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Tuesday 30th August 2016

Put the Brakes Today On This Happiness Hijacker – #TellHisStory

Recently, I ran across an old photograph taken when I was dating Scott, whom I’d eventually marry.

In the photo, Scott has his arm around my waist. I’m smiling, but it looks like a smile I’m not feeling inside. I remember why. Before our date, I stood in front of my mirror with a mascara wand, nervously pinpointing flaws and wishing I were someone a little … different.

When I saw the photograph 20 years later, I took pity on the younger me. She was beautiful. She was falling in love. She had a great job offer in front of her, and a few days later, she would take it. She should have been happy! Instead, she was missing her own life.

Hindsight is a terrific teacher.

Looking at the photo, I thought about all the happiness we give away while wishing for something different.

This year, I took a dare from God to cultivate more happiness in my life. During my Happiness Dare, I identified four major Happiness Hijackers. One of those hijackers tries to convince us of this: If you could just be like her, then you’d be happy.

Read the rest over at Proverbs 31 Ministries, and overcome this Happiness Hijacker.



Hey Tell His Story crew! It is a joy to gather here every week with you. The linkup goes live each Tuesday at 4 p.m. (CT). If you would use the badge on your blog, found here, that would be great! And if you would visit at least one other blogger in the link-up and encourage them with a comment, that would be beautiful! Be sure to check the sidebar later. I’ll be featuring one of you over there!

Our featured writer this week is Michele Morin. I can’t help but share Michele’s words with you: “A heart of gratitude is the antidote for perfectionism and discontent.” WOW! Find Michele here.

To be considered as our featured writer, be sure to use our badge or a link to my blog from your post.

xo Jennifer

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  • Jennifer! What a sweet surprise to find my words here in your Happy Place! May the Lord richly bless your ministry as you spread the word about our Happy God who has redeemed all our discontent and points the way to peaceful acceptance!

    • Michele, congrats! Thrilled to see your beautiful words being featured! Yay!

      • Thank you, Christine! “Yay!” for all of our words here in this gathering.

    • Michele,
      I am so glad Jennifer featured your work! You are such a blessing!

  • Meghan Weyerbacher

    These words were powerful today, Jennifer. I dropped a note about my favorite part on their website. Michele is a sweety who always uplifts my spirit when visiting. I am so blessed to have you ladies in my life. + Blessings!

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  • Lisa Tiedemann O’Brien

    Wow, I am still amazed every day when God’s word speaks right to me through devotions. Thank you for reminding me to not let anything hijack my happiness!

  • Julie Loos

    This was great! I loved this line “I will stand tall on the inside, even if I’m feeling weak on the outside.” So many times I feel this way, but I have to remember the power of God inside me. Striving for more happiness here!

  • Love this post, Jennifer! I’ve done the same thing with photos! I’m awful about being in the picture. I’d MUCH rather be behind the camera 🙂 I love that you featured, Michele. She is a treasure!
    Blessings and smiles, friend!

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