Why You Should Laugh More This Christmas, Advent Devotion #7

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Why You Should Laugh More This Christmas, Advent Devotion #7

READ: 

Listen to me, all you who are serious about right living and committed to seeking God. Ponder the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were dug. Yes, ponder Abraham, your father, and Sarah, who bore you. Think of it! One solitary man when I called him, but once I blessed him, he multiplied. Likewise I, God, will comfort Zion, comfort all her mounds of ruins. I’ll transform her dead ground into Eden, her moonscape into the garden of God, A place filled with exuberance and laughter, thankful voices and melodic songs.” Isaiah 51:1-3

REFLECT: Today’s JOY thought is written by Kate from One Flesh Marriage in “Growth Through Busyness

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. (Prov. 31: 25-26)

These are two of my most favorite verses in the whole of Proverbs 31.  She is full of strength and dignity and SHE LAUGHS!!! Laughter and joy are so important for us as wives. Find ways to smile, laugh and find joy in everyday. Finding joy in the places God has placed me is a new mission I have in life. I have not always looked at life that way for sure. Finding joy in the business of life, learning to say no, prioritizing and seeking to find time with your hubby are very good things.” 

REACT: 

E.E. Cummings is one of those writers that I often don’t understand. Whoosh! Right over my head. Did you see that? But this saying of his has much wisdom: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”  Yesterday I found myself waiting for over an hour for my mother-in-law to pick me up after she got stuck in traffic and then we sat in traffic for almost 2 more hours because of several accidents. It was frustrating. But finally, I suggested we pull over and grab coffee while waiting for traffic to thin out. As I treated her to Starbucks, we relaxed in comfy leather chairs and talked about everything from books to Christmas traditions to family history. And we laughed. I’m so glad we stopped because we got to enjoy each other’s company, get to know one another better, and sink into a moment of joy.

It’s hard to make my husband laugh, but when I do, the result is priceless. Sometimes I have to be downright goofy to get him to even crack a smile (but then again, I’m always kind of goofy). But to make Adam smile and laugh is a precious joy of mine. I can always tell when he’s really enjoying himself because he’s smiling and laughing, and I look forward to the end of the day when he comes home and has a big smile on his face – so happy to see me! It makes me feel so special.

When I think about Christmas, I cannot help but feel overjoyed. The King of kings came to redeem His people and provide a way for them to be right with God again. I can dance and sing in the holy presence of the Lord and be filled with holy joy and exuberant laughter as I look forward to Christmas, knowing Christ already came and He is coming again. In Isaiah 51, he talks of Abraham, the father of many nations, the husband of a long-barren woman, the father of Isaac (whose name means laughter) and grandfather to Jacob (Israel), and great-grandfather to Judah, the line in which the Savior would be born. Then fast-forward to Elizabeth, another barren woman who gave birth to John the Baptist. And her cousin, Mary, a virgin, who gives birth to the Savior, the King of kings, the second personhood of the Godhead in human form. Miracle after miracle is shown throughout the history of the Israelites, and God’s love is proven over and over again. Is this not the greatest reason to rejoice? God took a mess of people, marred by sin, and gave them the greatest gift – holy redemption through Christ. He made way for a second Eden – a place filled with exuberance, laughter, thanksgiving, and melody.

This Advent season, take time to laugh and rejoice for your salvation has come. Glad tidings of great joy have been brought to earth, and the promise of a joyous return is yet to come. Celebrate the season of joy by laughing and rejoicing with your spouse, and delight in his/her presence, character, and even personality quirks.

For further reading try The Presence of Joy, 10 Fun Ways to Flirt with Your Husband: The 30 Dates in November Challenge, Day 10, and Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day: The 30 Dates in November Challenge, Day 14.

Worship in song together! Joy to the World by Isaac Watts

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

RESPOND: To the God of joy, we raise our voices in praise and thanksgiving. Fill us with Your exuberant joy and make us people of laughter. Help us to laugh more readily and willingly, to display the beauty of Your joy in our lives so that others want to know more of You. Remind us of Your goodness so that we cannot help but overflow with praise. Help us to take joy in one another as a couple, and to enjoy the things and the time You have given us. Thank You for coming to this earth, and giving us a reason to rejoice every Christmas season and all year long. In Christ’s holy and precious Name, Amen.

REJOICE: What are you joyful for today? I am joyful for the gift of joy itself, for laughter, and for my husband’s unique personhood.

Your Turn! Share 3 Things that you’re joyful for (regarding your husband’s differences) down in the comments below!

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3 Comments

  1. I LOVE this! Yes, we should laugh more at Christmas. Joy is such a wonderful gift. Thank you for sharing and for linking up with NOBH. Smiles (and laughs :) ) –

    • May God bless your marriage with joy, love, and laughter! :o)

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