Tuesday, January 5, 2010


In this morning’s e-messages I received one regarding encouragement and when I got to the part about the encouragement of a smile’s being contagious, my thoughts immediately went to, “A joyful heart is good medicine...” from Proverbs 17:22 (NASB).
Coupled with that, for the first time I figured out how that that scripture doesn’t apply to my heart alone! While in actuality I know my attitude affects that of others, here all these years I have looked at that particular scripture so personally, I never stopped to consider how in it’s application, my happy heart is good medicine for another! Actually when I looked up varying translations of Proverbs 17:22, I found that the New King James Versions states my thoughts more succinctly: “A merry heart does good, like medicine…”
Considering all of this causes me to ponder the possibility that perhaps like the saying, “Love isn’t love until you give it away”, a happy heart isn’t really happy until you share what’s inside as well.
Do you want a heart filled with joy in 2010? Try giving away some joy from yours.

© Marilyn Sue (Libby) Moore 1-5-10

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  1. Facebook had a recent option to review all the status updates (a brief statement reflecting where I am physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually at that point in time) that I had made in 2009. It was interesting to read through them and see the year in miniature as it were. But it also showed me that I need to make a greater effort to see the stars as it were. You know the old quote about prison bars? Anyway ... I am making a conscious effort to post more positive, encouraging things even when life encourages me down a different path. Not always easy as a status from today revealed ... "Trying to post positive status updates so let me think of how to put this ... My beautiful 85 lb dog wrapped her chain around my ankles and threw her full weight against me in a joyous hug! I fell to the ground (which was overflowing with mud and snow) whereupon said hug continued! I untangled myself and rose from the ...muck and mire with the help of a nearby tree. (My left wrist and right knee hurt like the dickens!)" Oh well ... I tried! :)