Having a Cheerful Heart

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    sweetiepie New Member

    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)
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    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.

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    Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people
    Who live with chronic illness or pain.