Saturday Morning Devotional
Laughter, It Does A Body Good!
Have you ever broken into laughter that you couldn’t control? Growing up, it used to happen to me all the time. I can honestly say that it still happens. It can be almost embarrassing, because you can’t stop. It usually makes my stomach hurt and my eyes water. I can’t even imagine what my face must look like. Afterward though, I feel so refreshed. Laughter, it does a body good!
I love a good laugh, but a lot of times things might not be so funny in the moment. In honor of April Fool’s Day, I have to share a couple of pranks I received over the years. I did not laugh at the time!
- One day when my kids were pretty young, they attacked me with mud pies – I had already showered and was ready for the day. They had lots of laughter that day – me not so much.
- My son thought it would be pretty funny to put a rubber band around the spray nozzle in the kitchen. When I turned the water on, I was unexpectedly drenched. He thought it was hilarious. Again, I don’t remember laughing about that at the time.
It seems like there was always something going on around here. That is what it is like in a house full of jokesters. I wish I would have laughed more in the moment, but at least the laughter came later.
Jay has a picture of Jesus laughing that I absolutely love.
Can you imagine having a full on belly laugh with Jesus? That would have been the ultimate! I don’t know if you have seen the series “The Chosen” or not, but there is one episode that sticks in my mind. The Pharisees were giving them a hard time about being unclean since they had been around the woman with the issue of blood. They told them they had to go to the river and wash. Without any arguments, Jesus led the disciples to the water, but it wasn’t for ceremonial cleansing. They played, had fun, and laughed.
I love this 2 minute clip of them playing in the water! If you haven’t seen this, I highly recommend it. This may not have been ceremonial cleansing, but it looks like soul cleansing to me!
“…a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance;”
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
There are so many great quotes about laughter. I could barely narrow them down to just four!
Crowder has a way of bringing a smile to your face as he leads in worship. If you need a smile, listen to his song, “Happy Day.”
Laughter Related Posts
Remember not to take yourself so seriously. Laugh at your bloopers and blunders and you will be much happier. If you didn’t see my post about my meal bloopers, you can find it here. Sometimes you don’t laugh when it happens, but laughter may come later.
Laughter is the Best Medicine is a very short post that shares literal health benefits from laughter. Check it out, because laughter, it does a body good!
A note from Jay – One of my greatest delights is to see Susan in her times of uncontrollable laughter. I have never told her this (surprise Susie!) but it brings me such joy to watch her laugh. There are a couple of sitcoms we watch that she gets so tickled when watching. It always lifts my spirits to watch her laugh so hard. I love it!
Have a Grace & Joy-filled day!
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“When I am filled with cares, Your comfort brings me joy.” Psalms 94:19