Monday, August 20, 2012

Laughter, Grandkids, and Monday's Prayer

A cheerful disposition is good for your health;
gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.
Proverbs 7:22 The Message

"Laughter is medicine for the soul,
 but sometimes amid the stresses of the day,
we forget to take our medicine.
Instead of viewing our world
with a mixture of optimism and humor,
we allow worries and distractions
 to rob us of the joy
that God intends for our lives."
100 Days of Grace for Women
Freeman-Smith LLC

My grandchildren are great teachers of joy and laughter!

"Laughter is like internal jogging--
in many ways as good as physical exercise."
Joyce Meyer


 "Wholehearted, ready laughter heals, encourages, relaxes anyone within hearing distance.
The laughter that springs from love makes wide the space around it--
gives room for the loved one to enter in.
Real laughter welcomes, and never shuts out." Eugenia Price

There was a lot of laughter that day as about a dozen kids played in a mini 'water park' set up by a friend of my daughter's. (my Texas trip)

"Laughter dulls the sharpest pain and flattens out the greatest stress.
To share it is to give a gift of health."
Barbara Johnson

Addy and Dillon
"If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life,
choose a sense of humor."
Jennifer Jones

(Above are the Hartley family comedians.
These two are a brother and sister 'show'.
We never know what they are going to do next,
but find ourselves laughing at some point when around them.)

"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven . . .
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance. . ."
Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 NIV
I just heard the above yet again, while watching the newest version of  Footloose.
I've watched the older version with Kevin Bacon multiple times
and now have this new one. 
 I smile every time I see the expression on the minister's face
 when the 'troublemaker' starts reading scripture
at the town meeting.

Today's Prayer of Grace
Dear Lord,
You have given me so many reasons to celebrate life.
Today, let me be a joyful Christian---
quick to smile and quick to laugh.
And, let Your love shine in me and through me,
this day and forever.

Blessings to you all as you begin this week!


  1. Blessings to you also dear blog friend.

  2. Wonderful pictures! You are indeed blessed. :)

  3. Beautiful grands. So blessed--you with yours and me with mine.

  4. What a wonderful blog post, Beth... LOVE it... Laughter is so important in life ---even for OLDIES like me.... Laughter is just good for the soul!!!!

    You have some adorable grandchildren. Love the photos.

  5. Laughter is a good thing... I do it occasionally... roaring. Not a very good chuckler, but a rowdy one.

    Glad your little ones were prone to that joyfulness. Always a blessing to watch/see.


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