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851st -- A Laughing Matter


It is easy for us to want to give up because of the many trials that come
our way, but if we change how we see our trials and have a lighthearted 
attitude, the outcome would surprise many of us. When we see our plight 
as an opportunity for us to become better, we can begin to see the good 
that can come from any situation that at one time seemed so bad to us. No
matter what you may go through in life, see the good that can come from it
and allow yourself to learn the lesson from that problem. It is only when
we use our problems as steppingstones, that we benefit and become better 
than we were before. (Isaiah 26:3-4) (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

Do your best to laugh and enjoy life even in the midst of your trials and
you will find them become much smaller in stature than previously thought.
Be encouraged to enjoy where you are right now, see the good in your life,
laugh at yourself more, criticize yourself less and remember that seasons
in everyone's life have good times and bad times, but the good greatly 
overshadow and outweigh the bad. (John 15:16-17) (Galatians 4:4-7)

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to love yourself and
be at peace with who God made you to be. Life is too short to want to go
through it constantly murmuring and complaining.


According to psychologist William James, we do not laugh because we are 
happy. But rather, we are happy because we laugh. The happiest people alive
are those who know how to laugh often and well.

In his book A Touch Of Wonder, Arthur Gordon tells of a friend of his who
knew about laughter. Though deaf and almost blind, he went right on 
working, laughing and making the most of his life.

One Christmas season Arthur and his friend entered a crowded drugstore. On
the back of the door was a mirror, visible when the door was closed. As 
they turned to leave, Arthur's friend saw his reflection in the mirror. He
thought the door must be open and that the figure he dimly viewed before 
him was a customer attempting to enter the store. He stepped aside and, 
naturally, so did the image. He moved forward again and once more met 
himself. Again he retreated.

By now an uneasy hush had fallen on the spectators. No one quite knew what
to do or say. But on his third advance the man realized that he was facing
a mirror. “Why,” he cried, “it's only me!” He made a grand bow. “Good to 
see you, old boy! Merry Christmas!” The whole store exploded in delighted

And why not? Here was a man who knew how to laugh at himself! He accepted
his problems and limitations with a grace and humor that was contagious.

We're given the power of laughter, not only to laugh at things, but to 
laugh things off. We'll always know difficulties and we will never be 
without our share of troubles, but the happy person learns how to laugh 
most of them off. And that's the reason they're happy -- it's a laughing 

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 40:1-4 “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and
heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the 
miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He
hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see 
it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh
the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside 
to lies.”

Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my 
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my 
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving 
strength of His anointed.”

Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be
not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee 
whithersoever thou goest.”

Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I 
deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He 
shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and
shew him My salvation.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: THIS MOMENT
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem45.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: HEALED FROM DEPRESSION
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony130.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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