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NUM 6:25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
NUM 6:24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
 



A merry heart doeth good like a medicine!
PROVERBS 17:22 

    We need to surround ourselves with things that are wholesome and clean.  Then we will be happier! They will make our spirits happy and  joyful. We are what we eat, "Physically and Spiritually." The books,  newspapers, television and even the jokes that we hear and tell are all feeding into us. It all becomes part of our mental and spiritual diets. What are you eating?

     PHILIPPIANS 1:4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy

     PSALMS 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: they said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.

      PROVERBS 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

     PROVERBS 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

 

How laughter helps

Laughter boosts the immune system and helps in muscle relaxation.

1. The late Dr Laurence Peter, author of The Peter Principle, said it was nearly impossible to feel tense when you laugh. The bigger the laugh, the lower the tension and the more long-lasting the relief. A state of reduced tension may last for an hour after a good laugh.

2. Laughter reduces muscle tension and stimulates the heart and lungs. It also causes causes the diaphragm, the main muscle for respiration, to go into overdrive. The heavy, deep respiration that accompanies hearty laughter increases the oxygen level in the blood.

And the expert says...

Here are some recommendations from Joyce Saltman, a therapist from the Southern Connecticut State University, on how to find laughter every day:

~Designate a section at work as a place for a new joke of the day, every day.

~Surround yourself with positive people.

~Avoid people who are constantly negative. They can diminish positive energy.

~Buy clothes that make you smile.

~Wear the brightest clothes you can find to brighten your day and the day of others around you.

~Make a list of 20 things to do in a day that make you happy.

 

Ten Biblical Rules for a Happy Marriage

By Steve Arterburn
A quick look at the Scriptures will show you what true happiness in a marriage really means.
  1. Never bring up mistakes of the past.
    Stop criticizing others or it will come back on you. If you forgive others, you will be forgiven (Luke 6:37).

     
  2. Neglect the whole world rather than each other.
    And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process? (Mark 8:36)

     
  3. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled.
    And don't sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry (Ephesians 4:26).

     
  4. At least once a day, try to say something complimentary to your spouse.
    Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit (Proverbs 15:4).

     
  5. Never meet without an affectionate welcome.
    Kiss me again and again, your love is sweeter than wine (Song of Solomon 1:2).

     
  6. "For richer or poorer" - rejoice in every moment that God has given you together.
    A bowl of soup with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate (Proverbs 15:17).

     
  7. If you have a choice between making yourself or your mate look good, choose your mate.
    Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it's in your power to help them (Proverbs 3:27).

     
  8. If they're breathing, your mate will eventually offend you. Learn to forgive.
    I am warning you, if another believer sins, rebuke him; then if he repents, forgive him. Even if he wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, forgive him (Luke 17:3,4).

     
  9. Don't use faith, the Bible, or God as a hammer.
    God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it (John 3:17).

     
  10. Let love be your guidepost.
    Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged (1 Cor. 13:4,5).
     

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us

"Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for
a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God
demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were
still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:7-8, niv).
 

How Dwight L. Moody told about a young man who
was called to serve in Napoleon Bonaparte's army but didn't
want to go. A friend volunteered to go in his place and was
accepted as his substitution. Unfortunately, the friend was
later killed in battle.

However, because of a clerical error the same young man was
called up to serve again. "You can't take me. I'm dead. I
died on the battlefield," he told the astonished officers.

After checking the records, the officers found
documentation of his name and alongside it the name of the
friend who died in his place. The case was presented to
Napoleon who, after examining the evidence, said, "Through
a surrogate, this man has not only fought, but has died in
his country's service. No man can die more than once,
therefore the law has no claim on him."

And that's exactly what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, did
for you and me. He died in our place to pay the just
penalty for all our sins so we could be freely forgiven and
given the gift of eternal life. When we accept God's pardon,
we will never have to pay the price for our sins because
Jesus did that for us. He was our surrogate.
 


Quotes

LISTEN CAREFULLY

"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak."
- Epictetus

"The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."
- Peter F. Drucker

"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk."
- Doug Larson


Allow Your Own Inner Light to Guide You

There comes a time when you must stand alone.
You must feel confident enough within yourself to follow your own dreams.
You must be willing to make sacrifices.
You must be capable of changing and rearranging your priorities so that your final goal can be achieved.
Sometimes, familiarity and comfort need to be challenged.
There are times when you must take a few extra chances and create your own realities.
Be strong enough to at least try to make your life better.
Be confident enough that you won't settle for a compromise just to get by.
Appreciate yourself by allowing yourself the opportunities to grow, develop, and find your true sense of purpose in this life.
Don't stand in someone else's shadow when it's your sunlight that should lead the way.

 HAG 2:23 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.
 

 


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Today's Bible Verse

PSA 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

PSA 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

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