April 2007 Pearls of Encouragement
for Christian Working Moms
Online Bible Study
Article – Do you laugh?
Hello everyone!!! I pray you had a blessed
Easter and spent some wonderful time with family.
I had a very busy time before and during Easter. My
daughter and I went on a school field trip to New
York. The trip was ONLY 750 miles one way on a bus.
I think we got maybe 14 hours of sleep during the
four days of the trip. I am back and we had a good
time. We have so many new CWM’s and I welcome
you all. You won’t believe it, but we have now
had over 1,400 women fill out the CWM survey and it
grows every day. If you have not filled out the CWM
Survey go to www.christianworkingmom.com
and click on survey. Add your thoughts to the others
who have graciously taken their time to fill out the
survey. I thank all of you. Please know that as far
as I know no one else has collected this data. One
more thing I try my best to answer all email sent
to me. While I was out of town I received a ton of
email (mostly spam) and deleted a lot. If I didn’t
answer your email, please resend. I may have deleted
it by accident. Thanks in advance for your understanding.
The blog has been a little quiet here
lately. Also, I was away from computer access for
over 2 weeks. So, there is a new question posted about
sharing your fun kid stories or other things to make
us laugh (see this month’s article). If you
are a member of the sandwich generation, please share
your experience on the blog. If you don’t know
what the sandwich generation is you will have to go
visit the blog to find out. The CWM blog is at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com.
There is an open comment section for you to post questions.
Let’s support one another and try to answer
each other’s concerns.
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Want to read a book that will make you
laugh? Check out a book from Women of Faith, entitled
Laughter is the Spice of Life. The Women of Faith
speakers are hilarious. You can find out more by clicking
Article – Do You Laugh?
My children gave me the idea for this
article and unfortunately in not a good way. I was
laughing at something with my children when one of
them said, “That must be really funny, because
Mom doesn’t laugh much.” Ouch!!! That
hurt. I don’t think I’m a dour person,
but I really don’t laugh that much. I guess
I’m always too busy making sure chores are done,
laundry is washed, bills are paid, homework is done,
etc. You get the picture and I don’t think I’m
Have you noticed how easy it is for
children to laugh and how often they laugh? My children
can start laughing and not stop. Their laughter is
infectious. Have you also noticed you don’t
have to teach children or even babies to laugh, it
comes naturally? So, what happens when be become adults.
We definitely laugh a lot less.
Listen to these neat facts about laughing:
1. One minute of laughing can keep you
feeling relaxed for an hour.
2. A simple smile boosts immunity.
3. 15 minutes of laughter can burn as many as 50 calories.
(I need to laugh several hours a day to lose some
4. People smile only 35% as much as they think they
5. Laughter is contagious.
We certainly know laughter is contagious.
If you have ever had a bunch of giggly girls spending
the night at your house or boys for that matter, you
know laughter is as contagious as chicken pox.
So, what does the Bible say about laughter.
Did God create laughter as well? I think it is so
neat that laughter is discussed in the first book
of the Bible. In Genesis 21:5-6, “5 Abraham
was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born
to him. 6 Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter,
and everyone who hears about this will laugh with
me." I have to admit I would be laughing if God
told me I would bear a child at 90 years of age. Don’t
you think God knew Isaac’s name would be laughter?
I do think God has a sense of humor. I think when
Jesus asked the little children to come to him that
he enjoyed the children. It doesn’t say in the
Bible what they discussed, but can’t you just
imagine him laughing and smiling with them. All the
wonderful questions the children asked Jesus and he
patiently listening to them. Ecclesiastes talks about
a time to weep and a time to laugh. I think God created
us to laugh and to enjoy his creation and his children.
How can we begin to laugh more? I think
our children are the best teachers. Listen to their
jokes and laugh, a good hearty laugh. Maybe get a
joke book to share with your children. Your teenagers
need to laugh as well. Tell them some jokes. Your
teens may think the jokes are lame, but they will
probably be laughing on the inside. Tickle your children
and laugh with them. Sometimes (and I’m talking
to myself here) we take ourselves too seriously. As
Christians we should be some of the happiest people
in the world, but often we look the most depressed.
We should be the leaders in laughing and having a
good time that honors God.
So, can I encourage you this month to
choose to laugh more and have fun with your children.
You may even learn a few good jokes.
I asked my son to share a joke with
me to share with you (he is 9) so here we go. A mother
was reading a Bible Story to her daughter and was
saying that man was made out of dust. The daughter
looked under her bed (seeing all the dust bunnies)
and told her Mom, “There is a dead person under
here.”!!! Enjoy. Please visit the Blog and share
your jokes or funny stories.
Till next time,
Kimberly M. Chastain
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is
the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage
and Family Therapist. She is the author of 2 ebooks
and an online Bible study. You can find more information
For a free, initial coaching session send an email