Wednesday, April 26, 2023

A Merry Heart

“A merry heart does good, like medicine….” –Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV)

When life is hard, heavy, frustrating, complicated, painful…it’s important to remember this verse. Jesus has given us ways to have a merry heart even when circumstances are anything but.

In addition to all our spiritual blessings, today I’m thinking about some of the random things that make me smile, laugh, feel happy or joyful. There are actually a lot of them…here are a few: 

Children’s laughter – so precious!

Giraffes, hedgehogs, and dolphins – God certainly displays His sense of humor, tender heart, and joy through these animals He created.

Christmas music – never fails to lift my spirits.

Reading funny children’s books – the classics never get old.

The opening of “The Lone Ranger” tv show, with the William Tell overture playing and the Lone Ranger racing along on his white steed – always makes me smile. 

Waterfalls – looking at pictures or experiencing them brings delight!

Snoopy cartoons, gifs, or memes – can’t help but love the little pup.

Chocolate, ice cream, watermelon (and other tasty foods) – they taste good and bring happy memories to mind.

Watching squirrels chase each other around the yard – highly entertaining.

Quoting silly movie lines with family or friends – can’t do it without laughing!

Rocking in a rocking chair – one of life’s simple pleasures.


What are some things that make you smile, laugh, or bring you joy? 

Ultimately, knowing Jesus is what gives me joy and happiness in the core of my being. I can’t help but feel joyful when I spend time with Him. 

“I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.” –Psalm 31:7