CHN is a network of volunteers from churches throughout the United States of America and throughout the nations. Our mission and passion is to carry on the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

May 2014

"A merry heart doeth good like medicine: But a broken spirit drieth the bones." Proverbs 17:22

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you, and your loved ones. We are all fine, and  happy to say goodbye to winter! It is so good to feel the warmth of the sun, and see grass and trees in bloom. Flowers are starting to sprout up, and we should see our colorful  tulips soon! What a blessing it is to enter a new season, both in the natural, and in the physical.

It is time to wake up from our winter season and step into the joy of a fresh new beginning. For many of us, this past winter was a challenge both emotionally and physically. It was just too cold and difficult to get out to walk or drive. I think all of us are appreciating the longer days, the warmer weather, and sunshine. Thank God for His seasons, they do teach us a lesson! When trials and troubles come, they do not last forever. "...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." (Psalm 30:5)

I am enjoying the view from the park across the street from my home, and taking a deep breath while praising God for His Goodness. The icy snow is no longer on the ground. The grass is nice and green and the trees are in their glory. As I gaze at this beautiful scene, I think of life and how we go through seasons of good times and bad times. This is the way it is, and it will be until we meet with Jesus and He takes us home, where there will be no more sorrow or pain. He did not promise that life would always be perfect, but He did say "These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) So, what should we be doing when going through that hard season? My idea of this is to see to it that we laugh! We might say, "well, there is really nothing to laugh about!" But think again! If God is telling us to have a merry heart, then He is  giving us a pep talk!  God did create everything, including medicine.. And He has given us laughter as medicine! Tell me, how do you feel after having a really good laugh? One where the tears are flowing and your belly starts to hurt? But in a good way of course!  Don't you feel better? Doesn't your body relax and aren't the blues chased away?  What we may not realize is that laughter releases our stress, it causes our whole system to relax and feel good. I have to tell you this. Years ago, I had to have major surgery. I came out of it fine, but was in the hospital almost two weeks afterwards to recover enough to go home. I remember feeling so depressed and despondent. I wondered when I could get back to CHN and do all the things I loved to do. I came home, got in bed according to doctors orders, and put my television on. I was so happy to see T.D. Jakes preaching so I relaxed and decided to soak in what he had to say. Well, talk about God having a sense of humor? Yes, my friend, He does! T.D Jakes was talking about his mother having the same surgery I had. He went on to mimic how she moved and how she walked, in such a way that I laughed so hard that my belly was hurting and my eyes were tearing. With all of that, the lesson was how God must see us as we go through these things, and He wants us to know that He is there and He is watching and He is moving in our life. That nothing lasts forever. To stand up straight and see His salvation!  I felt so good after that sermon that the next day I was up and about and within two weeks I was back at my desk. I firmly believe that God ordained that time for me, and that He healed me through laughter.

Our God is a Creative God. He has given us life and He has wonderful plans for each one of us. I can just picture Him smiling and saying after creating you, "Yes! A masterpiece!" He loves you so much and He wants more than you do, to see you happy and fulfilled. He wants to see you healed and enjoying your every day activities. If you are a parent, you can understand this if you think of your children. Of course, this is what you think for them! To you even when they do silly things, you still love them with all your heart. You want to see them laughing and enjoying their life! Can you recall times when they were really little and how their silly antics had you laughing? Just think of this now.... this is what happens with God when we do silly things! He laughs! Not at you, of course, but with love and appreciation of your individuality. He wants YOU to laugh and enjoy the little everyday things that come up. Laughter is healing, it removes stress, it fills our heart with joy and hope for all that is going on around us.

Try watching old sitcoms like Happy Days, or Jackie Gleason, or any of the older ones that were clean and tasteful but so funny. As you laugh, know that healing is on its way, Your body will pump up your endorphins which are your brain's feel good neurotransmitters. God has created us this way. This is His gift to us. Let us learn to relax and take His medicine for healing.

Let us pray...

Father, in Jesus Name, I lift up this reader to you, and I place him or her into Your Loving arms. Father, You have created this person. You have given this person the tools written in You Word, on how live a happy, peaceful life. You  created this person with love and joy, and You want more than anyone to see this person enjoy their life in every way. Jesus, take this person on his or her journey which leads to a full life, filled with blessings and peace, as he or she places all their trust in You. Thank You for laughter Lord! You created it! Thank you that it is medicine for our flesh! Thank You for times of closeness with You, fellowship with You, and the joy of knowing You and Who You are. Thank You Jesus for salvation, for Your healing, Your deliverance, Your peace and Your joy. In Jesus' name, Amen!

God bless you!

Pastor Barbara