Moods are like temporary insanity. We receive bad news, such as a loss of a job or a broken relationship, and feel overwhelmed by the news. All we can see is the bad in it. Perhaps you are experiencing something a bit less dramatic, but still we are in a ‘bad mood.’ Fortunately, we can change our moods, and certainly our faith can help us with this. The Apostle Paul encourages us to “consider it all joy when you encounter various trials” (James 1:2). When we consider how a troubling situation may actually be teaching us something valuable, we are able to be joyful about it. What is happening in your life for which you need to practice being joyful about it? 

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed!