Tag Archive | joy

Cardboard Testimonies…

I saw a video the other day and it moved me to share it here.

We all have a story to tell, but often times we do not want others to know about our past. They might not like us or they might sit in judgment of our choices or how we choose to live our lives. But there is not one of us who is perfect and we all make mistakes. In God’s eyes not one of our mistakes or choices is worse than another – although by the world’s standards there seems to be a measuring device where others decide one sin is worse than another, but that is simply not how God views it. Sin is sin, bad choices are bad choices, we all make them in our lives and we all unfortunately live with them and sometimes the weight of them gets very heavy and the burden gets so heavy we cannot carry them anymore. We might think we are not good enough for God and that He might reject us too, but He is not that way!

God has an answer for anything that we struggle with or ails us and we can have a new life if we choose to accept Him into our hearts. He wants to relieve you of the load you carry, He wants to take the weight of your past choices and mistakes and replace them with Him. He does not want you to carry the weight of that any longer, He only wants good things for you.

In 1 Peter 5:7 it states, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” If you feel that no one cares, He does!! If you trust in God, this is His promise to you: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.” “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.
In Psalms 31:7 He tells us: “I see your hardships and I care about your suffering.” In the world today there are so few people who care about what happens to others, most are thinking about themselves only and they do not even see the people who are hurting and need a friend, a shoulder, a hand up, a way out of their life choices and they pass by them every day in their travels.

Please watch the video and see that it does not matter what you have been through, what you are going through now, what you cannot seem to get free from, what you cannot overcome and see that others have found an answer to those problems and are free of what kept them from experiencing life as God intended.

Please feel free to share if you would like! I am praying for those who are struggling with bad choices or life circumstances that have you doubting whether God cares – asking that God will show you that life is not hopeless and there is joy in knowing Him! God Bless all who read this.

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LAUGHTER – Good Medicine

Laughter is contagious – have you noticed that when someone is really tickled you cannot sit there and be sober – it makes you start to smile and then leads to you starting to laugh! Believe me, I have tried not to laugh when others are truly overtaken with laughter, but it is impossible to ignore!

They say laughter can bind people together and create happiness – I believe that to be true. It is said to be good medicine as it can improve your immune system, ease pain, boost energy, and decrease the affects of stress on the body. And the best part is it is free, fun, and enjoyable!

Laughter can relax the whole body for a while after having a good laugh, it relaxes muscles, decreases stress hormones, improves your resistance to disease, it triggers a release of endorphins that promote an overall sense of well-being, and it even protects the heart.

Other benefits is that you cannot feel anxious, angry, or sad when you laugh, it can help you recharge by reducing stress levels, and it can actually change your view of situations putting them in a much less threatening light and removes the feeling of being overwhelmed by the negatives going on around you. Humor gets your mind off of your troubles, helps relax you, it releases inhibitions, and allows you to express your true feelings.

Some ideas that can induce laughter:
Watch a funny movie
Seek out funny people
Read the funny pages
Share a joke or funny story
Go to the library or a bookstore and check out their humor section
Host a game night with friends (Balderdash I always found funny)
Play with a pet
Goof around with children
Do something silly; let your hair down
Make time for fun activities (rollercoaster rides, karaoke, minature golf, etc.)
Listen to comedians

Consider laughter an important part of your life, as it is essential in improving your relationships, your outlook on life, and your health. Let it lift you to higher levels so that you are more relaxed, positive, creative, balanced, and filled with joy and most importantly, – share it with others – be contagious with laughter!

Check out this video on GodTube – try not to laugh!
Contagious Laughter…

Laughter quotes:
Laughter is an instant vacation. – Milton Berle

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. – Victor Borge

What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. – Yiddish Proverb

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. – Irish Proverb

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. – Victor Hugo