Father God Knows Best -by Lois Macdonald

Our Heavenly Father said, “A joyful heart is good medicine…” Proverbs 17:22. He inspired King Solomon to write out this prescription for the entire world in 900 BC. Science catches up and validates its truth June 1, 2017. ScienceDaily News writes, researchers have revealed how laughter releases endorphins in the human brain. The more opioid receptors the participants had in their brain, the more they laughed during the experiment. Sorry science, but this is old news!

My Conclusion. “Father God knows best!”

Proverbs 11:22 ends with this warning. “…But a broken spirit drains one’s strength.” Science validates this truth, June 30, 2016. Almost 2,916 years later. The Australian Spinal Research Foundation released this news. Cortisol is the major player in …chronic stress. It’s responsible for weight gain …and it’s been implicated as the leading cause of osteoporosis, digestive problems, hormone imbalances, cancer, heart diseases and diabetes. And if that weren’t enough, it’s also responsible for adrenal fatigue, where you are physically exhausted but wired and unable to rest. Adrenal burnout affects your moods, elicits poor sleep and makes it difficult to concentrate or remember things. That’s just the start of the cocktail of dysfunction and damage that cortisol is capable of wrecking on your system.

My Conclusion. “Father God knows best!”

Laughter is not a hard pill to swallow. One only needs to watch a giggling toddler in a “jolly jumper” or turn on “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” to see first-hand how laughter can turn any frown upside down. Although we seldom think of God having a sense of humor, Scripture confirms that he Does. “Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? Will Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” When she heard this news, she laughed and said, “God has caused me to laugh, and all who hear about it will laugh with me.” Genesis 21:6. We can see how contagious joy is, so why do we take ourselves so seriously? Is it during our teen years, when hormones are running amuck? Being constantly aware of every little imperfection. Or does it fuel our insecurities during adulthood? A time when we mask our humor under a garment of correctness, feeling that we should have all the answers by now? Two of the most stressful groups of adults are parents and church leaders. Perhaps it is time for all of us to fill God’s prescription and embrace the power of joy. Caution. It could be contagious!

Prescription. “A joyful heart is good medicine…” Proverbs 17:22.

My Conclusion. “Father God does know best.” by Lois Macdonald


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