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This post is short, because the idea is simple!!!

I, Lisa, will choose to laugh more in 2015.

Perhaps you are thinking, that idea is too simple to be important. But I assure you it is not.

Laughing is a powerful health booster!  Check out the large list here from the health experts at Mayo Clinic

I guess science has confirmed what the Word of God already proclaimed:

A cheerful heart is good medicine… Proverbs 17:22

and…

…the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

Here are 6 quick ways I will accomplish my fun goal:

1. I will not let any opportunity to laugh get by me:
Often we can choose to smile a little ...or let out a big audible laugh when something is at least a little "humorous" around us. Smiling doesn't count for me. I choose to laugh.

2. I will borrow a laugh:
When others around me laugh, I will too.

3. I will practice smiling as my resting position for my face:
When I am already focused on smiling, joy and laughter arise more easily.

4. I will choose comedy entertainment...intentionally.

I get enough drama in my daily life, thank you. I need some comic relief. (I will make sure it is appropriate—no coarse jesting allowed. Ephesians 5:4)

5. I will let my kids lead:
Sometimes I am too business-minded for my own good! I am grateful that I still have an 8th grade boy to help me stay loose!

6. I will invent a laugh even when nothing is funny:
I tell you this works! My stress level immediately lowers when I laugh.

Hey, this is a New Year's resolution I think I like. No diets. No exercise.....

Just joy!! :)

I think my kids will like this better also, what do you think?

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Gratefully linked to:

Modest Mondays
Making your Home Sing Monday

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By Lisa Cherry

Turn on any sitcom. Watch any movie. Listen to any talk show. Obviously, crude and lewd humor is feeding the hunger of the masses. But just because it is everywhere does not, of course, make it healthful or right.

I find this issue challenging me regularly as a parent. How am I to determine which humor is okay?

How am I to deal with kids in various stages of development, struggling to find their own style of humor and entertainment, without coming down on them so hard that I  lose their ear?

As I was pondering those questions just this week, it occurred to me that I needed to take a moment and analyze why crude and lewd is a problem anyway. That way I am able to make a mature response when I sense the Lord leading me to disciple my kids.

I am not saying all these six of the thoughts below are equally weighted as to relative danger....but I think all six are worth our note and consideration.

So here are my top six thoughts on Crude, Lewd and Crass Humor:

1. It's childish.  Potty talk, burping, and flatulence have all been issues in my home. How about yours? Right now, Josiah at six is bugging his sisters with loud, ill-timed, gross burping. It's annoying, but at least I have watched his older brothers make it through that stage so I am not too worried. But isn't there something distasteful about adults who never make it through that stage? (You know, grown men at youth meetings stirring up potty humor to get the kids laughing.)

2. It's hard to define. Where oh where is the line we should use here?? What one grandma says is crude, another says is funny!! What one Christian labels as honest and forthright, another Christian may label as crass and shocking.

3. It manipulates on weaknesses. There is no doubt that a sexual humor joke or even a potty humor joke will bring the house down. But is it really fair to our fellow man? Does it not bring potential temptation or stumbling blocks to others at the expense of our own fun? 

4. It is never enough. One joke leads to another and then to another and then to another. What level of humor hits today with one level of innuendo is never enough humor for tomorrow.

5. It desensitizes. People who are interested in shifting a cultural view have long recognized the worth of humor. Hey, get everybody to laugh at those old out-of-touch, prudish grandmas and then see how much honor will remain for grandma’s values. Or get everyone to laugh at the next gay marriage joke and watch how much easier it is to forget our problem with gay marriage.

6. Scripture warns against it. Really, this one trumps the other five:  “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.  Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” Ephesians 5: 3-4   ~Tweet about this here.

So when it all said and done... Is God being honored with the words spoken in my family, laughed at by my family, and even purchases as entertainment by my family???

Ouch! I need help with this one, Lord!! Every day, I need the discernment of You, Holy Spirit, to allow me to sense the crude and lewd around me. And then I will need courage and wisdom to lead my family into holy living!

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Linked to Modest Mondays

Eggy LilliBy Lisa Cherry

OK. There is a difference between children and grandchildren!

When I walked into the room to discover a floor covered in crushed raw eggs with two toddlers dripping in the slimy mess, laughter seemed the only reasonable response.

After two baths, half a roll of paper towels, a load of laundry and a good floor mopping, we were as good as new!

Hmmmmm. I wonder if that would have been my attitude a few years ago?

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I’s time for another Family Fun Friday Link-Up!  It’s our weekly tradition here at Frontline Moms.

We spend so much of the week Unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant, that we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!

My daughter Tara at Mommy Head Adventures is helping us with this.

So link up your Family Fun blog post for all of us to see. Just make sure it’s family friendly, and fun.

What kind of fun?

  • Fun crafts
  • Fun kid recipes
  • Fun family outings
  • Fun mom games, or
  • Funny stories about your family

We hope you will share our fun button which you can find on the sidebar.


Matt square headBy Lisa Cherry

OK, sometimes I have to remind myself that kids can be pretty goofy.

My children spend hours creating and laughing at these pictures. Over and over again, they find them funny.

And I am tempted to roll my eyes at their nonsense.

That's when I usually hear the Holy Spirit say to me....."Lisa, lighten up! You are entirely too tight and stuffy. Laugh a little, would you?"

Matthew with alien lookEven if my mature mind says they are goofy, I let myself chuckle.

Lydia with double noseJPGAnd you know what? Sometimes I even get on a roll of laughter.

 

And all the while, I can sense My Father laughing with them!

 

Gratefully linked to:

Teach Me Tuesdays

 

Beautiful Thursdays


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s time for another Family Fun Friday Link-Up!  It’s our new tradition here at Frontline Moms.

Because we spend so much of the week Unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant, we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!

My daughter Tara at Mommy Head Adventures is helping us with this. She's having a giveaway on her post for a Precious Moments Christmas Storybook. Click here to find out about it.

So link up your Family Fun blog post for all of us to see. Just make sure it’s family friendly, and fun.

What kind of fun?

  • Fun crafts
  • Fun kid recipes
  • Fun family outings
  • Fun mom games, or
  • Funny stories about your family

We hope you will share our fun button which you can find on the sidebar.


Josiah craft classBy Lisa Cherry

Thursday is home school co-op day for our family. That means we get together with other families in our community and share some classes in common as we continue to home educate our children the rest of the week.

Josiah has been pretty excited that he is big enough for the "big classes" this year.

One of his favorites is the art class which is really an exploration of crafts.  This week the supply list came in from our class coordinator to my email.

I thought it would pull Josiah up a few notches if I read him his list…not really believing that he would be the one to find the items on the list!

We needed three buttons and a scrap piece of fabric.

But when I read this list to Josiah, he was immediately alarmed?!

"But mama all I have is my old computer and it's not working well."

Now it was my turn to be confused. Then it hit me.

A child of this generation would think of the word "buttons" as something on a keyboard.

Perhaps we needed a little sewing demonstration in the craft class!

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It’s time for another Family Fun Friday Link-Up!  It has become our new tradition here at Frontline Moms.

Because we spend so much of the week Unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant, we decided we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!

My daughter-in-law Tara at Mommy Head Adventures is helping us with this.

So link up your Family Fun blog post for all of us to see. Just make sure it’s family friendly, and fun.

What kind of fun?

  • Fun crafts
  • Fun kid recipes
  • Fun family outings
  • Fun mom games, or
  • Funny stories of your family

We hope you will share our fun button which you can find on the sidebar.