Today's chuckles...and more...
...to make your heart merry with joy. http://www.viralnova.com/awesome-kids/ Little ones give us the heartiest laughs!
p.s. reminds me of a story our pastor Kurt told, yesterday:
Which brought tears to my eyes, especially as the pastor explained this as an illustration of prayer (the sermon topic: "Persistent Prayer"). We bring our frustrated turmoil to the Lord, and He comforts us with His Word.AND, because that message reminded me of a precious account from a missionary letter I read recently. In it, this young gal working in a former Soviet-block country, and enduring so much stress (being searched and interrogated for hours by police, included) wrote:
A dad was trying to grocery shop with a "terrible twos" cranky toddler. Finally at his wits' end, the dad picked up the boy, held him close, and began making up a song to sing to him, off key and not in any rhyme or rhythm. "You are such a wonderful boy...I love you so much...you make me happy...." etc.
After awhile the boy settled down so dad could finish shopping and check out.
Back at the car, as the dad was fastening his son into his car seat, the little guy said,
"Daddy, sing that song for me, again!"
AND, believe it or not, here's what I read to Howard as part of our morning devotions, today (from a book--Steadfast In Your Word--of excerpts from Martin Luther's writings):
"...When I was on the metro I just started crying and I was not able to hide it. I was feeling sorry for myself. Why don't people ever think about or understand me? Why don't they try to understand that I don't even have time for myself? What makes people think that I have enough time for everything?
While I was feeling sad in my heart, suddenly heaven opened up and I heard the Heavenly Father singing to me. It was very loud, but very pleasant. I don't understand why other people couldn't hear it because it was so loud. "Zulfia , my Zulfia" (of course it was in my language - only two words "Zulfia, my Zulfia"). He was singing to me and encouraging me by saying, "Even if there is nobody to encourage you, I am your encourager; I am the one who understands you; I am the one who watches over you; I am your teacher and leader; I see you! You are MINE!" WOW, God is singing for me and He knows me by name (Isa 54:4). Was it really God or what? Anyway I was encouraged. The Father knows that what I am doing is only for Him. If there is nobody here for me, He is here for me!
It was the best comforting time, right in front of all the people around me. Unfortunately, these people don't know the living and loving Father! My darkest moments were filled with joy! I didn't share this with anybody here, only with you all; but please don't think that I am more special than other people. No, no! I am just an ordinary and simple girl. Everybody likes to receive hugs and encouragement and I thought I didn't have anybody to hug me or encourage me, but I (we) have an all-knowing Father! He still speaks and sings for His children! He didn't stop singing until I got to my friend's. He loves and cares for us; what a wonderful Father we have! It is good to praise the Lord in every circumstance!...."
"...For no one can praise God without first loving Him. No one can love Him unless He makes Himself known to them in the most lovable and intimate fashion. And He can make Himself known only through those words of His which He reveals in us, and which we feel and experience within ourselves. But, where there is this experience, namely, that He is a God who looks upon the lowly and helps only the poor, despised, afflicted, miserable, forsaken, and those who are nothing, there a hearty love for Him is born." [Commentary on "The Magnificat" (Luke 1:46-55) 1521]