Proverbs 17:22 New International Version (NIV)
A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
I learned to cast my thoughts on God and lean not to my own understanding. Laughing is good for us and it brings joy to a heart. The Bibles says it is good like medicine. Depression is real and can take a person down quickly. You might be the happiest person to someone else and there is something inside you deal with untold. I remember how everyday of my life didn't have laughing or smiling much for a season. I remember how words of others crushed my soul and I was broken inside. I realized I had to choice on what to think upon and how to handle words of others. I chose to read Proverbs 17:22 and know that a happy heart is good like medicine.
HAPPY HEART ~
Is knowing who God is and what he has done for you
1 John 3:18 New International Version (NIV)
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Life has a way of changing us into a better person or bitter. Over my lifetime, I have dealt with a mom who suffered from depression and went to counseling. It wasn't that counseling didn't work for her, it was her choices to change her life. She stays bitter and angry over life. I always wanted to be enough and have fun with her. I remember being a small kid and asking her to play. Her answer was mostly no over things I wanted or she was too scared I would get hurt. I made myself a promise as a kid, that I would grow up and teach others to be kind. I would grow up and be the mom I always wanted in life. Yet, as a mom I made mistakes. I didn't balance friendships with family ship at times. I do believe I was a good mom, but I think I am a better grandma. It's because life teaches us things and we can grow into a better person.
Just that one act of kindness like opening a door is important. I remember a time I was dealing with my mom aging and she had broken her hip. It was Christmas morning and little did I know then my life would change right along side of her. She would enter a care home and then go to Heaven within one years time. I remember complaining some days about going there daily and the things I had to do. I grew weary in well doing. I had to step back and review her life. She was also mad she broken her hip and ended up here. She didn't want to live there or not have her normal life back again. She was in her 80's and living independently. Everything about that Christmas day changed for her too.
I thought I would share this story because maybe you are dealing with change and it's not fun. There is nothing to smile about, but there is. God has created a new day for his purpose and he only is the one who can give us strengthen through change. He is the only one who can mend a broken heart no matter how much it hurts. My dad died when I was 18 years old and I had just graduated high school. Suddenly inside our bathroom at home and I'll never forget that day plus the things I saw. It changed me forever and I never got to say goodbye or I love you one more time. Life happens different for each of us, but I know the importance of smiling again. I know the importance of one more day filled with those around you. Never stop living in today, because someone needs you and it's okay to cry. I really felt lead to write this today and I know that God is able to handle our now just fine. Sometimes I tell myself to take a deep breathe and I can do this moment!
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.