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Laugh it up!
Mary Southerland

Today’s Truth
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV).

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Jesus lived and died so that we can experience abundant life. Jesus did not come so that we can merely survive life. Pagans can survive life. God’s plan is for us to experience joy and peace – no matter what life holds.

John 10:10 clearly states the promise of God, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” In this verse, “abundant” literally means “going beyond; full or exuberant.” In other words, an abundant life is a life filled with joy. Even in the midst of a joy-less world, we can live a joy-filled life for one simple reason – God is in control. And because He is in control, we are promised, “the cheerful heart has a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:15 NIV). Life should be an ongoing celebration.

Now, be honest for a moment. Is your life a continual feast, a daily celebration? Would those who know you best describe you as a woman of joy? Laughter and joy are treasures from God, valuable to us for many reasons.

1. Joy heals. Proverbs 17:22 “A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength.”

We lived in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area when hospitals and doctors first developed “laughter programs.” Doctors actually prescribed laughter for their patients. Why? Because they discovered what Scripture has said for thousands of years - laughter heals. Studies show that laughter:
•Exercises lungs
•Increases circulation
•Controls pain
•Reduces tension
•Strengthens immune systems

In other words, God created us to illustrate the truth, that if we laugh more days, we will have more days to laugh. Joy heals.

2. Joy makes us strong. Nehemiah 8:10 “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Joy – humor – laughter – all cultivate inner strength that operates beyond our own human abilities. The joy of the Lord in us will produce His strength through us. A life without joy is like a car without shock absorbers. It will be jolted by every bump in the road. Laughter and joy are the shock-absorbers of life and can radically change our perspective of life and the tough times it holds.

Several years ago, one of my friends had a mastectomy. Sally was out of work for months, undergoing surgery, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Sally seemed fragile and frail in the way she handled tough circumstances and her battle with cancer was by far the greatest challenge of her life. Anticipating her return to work, Sally’s co-workers were a little tense, wondering just how this experience would affect her personally as well as her ability to handle the stress of her job. They got their answer on her first day back at work. Sally walked in, smiling, wearing a large poster-board sign around her neck. On the sign was a huge black arrow pointing down. The sign read, “It was this one!” Yes, joy and laughter make us strong.

C. Joy makes the ordinary special.

Someone said, “If you have to move ten inches from where you are now to be happy, then you will never be truly happy.” As we learn to celebrate the ordinary things in life, we build a life of joy because it is against the backdrop of the ordinary that God’s work becomes extraordinary. We don’t have trouble celebrating the big events in life. Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries – are celebrations we anticipate and execute with great planning and forethought. We tend to place unrealistic expectations on these celebrations because there is no daily celebration of life.

So celebrate, my friends! Celebrate Tuesdays, half birthdays, haircuts, new jeans and report cards. Celebrate the day braces go on – and especially the day they come off. Celebrate if Dad comes home early. Hey, just celebrate if Dad comes home. My husband is an absolute master at finding joy and laughter in the ordinary and often mundane things of life. Now before I go any further, you need to know that I have his full permission to share the following illustration. I believe his exact words were, “Go for it!”

Several years ago, our family was flying to Texas for the Christmas holidays. Before I could even begin packing, a mountain of laundry had to be done. My sweet husband offered to help. After the first few loads, we turned on the television to watch a Christmas special. Settling into the couch positioned under a wall of windows, we folded load after load of clothes. It was midnight and Dan was bored – a dangerous combination. The drier buzzed and out he went to retrieve the final load. He came back into the room wearing a “hat” which turned out to be a pair of my sexiest underwear. I burst out laughing – and so did the people outside our family room windows.

Each year, our church youth decorated Christmas trees and delivered them to the older members of our congregation - a wonderful act of service. They also had a contest to see who could produce the ugliest tree, which was always delivered to the pastor’s home on Christmas Eve. Since we would be out of town on Christmas Eve, they had chosen this particular night to deliver “our” tree. Outside our windows stood youth workers, youth and the youth pastor – laughing hysterically. (Some of them are still in counseling today.) That ordinary chore has become a favorite family story. Joy and laughter make the ordinary special.

I want it all. I want everything God has for me. I want to celebrate life, but I often get so wrapped up in the urgent things that I lose sight of the important things. A celebratory attitude is slowly siphoned from our souls by the countless “joy robbers” the enemy sends our way. Guard your heart and mind. Refuse to surrender your God-given joy to anyone or anything. Join me this week as we celebrate Jesus. Party on, girlfriends!

Let’s Pray
Father, I celebrate You! Thank You for bringing joy and peace into my dark world. Thank You for a love that never fails and a peace that meets every need. Help me to remember that because You are in control, I can have joy every step of the way.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen!

Now It’s Your Turn
•Evaluate the joy-level in your heart and in your home.
•Identify any “joy-robbers” in your life and make a plan to eliminate them.
•Plan a party to celebrate Jesus.
•Memorize the key verse today. Write it on a card and post it where you will see if most often.


My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Leah

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"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name!"

"If it's gonna be, it's up to me!"

"Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain!"


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10 Pro Tips to Get Cleaning Done Fast


Professional cleaners share their secrets to getting cleaning chores done fast and efficiently.

4Make a Schedule and Stick to It.Set aside a specific time to get your chores done. Don’t quit until the job is done. Schedule the job and stick to it to get the work done in record time.

4Find a Motivator.Use motivators to prevent distraction and head off boredom. Play your favorite upbeat music. Listen to a book on tape so you'll feel as if you're accomplishing two tasks at once.

4Dress for Success.Professional cleaners dress in comfortable, washable clothing designed for work. Supportive shoes and kneepads spare their bodies. Goggles and gloves protect against chemicals. Throw out the bleach-stained sweatshirts, and create a cleaning uniform that includes shoes, gloves and eye protection.

4Invest in Proper Tools.Professional cleaners don’t use gadgets. You’ll never find them toting specialized one-time-use tools or the latest gimmick hawked on a TV infomercial. Buy good tools once and use them.

4Simplify Supplies.Pros can tote all the products they need in one tray. They’ve simplified their cleaning products down to four basic supplies:

§Light-duty evaporating cleaner (glass cleaner or multi-surface cleaner)
§Heavy-duty degreasing cleaner
§Tile and bathroom cleaner
§Powdered abrasive cleanser

That’s it! The professionals know that with these four simple products they’ll be able to handle any ordinary cleaning chore.

4Tote Your Tools.For efficiency sake, professional cleaners tote all their tools with them. All their tools are right there in the tote tray. Vacuum, mop and mini-vac wait in the doorway. A plastic bag for trash is tucked into a pocket, next to the lamb's wool duster.

4Minimize Movement.Professional cleaners don’t circle a room more than once. Taking their place before the bathroom sink, they’ll spray and wipe the mirror, scrub the sink, wipe down counters and polish fixtures before they move one inch to the right or left. Stand fast and clean everything in your path before you move on.

4Two Hands Are Better Than One.Get in the habit of using both hands to attack cleaning tasks. Spray a mirror with one hand; wipe it down with the other. Dusting goes twice as fast when a lamb's wool duster in one hand cleans nooks and crannies while the cleaning cloth in the other skims flat surfaces.

4Pick It Up Before You Clean.Pretend that you’ve hired a high-priced cleaning crew. You wouldn’t make them relocate the clutter just to be able to do their job. Give yourself the same head start - pick up before you clean.

4Teamwork.Two people make a bed four times faster than one. If possible, make cleaning a group effort. Family members are more reluctant to mess up a clean house when they have been part of the cleaning effort!

My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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5/29/12 2:56 P

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SparkPeople's Coach Nicole says:
Every day is another chance to turn things around.


My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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5/25/12 12:37 P

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Refuse To Lisen To Negative Self-Talk.


There are days when I feel like I have a person on each shoulder talking in my ear. On one side is the big fat lazy me - on the other is the lean fit person I am striving to be. The lazy fat me never wants to do anything - the lean fit me wants to go to the gym. Shut that fat person up at any cost


- Submitted by LORIANNHOFFMAN 4/16/2010

My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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5/21/12 11:25 P

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Leah

Co-Leader The Turn Around Girls Team

Co-Leader The Devoted Ones

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name!"

"If it's gonna be, it's up to me!"

"Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain!"


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Don’t Quit

When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down,
And you feel like the biggest failure in town.
When you want to give up just because you gave in,
And forgot all about being healthy and thin.
So what! you went over your allowance a bit.
It's your next move that counts....SO DON'T YOU QUIT!

It's a moment of truth, it's attitude and change.
It's learning the skills to get back in your range.
It's telling yourself 'you've done great up till' now',
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow.

It's part of your journey toward reaching your goal.
You're still gonna' make it, just stay in control.
To stumble and fall is not a disgrace,
If you summon the will to get back in the race.
But often the struggler's, when losing their grip,
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip...

So Don’t You Quit!!!


My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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5/17/12 10:01 P

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I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil. 4:13

Leah

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Co-Leader The Devoted Ones

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name!"

"If it's gonna be, it's up to me!"

"Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain!"


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Talk to yourself - it works!

Our words have a lot of power over us, and so do our thoughts. I have started talking to myself to encourage my soul and my spirit. Here are some examples:
"I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
"I am beautiful and strong"
"I am not a mistake."
"I have been given a beautiful gift - life."
"I am losing weight and refueling a healthy body"
"I can drink my water & eat my fruits/vegs every day because those things are what my body needs."
"I am a masterpiece."


- Submitted by CJHOLDA 3/2/2012

My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Love these!

Leah

Co-Leader The Turn Around Girls Team

Co-Leader The Devoted Ones

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name!"

"If it's gonna be, it's up to me!"

"Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain!"


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Don't keep those "FAT PANTS"!!!

Every time I lose a size I get rid of those "fat pants". I used to keep them "just in case" as back up. And of course gained the weight right back. But now I get rid of those pants right away knowing that if I gain the weight then I am stuck with those small pants!!!

- Submitted by KRISTINWRIGHT78 3/31/2012

My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Set The Timer!

When I have a big job to organize, I break it up.....set the timer for say 20-30 minutes, turn on some music and get going! It works for me! Hope it helps you too!!!!!


- Submitted by BELLACUDDLES 4/17/2010

My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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So true!

Leah

Co-Leader The Turn Around Girls Team

Co-Leader The Devoted Ones

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name!"

"If it's gonna be, it's up to me!"

"Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain!"


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Decluttering Is Like Taking A Diet Pill

I made a promise to myself to de-clutter. I first began with my computer cabinet and discovered that I went hours without thinking of food! Everyday I look for something that I can get myself lost in while organizing, because when my hands are busy my head isn't thinking of food!

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Pick one thing everyday to work on. Keep a big glass of ice water near by to drink often. Change shelf paper in all your cabinets. Organize your dressers and closets. Catalog your photos. When you clear the clutter and get organized everything around you feels so good.


- Submitted by REBECKY44 5/15/2010 A sparkpeople member

My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


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Lets post ideas, articles, stories etc about getting everything else in our lives back on track. be it time management or organization or cleaning tips etc....anything we can share to help make our lives others lives run smoother.

My name is Teresa.
I live in Oregon


When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:19



Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. Phil 3:19


Prov 23:2
put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.


 current weight: 375.0 
 
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