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Grateful For Giggles

These last few days I have been on an emotional roller coaster - one of those with loops and you go upside down. Your stomach falls and you are not sure if you are going to be sick. Next thing you know you are squealing with laughter! That has been this week for many of us! No matter the circumstances we are facing - family crisis, medical crisis, hurricanes, floods, wild fires, broken relationships, etc.


God knows we are going to have these times and we just talked about trials again yesterday but He also tells us what to do about it. Matthew 11: 28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Each night when I have laid down my mind has been running and I have lots of questions and thoughts about the future. I could easily become burdened but I have no control over most of my stresses. Even though I don't understand I have to trust God. Proverbs 3: 5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." So when I say my evening prayers, which are very short (because I will fall asleep), I hand it all over. I thank Him for being up all night and letting me get rest. I thank Him for taking care of things before, now and in the future. I tell Him I trust Him. His ways are best!


Most people love to be with little children and I think it is because they make us laugh. I love to laugh and come from a long line of funny people! I have always been around a lot of laughter and I gravitate to people who are fun and make me laugh. Genesis 21: 6, "Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” This tells me that laughter comes from God. Job 8: 21, "He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." Luke 6: 21, "Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh." Proverbs 14: 13, "Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief." Even in the hard times we need to laugh. When my cousin was here we giggled so much even with Mom. My girls love to laugh so Mom has done a lot of giggling and made us giggle a lot! I am so thankful for that.


Google says, "Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain."


We need to take the time to enjoy life and giggle. Proverbs 17: 22, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. It is good for the soul. I am so grateful for giggles!

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