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A Merry Heart

 

Don’t you really enjoy being with people who make you laugh? Some people are blessed with that ability—walk into a room and with just a few words, the mood has lightened and those around them are laughing. I admire those people. I want to be around those people!

Life is filled with busy days: rushed schedules, overflowing “to do” lists, and heavy responsibilities. The car breaks down, the roof begins to leak, or the bank account becomes extremely low. Our muscles become tense, and we find our faces wearing a frown. Then a headache sets in. Some days our circumstances are overwhelming—and our bodies suffer for it!

A few years ago, I learned that a family member had started a new exercise routine: a laughter workout. (And, yes, I laughed at the very thought.) It sounded ridiculous to me. But a little research shows that while we usually think of laughter as an emotion, it is fundamentally a physical action—repeatedly forcing breath from the lungs. Abdominal muscles also contract when laughing. A biochemical reaction occurs (a release of endorphins), causing pain thresholds to increase. God surely knew what He was doing when He created man with the ability to laugh and have a “merry heart” (Proverbs 17:22)! It is actually a benefit to our wellbeing.

In this issue of Reflections, you will find articles that we hope will brighten your day and make you laugh. (Some of these stories you just couldn’t make up.) Feel free to share these stories with friends and then share your own stories with one another. There’s nothing like having a good laugh with close friends!

My family likes to laugh, and we often share funny clips of incidents among ourselves by text or Messenger. Why is it so funny when someone falls down the stairs and into a pool of water? I’m sure it isn’t funny to the poor soul who fell—but I sure get a big kick out of it! And seeing someone nearly scared out of their wits? It sure makes for a good laugh—as long as it isn’t me!

Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” I hope your day is filled with laughter and that you thrive!

Melody Reever, Editor

Featured Articles

Still Can Laugh

Still Can Laugh

July 2nd 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Am I dying? Am I really, really sick? Or just scared?

As I sat gasping, hallucinating from a high fever, a jet glided in from the blue sky. After a few minutes, I lay strapped to a narrow gurney on the plane being examined by a Kenyan doctor as the plane ascended over Mt. Kilimanjaro to medivac me to Nairobi, Kenya. As soon as the plane leveled off, …Read More +

My Miraculous Pregnancy

My Miraculous Pregnancy

June 19th 2018 @ 10:17 AM

There are days when life is normal. Then there are days when something happens that changes your life in an instant. This was one of those days. My husband and I had been hoping for a sweet bundle of joy for eight years, but with no success. We’d encountered disappointments, but still had no sweet little thing to hold and call our own. Until this one day, when everything …Read More +

The Impossible Made Possible

The Impossible Made Possible

May 30th 2018 @ 4:20 PM

In August 2015, God worked things out for me to attend the Deborah Project that was being hosted by Urshan College in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. This conference was designed to help young ladies find their voice and encourage them to fulfill their God-given roles in ministry. This conference literally changed my life.

I had never been to the Urshan College campus but was quickly informed before …Read More +

Dark Nights of Pain

Dark Nights of Pain

May 7th 2018 @ 9:20 AM

I had heard Psalm 30:5 many times during my life: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” In 2012, I started living it. At about thirty-two weeks of pregnancy with our first child, I was hospitalized for a week due to preterm labor and sent home on bedrest. Other complications developed between thirty-two to thirty-six weeks, and after various monitoring and ultrasounds, my doctor …Read More +

Ethics and Social Media

Ethics and Social Media

February 27th 2018 @ 11:45 AM

She sits at her desk with the power to destroy in her hand. As emotions swirl inside her mind, she is faced with these questions: Should I type what I’m feeling? If I type it, do I send it or delete it? The difference between ethical and unethical behavior is much like the difference between hitting the send button or the delete button.

Ethics is a building block …Read More +

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