My plan, today, was to write about how important laughter has been in our lives when it came to my stroke recovery.
I’ve also recently been having back and spine issues as a result of a fall while doing some prison ministry about a week-and-a-half ago. Laughter has been a big part of my recovery from that, too.
We believe in keeping things light and in perspective.
And then, this morning, in my email inbox was this little devotion by Joyce Meyer about laughter (Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.).
Those of you who know me know that I’m a Joyce Meyer fan. I like somebody to tell me like it is and not sugar-coat things. I don’t think she’s been accused of walking on egg shells.
I love this little devotion. I hope you do, too. Here it is…
In Psalm 51:12, David prayed, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.” It was a very difficult time in his life—and he understood that only God could return his joy! This is true for all of us. If you are dealing with painful or demanding circumstances that have sapped you of your joy, taken away your laughter, and brought stress into your life, don’t try to go through it alone. Ask God to return His joy to your heart. He is willing and able to give you “the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise.”
THIS WEEK’S SCRIPTURE:
He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing. Job 8:21 NKJV
Watch as Joyce shares about the importance of a good laugh.
TIP FROM JOYCE:
One of the most valuable things I have learned in life is that I don’t have to wait to feel like doing something before I can do it… You can actually learn how to create opportunities for laughter. Joyce Meyer, Overload
Look for someone around you who could use a good laugh—and do whatever it takes to make them laugh out loud. Gain insights from God’s Word: 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Ecclesiastes 3:1,4, Proverbs 15:15, Luke 6:21