Having a Cheerful Heart "A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit....A cheerful heartis good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."(Proverbs 15:13 & 17:22 NIV) I seem to be one of those unfortunate people with a serious nature and an under-developed sense of humour. Often I can't see anything funny in things that other people find hilarious. But then sometimes the silliest little thing will bring a chuckle. I do have a soft spot for Garfield, though. (For those not familiar with this comic strip, Garfield is a cat who loves food and sleep, and belongs to Jon.) And I know for sure that God has a wonderful sense of humour. One day recently when it was a big effort for me to get to the kitchen for essentials, I opened the newspaper to read the Garfield strip. Three frames, all with Garfield in bed. Jon: "Garfield, you have to get up...if you want to eat, you have to go into the kitchen." Garfield: "Will there be any hills?" When we live continually with pain and other difficulties, it's not easy to find things to laugh about, but those of you with a fancy that is easily tickled probably do a lot better than others - research has proved there is healing in laughter; some beneficial chemical is released when we laugh. God already knew this, thousands of years before this was proved He said that a cheerful heart is good medicine. He wants us to be happy...."May the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful." (Psalm 68:3 NIV) Another of my favorite Garfield strips many of you will identify with.....Garfield: "I think I'll take a nap...then doze awhile...and then top it all off with a nice snooze...remember, kids, for a well-balanced rest, you must have something from the three basic sleep groups each day." ("Garfield," by Jim Davis.) This is my prayer for you and for me, "He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." (Job 8:21 NIV) ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Janice McLaren is a mother of four and a grandmother, and lives by herself in Oamaru, New Zealand. She has had ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFIDS) since 1984, and has been restricted almost completely to home since 1994, much of this time confined to bed. She's thankful to belong to God's wonderful family, and for the spiritual life He gives. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people Who live with chronic illness or pain.