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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 80 – Why is laughter important?

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There is a song from Mary Poppins which pretty much sums up my life.

I love to laugh,” was written by the Sherman Brothers for the film (one of my all time favorites) to demonstrate how laughter can lighten the mood. They illustrate this quite clearly in the movie as the scene features Uncle Albert, Burt, the children and eventually Mary Poppins to float into the air after a spell of laughter. The more they giggle, the higher they rise.

Why is laughter important?

laugh. everyday. at yourself. it's the best.

laugh. everyday. at yourself. it’s the best.

Because it’s a gift. A gift I’m grateful for because it points to the great God who gladly gives to His children the richest, truest sense of joy. I hope you take time today to laugh, loud and long and clear, and to remember the Author of laughter.

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” -Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“Laughter is a divine gift to the human who is humble. A proud man cannot laugh because he must watch his dignity; he cannot give himself over to the rocking and rolling of his belly. But a poor and happy man laughs heartily because he gives no serious attention to his ego.” -Terry Lindvall, Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis

“Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.” -Goethe

“If we are Christians, then joy, humility, and gratitude should lead us to burst with hearty laughter. And I’m not just speaking of “pious” chuckles over “polite” quips or self-righteous sneering. True joy finds humor in all the weird details of life–the curse of broccoli, the dullness of males, the cruelty of insurance forms, and the tragedy of English cooking. Humor tells us so much about our hearts.” -Douglas Jones

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