Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tip # 1 To Finding and Staying Joyful Through The Storms of Life

 
First and foremost if you are currently not walking with God, please allow me to invite you to join this wonderful family of God that I belong to. God created us and longs to have a personal relationship with every one of us.  He doesn’t just want you to be a “Christian” by religion – It’s honestly not about religion, it’s about relationship.  God loves you so very much and longs to be your best friend, your father, your mother, your sister, your brother, your confidant, your savior, your provider, your protector, your king, your all. He is patiently waiting…

God’s desire is for us all to live and experience abundant lives in our daily walk with him. He wants us to grow in him and get to know him better every day. He longs for us to find complete joy in him, through his son Jesus Christ and the power of God’s Holy Spirit in us.

If you do not know Jesus Christ in the way I am talking about, please click here to view a video that will help you to have a relationship and find the One who is the provider of Joy we will be sharing in the coming week.

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12 Tips To Finding and Staying Joyful Through The Storms of Life:
                                                                                                                                                        
1.        1.  Smile and Laugh regularly.   Proverbs 17:22 tells us; A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
 
Years ago we ministered in a church that during the meet and greet time in the Sunday evening service the congregation would sing a cute little chorus that always would bring a smile to everyone’s face.
 
                “Smile a while and give your face a rest; Raise your hand to the One that loves you best.  Then shake hands with those nearby and give to them a smile. (Author unknown)


This cute little chorus became so embedded in my head that I would sing the song to my daughter whenever she was down.  To this day, even though my daughter is now 34 I still sing this song along with funny little songs I make up; the only problem is I sing while she’s driving!  Not always a good idea to make someone laugh when they are driving.  But the key here is I try to make my loved ones smile and laugh because I love to see them happy.  Just as they love to see me happy as well.
               
A smile can do wonders.  Have you ever been out and smiled at a complete stranger?  Most of the time they will smile back at you.  A smile can be contagious.  So I thought to myself one day when I was down, if a smile is contagious with a complete stranger – then why not to myself?  Yes, that’s right.  Sometimes I will stand in front of the mirror and smile at myself.  If that doesn’t help, I will make a funny face.  (I know; I’m strange!  Ha-ha!)  Now sometimes it doesn’t work, my mood is still blue, but I keep trying to think of ways to change my mood.  I’ll watch a “clean” funny show, or video; or read some of my blogging friend’s humorous posts.  Or view pictures of loved ones. 

I’ve also learned not to be too hard on myself.  Between my chronic illness and medications my mind is not as sharp as it should be and I will say or do something that doesn’t make sense.  Instead of getting down on myself or depressed I have learned to laugh at the situation.  Life is too short – I don’t have time to get mad at myself or my situation; it’s much easier to accept it and laugh along with others. 

So when you are down, depressed, and have a need of finding joy – “Smile a while and give your face a rest!”

Thank you heavenly Father for the gift of laughter and humor you have given to each of your children.   Help me to stay joyful, but in days I am down, may your Words remind me to turn my frown into a smile.  In Your precious name, Amen. 

Stay tuned for Tip #2

For other Thankful posts, please visit Lynn over at Spiritually Unequal Marriage    

14 comments:

Laura said...

What a great tip, Michele. There have been so many times in my life when laughing has kept me sane. Prayer is my lifeline. I bet that's in the tips somewhere...

Michele Williams said...

Laura, I bet you are right that prayer is one of the tips....

You are right... laughter does keep one sane! Especially me! LOL....

Whidbey Woman said...

Here's a link (pdf file) for you and anyone else reading this comment:
http://www.faithfulfriends.org/someonesmiling.html
This is a cute piece about smiling and sharing God's love that I've shared with the seniors I work with. Hope it makes you smile today, no matter what storm you are facing.

LAURIE said...

Thank you Michele for sharing these great tips. You bless the socks off of me! Happy TT!

Desiray said...

Love the tip Laughter is medicine for the soul...I know when I get down and feeling like yuk I put in a good movie that will make me laugh and by the time the movie is over I am good to go.

eph2810 said...

Amen, Michele. Actually I too stand sometimes before the mirror and smile - makes me giggle. And yes, I do smile at strangers; nine times out of ten, I get a smile back.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us this week.

Love & peace,
<>< Iris

pam said...

We always told our girls when they were little that smiling at others was a way to spread the joy...sometimes other people just need to be noticed and see a smile. And isn't it amazing something that doesn't cost anything and is so simple can do so much.

Marydon said...

Beautiful write, Michele ... TY for sharing. Smiles make life a lot brighter, also.

Have a beautiful weekend, my friend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Pia said...

hi michelle. those were great tips. i have to remind myself that all the time. =)

God bless.

Charlotte said...

I forgot about that song. Gosh, we would sing that and then turn around and see how many hands we could shake. Such good memories. Thanks for bringing back to me this moment to enjoy. I LOVED it. It will proably follow me all of the day :0) Joy is such a wonderful Gift from our Father..!

Denise said...

Amen sweet sis, love you.

Rita T. said...

Wonderful advice. Have a great weekend!

Lynn said...

Oh Michele,

What a just delightful post. We are in one accord and know the power of joy.

The joy of the Lord is my strength. Girl, I can't wait to meet you and hug you.

Thank you for sharing your heart and praising our Lord. See you again Thursday. BIG hugs, Lynn

Winstrol said...

Great tips, thank you. Your post was a delight to read.