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30 Days to Happiness: Q is for Questions

QIn November, 1999, a friend and I went to a women’s retreat at a church in Fort Mill, South Carolina. We had never been to anything like this, but we signed up for a “prophetic word session.” We were quite unsure of what to expect, but we were together, and we knew nothing bad could happen to us. We knew we would be able to discern the truth of what we were told through scripture and through our spirit and our counsel with each other.

There were three ladies across from us, and they took our hands and prayed for the Holy Spirit to show them something to encourage us. What you are about to read is what  a woman named Sue told me. They were kind enough to give us a tape of the session, and I later transcribed this into my  journal. She could not have depicted me more clearly than what she said about me being inquisitive. Her words of encouragement or rather His words of encouragement through her have blessed me over the years. Last night I went to sleep thinking about what I would write for my “Q is for Questions,” and this came back to me as I was sleeping or waking or somewhere in between. I hope you will be encouraged as well to keep asking your questions.

Sharon, I just keep seeing this child in class that would always raise their hand and say “why”, always asking questions. “Why does this work?””Why does that not work?””How can the stars hang in the sky?” You’re very inquisitive, and that goes over into your spiritual life. You’re always asking the Father “Why?” “How does this work?” Sometimes you feel like you can’t get enough answers to all your questions, but the Lords says He will answer every one of them in His way and in His time, but He will answer them and don’t stop asking because he enjoys you asking Him.

Do you have unanswered questions? Share them if you like. I won’t answer them, though I might give a thought about them, but I will pray that the Holy Spirit will give you the answers you seek. Remember He enjoys your questions.

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30 Days to Happiness: Ask

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30 Days to Happiness? Is it possible? Can I really be happier than I am right now. Will some of my problems disappear just by reading a blog? Good questions! Over the next 30 days, through the A to Z Challenge, we will go on a journey to happiness together. There are guiding words that will move us along from day to day and at the end of April, 2014, we can evaluate our progress together. You’ll meet new friends along the way, and get some great ideas for getting the most out of your day! Writers from all over the world will be joining the challenge, and you may want to join us in writing, or just read what others are writing about. You can find the list  by clicking the link here. Each day in April we will be blogging about what comes to mind for each letter of the alphabet, taking Sundays off, we will be finished by April 30. Let’s get started!

A is for Ask. Each day, I ask the Lord to give me a question for the day. “What question should I ask, Lord.” Before I give you some of my favorites, here’s some questions not to ask:

  1. Was your hair always that color?
  2. When is your baby due? (unless you KNOW she’s pregnant)
  3. Do you plan to start a diet soon?
  4. What does your therapist think about that?

Seriously, asking questions opens the door to understanding. It shows your interest in people and allows you to find common ground on which to build a relationship if you desire. Here’s a few questions to get you started:

  1. Do you have family here?
  2. Do you work in the area?
  3. What’s your favorite place to vacation?
  4. What is your favorite. . .?
  5. Is there anything I can do for you?

The questions above actually follow a little formula I learned years ago. When you aren’t sure what questions to ask, use FORM. It stands for F-family O-occupation R-recreation and M-message. When you ask questions about each of these, you can continue a conversation indefinitely.

Sometimes on a “date night” Larry and I will start with one of these questions and see how long we can go on one subject until we move on to the next. After so many years we still learn things we didn’t know about each other’s lives and views on aspects of life. You can also have a lot of fun while asking questions that begin with “When, where, who, what, why.” A when question might be, “When did you get your first haircut?”, “Where would you like to go, if you could go anywhere in the world for one day.” “Who would you like to meet if you went back in time?”

Leader3Two of my favorite questions  now are simply, “What can I do for you?” and “How can I help you?”

By asking questions, you are not only opening windows and doors to others, you are opening your heart to receive the happiness that comes by focusing on others.

The most important question you can ever ask is “Jesus, will you come into my heart right now, forgive me of all of my sins, and be the Lord of my life?” And then accept Him by faith because His answer to you is most assuredly, “Yes!” You will have a lifetime of getting answers to your questions because He truly has all of the answers.

Here’s my question for you, “What’s your favorite thing to do?” and “Where are you visiting from?” Please leave your answers in the comments and feel free to ask a question of your own!

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