A Merry Heart

The Bible says a merry heart does good, like medicine,….

(Proverbs 17:22, NKJV):  A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.

I was at a doctor’s appointment with my husband, talking to a beehive keeper about the health benefits of raw honey. I ordered a couple of jars from him. Then, when he left, I read a book by Sandra Felton entitled Messie No More, copyrighted by Sandra Felton in 1989, 2002 and published by Fleming H. Revell, a division of Baker Book House Co., Grand Rapids, MI.

On page 40, under “1. Poor sense of passing time,” at the bottom of the page she wrote,, “If they are distractable as well, they do not feel the flow of time in the way a nondistractable person does. The constant misjudgment of time is a sure symptom of the Messie mindset.”

Then I wrote near that insight, “Getting better here! Praise God!”

So, Craig and I left the office and entered the elevator. I pressed the close button. We had just talked to someone we ran into unexpectedly and I told Craig the person was nice. I’m enjoying the lack of television, the quiet and the eye contact. We’re conversing, and Craig, my non-Messie husband, aware of time and movement-or lack of movement, patiently said to me, “Did you push the button?”

I came back to reality and left the world of finding patients who said they’d bring me local honey tomorrow to purchase.

It cracked me up. I laughed as we rose to the floor leading to home. I laughed walking the halls. I laughed as I greeted other patients looking grim. My stoic husband smiled gently and asked them how they were doing. I prayed quietly for the hurting people. And then, I laughed about half the time writing this as he drove, which put a smile on my husband’s face.

“The joy of the Lord is our strength,” it says in

(Nehemiah 8:10, NKJV):  “Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’”

May God bless you and keep you in His mighty, loving hand.


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