A cheerful heart is good medicine. It's Biblical AND practical advice. And, apparently, it works.
Ever since I ran the Disney race, I have been sick, sick, sick. First it was the flu - seven days of fevers, lethargy and coughing up everything except my internal organs. I think I still may have those.
I briefly recovered for about 3 days before my son brought home a snotty, cough-y, fever-y virus from school and we both crashed again. The lack of general wellness in our house has been ridiculous and I am over it. I grew very impatient toward the end of last week, as I was preparing to leave town for a very fun business trip opportunity with some friends in New York City. I prayed and prayed and prayed for God to heal me completely before I got on that big-city-bound plane. I wanted so badly to be better. I felt pretty good on Friday when we set out on our trip, but the cough lingered and the congestion hung heavy in my head as our trip began.
For the next few days, though, I spent every waking (and sleeping) moment with two amazing ladies. We worked really hard. We ate good food. We shared funny stories. We saw amazing sights. We laughed. And laughed. And laughed some more. We cried (a trip to the 9/11 memorial is a sure fire bet for tears if you're looking for one). And we laughed. We survived hairy, scary cab rides. We saw performances from the best (Broadway show) and worst (the aftermath of a Times Square crowd of people who had done a little too much partying at the St. Patrick's Day Parade) that New York City has to offer. And did I mention that we laughed?
So I sit here this Monday morning with almost zero congestion, no more cough, and an energy level that I haven't experienced in nearly a month. I feel like "ME" again, and I'm grateful that God saw fit to take a very special and funny pair of friends to cheer my heart. It was such good medicine all around.
(And, should all that contagious coughing I did get either of them sick, might I prescribe a "business trip" to the beach!?)
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