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Laughter is a Gift of God

 

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Even though we know we are children of the Most High God, set apart and made Holy by the blood of the lamb, we sometimes don’t act and feel like the powerful, perfect in His sight, superhero new creatures God created us to be. Just like our life circumstances, we are a work in progress.

Although sin is never a joking matter, our bumbling efforts forward in grace don’t always have to be a source of self-loathing and a measuring stick of how far we have to go. We need to give ourselves and others grace, particularly in areas where there is no rebellion but perhaps just a splash of the realities of growing up in the Lord that aren’t perfecto.

When my son lived at home he figured out a clever way to pick apart my idiosyncracies and uncover to me any hint of detected hypocrisy without getting in trouble. He used humor. Even though he straddled the boarder of disrespect with this at times, he revealed truth in such a way I couldn’t help but choke on my food while laughing it was so spot on and funny.

It’s okay to look at yourself in the mirror and admit your not perfect and love yourself anyway!

Being able to accept and love yourself where you are while working to be more Christ-like is important. Lighten up in life in general but be careful to remain sober minded. We serve a Holy God.

Laughter is a gift from God and is medicine to the soul. Laugh and laugh often.

I laughed so hard while flipping through pregnancy memes night before last I had mascara streaming down my face. My husband came in and smiled while I read them to him. I imagine they weren’t quite so funny to him. This week as my uncomfort level has grown with my pregnancy body and its aches and pains I have not always handled myself with stoic grace. I have made sure to share with him regularly my process, when not with words, with grunts and groans as I waddled about the house and struggled to do things that use to be a cinch, directing my husband with an onslaught of new chores as I get the house ready for the baby.

I’m ‘Nesting.’

Yesterday I worked all day in my pj’s and didn’t even brush my hair! I didn’t really realize this until my husband got home from work. 😊 I proceeded to crack jokes about my pregnant reality. He cooked dinner for the third night in a row.

Last night he had a dream. Swans were ‘nesting’ in these trees, squawking, making a bit of a racket. He was thinking they weren’t as beautiful or as big as regular swans. He thought they seemed out of place not floating gracefully in the pond below them.

Hahaha. He would never dream of pointing out my imperfections, even with humor, as my son once did, but my ability to interpret dreams (especially one this obvious!) did it for him.

I’m not exactly the picture of grace and perfection this week as my body fills with extra blood, my weight soars, my circulation struggles and my trips to the fridge and bathroom increase and keep me up at night all while I give a blow by blow account to my husband. I know I haven’t been as charming floating on the water of the Spirit 😂 lately but thank God he still loves me and Jesus loves me too!

I am still beautiful and perfect in the sight of God and so are you, regardless of how you may be feeling or even acting.

I laugh at myself and the reality of my week and I also pray for greater grace to rise above my bodily limitations that I know will tempt me to complain over the next 6-7 weeks.

I pray for each of you too. Live. Laugh. Love.

I Am The Great Physician

Do not ignore emotional pain when it grips your heart. Pain is a symptom of injury. I am the Great Physician. Do you believe that I desire to heal you? Do you believe I love those you love even more than you do and desire that they be healed and delivered too?

Just as you would make an appointment and rearrange your schedule to visit a physician when you have a physical injury or illness and the symptoms persist, so you must learn to schedule extra time with Me, the Great Physician, to receive the diagnosis, prescription and instructions I have for you that will lead to you or your loved ones healing.

If a doctor ordered nothing by mouth prior to a surgery would you plow ahead and eat a big meal? By no means! Neither should you ignore My leading to refrain from food when it comes. Often a time of fasting is needed to prepare the way for My healing touch. If you knew how many healings weren’t received simply because an intercessor ignored My call to lay aside food, you would never again consider it a small thing to serve your bellies over Me.

Just as you would go out of your way to take an ailing loved one to see a specialist when their bodies are failing them, in spiritual matters you must be willing to bring the wounds and burdens of others to Me.

In My Presence, listening to My voice, I will lead you into all truth. Ask Me to reveal the source of your pain and I will. When you begin to understand the root of the symptoms of your pain, you can then ask Me for what you want specifically. I desire an intimate friendship with you. Take time with Me and we will discuss My plans for healing and redemption.

Do not be afraid of pain. Pain is only temporary and I am able to do amazing things for you and through you as you begin to understand the benefits of paying attention to what your pain is trying to show you.

Some things I am able to heal instantly because of the great faith of the one that requests. Other ills require following My specific instructions, and the passage of time. Spend time with Me and your faith will grow.

I understand that some wounds are deep and festering with decay from years of neglect; years of running. Many addictions are formed by those seeking relief from their pain. In seeking shelter elsewhere and in detaching from ones heart through addiction, pain can be temporarily numbed. Addiction is just a modern word for idolatry. Until one is willing to recognize that something is terribly wrong and come to understand it is only in Me that things can be made right, their soul will remain fractured.

It is not My will for My children to live with a spirit of heaviness and grief always looming over their life. If darkness and suffering have become your constant companions I desire to set you free but you must ask Me in faith, believing that I am able to deliver you.

As I was on the earth, so am I now in you. Ask and you will receive. Listen to My voice and believe Me. By obeying My specific instructions you will experience the victory I secured for you on the cross in your own heart and in the hearts of those that I have given you.