Laugh with Me from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

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Wow, where has April gone? Whew, we are about to begin a new month . . . AGAIN! Grab your coffee and come on in, before the month is gone! We are exploring some fun truths about laughter and cheerfulness and how digging into His word brings just that!

Check out many of life’s lessons which are delivered with a smile and a wink in the Book of Proverbs. Now, many of us may not consider “wisdom,” the theme of Proverbs, funny, but let me tell you, to receive the Good News, this is a great place to start. God desires for His kids to be wise in the ways of the Lord, not wiser in the ways of the world but wise to the ways of the world! Let’s look at Proverbs 1:8-9: “My son, hear the instruction of your father and do not forsake the law of your mother, for they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck.

At first I thought, well, I don’t have a father; however, God did bless me with a great self-adopted mom and a wise one at that. Ah, a smile from the inside out. It’s okay that I didn’t grow up with a mom and a dad, the way HE designed; He has made it all good. But when I saw the “chains about your neck” I thought, what, as in choking me? And sitting there looking at it again, I realized, no, silly, wisdom is like a beautiful necklace to be worn, an attitude to express, a light in the dark parts of the journey.

In Proverbs 15:13 we read: “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Do you think someone who walked around with a frown from the inside out wrote this? No way; they experienced true joy, cheerfulness, laughter.

Proverbs 17:22 says that a cheerful heart is like medicine and a crushed spirit dries

He fills my heart with laughter!

He fills my heart with laughter!

up the bones! Look at the humorous symbolism in “dry bones,” and yet, what a sad picture, huh! But oh how true it is that to have a broken and sad spirit, one is hunched over, burdened, weathered. Why? It takes more energy to be sad/mad than it does to be happy and joyful and yet, the latter takes a bit of work and re-training! Sadness/negativity is a burden carried while laughter is a gift that is shared.

Have you ever been in a group and suddenly someone starts laughing and you look over to see what’s so funny, and one by one, the people in the group catch the laughter as if it were a fire, and soon, it reaches you, and even though you don’t know what in the world you are laughing about, you laugh? It’s contagious! So if you see someone walking around without a smile, give them one of yours. You never know what kind of spark it will ignite!

Oh, that we would meet Him every morning to be refreshed, ready to meet life and embrace the opportunities to laugh. Join me tomorrow for more ways to look at laughter in the Scriptures.

Smiling with you,

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