"A merry heart doeth good like medicine" (Proverbs 17:22)
Children say the cutest, most hilarious things! It sure is fun when we have the opportunity to see life from their perspective.
My 3-year-old son is fascinated with the concept that Jesus is in his heart. One day he asked me, "How do I get Jesus to come out of my heart?" I explained that Jesus lives in our hearts and when we give away love, that's how He comes out. He looked down at his little chest and in a loud, expressive voice he called out, "Jesus, I love you." He looked up bewildered, "Why didn't He come out?" he asked.
On the table I set up some different colored teddy bear counters and asked my 2-1/2-year-old son, Alex, to come play a sorting game. He went and got his favorite toy sword and started swinging at the teddy bears, scattering them everywhere. I asked him, "What are you doing?" and he said "Mama, I'm swording them."
Oh, the fond memories holidays bring. This last Christmas I'll never forget. Our family was gathered around the dinner table. My sister and I weren't accustomed to sitting and enjoying a meal without some distractions from the kids. We'd be either serving, feeding, or cleaning up after them. So without thinking, my sister proceeded to put a bib on me. I attempted to eat with the large serving fork that I forgot to put back on the plate that was passed around. And, I was cutting up the meat on my sister's plate. Our uncle and cousins were watching us in amazement. We finally realized what we were doing. My sister looked up at our cousins who are anticipating to start a family and said, "Now, are you ready to have kids?"
My son was excited about a new children's program on TV and he persistently asked if he could watch it. His dad was explaining to him that it wasn't on just then. He'd have to wait until a certain time. Then my son looked up at the clock and pointing to it, said, "But Daddy, it can be time NOW, just change the clock."
Joey, my 4-year-old, was getting restless and he asked if we could leave the music store. I told him we would leave just as soon as we pay Mr. Randy. Then he asked excitedly, "We can pay him and take him home?" Randy and I burst out laughing. Joey looked perplexed until I explained to him that it was the merchandise that we were taking home and not Mr. Randy.
According to researchers, laughter could be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to coping with life's stresses. It's been proven that laughter:
Lowers blood pressure
Eases mental tension
Reduces levels of hormones that trigger the stress responses and suppress immunity
Releases endorphins, the same stress-reducers triggered by exercise
Laughter is beneficial for improving one's perspective on life
Detroit News and Free Press
Sunday, April 22, 2001
My four sons are always doing something hysterical. One day after church, my oldest son went to the kitchen to get some bread. He came to me, and with a concerned look on his face, he asked, "Mom, will I die if I eat bread and nobody's here?" I didn't understand what he meant so I asked him what he was talking about. He repeated the question and added, "The preacher said we couldn't live if we ate bread alone." I realized then what he meant. The sermon topic of the day was "Man can not live by bread alone."
Pleasant Shade, TN
I was driving home one day with my sons when my 5-year-old asked, "Mom, what's a hypocrite?" I explained that a hypocrite was someone who criticized something you were doing while they are doing the same things themselves. He nodded and said, "Well, why did you say that great-grandpa was a hypocrite?" I said, "Son, I never said great-grandpa was a hypocrite." My oldest said, "Oh, yes you did! I remember!" My five year old said, " You did, Mom, I heard you." I could never remember saying anything remotely like that about my husband's grandfather, whom I love like my own, but they seemed convinced. I asked, "When did I ever say anything like that?" The 5-year-old said, "You said great grandpa would vote for Al Gore because he was a hypocrite." I quickly corrected, "No, no I said he would vote for Al Gore because he was a DEMOCRAT!" "Oh, yeah, that's right," they said. True story. I'm glad they said something to me about it before they told great-grandpa.
Pleasant Shade, TN
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Jelly Beans + Soap + Gullible Grandpa = FUN
One Thanksgiving when our daughter was 4 years old we allowed her to go home with Grandpa & Grandma for a week. During the week she became engrossed with the movie, "A Christmas Story". You know, the one about the boy wanting to have a "Red Ryder" BB gun for Christmas and his many adventures. Anyhow, one night she is sitting on her Grandpa's lap feeding him his favorite jelly beans and watching "A Christmas Story." It's also important to note that before placing jelly beans into his mouth, she would say, "close your eyes and open wide" which brings us to the part in the movie where the boy gets his mouth washed out with soap. Well, Hannah tells her Grandpa to "close your eyes and open wide," runs into the bathroom and gets some soap. Expecting a juicy, black jelly bean, Grandpa chomps down on the soap and jumps up spitting. Meanwhile, Grandma is ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing). And, being the good Pastor's wife she begins calling the congregation who show up the next day at church with flavored soaps (coffee, strawberry, etc..) for their Pastor.