytelling. Again, it’s all about bonding and creating the kind of environment that children will want to come back to again and again.

6. Cultivate A Sense of Teamwork

Teamwork teaches a child not only a sense of responsibility, but allows them to see how helping out as a team makes life a whole lot easier. Coming together to cook, clean, and clear up — basically setting up the hygge experience — gives a child the opportunity to be an intrinsic part of hygge themselves. Contributing will become a habit for even the most reluctant of kids once they see how they reap the benefits that hygge provides.

7. Don’t Put Too Much Pressure On “Family Time”

While it’s really important to put time aside for the family to get together as a unit and have a positive experience, we all need our alone time. Children can get frustrated and so can parents — it’s all natural. That’s why there should be a time limit on the hygge time you spend together. It’s equally important to have the experience and then have your own individual time away. Spending too much time together can start to cause friction and take away from the positive experience you get when you do have these moments together.

Try introducing the concept of hygge to encourage a bit more happiness and family mindfulness into yours and your children’s lives. By getting into this routine, you are teaching your children habits that they will eventually pass on to their own children, and what a lovely thought that is!

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Why God’s Judgment is Actually a Blessing

Why God’s Judgment is Actually a Blessing

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Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com | Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Most of us probably think of God’s judgment as a negative thing. We think of it as a consequence for our sin or the wicked ways of the world. In one sense, this is certainly true. However, that is only one side of God’s judgment.

Talk of God’s judgement has been even more prevalent as of late due to the divisive election which is now less than two weeks away. Christian supporters of both candidates make the case that the other candidate will push our nation past the point of no return. Whether they focus on the issue of Supreme Court nominees, abortion, racism, foreign policy, or emails, each argument seems to end with the assertion that the other candidate’s election will bring God’s judgment on America.

In an article titled “The Gift of God’s Judgment” published on John Piper’s Desiring God website, Joe Rigney argues, however, that God’s judgment is not always what we think.

“We could go so far as to say that the election of either one of them [the 2016 major party presidential candidates] is evidence of God’s judgment on America. But that’s not the whole story,” he writes.

Sin is already so widespread in the world–and in the U.S.–that talk of God’s judgment coming if a certain candidate is elected is rather superfluous. From abortion to racial violence to the corruption in politics, our churches, and even in our own hearts, we needn’t look far to realize how far our nation is from God.

“The reality is that the fact that we’re faced with this horrible choice is divine judgment,” writes Rigley. “It’s as though God is saying to us, as he did to the ancient Israelites in the book of Amos, ‘I sent you two grossly unfit candidates, and still you would not return to me. I sent vileness from one party and corruption from the other, and still you would not return to me’ (see, for example, Amos 4:6–11).”

But as Rigney says, “that’s not the whole story.”take your businessto the next level! (2)

God’s judgment can be viewed as being two-faceted. The first side is consequences for sin, but the second side shows us God’s mercy.

By showing us our sin, God shows us our need for Him. God’s judgment, then, is a call to return to him in repentance.

Rigley even speaks of “embracing” God’s judgment. “As someone once said, ‘God’s judgments are not when things go wrong; it’s when God starts to put things right.’”

But what are we to do with this new sense of God’s judgment in light of the present national crisis?

First, says Rigley, we need to repent of our sins.

This involves coming to God and falling on His mercy personally and corporately. Repentance should begin in the church so that the revival can spread to the larger culture.

Secondly, accepting God’s judgment means that we should uphold standards for political candidates. Perhaps this means voting for a candidate who is not part of the two major parties in order to maintain your integrity.

Thirdly, we must refuse to wrap our political leanings up with our faith. While our faith should influence our politics, we must remember that God is above any political candidate and using our Christian platform to persuade people to our political views is a misuse of the ministry of evangelism God has given every one of us.

God’s judgment is not an easy pill to swallow, whether for ourselves or for our nation. But it is encouraging to think of the judgment of God as a continual call for us and for our country to come back to Him, because He is willing to forgive us as many times as He forgave the Israelites when they rejected His ways, felt the consequences of their sin, and then returned to Him in repentance.

 

 

New Discovery Confirms Jews Have a Claim to Jerusalem

New Discovery Confirms Jews Have a Claim to Jerusalem

New Discovery Confirms Jews Have a Claim to Jerusalem

Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com | Wednesday, October 26, 2016
A recent discovery was made which Stephen Flatow of Charisma News says confirms the Jewish claim to Jerusalem.
The new archaeological discovery consists of a site where the Roman army fought against Jewish forces guarding the outer wall of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
The account of this battle can be found in ancient historian Josephus Flavius’s book The Wars of the Jews.
Historians had previously doubted Josephus’s account and the Palestinian Authority even denies the existence of a Second Temple, but the new discovery dispels these doubts.
Flatow writes that no evidence of Palestinian forces was found at the site where the Romans and Jews fought.
Flatow also lists other noteworthy examples of archaeological discoveries that confirm the Jewish presence in ancient Jerusalem.
Earlier this year, archaeologists discovered two ancient document seals in Jerusalem, bearing Hebrew scripts. Hebrew names are written on the seals.
Also this year, archaeologists discovered the oldest known glass kilns at the foot of Mount Carmel near Haifa.
Ian Freestone, professor at London’s University College, stated that the glass kilns prove that “Israel constituted a production center on an international scale—hence its glassware was widely distributed throughout the Mediterranean and Europe.”
An edict by the Roman emperor Diocletian from the period of the glass kilns (around 400 C.E.) set the prices for what is called “Judean glass.”
Flatow notes that, despite all these discoveries which prove that the Jews have a claim to Jerusalem because they have been living there for centuries, just recently UNESCO and the Palestinian Authority have declared that Jews have no ties to Jerusalem.