A Merry Heart Does Good, Like Medicine

Although I usually do devotions Monday through Friday after I work out, I spent some time today writing in my prayer journal, thanking the Lord for all He's done, and is doing in our lives, as well as asking for direction and guidance for all of the good things I am trying to accomplish in 2018. To be completely honest, I would have preferred to just lie in the bed watching the Hallmark channel, but I knew this was a better use of my time.

So, as I normally do, I also read a passage from one of my new favorite devotionals, "Great is Thy Faithfulness ~ 365 Devotions from Our Daily Bread." I start a new book of daily devotionals each year, and the daily passages give me insight as to how I can add to and make my prayers more meaningful. Today, of all things, the devotion, "Good Medicine" was on the benefits of laughter to the body and soul:

The text went on to talk about an article that said laughter is like inner jogging and that it may even be good for a person's cardiovascular system. While I don't know if that is true, I do believe Proverbs 17:22, which says that "A merry heart does good, like medicine." I love to laugh, and I think it is one of the ways we can look and feel our best at any age. I look for any opportunity to laugh, and I find myself laughing with my kids and husband the most -- in our house, and out of our house, we have jokes. It keeps us close, and it makes life more fun. Speaking of that, this devotional made me pull up a video from this past Thanksgiving...

For as long as I can remember, on Thanksgiving we have taken our boys to the basketball court in our neighborhood to shoot baskets and to play games like Horse and Pig (my husband taught us). The boys usually would try to dunk, and in the last few years, my oldest was able to do it. Well, someone got the bright idea to challenge me to just touch the rim, and since I am 5' 7 1/2 and reasonably athletic, I thought it was doable. That's where the laughter came in -- I made a complete fool of myself in 2015, which my oldest videotaped on his phone. It could have been called, "Black Mom Can't Jump." Of course, this year, I decided to try it again to regain my dignity. Tune in to see what happened...

My husband's reaction is probably what tickled me the most. Let's just say my heart was truly merry! LOL I hope your's is too!

Take Care & Be Blessed!


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