Laughter 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Laughter is good for the heart. 

A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength. -Proverbs 17:22 NCV

Laughter makes us feel wonderful all over. 

The medicine community and spiritual community are in agreement about the value of laughter. Just like a good feeling after a workout, we have laugh muscles (fifteen to be exact) that get involved when we laugh. 

We change physiologically when we laugh. 

We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues and boost immune cells to our bodies.

It is Biblical if you continually sustain laughter in your life, it will keep your heart healthy and happy. 

Then they were filled with laughter, and we sang happy songs. Then the other nations said, The Lord has done great things for them. The Lord has done great things for us, and we are very glad. -Psalm 122:2-3 NCV

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Your Character 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Does your character reflect the humility and self sacrifices of Jesus our King, or is it a carbon copy of the world’s selfishness.

“Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

-Matthew 5:1-12 Holy Bible (NIV)

Following Jesus can often bring great popularity, however if we do not live by Jesus’ word’s in his sermon, we could find ourselves using God’s message to promote ourselves.  

“In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but passing it over, he is superior” -Francis Bacon

God majors on a person’s character and we should too. 

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

True Wisdom 

WORTHY THOUGHT: True wisdom is found in God.

King Solomon said: “I thought to myself, “Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind. For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.”-Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 (NIV)

The more you know about the real world the more imperfection you see around you. 

The more you observe the more evil becomes evident. 

Solomon highlights two types of wisdom

 1) human knowledge, reasoning, or philosophy and 

2) the wisdom that comes from God.

King Solomon is talking about human knowledge that ignores God and highlights the problems we have without God’s eternal perspective and solutions. 

Without God, deception exposes humankind and reveals this world as it truly is. 

My prayer is that the Holy Spirit would shine the light of Jesus into the hearts of men and women so that they might see the difference between wisdom of futility, living for lesser, petty treasures and instead see the true wisdom, beauty, splendor and glory of Christ.
~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Count 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Count Your Blessings 

It is impossible to be thankful and at the same time be grumpy.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. -James 1:7

If the birds only burst into a song once a year, we’d all pay attention. But because they sing every morning we scarcely bother to listen.  

We tend to exhibit a degree of thanksgiving in reverse proportion to the amount of blessing’s we receive.
When we are discouraged thinking all is lost count your blessings name them one by one. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. -Johnson Oatman Jr. (Hymnal)

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Whatever 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Whatever we put into our minds determines what comes out in our words and actions.

We speak God’s word not out of artificial piety to aim to impress others nor do we cater to human respect. We are to speak truth in love that builds bridges not walls.     

We can implant good ideas and settle our differences in todays world if we fix our thoughts on what is true, good and right. 

Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. 

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable– If there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise– dwell on these things. -Philippians 4:8

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Love 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Seek to live in His love
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. -1 Peter 4:8 

There is a special relationship between all sincere believers with good matureness. 

We must intensely and fervently love each other because love covers a multitude of sins. 

It inclines us to forgive and forget offenses, rather than get mad and spread gossip or seek revenge. 

The scripture teaches us to show mercy for others, forgive and continue to love them just as God whom first loved us, has shown mercy and forgiven us of our own sins. 

We love because He first loved us. -1 John 4:9

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Charity 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Charity begins today. 

Today somebody is suffering. Today somebody is in the street. Today somebody is hungry. 

Our work is for today, yesterday has gone, tomorrow has not yet come. 

We have only today to make Jesus known, loved, served, fed, clothed, sheltered. 

Do not wait for tomorrow. 

Tomorrow we will not have them 

if we do not feed them today.

-Mother Teresa 


Proverbs 19:17(ESV)

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Acts 20:35 (ESV)

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

James 1:27 (ESV)

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Once we take our eyes away from ourselves, our interest, and ambitions, then we will clearly see Jesus all around us.

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Serve 

WORTHY THOUGHT: Are we selfishly clinging to our rights or are you willingly to serve.

As believers, we should have an attitude that enables us to give up our rights for the good of others- in order to serve others. If we say we follow Christ we must also say we want to live as he lived, we should develop his attitude of humble service, even when we are not likely to get recognition for our efforts. 

When we feel the pain of our sacrifice- we know that we are really giving up something important.

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. -Philippians 2:3-4 
          ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Missionaries

Worthy Thought: We must not limit our focus to our own people. 

God wants His people to proclaim His love in words and actions to the whole world. 

He wants us to be His missionaries wherever we are, wherever He sends us. 

I love Guatemala, I’m looking forward to my next trip to be the hands and feet He created me to be.     

For more on my missions to Guatemala with Sounds Of Love follow our Facebook Page 

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill