The radio guys just informed me that today is International Day of Laughter. I had no idea there was such a day!
I actually got a jump start on the celebration last night when my daughter sent a voice recording of my newest Grand. If I knew how to share it, I would. Who knew a one month old could sound so funny snoring!?! Yes, you read that right, s.n.o.r.i.n.g! Hubby and I both enjoyed a good belly laugh.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
Be blessed today, and may you have many reasons to laugh out loud!
2012 has been a year that I have intentionally looked for, took notice of, and gave God praise for His abundant blessings. It was not a year perfect in every way, yett even in the difficult times God was ever present. I welcome 2013 and can’t wait to see what God has in store. To God be the Glory!
I love family gatherings where stories of days-gone-by are swapped. You know, the ones that siblings spill each others’ shenanigans; or the “when I was your age…” tales. These stories help the generations connect with one another.
I came across a quote the other day. It said, “Every day the chairs would meet and share stories.” This made me wonder, “If my two old rockers could talk, what stories would they tell?”
Oh! And what about the old church pew?
I’m sure it would have stories…
of the church elders, heads bent, petitioning God
of the widow who sobbed quietly as Preacher read the eulogy
of the new believer waiting to be called forward for baptism
of the dad who sat soberly as his daughter said her “I Dos”
of the littlest angel who wiggled and squirmed until time to suddenly appear to the shepherds in the Christmas play
Christmas is a great time for sharing stories. In a couple days we will gather four generations together. I wonder if my dad will tell about the Christmas when he got an air rifle, or if my Mom will tell about Grandpa always reading the Christmas Story from Luke 2?
As your family gathers for the holidays, linger at the dinner table for some story telling. To get started, you might ask, “What is your best childhood Christmas memory?” That’s all it usually takes and other stories will spin off there. The results usually will not disappoint. End your dinner with some laughter, learning something from others and observing how the generations connect through story telling.
“Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Deuteronomy 4:9
Isn’t God amazing! He blesses us over and over even when we don’t deserve it or take time to notice. Ten things I recognize as gifts of blessing to begin this month are: Apple Picking is one of my favorite things about Fall. Picking on Monday took me down memory lane as I thought of all the times My Children and I picked at the local orchard. I couldn’t help smiling as I heard Laughter from excited youngsters hidden behind a row of trees laden with gorgeous, juicy apples.
A Dear Friend is a grandma again. This New Life is a handsome little boy.
God has allowed me to hang out with and minister to several Young Ladies. I love watching how they grow and mature in life and in their relationship with God. It also helps keep me young. 🙂
A Garden that is still producing! Will it get zapped by frost by weeks end?
This morning my phone chimed with a new text message…a LOVE Note from my hubby. ❤
It took a 30 year reunion to Rekindle Friendships~ Sally and Shelly, I am so excited that we have reconnected!
The Desire to learn and grow. Sometimes it is easier to simply let life happen, and I have spent too many years of my life doing that. Yes, the desire to learn and grow is a blessing from the Lord, and I have so much yet to learn.
I continue on this journey of intentionally counting 1000 Gifts in 2012- The Joy Dare. If you are not in the practice of intentionally looking for God’s blessings I’d encourage you to begin today. If you would like to follow the list I’m using for October click HERE. A few gifts we’ll look for are: 3 gifts prayed for, a gift baked/stirred/eaten, 3 gifts on time, a gift surrendered.
How is God blessing you this week? I’d love for you to leave a comment and share your joy!