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Closing remarks - The number one repeated solution to any problem is to seek God

Hi, WE ladies!

As we come to the final week of the online book club over “Resisting Happiness” by Matthew Kelly, I just wanted to say thank you for participating. I hope you enjoyed this book as much as I have and it has given you some new-found inspiration.

Personally, it has given me some perspective on things to watch out for that cause conflict within myself that I didn't even realize, and ideas on how to prevent them. 

The number one repeated solution to any problem is to seek God. 

I need to constantly remember He is the only answer. Life would be so much more peaceful and happy if I stopped trying to solve problems on my own and just bring it to Him.

My Lenten resolution is going to be to stop letting my pride get the better of me and spend more time with God, praying and praising Him.

I hope you each came away with some internal perspective that will help you grow closer to God. During this Lenten season, I pray that you will find great peace and happiness.

Hope, peace, and love,

Nikki

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Chapter 35 - Week 5 Thursday Posting, "Resisting Happiness"

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Chapter 35 – Don’t Let the Critics Win

“We live our lives for an audience of one: God.  If you are doing what you believe God is calling you to do deep in your soul, walk on.”  (p. 218) We must be careful to not give critics too much room in our hearts and minds.

Discussion question: Do you have any critics in your life distracting you from God, or dragging you down?

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Chapter 36 – Blessed and Grateful

“Gratitude anchors us to the present moment, reminding us of what matters most and what matters least.” (p. 225)

Discussion question: What person are you most thankful in your life, past, or present, and why?

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Chapter 37 – Never Get Discouraged

You can overcome resistance.  “Happiness is a choice.” (p. 227) God wants you to be happy, so find the courage to break down resistance and grow closer to Him.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help and know your sisters in Christ will be there to support you!

“Every moment is a chance to start anew, a chance to turn it all around.” (p. 228)

Discussion question:s Have you found this online discussion helpful?  What actions, or life changes, will you make from this book discussion?    

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Chapter 32 – Let Your Light Shine

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Discussion questions: God assumes we will do good works, what good works are you doing within the church?  If you are not involved in a ministry, what resistance is holding you back?

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Chapter 33 – Made for Mission

“God designed human beings for specific purposes.  When we stray from them, things tend to go wrong and we start to feel dissatisfied at best and miserable at worst.  You were made for mission.  You will never have lasting happiness until you realize this and act on it.” (p. 201 - 202)

“Only by serving others in a meaningful way do we truly discover the happiness we yearn for so unrelentingly.” (p. 209)

Discussion question: What mission do you think God is calling you to now in your life?

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Chapter 34 - Week 5 Monday Posting, "Resisting Happiness"

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Chapter 34 – When God Looks at a Resume

How much time do you spend with God?  We don’t spend nearly enough time in conversation with Him.  Reflect on your life and calculate how many hours you have spent with God over the years.

Discussion question: What is keeping you from spending more time with God?

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Chapter 28 – The Light is On

“We all have a great need for healing.  We all need to be liberated from our self-centered-ness.”  (p. 170) Selfishness is the path to unhappiness.

“Being gentle with your self consists of realizing your faults, failings, and weaknesses, and dealing with them appropriately.  God doesn’t want us to beat ourselves up.  He wants us to press on and try again.” (p. 176) Confession allows us to cast aside all these things and brings what’s important to the forefront of our life.

Discussion question: How often do you go to confession?  How do you feel after confession?

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Chapter 29 – Are You a Pilgrim or a Tourist?

Do you live your life on a regimented schedule determined to see and do everything, like a tourist?  Or, are you a pilgrim that feels their way through life, listening to God’s calling.

“We are just passing through this place we call earth.  We are pilgrims.” (p. 183)

Discussion questions: Have you ever taken a pilgrimage to a holy place?  Where did you go?

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Chapter 30 – The First Intervention

“People come into our lives for a reason.  Some come as messengers, teachers, healers, coaches, or counselors.  Some people come into our lives for only a season, but their fingerprints remain all over our lives until the end.” (p. 190)

Discussion question: Have you ever had someone pop into your life at a time when you needed some spiritual guidance?

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Chapter 31 – A Weekend Away

“Our best friends encourage and challenge us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.  They don’t let us waste our lives and they push us to serve powerfully.” (p. 195)

Discussion question: Who in your circle is God calling you to encourage or challenge to become a-better-version-of-themselves?

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Chapter 24 - Week 4 Monday Posting, "Resisting Happiness"

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Chapter 24 – Hungry

We are all struggling with something, food addiction, drinking, gambling, social media obsessions, laziness, depression, anxiety, etc.  Identifying your struggles causes resistance to lose its power and creates a hunger to overcome it.

“We are all hungry for something.” (p. 147) “God uses our hunger to lead us to him.” (p. 149)

Discussion question: What are you hungry for?

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Chapter 25 - Week 4 Monday Posting, "Resisting Happiness"

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Chapter 25 – Breaking the Cycle

“We all have demons that we need Jesus to cast out.  Breaking the cycle of self-sabotage and self-destruction behavior is never easy.  These behaviors make us aware of our own broken humanity.  Then we have two choices:  We can arrogantly and stubbornly hold on to them or we can turn to God and ask for help.” (p. 154)

Discussion question: What demon are you struggling with?

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Chapter 26 – You Cannot Succeed at Anything Without…

Resistance hates discipline, self-control, delayed gratification, and any type of self-denial that makes your heart, mind, and soul strong.

Discussion question: During Lent, do you have the discipline to fast?

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Chapter 27 – The Secret to Excellence

“Nobody achieves excellence at anything without spiritual coaching.” (p. 168)

Discussion question: Do you have a spiritual coach, or support group?

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Chapter 20 – Listening to Learn

God has spoken to us, speaks to us now, and will continue to speak to us.  We must open our minds and hearts in order to hear his message.

Discussion question:  Do you listen and hear God during Mass?

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Chapter 21 – The Power of Habits

Resistance loves the negative patterns in your life (i.e. bad habits, etc.)

Discussion question:  Name one negative and one positive habit you have in your life?

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Chapter 22 – How Many Sundays Left?

How much time do you have left on this earth and are you ready to face your maker?

“Life is short.  Never waste a day.” (p. 142)

Discussion question:  Estimate how many Sundays you have left on this earth. How does that number make you feel?

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Chapter 23 – Attempted murder

“Our culture is trying to murder the truth.” (p. 145)

The value of truth brings about happiness and lies bring misery.

Discussion questions:  Name a time you lied, or someone lied to you, and created misery?  What did you learn from the experience?

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