Living Free - Aug. 12, 2008

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Today's Scripture
A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 AMP

Thoughts for Today
Christianity is joyful. Joy is good for your health.

Current thought recognizes many health benefits of laughter. It has been said that laughter reduces stress, strengthens the immune system, relaxes muscles, lowers blood pressure, provides respiratory cleansing, diminishes pain and is good cardiac exercise.

Isn't that just like our heavenly Father? He uses something as great as laughter to help us stay healthy.

Consider this…
Laughter is healthy, but what do most of us tend to do? Worry ... complain ... focus on problems more than blessings ... indulge in staying overly busy ... stress out over the little things, as well as the big things. There is no laughter and joy in that!

God is a happy God. We could do well to learn from little children. They are more like God than we are. They know how to laugh and have fun.

Eat right, exercise, get enough rest and ... laugh! It's good for you.

Prayer
Father, thank you for joy and laughter. Thank you for making something as great as laughter good for my health. Help me to focus on blessings more than problems ... to trust instead of worry ... to give thanks instead of complain. Help me to have a cheerful mind. In Jesus' name ...

These thoughts adapted from…
Authentic Living by Dr. Mike Chapman. Authentic people who are living in authentic Christian Community are powerful witnesses. Topics for this study include: What Does It Mean to Be Real?, Real Christians Laugh, Real Christians Learn, Real Christians Lean, Real Christians Linger, and Real Christians Love. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.  

 

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