Secret to a Joy-Filled Life

48 principle tommy newberryI love to read! I think it’s the best way, not to mention the quickest way, to gain knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Many people read for different reasons; some for entertainment; some to gain an understanding of a subject they may not be well versed in; some for self-improvement; others for inspiration. I tend to lead to the inspirational and personal growth. I have read many books in these areas but none have come close to making an impact in my life as the book “The 4:8 Principle”.

Author Tommy Newberry wrote this bestseller and focused it around what could be the most positive scripture verse in the bible, that being Philippians 4:8 which states “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

We live in a society today where we have a tendency to stay looking over our shoulder; drumming up the past and living in a world of negativity. But the author takes us through a few steps to make us aware of how we can, through our own decisions, begin living a life of joy.48 smiley

First, he makes us aware of the parallels between the thoughts we think and the joy we experience; or don’t. Joy can be ours if we decide to be the master of our thoughts and feelings.

Then he shows us how we can begin moving towards our full potential, our purpose, if we reject the negative emotions and thoughts that end to follow the problems and pressures in our lives that we do and will go through. God allows us to have struggles in our lives that we might be made strong; lifted up and molded. But this cannot happen if we are looking at it negatively rather than seeking the greatness and joy that can accompany these struggles. To have the strength needed to stand firm in our faith and in our belief that we are children of God and that we deserve a life filled with joy, we must be very protective of our minds and hearts; very careful of who and what we let in.

Being very selective in the things we mentally digest; things such as what we watch on TV (if we watch at all); what we listen to; and what we read. Our brains are like computers being programmed. You have probably heard the old saying that Junk In; Junk Out; well it is totally true! We must make sure that we are only programming our minds with positive, uplifting, and inspiring things; not uploading viruses of negativity, doubt, anger, frustration and lack. If you have ever had a virus on your computer then you know exactly how it can shut you down, aggravating you and shutting down production completely! We must be the gatekeepers of our minds, being very selective on what enters!

40 days joyThe 4:8 Principle is loaded with advice and suggestions on how to take the scripture above and apply it to your life and begin transiting onto the extraordinary life God created you to live. I highly recommend this book and then suggest that you follow it up with his latest New York Best Seller “40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life! It will take you step by step on how to apply everything you learned from the 4:8 Principle and utilize daily baby steps that if practiced, will transform you life to one of joy, happiness and love!

Remember, you’ll do best by filling your mind and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious; the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse! Impact your life with joy NOW!


About divineimpacts

In my quest of to seek, find and act on my purpose on this earth, I have uncovered a passion to inspire and encourage others to seek out God's will in their lives. From my own experiences I have found that many out there are seeking evidence of God's existence; that evidence exists in our stories and our testimonies; our own examples of God's Divine Impact in our lives; we need only share! This ministry gives a place for both the seeker and those blessed enough to have experienced a divine impact to come together; and the miracle can continue!
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20 Responses to Secret to a Joy-Filled Life

  1. Pingback: Secret to a Joy-Filled Life | Divine Impacts AWAKENING

  2. Nice work again, Jeff. I am in a mode of seeing things from a different angle as the last days of UBC wind down, plus I know you welcome a different look.

    We may make even giant leaps when we bring ourselves to embrace the things that do mold us and make us stronger. I totally get that so many people struggle to find any joy. Once we have this ability, the giant leaps may come from understanding the ugly, the worst and things generally cursed. Joy will probably come when we shed light on the programs that run so automatically when we aren’t aren’t on the alert.

    Baby steps before giant leaps! I just wanted to share what this part of your post inspired:

    “God allows us to have struggles in our lives that we might be made strong; lifted up and molded. But this cannot happen if we are looking at it negatively rather than seeking the greatness and joy that can accompany these struggles.”

  3. Wonderful blog. This is so true. We have to constantly monitor everything around us. We have to learn to screen out all the negativity, it will truly weigh you down.

  4. francenestanley says:

    Your comment about what you let in resounds in me. Back in the early sixties, I went to the movies, little knowing what I would watch. It turned out to be Psycho. The effect was horrifying. It took two years before the fear left me. From that day, I didn’t watch anything scary.

  5. Jo says:

    Thanks for that excellent review of Tommy Newberry’s book! I am in total agreement with his 4:8 principle. Having broken an addiction to romance novels by the grace of God, I know closely guard my heart and my mind. I rarely watch TV. A friend recommended I read Newberry’s book, “Success Is Not An Accident,” but I have not done so yet. Now I will add this book to my list of “must reads.”

    • Jo, thanks so much for sharing! Tommy is an incredible author. I have read “Success Is Not An Accident” and it is also incredible. But the 4:8 Principle takes that book and adds spirituality to it! If you can though I recommend all of his books! Thanks for the comment!

  6. I like it Jeff. I think this time you were peeking over my shoulder. My blog from today is on a similar theme:

    I’ll check out the books. They both sound interesting.

    You have a great writing style! 🙂

    • Thanks so for the awesome comment! These books ARE incredible; I try top make them annual reads! Again thanks for the comment on my writing style; its the heart to pen method! 🙂

  7. Joy says:

    “Joy can be ours if we decide to be the master of our thoughts and feelings.”
    Thanks for sharing this book. I’m going to check it out.
    I’m all about this kind of thing over at Soul Chick Wisdom.
    Nice to connect with you Divine Impacts!

    • Thanks so much spreading the Joy, Joy! It’s a great feeling to be bale to meet and connect with so many awesome people who desire the same thing is life; to make an impact and bring Joy to the world! I appreciate you connecting with me! 🙂

  8. Thanks for this post. I’m reading Dr. Wayne Dyer’s Power of Intention which is all about how our thoughts create our world! Glad to be introduced to this new book.

  9. Vitality2day says:

    It’s funny. We come from such different starting points and end up with very similar opinions and outlook on life. I love that! In the field I’m active many people say “we are what we eat”, but the same goes with what we read. We are what we read and digest through film, tv and online. That is why I love how many intelligent books, films, TEDtalks etc there are out there! 🙂

  10. Jean Buschke says:

    Great post…and thank you for making me aware of Tommy Newberry! I will add his books to my list. I love it when people can finally make the connection to the what goes in… that comes out framework because it is so true. This challenge has been such a blessing because it has connected me with like minded folks…what a gift! 🙂

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