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May 27, 2020
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  • - Laughter can bethe best medicine.
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  • It can lighten our burdens
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  • and bring joy toour relationships.
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  • So how can we keep a senseof humor in all seasons?
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  • Today we hope to sharea few laughs with you.
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  • So come on and join us.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • Oh wow, I am so excitedabout this topic.
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  • It's something thatI do all of the time
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  • and that is laughing.
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  • Laughter is awesome.
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  • The bible says inProverbs 17:22,
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  • it says, "A merry heartdoes good like medicine.
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  • "But a broken spiritdries the bone."
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  • And so the bible is always right
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  • and laughter's been amazing.
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  • And when I knew we weregoing to talk on this topic,
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  • I looked up some of thebenefits of laughter and humor
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  • and it says, "Itboosts immunity.
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  • "More stress hormone, decreases,pain, relaxes your muscle,
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  • "prevents heart disease,
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  • "adds joy and zest to life,
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  • "eases anxiety and tension,
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  • "relieves stress, improves mood,
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  • "strengthens resilience,
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  • "strengthens relationships,
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  • "attracts others to us,
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  • "enhances teamwork,
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  • "helps diffuse conflict."
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  • And before I passit on to Nicole,
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  • laughter is amazing,
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  • it's a beautiful thing andit really is like a medicine.
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  • So on the last one, Ihave to say, you know,
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  • I've been married now for35 years, going on 36 years
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  • and I'm sure marriedpeople out here
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  • can definitely attest to this.
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  • You know, I can remember being
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  • in heated argumentswith my husband
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  • and something hadcome up and we'll say,
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  • and we've just began to laugh
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  • and laugh at ourselves.
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  • Like, what are we arguing about?
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  • And it just diffuses conflict.
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  • So I just want eachof you to share
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  • what laughter hasdone in your life
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  • when the bible tells usit's like a medicine.
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  • So what about you Nicole?
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  • - Yes, well, I mean ourhome is full of laughter.
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  • If anyone's ever metmy husband, David,
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  • you know that he's.- Amen.
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  • - You know, there's always,he is the silver lining,
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  • he is my silver lining.
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  • He sees the glass halffull at all times.
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  • And there's just a lotof joy in our house.
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  • And so we laugh alot, which is great,
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  • you know, especially,I mean always,
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  • but during this wholequarantine season,
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  • we found this baking show,
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  • our daughter found it for us.
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  • And so we began watching,
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  • we started watchingit as a family.
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  • And so for Carson, our 11year old, he's hysterical.
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  • Okay, so he's the one who'son the autism spectrum.
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  • But this kid haslike comedic timing.
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  • Like he has these one liners,
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  • we call them Carsonisms
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  • and they are, he'sjust so funny,
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  • always says 'em right atthe right time, you know.
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  • But so we have enjoyed as afamily watching this baking show
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  • that is not like someprofessional bakers
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  • doing these beautiful things.
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  • It's like these average people
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  • that just love tobake, you know.
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  • And so they come on this show
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  • and they're askedto replicate these,
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  • you know, designercakes and all this,
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  • and they have likenowhere near enough time
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  • to get this done.
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  • And so the end resultis like this hysterical,
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  • like pitiful, you know, replica
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  • of what they were told tomake, what the, you know.
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  • And we have laughed
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  • and Carson justthinks it's hilarious.
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  • But it's just broughtthis, you know,
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  • this very much G ratedlike laughter in our home
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  • and you know, it's just,
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  • it's so vital andso important, right,
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  • to laugh together as a family.
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  • - Yeah.- It really is.
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  • We've been doing danceparties at our house.
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  • But if you know this about me,
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  • I have five small children,
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  • so I have fourboys and one girl.
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  • So our house is always loud,
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  • always full of movement.
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  • Well, we are havinga really hard day.
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  • I feel like in this quarantine,
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  • I don't know about anyone else,
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  • either we have really good days
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  • or we have reallybad days, you know.
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  • There doesn't seemto be any in between.
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  • So this was a day thatwas just really hard
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  • because I mean, with quarantine,trauma doesn't go on hold,
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  • grief doesn't go on hold,
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  • then with me and mychildren don't go on hold
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  • but also forgivenessdoesn't go on hold
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  • and learning together.
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  • And so it had been a hard day
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  • and I thought, wejust need to laugh.
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  • And so we put onour favorite music,
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  • some stuff from my childhood
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  • and we had a dance off.
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  • And so I had to doevery dance move
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  • that my four year old did.
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  • And if you've ever seena four year old dance,
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  • it may look really cuteon a four year old,
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  • but when a 30 year old does it,
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  • it does not look so cute.
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  • And so they were doingspins, jumping off the couch,
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  • going on the countertop,
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  • and I had to do all themoves they were doing.
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  • So my husband is cracking up.
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  • My kids think it's likethe best moment ever
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  • that I'm jumping off couches,
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  • spinning on the floor
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  • and felt like I couldbarely walk afterwards.
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  • And so sometimes wehave to just dance off
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  • the struggle or the heartache.
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  • And I remember when we firststarted to blend our family,
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  • one of the greatestrecommendations thata counselor gave us
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  • is that you need to laugh.
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  • And your kids need togo to bed every night,
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  • not in tears but in laughter.
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  • And so we danced a lot
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  • because you don't have to talk
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  • about hard things when you dance
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  • and you don't have to facehard things when you dance.
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  • You just get to havethose endorphins and move
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  • and sometimes themovement is so good
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  • and it does relax you.
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  • And so we've been doing a lotof crazy dancing over here.
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  • - We're big dancers too
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  • and like you, Missy,my little girl
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  • is much more rhythmic than me.
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  • But laughter is really my jam.
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  • When I saw that, we're goingto talk about laughter,
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  • that laughter is kindof my spiritual gift.
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  • It's one of my favorite things.
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  • I love that God was a laughter.
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  • I don't think we alwayssee him like that.
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  • But you know the word happy
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  • gets a bad rap inChristian circles
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  • but it's all through the bible.
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  • It's Asher in the old Testament,
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  • kairos in the new Testament.
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  • And if you really studyin the original text,
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  • I'm sure y'all know this,
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  • but God describes himselfin 1 Timothy as a happy God.
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  • In Zephaniah it saysthat he rejoices
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  • over us withdancing and singing.
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  • And the exact wordsthere in the Hebrew
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  • depict God grinning andsmiling and dancing.
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  • So just like us, Nicole,he dances with his kids,
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  • I'm sure he has perfect rhythm,
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  • but I love that Godmodels laughter for us
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  • because sometimes I think wecan misunderstand scripture
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  • and think that the holieryou get the less you laugh
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  • and I think it'sjust the opposite.
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  • Missy and I have donea couple of things,
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  • really intentionally,during quarantine
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  • because both of usare big laughers.
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  • When I adopted her andbrought her home from Haiti,
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  • she didn't speak any English
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  • and laughter was really theonly common language we had,
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  • for the first couple of months,
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  • I mean, that's reallyhow we grew together
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  • with singing andlaughing and dancing.
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  • But we've done two things inparticular during quarantine,
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  • I decided to use this time,
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  • we're not big TV people,
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  • but I thought, you know,
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  • because my little group grew up,
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  • her first coupleof years in Haiti,
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  • she doesn't knowany of the classics,
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  • so she hadn't seenThe Sound of Music,
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  • you know, all these movies
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  • and I just thought she reallyneeds that in her repertoire.
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  • So when we watchedThe Sound of Music,
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  • I was doing it just soshe'd see the movie,
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  • but she was so tickled bythe kids on the hilltop
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  • and Julie Andrews twirlingand singing, you know.
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  • ♪ The hills are alive
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  • - So we decided wewould re-enact famous,
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  • iconic movie scenes.
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  • And so, I just rooted throughthe closet and found outfits
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  • that was as close as Icould get to Julie Andrews
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  • and you know, the curtainoutfits for the kids.
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  • My nephew, who's stayingwith us this season,
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  • filmed Missy and I, and we liveon five acres in the country
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  • and just so happened tohave the perfect hill.
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  • It almost looks likethe Julie Andrews hill,
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  • and I thought it would be
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  • a good idea,- Love it.
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  • - to stage a fall at the topof the hill, just for humor.
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  • And so Missy wasgoing along with me
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  • but you know, I'm 56 and I'min a bit of a fluffy season
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  • 'cause I've so enjoyedcarbs during COVID.
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  • And so I started the fall, butit got wildly out of control
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  • and I end up rolling allthe way down, about an acre
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  • and he just happened tobe filming in slow motion.
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  • The good news is,I was wearing SPANX
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  • 'cause I was wearingJulie Andrews dress.
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  • The dress flies up over mywaist and you just see me,
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  • ba boom, ba boom, in slowmotion rolling down the hill
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  • and then I wet my pants a little
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  • because that's justwhat happens now.
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  • (laughing)I think with
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  • big belly laughing comesa strain on the bladder.
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  • So we've startedre-enacting old movie scenes
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  • and we have laughed so hard
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  • and I feel like
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  • some of that is what keeps me- So good.
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  • - moving forward in joy
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  • It can seem silly
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  • but not if your intent isto squeeze joy out of life.
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  • To chose to go, we'regonna be positive today,
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  • not just in a superficial way.
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  • Sometimes you have to
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  • dig really deep- Yeah.
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  • - to laugh in the dark
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  • but I feel like if you'regenuinely, not fakin' it,
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  • but genuinelylaughing in the dark,
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  • there's something about thatthat just settles your soul.
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  • I feel like itrecalibrates my heart.
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  • It opens my eyes widerto the goodness of God.
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  • Plus, you know,- Yeah.
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  • - laughing is an ab workout
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  • and I'm working really hard.
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  • I gonna get a one pack.(laughing)
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  • Before COVID is over I'mgonna get a one pack.
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  • From my laughing ab workout.- I don't know how.
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  • - So Lisa, they say thatit's all fun and games
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  • till someone goesto the hospital.
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  • (laughing)
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  • Would have love tohave seen that tumble.
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  • I know we weretalking earlier about
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  • a bunch of thestudies on happiness
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  • and they talk aboutthe joy center.
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  • So this came out of JonathanGrant's book, one of his books,
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  • about our brainsbeing developed,
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  • and it stops sometimein childhood,
  • 00:10:56.812 --> 00:10:59.415
  • but the joy center neverlooses its capacity to grow.
  • 00:10:59.415 --> 00:11:04.153
  • And when it's
  • 00:11:04.153 --> 00:11:05.154
  • sufficiently developed- Wow.
  • 00:11:05.154 --> 00:11:06.555
  • - it regulates theemotions, and pain control
  • 00:11:06.555 --> 00:11:09.658
  • and immunity centers.
  • 00:11:09.658 --> 00:11:11.327
  • It guides us to act likeourselves and it releases
  • 00:11:11.327 --> 00:11:14.597
  • all these kinds ofendorphins and transmitters
  • 00:11:14.597 --> 00:11:17.366
  • like dopamine and serotonin
  • 00:11:17.366 --> 00:11:19.735
  • and is the only part ofthe brain that overrides
  • 00:11:19.735 --> 00:11:23.372
  • the main drive centers likefood and sexual impulses,
  • 00:11:23.372 --> 00:11:28.010
  • terror and rage
  • 00:11:28.010 --> 00:11:30.412
  • and without sufficientjoy strength
  • 00:11:30.412 --> 00:11:32.782
  • we spend the rest of our livestrying to fill the deficit.
  • 00:11:32.782 --> 00:11:36.719
  • So if there's ever a time tostrengthen our joy center,
  • 00:11:36.719 --> 00:11:41.090
  • I think it's now.
  • 00:11:41.090 --> 00:11:42.825
  • - Right.
  • 00:11:42.825 --> 00:11:43.659
  • - CeCe.
  • 00:11:43.659 --> 00:11:44.927
  • - Yes, I agree.- And I think
  • 00:11:44.927 --> 00:11:46.195
  • that's why laughteris the medicine
  • 00:11:46.195 --> 00:11:48.864
  • and that's my drugof choice I know.
  • 00:11:48.864 --> 00:11:51.300
  • - That's right.(laughing)
  • 00:11:51.300 --> 00:11:54.236
  • - Yes, yes, yes, especiallynow but I think all the time.
  • 00:11:54.236 --> 00:11:57.940
  • You know laughter isjust so, so, so awesome.
  • 00:11:57.940 --> 00:12:01.744
  • And I have to agree withLisa on, we talk about joy
  • 00:12:01.744 --> 00:12:06.048
  • and we forget about happiness.
  • 00:12:06.048 --> 00:12:07.917
  • And the Bible says inProverbs 16 and 20, it says,
  • 00:12:07.917 --> 00:12:12.922
  • "He who heeds the wordwisely will find good
  • 00:12:14.123 --> 00:12:17.393
  • "and whoever trusts inthe Lord, happy is he."
  • 00:12:17.393 --> 00:12:20.996
  • - [Lisa] That's right
  • 00:12:20.996 --> 00:12:22.364
  • - And so I think, as believers,we should laugh a lot
  • 00:12:22.364 --> 00:12:24.934
  • because our happinessis in the Lord.
  • 00:12:24.934 --> 00:12:27.937
  • And the more you laugh,the more you wanna laugh.
  • 00:12:27.937 --> 00:12:30.406
  • And you know what?
  • 00:12:30.406 --> 00:12:31.574
  • I find that laughteris contagious.
  • 00:12:31.574 --> 00:12:33.075
  • - That's right.
  • 00:12:33.075 --> 00:12:33.976
  • - You know,- Yes.
  • 00:12:33.976 --> 00:12:35.244
  • - Have you ever heard akid laugh and it's like
  • 00:12:35.244 --> 00:12:36.512
  • you don't even know whatthey're laughing about
  • 00:12:36.512 --> 00:12:38.247
  • and you're just like, ohmy god, it's so funny.
  • 00:12:38.247 --> 00:12:40.816
  • And so, even before Iknew it was spiritual
  • 00:12:42.017 --> 00:12:44.486
  • I knew it was a good thing- That's right.
  • 00:12:44.486 --> 00:12:46.322
  • - Because it always uplifts you.
  • 00:12:46.322 --> 00:12:49.558
  • It stops you from taking life
  • 00:12:51.026 --> 00:12:51.961
  • so seriously- That's right.
  • 00:12:51.961 --> 00:12:53.462
  • - We as women sometimescan take life so serious.
  • 00:12:53.462 --> 00:12:57.666
  • And whenever you'reon TV like we are,
  • 00:12:59.235 --> 00:13:01.770
  • you're gonna findthings out of place
  • 00:13:01.770 --> 00:13:04.139
  • and you're on stage
  • 00:13:04.139 --> 00:13:05.541
  • you find out later,oh I did this wrong,
  • 00:13:05.541 --> 00:13:08.210
  • I should'a had mygirdle up on this side.
  • 00:13:08.210 --> 00:13:10.980
  • - She said that.(laughing)
  • 00:13:10.980 --> 00:13:12.214
  • - And you have tolearn how to laugh.
  • 00:13:12.214 --> 00:13:15.017
  • - Right.
  • 00:13:15.017 --> 00:13:16.285
  • - You have to learn, soI laugh at myself a lot.
  • 00:13:16.285 --> 00:13:18.387
  • You know,- Me too.
  • 00:13:18.387 --> 00:13:19.889
  • - I remember one time Iwas in this Broadway play,
  • 00:13:19.889 --> 00:13:22.291
  • and I'm doing this play andI'm tryna focus on acting
  • 00:13:22.291 --> 00:13:25.361
  • and all my parts, and all ofa sudden I slip and I fall,
  • 00:13:25.361 --> 00:13:28.764
  • (laughing)- Woah.
  • 00:13:28.764 --> 00:13:30.499
  • and I had to keepgoing with my lines
  • 00:13:30.499 --> 00:13:33.135
  • and I'm like, dying insideand the audience don't know
  • 00:13:34.570 --> 00:13:35.938
  • if this is a partof the play or not.
  • 00:13:35.938 --> 00:13:38.374
  • But I have to tell you,when we were finished
  • 00:13:38.374 --> 00:13:40.910
  • we cried, I mean justcried with laughter.
  • 00:13:40.910 --> 00:13:45.614
  • And I think when you see all
  • 00:13:45.614 --> 00:13:48.884
  • the benefits of laughter,
  • 00:13:50.819 --> 00:13:52.388
  • - Right.
  • 00:13:52.388 --> 00:13:53.622
  • - We'll be young forthe rest of our lives
  • 00:13:53.622 --> 00:13:55.491
  • because laughterjust rejuvenates youand it's a blessing.
  • 00:13:55.491 --> 00:13:59.862
  • And Nicole, you andyour husband, you guys,
  • 00:13:59.862 --> 00:14:03.032
  • I can see youlaughing all the time.
  • 00:14:03.032 --> 00:14:05.234
  • - So,- Totally.
  • 00:14:05.234 --> 00:14:06.402
  • - It's a great part of life.- Yes.
  • 00:14:06.402 --> 00:14:07.670
  • - I can't even imaginelife without laughter.
  • 00:14:07.670 --> 00:14:10.139
  • - [Lisa] Me either.
  • 00:14:10.139 --> 00:14:11.106
  • - I know, it's the truth.
  • 00:14:12.241 --> 00:14:13.609
  • And I think for someof us, for some people,
  • 00:14:13.609 --> 00:14:16.345
  • laughing and having fun, right,
  • 00:14:16.345 --> 00:14:18.247
  • just comes more natural to them
  • 00:14:18.247 --> 00:14:19.715
  • and some of us have to workon it a little bit more.
  • 00:14:19.715 --> 00:14:22.284
  • And I think you said, CeCe,you were talking about women,
  • 00:14:22.284 --> 00:14:26.055
  • sometimes we get, aswives, as mothers,
  • 00:14:27.222 --> 00:14:30.592
  • we can get so burdened downwith all of our responsibilities
  • 00:14:30.592 --> 00:14:34.697
  • that sometimes it's difficult.
  • 00:14:34.697 --> 00:14:36.398
  • We have to, again,make a decision, tomake time to have fun
  • 00:14:36.398 --> 00:14:41.403
  • and for our soul to be
  • 00:14:42.137 --> 00:14:44.106
  • replenished and so
  • 00:14:45.808 --> 00:14:47.609
  • here in Dallas, wehave restaurants open
  • 00:14:51.046 --> 00:14:53.816
  • to a small capacityand so, you know what,
  • 00:14:53.816 --> 00:14:56.852
  • tonight we're going to havedinner with some friends
  • 00:14:56.852 --> 00:14:59.355
  • that we have so much funwith, who make me laugh.
  • 00:14:59.355 --> 00:15:02.658
  • We're gonna go have some joyand laughter with friends
  • 00:15:02.658 --> 00:15:07.229
  • but we had to putit on the calendar,
  • 00:15:07.229 --> 00:15:09.465
  • (laughing)
  • 00:15:09.465 --> 00:15:10.733
  • make time for it,make room for it,
  • 00:15:10.733 --> 00:15:13.669
  • because again, for some of us,
  • 00:15:13.669 --> 00:15:15.304
  • we can get bogged down withresponsibilities, with duty
  • 00:15:16.772 --> 00:15:21.543
  • and it's so vital that we maketime to laugh and have fun.
  • 00:15:22.978 --> 00:15:26.982
  • How about you Brittney?
  • 00:15:27.716 --> 00:15:29.151
  • - Yeah I was thinking inthis whole conversation
  • 00:15:29.151 --> 00:15:32.287
  • that we are what we consume.
  • 00:15:32.287 --> 00:15:33.856
  • So if I'm consuming allof media all day long,
  • 00:15:33.856 --> 00:15:38.427
  • I'm on my phone and I am notpresent in my circumstances
  • 00:15:38.427 --> 00:15:43.165
  • and present with my family,you miss out on the laughter,
  • 00:15:43.165 --> 00:15:46.935
  • you miss out on the joy
  • 00:15:46.935 --> 00:15:48.570
  • because there's simple, everydayblessings that we all have,
  • 00:15:48.570 --> 00:15:53.075
  • even in the midst of quarantine,
  • 00:15:53.075 --> 00:15:54.610
  • even in the midst ofour biggest crisis,
  • 00:15:54.610 --> 00:15:57.146
  • there's stilleveryday blessings.
  • 00:15:57.146 --> 00:15:59.515
  • But if we don't look for themand our focus is not on that,
  • 00:15:59.515 --> 00:16:02.518
  • we miss out on it.
  • 00:16:02.518 --> 00:16:03.986
  • So sometimes I literally justhave to put down my phone
  • 00:16:03.986 --> 00:16:07.256
  • and watch my little manbuild his little Legos
  • 00:16:07.256 --> 00:16:11.026
  • and watch his littleeyelashes go up and down
  • 00:16:11.026 --> 00:16:13.228
  • and just watch how he laughsand he talks to himself,
  • 00:16:13.228 --> 00:16:15.831
  • or whatever it is.
  • 00:16:15.831 --> 00:16:17.299
  • And whenever I do that, I think
  • 00:16:17.299 --> 00:16:19.435
  • why don't I do this more often?
  • 00:16:19.435 --> 00:16:21.503
  • Why do I forget- Yeah.
  • 00:16:21.503 --> 00:16:23.172
  • - these simple pleasures?
  • 00:16:23.172 --> 00:16:25.140
  • And kids are not weighed downwith the weight of the world.
  • 00:16:25.140 --> 00:16:28.777
  • They run with joy, man.
  • 00:16:28.777 --> 00:16:30.379
  • They don't carewhat they look like.
  • 00:16:30.379 --> 00:16:31.880
  • They don't carewhat anyone's doing.
  • 00:16:31.880 --> 00:16:33.816
  • They're just gonna go for it.
  • 00:16:33.816 --> 00:16:35.617
  • And I learned so muchfrom my kids in that.
  • 00:16:35.617 --> 00:16:38.053
  • In that, I should livemy life like that.
  • 00:16:38.053 --> 00:16:41.090
  • I should live that itis God who sees me,
  • 00:16:41.090 --> 00:16:44.193
  • He's the only one that matters.
  • 00:16:44.193 --> 00:16:45.461
  • It doesn't matter ifpeople think I'm crazy.
  • 00:16:45.461 --> 00:16:47.529
  • And y'all, if you sawthe way that we dance
  • 00:16:47.529 --> 00:16:49.698
  • and make up crazysongs in our house,
  • 00:16:49.698 --> 00:16:51.867
  • I'm sure you wouldthink I'm crazy
  • 00:16:51.867 --> 00:16:53.569
  • because we make up a songabout everything in our house.
  • 00:16:54.970 --> 00:16:57.806
  • But my kids think it's hilarious
  • 00:16:57.806 --> 00:16:59.608
  • and they won't alwaysthink mommy booty dancing
  • 00:16:59.608 --> 00:17:01.710
  • in the kitchen, makingup crazy songs is funny
  • 00:17:01.710 --> 00:17:05.114
  • but we're gonna keepgoing with it right now.
  • 00:17:05.114 --> 00:17:07.816
  • (laughing)- Right.
  • 00:17:07.816 --> 00:17:09.084
  • - But I do think it'sso important that we,
  • 00:17:09.084 --> 00:17:11.887
  • in this season, are carefulwith what we're consuming
  • 00:17:11.887 --> 00:17:16.125
  • and putting in our mind,and putting before our eyes
  • 00:17:16.125 --> 00:17:19.228
  • so that we have thetime and the ability
  • 00:17:19.228 --> 00:17:22.698
  • that we're not limitedwith what we're consuming
  • 00:17:22.698 --> 00:17:26.869
  • 'cause there's a lot ofnegative things out there
  • 00:17:26.869 --> 00:17:29.104
  • and if we're focused on that,
  • 00:17:29.104 --> 00:17:30.305
  • we miss the joyright in front of us.
  • 00:17:30.305 --> 00:17:32.941
  • - Right, and I think, youmentioned this earlier Nicole,
  • 00:17:32.941 --> 00:17:36.078
  • I think our culture
  • 00:17:36.078 --> 00:17:38.313
  • has taught us that youcannot have happiness and joy
  • 00:17:39.648 --> 00:17:42.818
  • at the same timeyou have difficulty.
  • 00:17:42.818 --> 00:17:44.920
  • And that is notproven biblically.
  • 00:17:44.920 --> 00:17:47.990
  • As a matter of fact,you go back to Job
  • 00:17:47.990 --> 00:17:50.192
  • and at the very beginning ofJob, when he loses everything,
  • 00:17:50.192 --> 00:17:53.862
  • his children, hishealth, his livelihood,
  • 00:17:53.862 --> 00:17:56.465
  • he loses everything,
  • 00:17:56.465 --> 00:17:58.333
  • there's this verse that is,
  • 00:17:58.333 --> 00:17:59.902
  • it's become almostmy life verse,
  • 00:17:59.902 --> 00:18:02.037
  • it says that he shaves hishead and he tears his robe,
  • 00:18:02.037 --> 00:18:04.940
  • in other words,he's being honest.
  • 00:18:04.940 --> 00:18:06.542
  • He's not pretending likehe doesn't feel sad.
  • 00:18:06.542 --> 00:18:09.378
  • He's not just, ha haha, pulling himself up
  • 00:18:09.378 --> 00:18:12.347
  • by his bootstraps, which Ithink that's how sometimes
  • 00:18:12.347 --> 00:18:15.584
  • our culture tends toemasculate happiness,
  • 00:18:15.584 --> 00:18:18.987
  • that it's just this,- I agree.
  • 00:18:18.987 --> 00:18:21.156
  • - putting a false sense of fun
  • 00:18:21.156 --> 00:18:22.257
  • over a difficult season.
  • 00:18:22.257 --> 00:18:23.525
  • That's not at allwhat were talked about
  • 00:18:23.525 --> 00:18:24.693
  • in biblical happiness.
  • 00:18:24.693 --> 00:18:26.395
  • Because Job is honest.
  • 00:18:26.395 --> 00:18:27.896
  • He shaves his head, tearshis robe, says this is hard.
  • 00:18:27.896 --> 00:18:30.566
  • - Then it says, "He raiseshis hands in worship."
  • 00:18:31.967 --> 00:18:33.168
  • And so, as Christ followers,
  • 00:18:33.168 --> 00:18:35.571
  • if you're looking, evenat difficult circumstances
  • 00:18:35.571 --> 00:18:38.207
  • through the grid of,"Our God is good."
  • 00:18:38.207 --> 00:18:41.043
  • Ultimately, our God is goodand this world is not our home.
  • 00:18:41.043 --> 00:18:45.247
  • Praise Jesus, thisis not my final body.
  • 00:18:45.247 --> 00:18:48.116
  • And so, when you recognizethere is more to this.
  • 00:18:48.116 --> 00:18:52.554
  • Chesterton is one ofmy favorite theologians
  • 00:18:52.554 --> 00:18:54.656
  • and he says, "We havecome to the wrong star."
  • 00:18:54.656 --> 00:18:57.993
  • I think you haveto go, "All right,
  • 00:18:57.993 --> 00:19:00.329
  • "maybe the shoe doesn't fit.
  • 00:19:00.329 --> 00:19:02.164
  • "Maybe I didn't get this right,
  • 00:19:02.164 --> 00:19:03.899
  • "maybe I fell ina Broadway play.
  • 00:19:03.899 --> 00:19:05.767
  • "But you know what?
  • 00:19:05.767 --> 00:19:07.269
  • "I'm gonna get up tomorrowand I'm gonna have fun
  • 00:19:07.269 --> 00:19:08.704
  • "and I'm gonna do it again."
  • 00:19:08.704 --> 00:19:10.172
  • And CeCe, I feel like youreally hit the nail on the head
  • 00:19:10.172 --> 00:19:13.175
  • when you said, "The abilityto laugh at ourselves."
  • 00:19:13.175 --> 00:19:16.178
  • Because the abilityto laugh at ourselves,
  • 00:19:16.178 --> 00:19:18.614
  • if it starts with us,
  • 00:19:18.614 --> 00:19:20.649
  • that lowers this sensethat most women have of,
  • 00:19:20.649 --> 00:19:25.621
  • "I've gotta haveeverything together.
  • 00:19:26.788 --> 00:19:28.624
  • "I can't let my Spanx show.
  • 00:19:28.624 --> 00:19:30.392
  • "My hair has to becolored just right.
  • 00:19:30.392 --> 00:19:32.494
  • "I have to fit inwith my girlfriends."
  • 00:19:32.494 --> 00:19:34.596
  • And when we show them,"Ah, you don't have to have
  • 00:19:34.596 --> 00:19:37.332
  • "it all together,our God is good.
  • 00:19:37.332 --> 00:19:39.301
  • "Do the best you can,but if you mess up,
  • 00:19:39.301 --> 00:19:41.303
  • "He is a good, kind God."
  • 00:19:41.303 --> 00:19:43.939
  • When we're able tolaugh at ourselves,
  • 00:19:43.939 --> 00:19:45.507
  • I just feel like thattends to mitigate the fear
  • 00:19:45.507 --> 00:19:48.477
  • around us and those peoplethat, like you said, Nicole,
  • 00:19:48.477 --> 00:19:51.913
  • are having a hardtime letting go
  • 00:19:51.913 --> 00:19:54.516
  • and actually enjoying themoment, dancing in the kitchen.
  • 00:19:54.516 --> 00:19:57.853
  • Missy and I have acontest every time we go
  • 00:19:57.853 --> 00:19:59.755
  • to the grocery store to seewho can make each other laugh.
  • 00:19:59.755 --> 00:20:03.091
  • And so, it always boils
  • 00:20:03.091 --> 00:20:04.860
  • down to dancing- I love it!
  • 00:20:04.860 --> 00:20:05.794
  • - in the grocery store aisles.
  • 00:20:05.794 --> 00:20:07.429
  • Surprised we haven't beenkicked out of Publix.
  • 00:20:07.429 --> 00:20:09.631
  • But I think that not takingyourself too seriously,
  • 00:20:09.631 --> 00:20:13.502
  • the only way you can nottake yourself too seriously,
  • 00:20:14.936 --> 00:20:16.972
  • is really be seriousabout the promises of God.
  • 00:20:16.972 --> 00:20:20.142
  • If we believe God iswho He says He is,
  • 00:20:20.142 --> 00:20:24.846
  • that as Laurie said earlier,
  • 00:20:24.846 --> 00:20:26.114
  • "No good thing willHe withhold from us."
  • 00:20:26.114 --> 00:20:28.950
  • As long as we'restumbling toward Him,
  • 00:20:28.950 --> 00:20:30.986
  • He's a kind God, He's agood God, He's a redeemer.
  • 00:20:30.986 --> 00:20:33.822
  • If you're seriousabout His promises,
  • 00:20:33.822 --> 00:20:36.024
  • you don't have to be soserious about yourself.
  • 00:20:36.024 --> 00:20:38.360
  • - Oh, that's so good.- That's so good.
  • 00:20:40.529 --> 00:20:43.598
  • - That's good.
  • 00:20:43.598 --> 00:20:44.800
  • - I was talkingwith Matt yesterday.
  • 00:20:44.800 --> 00:20:47.169
  • We were talking about joy.
  • 00:20:47.169 --> 00:20:49.137
  • When Jesus was at the cross,
  • 00:20:51.506 --> 00:20:53.709
  • and I'm sure we'll talkabout this in the next day,
  • 00:20:53.709 --> 00:20:56.578
  • He had to look forwardand He had to see the joy
  • 00:20:56.578 --> 00:21:00.082
  • that was set before Him sothat he endured the cross.
  • 00:21:00.082 --> 00:21:03.985
  • And if we think about thislife as this vapor of a life,
  • 00:21:03.985 --> 00:21:08.990
  • and then this seasonin it, which the Bible
  • 00:21:10.158 --> 00:21:11.626
  • says that, "I can do allseasons through Christ
  • 00:21:11.626 --> 00:21:14.730
  • "who strengthens me."
  • 00:21:14.730 --> 00:21:16.331
  • And if we can just seethis as a season of time,
  • 00:21:16.331 --> 00:21:20.936
  • knowing that this is not theend, this is not our home.
  • 00:21:20.936 --> 00:21:25.307
  • There is a joy set before us,
  • 00:21:25.307 --> 00:21:27.642
  • so we can endurewhatever with joy.
  • 00:21:27.642 --> 00:21:30.712
  • A friend of ours, JeffAllen, is a comedian.
  • 00:21:32.347 --> 00:21:34.916
  • And sometimes, you just haveto turn something like him on.
  • 00:21:34.916 --> 00:21:39.354
  • He said not too long ago,
  • 00:21:39.354 --> 00:21:40.956
  • he said, "America hasforgotten how to laugh."
  • 00:21:40.956 --> 00:21:43.425
  • Not forgotten, but we're notallowed to laugh anymore.
  • 00:21:43.425 --> 00:21:46.361
  • And I thought, "You know,that is so the devil."
  • 00:21:46.361 --> 00:21:48.663
  • We're all afraid to tella joke about somethin'.
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  • And so he says, "I just haveto now tell my own story,
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  • "and laughin' at myself," andthat's what gets him through.
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  • Because we've all becomeso politically correct
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  • about every singlething on the planet,
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  • that the joy and the laughter,
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  • sometimes people get sooffended 'cause you're happy
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  • and that you're finding joy.
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  • Not that you're makingfun of something,
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  • but that you're justfinding joy in life.
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  • So there's a lot offun-suckers out there (laughs)
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  • that we just have to putboundaries around and go,
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  • "You know what?
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  • "There's a song that says,'The world doesn't have it,
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  • "'the world can't give it
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  • "'and the worldcan't take it away.'"
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  • So CeCe,- Amen.
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  • - this whole joyful heartis like good medicine.
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  • - Yeah, it's good medicine.
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  • I love what you said.
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  • I think you mentionedthis scripture earlier,
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  • and it's one of myfavorite scriptures.
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  • And that Psalm 84:11, it'sbecome one of my favorites.
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  • And it says, "For the LordGod is a sun and shield.
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  • "The Lord will givegrace and glory.
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  • "No good thing willHe withhold from those
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  • "who walk uprightly."
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  • And going back to what Lisasaid, I think that is awesome
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  • when you say that if youbelieve the promises of God,
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  • then you can laugh,you can have joy.
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  • If you really believe thatHe loves us no matter what,
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  • then you can laugh at yourself
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  • and you don't have totake life so seriously.
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  • And so, today I just wannaencourage people to laugh,
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  • to have fun, not be so serious!
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  • And I think that's one ofthe characteristics of God.
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  • Like she said,throughout the scripture,
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  • how He rejoices overus and how He's happy.
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  • Happy is a good thing.
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  • God wants us to behappy and have joy.
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  • He said, "Abundant life.
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  • "I came to giveyou abundant life."
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  • And so, I come against thosethings that steal our joy.
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  • The devil comes tosteal, kill and destroy.
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  • So I think we all have to take,
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  • and this is a greattime to do it,
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  • take inventory of your life.
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  • What do you have in your life
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  • that's actuallystealing your joy,
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  • that's taking your laughter?
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  • Some things we have to let go.
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  • Let go so thatlaughter can come in.
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  • And so, I thinkthose are some things
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  • that we have to think about.
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  • What's in our livesthat's stealing our joy,
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  • that's stealing our laughter?
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  • Why are we takingthings so seriously?
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  • And like Nicole was saying,
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  • it doesn't comeeasy for everybody.
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  • Laughter came easy for me.
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  • Growing up in ahouse of 10 kids,
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  • you're gonna laugh a lot.(laughs)
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  • Growing up in church,you're gonna laugh a lot.
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  • I think some of the funniestthings happened (laughs)
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  • in church.
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  • - Amen!- Oh, my God! (laughs)
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  • You can't help butlaugh in church.
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  • So laughter is abeautiful thing.
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  • Nicole, why are youlaughin' so hard right now?
  • 00:24:42.871 --> 00:24:45.373
  • - (laughs) I'm thinkin'about some funny things
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  • that happened in churchwhen I was growin' up.
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  • (laughs)- Oh, no!
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  • - Ah, goodness!
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  • Funny, funny.
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  • But you know, I was thinkin'about how Jesus made room.
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  • He said, "Suffer thechildren to come to me."
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  • And His disciples wantedto send them away,
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  • only the serious folks.
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  • No, let the kids come.
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  • Let there be joy and laughter.
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  • So I just wannapray for you today.
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  • Maybe you're findingit difficult,
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  • especially duringthis season, to laugh.
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  • (soft piano music)Maybe you think it's not okay
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  • to laugh and havefun during this time,
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  • when there is a lot ofsuffering going on, no doubt.
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  • But we can trust and we canbe present in the moment
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  • with Jesus, becausewe trust Him.
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  • And we know that He holdsour world in His hands.
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  • So Father, I thankYou right now,
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  • for joy filling the homesof those that are watching.
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  • For a light heart, God, thatwe can cast our care on You
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  • and we can surrenderour heaviness to You.
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  • We can put on thegarment of praise
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  • to the spirit of heaviness.
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  • You give us the oil ofgladness for our sorrow.
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  • And so, we takeon your joy today
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  • and we decide that weare gonna have time.
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  • We're gonna make timefor laughter, for fun
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  • with our family and friends,
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  • because we know how muchgood the fruit of it
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  • is so rich in our lives.
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  • In Jesus' name we pray, amen.
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  • - Amen.- Amen, amen, amen.
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  • Thank you for joining us today.
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  • You know, God useschallenging times
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  • to make us more like Him.
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  • So what is Heteaching us right now?
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  • You know what?
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  • The best is yet to come,
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  • and we're gonna talkabout it tomorrow.
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  • We'll see you then, bye-bye.
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