Here's some cheer!
Hey hey hey! It has been a crazy busy week for me and I decided to do something different for you! We're going to have a little fun and laughter here at She Who Honors! I love to laugh and have fun, who doesn't? My husband and dad are some of the funniest people I know.
There are some crazy and sad things happening in this world that can be really disturbing, even more so for those who don't know Jesus. But we should take heart, because He has overcome the world (see John 16:33) and receive the peace that only Jesus can give.
So instead of my ususal devotional posts, I'm going to bring you some cheer from various videos around the net. You have heard that laughter is the best medicine and the Bible talked about it way before science caught on:
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength Proverbs 17:22 (NLT).
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health. Proverbs 15:30 (NLT)
When you laugh it releases dopamine which is dope, I talked about it in the Guard your heart post. Dopamine is a feel good hormone. Laughter also increases your life span and can help fight diseases! Humor is a sign of intelligence, too!
So here you go, get your laugh on! Enjoy! You know I had to put an animal video here.
Yes, I put Kevin Hart on here! He cracks me up! This one is my fav of his What The Fit.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope you had some cheer and good belly laughs. Take a break from the craziness and don't forget to laugh. Please like, sign up for great deals and updates, share and comment. Love ya!
Reference: Eric Barker. The scientific prrof that laughing is really good for you. 9/8/2016 The Week.
http://theweek.com/articles/646149/scientific-proof-that-laughing-really-good Accessed 10/05/2018
Is it well with your soul?
Is it well with your soul? I love how my church's, Allegheny Center Alliance Church in Pittsburgh, Pa, worship team sings traditional hymns and some contemporary songs. As stated in the post last week I grew up in a traditional AME Zion church; I have vivid memories of singing in the pews with hymnal in hand.
I love traditional hymns. One of my favorite hymns is It Is Well With My Soul by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873.
My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!--
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Read that verse again. Did you get goosebumps, the chills and/ or butterflies in your stomach? I always do when I sing this song. God’s love is so immense for me and you that He sacrificed His son to bear our sins. Thank you Jesus! My soul is well.
Is it well with your soul? One of the ways that makes your soul well is worshiping God.
I love worshiping God through music. When I sing and listen to my favorite praise and worship songs I feel his presence. When we praise God, He is here in our midst!
Why should we worship God?
“Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings;
honor the Lord for his glory and strength.
Honor the Lord for the glory of his name.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” Psalm 29: 1-2 (NLT)
God is good, perfect, holy, blameless, love, strength, comfort, provider, life, peace and so much more. You are made to crave and worship God. He fills your hearts with peace and joy.
“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” 1 John 5:21 (NLT)
When you don’t worship Him, you worship something else. Those other things will not make your soul well. See my previous post Like , Love or Lust Objects of worship (Idols).
When we worship the Lord, He gives us strength and blesses us with peace.
“The Lord gives his people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.” Psalm 29:11 (NLT)
Is it well with your soul? How are you worshiping the Lord? Are you taking time to praise Him and give Him thanks. Are you worshiping something else? I know that our lifestyle is actually a form of worship, but in this post I'm talking about setting a special time for worship (besides Sunday morning at church).
What is your favorite way to worship the Lord? Let me know. Worship Him, your soul will be well.
It is well with my soul.
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Here’s my 2 play lists I’ve been worshipping and grooving to! I’m a child of the 90’s and loved rap/Hip – Hop, and I was so happy to find some good Christian Hip – Hop to dance and workout to (my praise beats list). Let me know what your think.
does your light shine bright?
“This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine”. Do you remember singing that at church when you were younger? I remember standing in the choir area of St. Matthew’s AME Zion church (shout out to St. Matthew’s AMEZ in Sewickley, PA!) singing that song with other youth in our little choir. It is such a simple song with a powerful message. Although the song was written for children by Harry Dixon Loes in the 1920’s, a music director for the Moody Bible Institute, it’s message is for both young and old.
Is your light shining? Do you stand out in the crowd? Do you brighten up a room with your presence? Do you covet to please God and not the world? Do you seem happier than others? Are you peaceful and bring peace to a situation? Do you speak the truth in love and help others out of their sin? Are you patient, kind, good, loving? Do you not slander others? Do you excel at your work?
There is a lot of darkness in this world. It is echoed in TV shows, movies, memes, social media, newspapers, the culture and more. As Christians we are the light. We are human lighthouses. Lighthouses are used as navigational systems for those at sea.
Take a moment to meditate on that. We are a navigational system for those who are lost in the sea of humanity. Our lives should point others toward Jesus. When we surrendered our lives, repented our sins, followed Jesus and acknowledged Him as our Lord and savior, His light entered into us!
Be a beacon of light at your jobs, in your home, on social media, in the news, on TV, in videos, movies, memes. Be the light in this dark culture.
“Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.” Ephesians 5:3-5 (NLT)
“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” Ephesians 5:8-9 (NLT)
This light in us is God’s grace. God’s grace assists Christians to turn from sin, keeps us in the faith, influences our hearts to be pleasing to God, frees us from sin and blesses us. This light sets us apart.
Please don’t let Satan blow out your light. God’s light in you is powered by trust in Jesus. Keep trusting and obeying Jesus and Satan cannot blow out your light.
I speak the truth in love. If your light is growing dim I pray that you set some time to pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal to you why. Stay reading God’s word every day. Do what His word says. (The book of Ephesians is a great place to start.) Guard your heart. Be intentional what you are reading on social media and what you are posting. The world needs your light.
Remember you are not alone. God is always with you. I am here to encourage you, too. You got this.
I love this prayer Paul wrote in Ephesians (3:16-19), I pray this over you:
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” In Jesus name I pray Amen.
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Let your light shine bright!
Who wrote this little light of mine? Kim Ruehl. ThoughtCo. Updated November 20, 2017 https://www.thoughtco.com/this-little-light-of-mine-1322521
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