February 26, 2017 – Laughter
I was watching a video on Facebook the other day, and before it was over I was sitting there doing belly laughs. It was a video someone put together of babies laughing. Can anyone honestly say that they can hold back from laughing when they hear a child’s laughter? Or at least smile or grin from ear to ear. It’s not just a child’s laughter, it’s laughter in general.
We did an experiment in psychology class. The teacher picked one person near the front and asked them secretly to start staring at the ceiling. Within a few minutes, the whole class was staring at the ceiling. This experiment has been done many times in elevators. Another form of this experiment is to stand in a crowd, and cough a few times (of course you cover your mouth). Do it every few seconds and pretty soon someone else will cough, then another and then another.
You can do the same thing with laughter. It is contagious. If you start laughing at something, take notice of those around you. Within seconds a few people will grin or smile, and not long after that, other will join in until the whole group is laughing. And doesn’t it feel good to laugh? It has been medically proven that laughter is good for your health, both physically and mentally, so lets all find something to laugh about each day. Today I am thankful for laughter.
Job 8:21 He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
February 27, 2017 – Troubled Times
There is not one person who doesn’t go through troubled times, no not one. Some may have more troubled times than others, but we all go through it. It may be something sorrowful, like the loss of a loved one, or it may be financial like the loss of a home or job.
It may well be something physical like an illness or the diagnosis of a disease. Maybe it’s as simple as something just not going right for a few days. It might be an episode of depression, anxiety or PTSD which seem to always make things look a lot worse than they are, but we all go through it.
It is how we handle it that is important. Do we let it tear us down, do we run of into our room or a corner of the house and cry or complain “oh woe is me”? Or do we face it, do our best to look for the solution or even better a silver lining? Life is not a bed of roses. Every day things happen that upset us, make us sad, make us angry or irritate us.
We’ve been going through a crisis with our refrigerator. The old one was on it’s last leg so we took what little was in our house fund and some out of the grocery budget and went to the appliance store here in town. These are people we know, good people.
The first refrigerator we got from them broke down twice. They took it back and gave us another, gave us full credit for the first one, all we had to pay was the difference between the two, the delivery charge and the taxes. Now the second one has gone on the blink, and god bless them they came out to work on it without charging us.
It still doesn’t seem to be working correctly, but I must be patient because it was leaking air out so bad around the seals that he told us it would take a few days to catch up. Since it is the weekend and we couldn’t do anything about anyway, I’ve just thrown my hands up, gave it to God and we will deal with it as we can using bags of ice to keep things cold if we need to.
And maybe that is what I should have done from the beginning. I can’t count the times that I finally gave up trying to solve a problem, gave it to God and he always came through more abundantly and with greater blessings than I was asking for. Today I am thankful for troubled times because they remind of all he has done for me in the past.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
February 28, 2017 – Holding Steadfast
There are many different belief systems in this world. Besides groups like ISIS, there are people who worship Satan, others that worship “Mother Earth” and still others that still hold onto some Pagan beliefs. There are belief systems in America and other parts of the world that worship a single God but not the one that Christians do, and there are others still that mix Christianity in with other beliefs.
There is one God who sent his son to die on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins. He is not made of wood, he is not made of stone or ivory or jade. He is among us, he is always with us and can appear in any form he wants. He does not require animal sacrifices any more, which was done at one time and only to train up people to realize they needed to stop sinning and atone for their sins. His son was the final sacrifice and the only promise we have to eternal life. He lives on the wind, in the moon and stars, in the oceans and even more importantly he lives in us.
When the church was growing, many priests and officers wanted to draw more people in. and they assumed the only way was to offer the pagans something similar to what they were already worshiping. This is why the idol of the Virgin Mary was introduced and why, in some churches, they pray to the saints. And even though they believe in Jesus, they still include these ideas associated with pagan beliefs. I honestly feel sorry for them because they haven’t realized that it is the same as Idol worship.
There are those factions who believe that there are many great spirits that they need to pray to. Such representatives of harvest time, fertility, wealth, wisdom and wealth are still worshiped throughout the world today. Today I am thankful to be holding steadfast to my belief in the concept of three in one, God, the Son and the Holy Spirit which in fact are all parts of the one true “God”.
2 Corinthians 13:14 – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen