Reflections4Life™, March 26, 2017
“Remember to Laugh”
“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouting.” Job 8:21
Scripture Contemplation: Job 8; Psalm 126; Proverbs 14; Ecclesiastes 3; Luke 6…
There are things happening in our lives that we have no control over. There are situations all around us that tear at our soul and weigh our spirit down. The last thing on our mind or in our thoughts is to laugh. Yet, that is exactly what God desires us to do: Take some time to laugh. Remember the times of laughter, for it will be our comfort.
I declare that this week’s Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. Allow the joy of the Lord to fill your soul and strengthen you. Though things may be heavy and you are certain there, is nothing to laugh about; allow God to fill you with laughter. Take the time to open up your heart and find delight in at least one thing, and let the healing begin. Remind yourself of those things that brought merriment to your heart.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to laugh or to smile when you feel as though there is nothing in your life to feel joy over or to laugh or smile about. However, there is Beloved. Even when we cannot see it, there is something to smile about, to have joy over. There is always something to laugh about, to be happy about; especially if you serve a great and mighty God.
There joy in the Lord, joy in His promises. There is joy in the fact that we are alive. We can take joy in the fact that there is a God, and He cares for us. Whether we understand the situations or circumstances we face, we can still have joy. We can smile with confidence that God has worked all things out concerning us. God will never leave us or forsake us, but will also be here to see us through. That alone is a reason to be joyful. When filled with joy, you will find that there are things that will bring laughter to your soul.
Remember the times when you laughed, those days when your heart was light. Recall the people and things that brought laughter to your heart and soul. I seriously believe there is a special place for comedians. For those who can bring laughter in the midst of sorrow and pain.
If you cannot think of a thing to laugh about, then I have a suggestion for you: Laugh at Satan! Yes. I said it! Laugh at the devil. Laugh at his lies and his attempts to defeat you when God has already declared you the winner. Laugh at his attempts to sidetrack you when you have fully yielded to Holy Spirit and are walking in the victory. Laugh at his tricky words and acts of deceits because you know that it is not you answering the door, but Jesus Himself. Moreover, when the enemy wants to remind you about your past and discourages you about your future; boldly remind him of his certain fate, as written in the book of Revelation. See how fast he stops laughing!
This is what I know: God is here for us and with us. There will always be situations in our life that will try to come, steal our joy, and rob us of peace. There will be situations where there seems no plausible reason to laugh. However, we must learn how to hold on to the promises of God. We must learn to walk in the peace and rest of God, trusting Him to take care of what He said. We must teach ourselves to embrace laughter, to find those pleasant things in life and take joy in it.
When my mother transitioned, it is one of the most heart-wrenching things I have experienced. My mother was a woman of joy and laughter; even through pain, she would find a reason to laugh, make a joke, and smile. It took her time to get to that place, but she made it there and she gave that to me as a gift. She shared her humor effortlessly with others. She was my own comedian. It hurts so bad at times to think of her not being here, but then I hear her in my spirit. I hear her admonishing me about the promises of God at this was not a goodbye, but a see you later, and that she is watching over me and sees everything! That was our private joke about death. She would say, just think, whatever you do, I will see it. You cannot hide anything from me then! I’d laugh so hard, just what she wanted me to do. I find myself laughing and remembering the joy she brought into my life and still brings. I laugh at the memories and embrace the joy and comfort that comes. Though my heart is heavy from her departure, it does not overshadow the love and laughter she brought and planted in my life.
This is what God wants us to remember, Beloveds: through all the pain and loss, remember the joy and happiness that occurs along the way. Smile at the good times. Cherish those times of laughter and joy. In the end, it is those memories of joy and laughter that will bring you comfort and strength to move forward.
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity finds permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. Remember the times of laughter. Draw on those memories and allow it to bring comfort to your heart and soul. Take joy in the Lord and His promises. Do not allow the lies and the voice of the enemy to overshadow the voice and promises of God in your life. Take joy in the Lord. Remember the laughter, always. It will be a source of strength. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!
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