Thursday, June 28, 2012

HOLY HUMOR, BATMAN!


Our dear, sweet grammy (my ex-mother-in-law) lost her battle with cancer this past Sunday morning, and with everything that has been going on, I definitely have not been in the mood to blog. (Sorry for that!), so I decided to lighten up a little this week, with guest Deborah DeArmond, so sit back and enjoy!

The Bible is clear that God believes humor should be on the agenda as a healthy habit. Proverbs 17:22 NKJ “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.”

The word “laugh” or “laughter” is mentioned in the Bible approximately 200 times. Much of that laughter falls into some categories that do not feed our hearts like medicine. Consider if you will:
  • The laugh of unbelief. Sarah, who laughs at the idea of having a child in her 90’s. (Gen 18:11-12, 15)
  • The laughter of a fool. God compares the laughter of a fool to the thorns afire beneath a pot – he is so foolish he laughs and doesn’t even see his end coming. (Ecc 7:6)
  • The laughter of derision. Often this is related to God’s amusement at the foolishness of man in spiritual things. (Ps 2:1-4, Prov 1:24-26)
But the fourth type of laughter is a healthy expression and brings to our lives richness, like medicine. He has given us many reasons to laugh! Here are a few good examples of why God’s people can have a good laugh:
  • Lack of fear. “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” (Prov 31:25 NLT)
  • Happiness and connection. “Laugh with your happy friends when they're happy; share tears when they're down.” (Rom 12:15 MSG)
  • Joy. “God will let you laugh again; you'll raise the roof with shouts of joy.” (Job 8:21 MSG)
  • Relief. “Good people will watch and worship. They’ll laugh in relief.” (Ps 52:6 MSG)
  • God is acting on our behalf. “When the righteous see God in action they'll laugh, they'll sing, they'll laugh and sing for joy.” (Psalm 68:3 MSG)
  • Good fortune. "We laughed, we sang, we couldn't believe our good fortune.  We were the talk of the nations - 'God was wonderful to them!' " (Ps 126:2 MSG)
  • It is a gift to God. “Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence.” (Ps 100:2 MSG)
There is a time for laughter, according to the Ecclesiastes 3:4 “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”
In other words, while life here on this planet is no joke, there are times when laughter is appropriate, healthy and pleasing to God.
So tune up those vocal chords and let loose a giggle or guffaw, a chortle or chuckle, a snicker, a snort or a shout. Let it fly and exclaim to the world the JOY of the Lord!



 
Deborah DeArmond is an experienced and sought-after coach, trainer and speaker, having worked with audiences at all levels. She has 30 years of expertise, training and teaching in the areas of relationship, communication and conflict resolution. Known for her dynamic style and ability to engage her audiences with a sense of fun along with her direct style, Deborah mixes creativity, humor, and insight and delivers her message on point every time.
Deborah is co-founder and featured author at MyPurposeNow.org, an online site for Christian women 50+. Additionally she is a featured author for two online magazines, Destiny in Bloom and Living Better at 50. She is a CLASSEMINARS, Inc. graduate.



10 comments:

Carolina said...

I'm so sorry for your loss...sending hugs and prayers out to you and your family.

Chatty Crone said...

i am sorry for your loss too. Sandie

Selena and Anna said...

Deborah..I am so sorry for your loss. I really hate cancer so much. I loved this post, though, because laughter truly can be the best medicine along with singing. I recently finished treatment for thyroid cancer and I am one of the lucky ones because I'm going to be ok. It hasnt been an easy road but I found that singing and laughter helped SO much!! I'll keep your family in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate your mother-in-laws life.

misssrobin said...

Fabulous post. Thanks, I needed that.

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you are blessed with peace and wonderful memories.

Erin said...

Deborah, I'm so sorry for your loss. Times like these are definitely a time to weep. I found, when I lost my mom, that we had a lot of laughter too, as we remembered her sweet life. I've never seen the different types of laughter from the Bible spelled out like that! It's wonderful. I'm going to share it with my women's Bible study.

Laura, thank you for sharing Deborah's post with us!
Blessings,
~Erin

Laura Day said...

Thanks ladies! It has been a tough week. I might need to clarify, I lost my MIL last Sunday morning, but this fabulous article was written by Deborah DeArmond.

Pamela said...

I am sorry for your loss..This article is so true!

leigh said...

Great post. I'm so sorry about the loss of your mother in law xoxo
Glad you can still find laughter in the world
Leigh
www.oneandoneequalstwinfun.com

The Pepperrific Life said...

I'm sorry for your loss.
Thanks for sharing this.

Courtney G said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Grammy.

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