Proverbs 17:22 –
A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
I am so grateful for those wonderful, silly times in my life. When I am down, remembering silly times like these help me immensely. Laughter has medicinal implications. “Laughter is the best medicine.”
As a toddler, my daughter brought joy to our home. I hear my little daughter spinning and laughing.
Her eyes twinkling she giggles with joy. She still makes this funny face that brings a smile to my heart. The smile widens and my heart fills with mirth.
I love hearing the sounds of a child’s laugh. Sweet and beautiful. Something so innocent.
However, as we grow older and the realities of life creep in, it hard to find laughter.
To be young again and rediscover laughter. How do we find joy and laughter when pain or troubles consumes our days?
I try to focus on memories of laughter and fun I have had with my family.
I recall the scriptures about joy and love. I read once that the name, Isaac, means “he who laughs.” His mother said that God had given her her son and she laughed with joy.
I watch a funny show on television and listen to music that uplifts.
I also try to remember that laughter redeems.
When I think of the birth of my own daughter, I laugh. True story: I laughed as I gave birth to her, especially when in the middle of my worst contraction and pain in my life, my doctor told me to push like I was pooping the biggest turd in my life. The whole room erupted in laughter from my husband, to the nurses, and my mother and me. I forgot about my pain in that instance.
Almost all my silliest times involved my daughter. She brings laughter into my life with silly jokes and funny songs.
Her favorite silly song is Tiny Tim’s Tiptoe Through the Tulips. Her rendition of the song entertains my grands every time. She sings to them in her funny, operatic voice and the room or the van, if we are on a trip with them, fills up with giggles and laughter.
What silly times are you grateful for this season of Thanksgiving? Share in the comments.
This post also continues my special series celebrating gratitude. As we approach the Holy Season of Advent, first I fix my mind on thankfulness. Thankfulness is a state of being. It is part of the cross that we deliberately choose to pick up each day as we follow Christ. To celebrate Thankfulness, I have created a Fall Bible study and journey that I invite you to join with me.
As I write this series, I am also joining Jennifer Dukes Lee’s 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge. Her beautiful graphic below lists 30 daily gratitude topics on which I will try to base each day’s post this month. Note that some days I may switch up the topic if I feel in my spirit a need to do so.
Even though the posts will be short, I plan to pack them with inspiration and Scriptural truths as we lead up to the Thanksgiving holidays and then flow into Christmas. This series is my gift to you.
Be sure to check out my Linkup Parties page for great blog hops that I join each week.