Depression is real, and unpleasant. It is a slippery slope where you don’t feel like being around people, but isolation makes it worse. I asked a couple of the ladies at church to pray for me because I was suffering from depression.

Winter was colder than it had been in many years, my husband at the time began drinking and picking fights with me again, and I hadn’t seen the sun in who knows how long. I tried to pray myself, but kept feeling like I wasn’t breaking through. Scripture says in James 5:16, we ought to pray for each other, so I asked my church family for help.

Later that day, after the ladies prayed for me, something my son did made me laugh. I don’t remember what he did, but hearing my own laughter took me by surprise. Honestly, I reacted like I hadn’t even heard the sound before!

I giggled some more, and my husband began laughing because I was laughing. Giggling for the first time in such a long time felt great! Laughter is truly healing, and I praised God for answered prayers!

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. Job 8:21

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