Laugh and Laugh!

‘The most thoroughly wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.’

Laughter is a stress-free instant vacation. It is priceless and readily available. Above all, laughter has healing virtues with the ability to help you surmount problems .It supports physical and emotional health. The book of life says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22)

Where there is laughter, peace and joy will always prevail. I am growing to laugh more and more and I can attest that it makes you feel better about yourself, the people we love and the ones who love us. I will also boldly say laughter helps in building self-esteem thus allowing you see life in a more realistic and less threatening point of view.

Genuine laughter is being able to laugh at yourself and others as well as having others laugh at you without feeling belittled or overwhelmed. Laugh at yourself, your mistakes-those stupid stuff said or done. Surround yourself with people in whose presence you are comfortable and able to laugh unreservedly.

According to studies, we need at least 12 laughs a day to stay healthy. Having more of it increases our chances of a better, healthier and longer life.

*Research shows that the convulsion that happens during the process of laughter helps to boost the immune system function and helps clear out old, dead waste products from our body organs and tissues.

*Through laughter, we take in vast amounts of oxygen and repeating this process is essential to sustain life.

*Laughing also boosts blood circulation.As we laugh,we help in the pumping of blood thus allowing a free and smooth flow.

*The more and harder we laugh, the more we exercise our abdominal and face muscles. Have you noticed that when you laugh hysterically, your tummy muscles expand and they hurt? Well, that is good exercise, and it is one in which we should constantly engage in.

*Laughter can also fight the negative consequences of stress, pain, anxiety, etc.

*Laughter builds up connection and intimacy. It triggers positive feelings thus fostering emotional connection. When this bond is created, it helps enhance relationships leaving little room for quarrels, fights, disagreements, and disappointments.

There is so much that goes on in the world and in your life on a daily basis but do not let the temporary happenings steal away your laughter.Find a way to get laughter each day even if it means being a little weird. It is a fun, free, and easy to use medicine. I pray God will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting. Go ahead and laugh and laugh!

‘’A person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused!’’

“The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.” Bennett Cerf (American Author, Publisher, Editor and Founder of Random House. 1898-1971).

PS: Here’s one for laughs; enjoy!
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Letter from God 4 (Of A Truth,I’ve Been Your Shepherd)

To the One I love the most,

It is so unlike me to go a day without expressing how much my heart beats for you, how I yearn to whisper a word so you can hear my voice, mighty yet gentle. I long to pour my love so you know I am not an absentee Father but Omnipotent, here and there at a time.

I know your highs and your lows. I know so well that you have known abundance and you have known lack. You have been rejected and have felt unloved. You have been homeless and helpless. You have been jobless and without a penny. You have been in the dirt and messed up. You have been close yet so far. You have walked through doors of temptations posing as doors of escape. You have seen yet unable to handle. You have needed yet unable to have and you have hoped yet your expectations quenched.

I am also aware that you have trusted yet been betrayed. You have selflessly given yet been mishandled. You have loved yet have had mud thrown back at your face. You have been friendless and have had defeats. You have walked the dark corridors of life. You have been through and you have been through. But of a truth, I have been your Shepherd!
The fact that I have been makes it the more reason you should stand. Be rest assured if I have been, I shall forever remain.

When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place it won’t be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!That’s how much you mean to me!That’s how much I love you!I’d sell off the whole world to get you back ;trade the creation just for you.I am Your Shepherd and you shall not want.Every new day is a gift from me.Only be still and know I am the God who is more than able.

From the one who loves you the most!

Isaiah 43, Ps 23 (The message)

© September 2010 A Dibassey

(There is nothing that you go through that God would not see you through.He would never give you more than you can handle.If you are in it,He knows you can come out of it stronger and better. He is a Shepherd; a Present Help in time of need and you shall want in nothing!)

There’s A Shifting…New Beginnings!(contd)

God is working wonderful things concerning us.He is uniting everything that has been thrown into disarray. According to Ezekiel 37,He is causing his Ruach breath to enter the dry bones and is bringing them to life. He is attaching tendons to them, making flesh come upon them, and covering them with skin. He says ‘I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’

Right now, it is looking or it is going to look like it has just gotten worst.The fire has increased.Pressure has mounted and it seems hell has been let loose.There are decision you have to make or even take risky steps,however,fear is holding you back and confusion is crippling you from moving so you may enter your new season.Only be strong,courageous and have no fear because God will not cause the gates of hell to prevail against us.He is with us in every circumstance (Is 43:1-13).

Each time God wants to work,there is a shift in the atmosphere.He moves us out of our comfort zone and pushes us towards the unknown.Whatever choice we make now will determine the course of our destiny. There will be plenty of ‘what ifs, where will , how will , will they like/help me?’Your imagination will certainly run wild in these times.Don’t let the spirit of fear hinder you from rising up and deciding ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.I am not having this anymore! I’m breaking out of this circle and I’m ready to expand. If it takes starting at point zero, I’m ready to take the stand.If it’s going to be,it’s up to me.’As you take the bull by its horns,make sure you have God’s presence at all times.There is nothing worse than doing it all without His presence!If it aint God,don’t try it.In His presence alone can we find total joy!

Energy is consumed wherever there is an expansion.Consider a balloon.Before it gets into shape,air needs to be blown into it.As one blows,breath is painfully released;muscles expanded and it may hurt. Nevertheless,the joy is in the fact that as one continues to blow,a desired result is sure.Is there a wind blowing hard on you? Know it’s not meant to destroy but rather expand you,strengthen your muscles,stretch you and set you up for greater things.Tea goes through hot water before its full flavour is brought out.It takes squeezing before the juice can come out of a lemon.Grapes need pressing to make wine.Whatever the pressure,be still and know He is God!

Don’t look back at what you are leaving behind nor the things you don’t have.If it’s God,take that giant step.He will provide whatsoever you need.Envision a glorious future,it’s the only thing that matters today.Look to God because man will fail you even if they have promised or sworn with their life.As men,we easily forget our promises especially when the waters get hot.Besides,God says ‘woe unto he who puts his trust in man says ‘Jer 17:5.Depend on God always.As you do,He will fill you with wisdom,protect and preserve you and send His angels to go before you and make every crooked path straight.Trust me;I can only say what I know though no man has revealed this to me.

There’s a shifting,new beginnings.FIGHT,MOVE AND WIN!It’s time to get into newer dimensions.You may say it’s better said than done but I tell you,I am not writing this from a bed of roses.I for one, am going through some shifting times.I trust God that the shaking beneath my feet is not in vain.I pray for you going through some shaking,grinding,shifting,pruning that you will derive strength from God and graciously enter into your new season.God will never ever give us more than we can bear.

Each time you feel the issue is about to destroy you,take a deep breath and know God is our present help in times of need.What if that challenge or shift is the only means God has chosen to bring you out of and into?Mind you,the spirit of your comfort zone will tell you, ‘you are great where you are, why bother?You don’t even know what awaits you on the other side,why move? ‘Well,good is always fighting better and better,best.One will always want to stop you from experiencing the other.It’s time to make up our minds to FIGHT,MOVE AND WIN!

I feel such a fire in my spirit for this new season and beyond. Thank God for I am only a vessel.Be excited;don’t deny the challenge(s) but don’t focus your gaze on it either. The problem is preparing you to be a solution and a problem-solver.There can be no solution where there is no equation to solve,Set your heart towards new beginnings. Shift, Shift, Shift.

Joshua 1:9
‘’Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest’’

Selah!

References: http://www.biblestudy.org, NIV Bible, The Message

There’s a shifting…New beginnings! (Rev 3:8, Isaiah 65:17-25

Revelation 3:8 (NIV)
‘I know your deeds. See,I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.’

Here we are in August, the eighth month in the calendar. In the Hebrew language, the number EIGHT (8) is ‘SH’moneh’.It is derived from the root ‘Sha’meyn’ meaning to ‘make fat’, ‘super abound’, and ‘cover with fat’. In other terms, it means ‘abounding in strength’, ‘superabundant fertility’,’oil’,etc.Isn’t it incredible to be alive in such a season of abundance,riches,open doors and new discoveries?

The number Eight(8)also comes before Seven(7),the number of perfection.Furthermore,Eight(8) is made up of Seven(7 ) plus (One)(7+1);Seven being the number perfection and One of unity and new beginnings. This simply implies that we are walking in the realm of yet another season of resurrection,regeneration and new births.

To further outline the importance of this month,we see that ‘In the beginning God created (Day 1) and brought into existence that which was not. ‘And on the Seventh (7) day, He rested.The Eighth (8) day therefore began a new chapter in the life of man. Everything which is has a season and a purpose.There’s a time for birthing,resting and new dimensions.It is essential we each in rprepare our hearts for each to fully benefit from the blessings it carries.(Eccl 3).

Still on numbers(7+1=8),we see in Exodus 20:3 that God is First (1),therefore the number 1 commandment is ‘You shall have no other gods before Me’. From this I can boldly say,this is also season God is reinforcing us by drawing us closer to Him. Wherever we erred, He is giving us the opportunity to repent and come back to our first love so he will make all things new and beautiful.

God is shifting some things. He is shaking the grounds beneath our feet and putting things back into shape to usher us into completely new realms. For those who have conceived and are heavily pregnant, God is preparing a new birth. The Spirit of God does not lie nor contradict itself. He is not a man to lie neither the son of man that He should repent (Num 23:19).When He says, He does! Only faith and obedience can and will help in any such transition.1 John 5:4 ’For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. God honours faith as little as a mustard seed.

Someone is asking, ‘who is she to say all this’? Well, know it takes a seed for a tree to become. It took one unsung man somewhere in the southern part of Africa to pen down one of the greatest worship songs ‘You are Alpha and Omega’-made popular by Israel Houghton. We knew nothing much of Obama before he became President of the United States of America. I don’t have to be ‘Archbishop Pastor, His Priesthood Highness Spiritual Leader Of The Angels, The Most Honourable Right and Wrong Rev ‘(as Pst Tim Femi Oladipo of http://envisionig-u.blogspot.com/ puts it)or Professor of Theology for God to release a word. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 NIV says ‘But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world, the despised things—, and the things that are not— to nullify the things that are so that no one may boast before him. A quiet,yielded spirit and heart is all God requires! Even when we feel ‘unworthy’ in our own eyes,yet still He speaks.We only need to obey without questioning. Need I say more on this?
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Letter From God 3

Letter From God 3

My cherished child,once more I’m here with yet another word from my heart.It’s pleasant that I constantly remind you that in the midst of the great sufferings and distress due to adversity in and around your world,I love and value you.I am concerned with all that relates to you.I derive pleasure from everything that will trigger your gleaming smile.Don’t keep in sight the condition,for it would only leave you shattered.Set your heart towards the great things I have in store.Look to a brighter day.

Today,I wish to let you know you are called by my name.You are my redeemed;clay in my hand.I am making you a force to reckon with.The world will not always ascertain this truth but I say I love you exceedingly.Who you are is not a factor of what you do,where you are nor the things happening to you.You are what I say you are.Let the words I utter be the ones to soothe your heart each day.

In the land of turbulence,wars and famine,I will forever be your Jireh,the One who provides manna in the wilderness.Though the storm rages and the seas roar,I hold your hand and I say ‘Be not afraid!I am the One who aids you.Through the deep waters,I am there.In moments of difficulty,you will not be drowned.When the fire of oppression rises up against you,you would not be burnt down or brought to ruin.The flames will not consume you.I dwell in abundance therefore,I have enough to quench your thirst and irrigate the dryness and arid areas of your life.Don’t you tremble or fret! Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago? Should I bring you to remembrance of what I said? I said ‘For I know the thoughts I think towards you.They are of good and not evil. Each time you hold the phone and dial a tone,I will answer and show you great and mighty things. ‘

Your present location is not your final destination.You are not the ‘problem’ but a solution in the making.You won’t always be here.You will get to your ‘there’.This too shall pass.I aspire to see you prosper and be in good health just as your soul prospers because I created you and I saw that you are good.I am well pleased in you precious jewel.

I am the First and the Last.Whatever I am capable of doing,no one else can.Have faith in me.Hope in me because hope deferred makes the heart sick but hope makes not ashamed.In case I am catching you off guard,always recall that from the start of the day,I am God.None can snatch you out of my hand,and the great deal I have done and will do no one can undo.I unbolt the doors no man can shut and lock up the ones no man can open.I even shut the mouth of the lion for your sake and deliver form the fiery burning furnace.

Need I tell you again never to give up?Your light affliction is momentary.It is effectively working for your good because you love me but above all, I loved you first.Always keep in mind who you are and my promises to you so you will not compromise in the face of terrible waters.In my eyes, you are incredible!Let me reinstate that I MADE YOU GOOD!In your mama’s womb,I pre-destined you unto greatness.You are a champion, a head and not a tail.You are a conqueror and I love you that much.

As I continue to work on your behalf,I say peace,be still and know that I am God. Though your visions and dreams tarry,hang on,it shall happen.I will not fall short on my word.I never back down or back out.I never lie and therefore have no need for repentance.That which I have promised,I would do.I brought you to it,I will bring you through and out of it.Be rest assured I am not a distant Father.I am nearer than you ever know or feel.My staff and rod comforts you.I prepare a table in the presence of your enemies.Like a mother comforts her child,so am I comforting and will always comfort you.Place your hand in mine,let us walk together.Let me direct your step towards the right track.I will never let you go.Would you give me that pleasure?

With love,
Your Father….

© July 2010 Aminata.A R .Dibassey

‘It’s all good even when it don’t feel good!’

Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in just one sitting. It needs continual and regular top up’s. This is the rationale behind my doing what I do whether in writing,radio broadcast and every other gifting God’s blessed me with.It’s part of who I am. I don’t have to be ‘known’ before I begin to fulfil purpose. There’s no need to wait on anyone to believe and accept my calling before I make a move.I don’t have to be DISTINGUISHED before ‘I can do ‘ rather I NEED ‘to do’ in order to BE DISTINGUISHED. I don’t have to be GREAT before I do what ought to be done. So do you.It takes the ‘DOING’ to achieve GREATNESS. It’s only what YOU DO that PROSPERS you. (…He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water…and everything he does shall prosper Ps 1:3).Everything great starts from a ‘little nothing’.Madiba, Obama,etc were people who DID from NOTHING to BECOME SOMETHING.

It is an immense privilege to share the things revealed to me; wisdom gained along the way that’s made me better and the ones I continue acquiring .It is helping me grow each day. Brightening your day,putting a smile on your face, bringing peace and joy to your soul and challenging your mind that ‘there is nothing unachievable ‘gives me a sense of fulfilment and it floods my heart with such incredible joy.

I want to be able to empower you to have an ‘It’s ALL GOOD even when it DON’T FEEL GOOD’ mentality.With such a mind-set, letting go and embracing the new becomes much easier. This is not a careless or carefree attitude. It is simply acknowledging the damage has been done but that hanging on dead matters would never work things out anyway. You can’t resurrect certain stuff you know;why not bury them TOTALLY? I’ve really had some VERY BAD stuff happen to me. I used to ‘cling on’ a lot and it made leaving it all behind hard.But now that my mindset is daily changing, I know better ,therefore I do better.

Has anything bad happened to you? Well,deal is done;life is too good to mourn over debris. Get up! Learn from what caused you to fail and go a little bit higher.Don’t lose your zeal.Stay hungry.Above all, USE the wisdom in your experience to help someone else.You have today to make tomorrow better.

Have you lost an opportunity? Rejoice because opportunities will always,though in different ways. Learn to recognize the next and seize it. Don’t lament on the missed goal.Rosition yourself to score another.

Has someone parted ways with you? Say to yourself ‘IT’S ALL GOOD EVEN WHEN IT DON’T FEEL GOOD’…I can feel bad and cry me a river. I do not have to deny my feelings but I refuse to stay in a state of ‘feeling bad’. My EMOTIONS CAN’T have the BEST of ME. Rejection may just be a way of God pulling me out of what is not good for me.‘They’re gone.If they are part of my destiny,they will always return. It’s ALL GOOD even when it DON’T FEEL GOOD.

The enemy can and will attack you often with the people or things you love most. He will hit you where it hurts the most BUT you can’t have him paralyze you.You’re better than the pain you feel,better than your past mistakes. Before God formed you in your mama’s womb, He knew you and He has great plans for you.You are incredible;God made you GOOD. Don’t swim in the ocean of regrets all your life. Rise up and scream out loud ‘IT’S ALL GOOD EVEN WHEN IT DON’T FEEL GOOD’. THANK GOD, STILL. I’M MOVING ON! LIVING MY LIFE LIKE IT’S GOLDEN!’ HURRAY!!!

”Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD”. (Psalms 31:24)

Selah!
© July 2010 Aminata.A R .Dibassey