Hebrews 12:1-3

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Laughter is such good medicine...music so healing.

If there is one thing our family is known for, it's the ability to laugh!  We laugh when no one knows why we are laughing, we laugh when it probably inappropriate, we laugh till we cry sometimes and our Mom has been know to laugh (uncontrollably) in CHURCH!  We keep praying for her! *winks* 
This week was one of those weeks, we spent time together at the centre laughing hysterically and then our brother Glen showed up and we were slayed!  I'm pretty sure the moment we reach that point is the moment Mike wonders how he ever got himself into this mess...but then we just laugh at him!
One of those Hysterical moments
Devoted Mommy & Daddy
Just missing our big brother Robbie

We love to laugh!  I am reminded that the week of Sandra's accident one of the nurses named Rachel (not assigned to Sandra) came into her room one day to thank her for the light that was coming from Sandra's room and she shared a verse with us, "He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy."~ Job 8:21
This promise has been been proven to be true many times for us through this process.  We have been given the gift of laughter to lift our spirits and sooth our wounds and help us keep a clear perspective. I believe that our family was blessed with the ability to laugh together for this reason.
Proverbs 17:22 says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."
This reminds me that we still have a choice in all this.  My sister and her husband have clearly chosen joy and its infectious.  There is joy in this journey and hope for the future.  We are praying unceasingly that God will make Sandra walk again...and nothing else!  A dear, wise friend reminded us that we must cry out to God for our hearts desire...not doublemindedly either.  So we are praying BELIEVING and ask you to do so with us.
We as a family had the privilege of attending the Johnson Family Concert last night at the Gladstone Theatre.  This was Sandra's second major outing but the first one without her neck brace.  She informed me when it was off that she has the most beautiful neck and she is right!  Never seen one more beautiful!  The Johnson family if you don't know them, is one of the most ridiculously talented families ever!  They have a beautiful way of sharing their God-given talents mixed in with sweet humour...so we laughed some more and sang along. "Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” ~ Psalms 126:2 
I have been camping in the Proverbs these days and amazed by the nuggets we can uncover for each stage of our lives each time we re-read God's word!
So as we head into this long weekend and celebrate our freedom in this Nation may we remember to celbrate the freedom we have to choose Joy in the journey as we live out this blip on the time-line of eternity...looking forward to continued Grace from God's hand and seeing my Buddy walk again! 



  1. In England we say "If laughter be the best medicine - then laugh on" So please, laugh on, keep it going. You've put a smile into my heart today just seeing you all together as one beautiful family.
    Congratulations Sandra in getting the neck brace off. Six weeks is a long time to wear something like that, but it made me think of when I sometimes wonder why God never seems to be in a hurry like me for things to happen, I am reminded that when it does, I then know that he's always on time.....he is with you always and so is his healing, and for all that will happen, his timing is, and will be perfect. Enjoy your weekend with your amazing family.
    Forever in my prayers.....Val.

  2. Carla, We are BELIEVING with you and all the Mulders! Ron & Ann

  3. Good story to hear, I have always felt the gift of laughter from God. Sometimes others do not understand. Thank you for reaffirming that it is a gift from God. Now I can point to your family and say they have the gift too! Prayers of full belief for Sandra to walk again, a good reminder to boldly ask and you shall be given.
    Love, hugs, laughter and prayers,
    Sherry O'Grady Fox

  4. Dear Carla,

    I FEEL the infectious joy & hope just reading your post!

    So glad you could all make it out to share in the ridulously awesome talent of the much loved Jphnson family. nothing like an evening spent in their living room to spur us all on to trust & hope as we laugh & share joy together on our journey of life with our awesome God!

    Praying & believing in our amazing God of miracles,


    ~ Joel 2:21 "Don't be afraid my people. Be glad & rejoice, for the LORD has done great things."

  5. You have blessed me more than I can say with these encouraging comments on laughter in the midst of difficult circumstances. I have been a partaker of your family's infectious laughter down the years of our long acquaintance and it is my prayer that it will never cease between now and eternity! May our Lord continue to lift your spirits and bring you the physical healing we desire, Irene