Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Lighten Up and Make Merry!

on April 9, 2014

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My husband loves it when I’m silly. He loves the silly, playful and eccentric me. That’s the girl he fell in love with and he just delights in my carefree silliness. The problem is, when real life gets to be busy, hectic, difficult and downright chaotic, it can be difficult to find a few moments to be silly and playful. We often fall into the trap of being too serious day after day as we deal with trials, packed schedules and the labors of life.

It’s in those times, when our home is filled, not with laughter and playing, but with serious tones and furrowed brows, that we just don’t enjoy each other the way that the Lord wants us to. It’s not to say that we aren’t going to need serious intervals. We know that for everything there is a time. There is a time to mourn and to grieve and to focus. There is a time to meditate on the Lord and to soberly consider issues facing the family. God calls us to be a sober (thoughtful, wise and careful) people. We definitely don’t want to be a bunch of giggling weirdos all the time, but it is a good thing for a family to play, laugh and be silly together.

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.” Job 8:21

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

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

When life is getting too serious in your home, try a little play time. Tackle your husband and remind him of the carefree girl he married. Make faces, be silly. serve with joy and play with the kids. The thing is, the world has plenty to worry about and a million problems to steal their joy away. While we face trials and tribulations (especially being Christians), we know that our Lord Jesus has overcome the world. You see, we have victory. We have a relationship with the all-powerful God of the universe. We have no need for worry. We do need to be wise and sober, but we can laugh in the face of every trial knowing that God is in control and that He is bigger than our problems. The Proverbs 31 woman laughed at future trials.

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” Proverbs 31:25

So lighten up! Let go and have some fun with your hubby and your kids. Be silly. Be goofy. Enjoy your time with them and make your home a place of happiness, joy, laughter and love. Rejoice in the Lord always and make merry!

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