Daily Devotional – 8/31/12 “It’s Friday Baby!”

Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and says to the first man he meets, “Do you want to go to heaven?” The man said, “I do Father.”

The priest said “Then stand over there against the wall.” Then the priest asked the second man, “Do you want to go to heaven?”

“Certainly, Father,” was the man’s reply.

“Then stand over there against the wall,” said the priest. Then Father Murphy walked up to O’Toole and said, “Do you want to go to heaven?”

O’Toole said, “No, I don’t Father.”

The priest said, “I don’t believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?”

O’Toole said, “Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”

Don’t you know that laughter is good for the soul? Well Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” See, when you laugh it flows through your body like medicine does from an IV; it soothes those places that have hurt abiding in them and it mends the broken places and makes them like new. Yea, I know that it seems like God isn’t hearing your prayers, your tears never seem to stop, your pacing is never over and sleep just won’t come but Job 8:20-21 says, “But look, God will not reject a person of integrity, nor will he lend a hand to the wicked. He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” But you have to trust and believe that He will. It may look like you will never be happy again after your husband left you for somebody else but you will. It may even look like you’ll never get your head above water after the bills have sucked you under but you will. It may even look like there is nothing to laugh about but there is. God hasn’t left you and He’ll never forsake you but you have to believe that. You aren’t being punished because you have to do a few more chemo treatments, take insulin for your diabetes, medicine for your high blood pressure, dialysis for your kidneys, pills for migraines, shots for arthritis or even pills to help you sleep; that’s just simply the test that you have to go through in order to write your testimony. Stop waiting for folks to make you happy because happiness comes from within. Don’t believe me? Then read Proverbs 15:13 which says, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” Stop giving your heart out to folks who will make it unhappy and you know that they will. No, folks can’t take your heart or your happiness because they are both on the inside of you which means you have to give it to them, so stop giving it away and then acting like the world owes it back. The bible says in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” This means that if you put your all in God, He’ll give you all your heart desires.

Laugh a little more today, smile a little bit more tomorrow, relax and let the worry go! Take your happiness back and you’ll be glad you did. Yes, God promised that we would have trouble but He didn’t say all the days would. Why do you think the bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, “So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God?” You should be happy because you deserve to be happy! Stop allowing the world to make you bitter and mean. You are the only person who can give your happiness away. Take it back right now and enjoy it!

I’ll leave you with this last joke!
A drunk man who smelled like cheap wine sat down on a subway seat next to a priest. The man’s tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading.

After a few minutes the man turned to the priest and asked, “Say, Father, what causes arthritis?”

“My Son, it’s caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol and a contempt for your fellow man.”

“Well, I’ll be hornswaggled,” the drunk muttered, returning to his paper.

The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. “I’m very sorry. I didn’t mean to come on so strong. How long have you had arthritis?”

“I don’t have it, Father. I was just reading here that the Pope does”.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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