22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
    but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.

Adrian Rogers: God’s Miracle Medicine #1027 Proverbs 12:25;15:13-15;17:22


Laughter Helps Calm Our Storms                     


A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:13

A merry heart does good like medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22

When I was a kid down in Florida, we had a terrible hurricane come through. My dad was with the other men in this fierce, cold wind, nailing up plywood over our windows. I remember wondering if our house was going to blow away.

My dad came in shivering and shut the door against the wind. All the electricity was off, and I’m a little boy there, eyes wide, wondering, “Is our house gonna blow away? Is this it?” My dad looked at my mother and said, “I’d give five dollars for a cup of coffee.” 

My mother went to the tap, filled the pot with water, put it on the gas stove, and made him a cup of coffee. He’d forgotten we had a gas stove! He looked at her, reached in his pocket, gave her five dollars, and we had a big laugh that eased all the tension. 

Does God believe in laughter? Let me give you a verse: Genesis 21:6, “And Sarah said, ‘God has made me to laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.’” God gave her a son. Do you know what she named her son? Isaac. Do you know what Isaac means? “Laughter.” 

Learn to laugh at yourself. You’ll have plenty to laugh at. One of the best gifts you can give your child is the gift of laughter. It will make a difference in your home.

Proverbs 17 New Living Translation

Proverbs 17New Living Translation

17 Better a dry crust eaten in peace
    than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.

A wise servant will rule over the master’s disgraceful son
    and will share the inheritance of the master’s children.

Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,
    but the Lord tests the heart.

Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip;
    liars pay close attention to slander.

Those who mock the poor insult their Maker;
    those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged;
    parents[a] are the pride of their children.

Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool;
    even less are lies fitting for a ruler.

A bribe is like a lucky charm;
    whoever gives one will prosper!

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
    but dwelling on it separates close friends.

10 A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding
    than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.

11 Evil people are eager for rebellion,
    but they will be severely punished.

12 It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
    than to confront a fool caught in foolishness.

13 If you repay good with evil,
    evil will never leave your house.

14 Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate,
    so stop before a dispute breaks out.

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
    both are detestable to the Lord.

16 It is senseless to pay to educate a fool,
    since he has no heart for learning.

17 A friend is always loyal,
    and a brother is born to help in time of need.

18 It’s poor judgment to guarantee another person’s debt
    or put up security for a friend.

19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin;
    anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster.

20 The crooked heart will not prosper;
    the lying tongue tumbles into trouble.

21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool;
    there is no joy for the father of a rebel.

22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
    but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.

23 The wicked take secret bribes
    to pervert the course of justice.

24 Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom,
    but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

25 Foolish children[b] bring grief to their father
    and bitterness to the one who gave them birth.

26 It is wrong to punish the godly for being good
    or to flog leaders for being honest.

27 A truly wise person uses few words;
    a person with understanding is even-tempered.

28 Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent;
    with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

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