I look forward to Thursdays when I can publish thoughts on my spiritual journey and hear the thoughts of others on a weekly theme topic. It has become a space for an encouraging and fortifying community to come together. We welcome anyone who would like to join us!
This week's theme topic is LAUGHTER.
Before I go on, I want to celebrate Spiritual Journey Thursday's one year anniversary! It was one year ago this week that I started writing about my own spiritual journey and threw out the idea to start a link up for others to join me in the journey. The following week, a community was born. I've been so privileged to be a part of this community, and I love that it continues to grow!
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” Psalm 126:2
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
I have to admit that the couple of weeks that have followed Libby's wedding have been somewhat of a letdown. I was going through withdrawal! The eight months of planning, anticipating, and excitement were suddenly over, and I was a little sad. The celebrations leading up to and including the wedding were some of the happiest occasions of my life. I was filled with joy over the union of my daughter and now son-in-law because of who they are and what God has done and will do with the two of them. I love Jamie's family, too, and the gathering of the two families and their/our friends was just wonderful. There was much laughter, many smiles (and a few happy tears), and lots of thanksgiving surrounding Libby and Jamie throughout this year.
However, I was a bit melancholy following it. It didn't help that immediately following the festivities, we had to begin preparing our house to put on the market, and the preparation is a pain - not nearly as fun as planning a wedding! Yesterday, my devotional (I have the Jesus Calling app) reminded me that God wants us "to enjoy your life lightheartedly" by trusting Him. I needed to get over my funk and remember that joy and laughter belong to ordinary days, too, not just the extraordinary. Laughter can be found in normal routines, small gatherings with friends, sitting down to a good book or meal, and even cleaning the house.
I love to laugh and have fun, and I have a family and friends who love it, too. I know Libby and Jamie will have many years of laughter together. Laughter is such a blessing, and I'm so happy that we worship a God who rejoices in it.