Laughter Is Good for the Soul

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
– Proverbs 17:22

I just realized I didn’t get my post in yesterday. And, I had an idea rolling around in my head for the theme. So, at the end of the month, I am going to make up the day…

Today’s theme is laughter.

I don’t know about you, but I love to laugh, and I find humor in a lot of situations.

And, I love being in a home filled with laughter.

You know the kind, where everyone seems to have a happy heart?

I love having a home like that myself, and spreading that laughter to others when they enter my home.

Because, as the verse above says,

Laughter makes for good medicine – and what better way to go through life?

Rest

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30

I’m sure most of us would agree that home is a place of rest.

And, it’s lovely.

We each find rest differently.

I find my rest in my Abba.

As Christ said in Matthew, He can carry my burden. My heart is at rest in Him.

I recharge at the end of each day in the presence of my Abba. Though, some days, the time is less than others or may not happen…It is in my time with Him that my soul finds rest and I am able to begin again, fresh each day.

Though I am not always good at it, it is my desire to be still & know (Psalm 46:10).

Anywhere this being still takes place, and my heart connects with my Abba, I am at home.

And, at home, I am able to be still and connect with my Abba –

And, my soul finds it’s rest – in my love for Him & His love for me.

“I love you – I am at rest with you – I have come home.” –Dorothy L. Sayers

Ah, Fall…

“…May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”
– Psalm 122:6-7

Guys, it’s my favorite time of year!

Ready? Set. Hike!

This morning, I donned my football jersey, and then spent the rest of the morning watching the Red River Rivalry with my family. Things got a little…Loud.

But, that’s how football goes, right?

It’s one of the beauties of home.

And, one of the beauties of fall.

When I picture my future home – whether living alone in my current state, or living with a beautiful blessing of family – I almost always picture it fall time…

Fantastic smells. Fun movies, shows, & specials. Cozy reading weather. Longer nights. And, football in the background: College on Saturdays. NFL Sundays after church.

Great food, yummy baked goods, and cozy times all around.

And, it brings me a sense of peace. The thought always makes my heart feel cozy & happy.

Because, I know that no matter what, my Abba will also be in my midst – whether alone or with family – my Abba will always be in my home, too.

Which is why, when I picture my future with a possible “him”, I don’t just picture watching football together. I picture serving God together, loving God together.

Because homes are for cozy, lovely times with those you love. (And, so is fall ♥)

Cozy Fall

Cozy Fall

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery ‘Anne of Green Gables’

Paint & Healing

It’s friday… As a matter of fact, it’s really only Friday for another 15 minutes. Today has been a long day, one that began hours before I am used to (who knew there was a 5:45 in the A.M.?)

Friday’s mean Five Minute Friday.  I got the prompt last night before bed & had it in my mind all day through.

Being at work so early meant I got off work early. Getting off work so early, though, gave me the opportunity to plan something for Friday night. What was intended to be a shopping trip, turned into an opportunity to experience God & witness Him working in a powerful way.

During the worship time at this event, I wrote my piece for Five Minute Friday.
This week’s theme is  PAINT:

Broken Pieces…
That’s all I feel I am these days.
Allowing secret sins to take over my life
Adding to anxiety and depression.
They Have taken up residence in my spirit
Separating me from my life-force.
Shattering my very existence.
Fragmented…
Broken…
Near Death.
I gasp for breath.
I cry out in desperation.
No air.
God, fill my lungs
Wash my heart.
Restore my broken pieces
Exert your healing power in my soul.
Redeem my shattered life.
Bring Your name Glory
From the new picture that 
You paint of my mess.

STOP

Now, let me tell you about how a shopping trip turned into such a wonderful time in God’s house…

I recently reconnected with a college friend, and he invited me to a healing conference at his church. In light of my Barns & Noble experience, I knew I could not turn down the opportunity be in God’s presence.

However, saying yes is always easier said than done. You think, “yes, a night in God’s presence with His people. Sounds great. And, the possibility of seeing an old friend, just makes it even better.”

But, going there, was not as easy.

There is still a war going on. You’re not wanted there. The whispers start. You won’t get anything out of it. The selfishness begins. You don’t deserve to be there. You’re still in the “wrong” place. The condemnation takes over.

YOU’RE ALL ALONE! The anxiety screams.

When I left work after an 8 hour shift, my entire body ached and a migraine was beginning to form. I was tired, and then suddenly overwhelmed by the realization that I would be going into this unknown situation ALONE.

Because the shopping center & the conference were both so far from my house, I almost turned around several times, nearly foregoing the event & even the shopping that had been my original draw (and my shopping was successful, if I do say so myself :).

But, that church was exactly where I needed to be tonight.

A song played during worship reminded me that I wasn’t there alone at all. That God was listening to me. Yes, me. Though the room had hundreds of people in it, He heard my heart.

As a matter of fact, I was feeling so disengaged & somewhat anxious, I was contemplating leaving, when the band began the song “Oceans” (by Hillsong).

Lately, this has become one of those songs that God uses to remind me that He is with me; it’s a song that helps me feel wrapped in His love & covered in His grace. It’s currently “Our Song”, if you will.

And, it was during this song that something happened: peace filled me. My body no longer ached. The anxiety fled, and I was able to engage.

They had an artist on stage who was allowing God to use her gift to create a painting, an art piece of worship to Him while the worship portion of the evening was happening.

And, it was during this time that I got my piece for Five Minute Friday (above).

After worship, the service was focused on healing. It’s always an incredible thing to see people healed. To feel God’s presence. To experience Him moving.

To allow God to heal me, even through the resistance of the flesh & the enemy.

To know that the reason the enemy keeps attacking is because I keep getting up & won’t stay down.

To know that His Kingdom is still strong on this earth, even though we often allow ourselves to get detached or apathetic about it, in light of the pressures of this world.

When we say no to opportunities like this, we cut ourselves off from His life-giving power. We limit what He can do in our lives and what we will do for him.

It is in saying yes to these opportunities that we really open ourselves up to Him working in our lives, to use us to reach others, and to Glorify His name.

It is in saying yes to these opportunities that we find freedom, wholeness, and relationship.

Delight

This is a Five Minute Friday post (Finally on Friday :o).

Rules are: Write for 5 minutes, no over thinking, just go. Ready?


GO


When I think of the word “Delight”, I think of a favorite verse.

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4

I wear this verse around my wrist each day. It is a reminder of where my life force comes from. It begs the question, Do I delight in Him always?


Though I do fall short of this often, there are many times I do find delight in Him. I also find delight in the little ways He shows me He loves me, He provides for me, He protects me.

Its the new job I will be starting shortly, the one where I get to be with people, helping and serving, all day. The new job where I get to talk to people about ways to make their homes and gardens, and thus their lives, more beautiful.

It’s the writers conference He has opened up for me to attend this weekend. A place to meet other believers and hone our craft.

It’s sharing a new book with family.

These are the smaller ways I delight in Him, in the things He opens up to me that speak to me in my heart.

STOP