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Proverbs 14:13 (NLT) Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.


Sometimes a person’s heart is heavy and they are concealing it.  That grief is there even when they stop laughing.  Sometimes we can be going through the pain of a death, but at the same time there is joy and celebration with a birth, and they are both happening at once.  Sometimes we are experiencing the joy of a birth, and dealing with the pain of the baby being born with serious medical conditions.  Sometimes the hurt can be masked behind that smile.


Many people are laughing on the outside, but crying and hurting on the inside.  I need to be a woman who cares enough and empathizes enough to discern others are hurting even though they don’t show it or share it.   When I ask how are you feeling, I need to really mean it.   I need to be a person who cares and listens and understands the hurts and frustrations that others are carrying around.  We all need to be honest in our feelings – laughing joyfully when it’s time to laugh, crying hard when it’s time to cry.  Cherish the joy.  Don’t let anyone or anything steal the joy of your Savior.  There will be tears and there will be joy.  Laughter and heartache do co-exist at times, but we should always be joyful because He lives.


Lord my I be a person who has open arms, a shoulder to cry on and an ear to hear to those whose hearts are heavy.  In your name I pray.  AMEN!

You can read my past blogs on Proverbs below:

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 2

Proverbs 3

Proverbs 4

Proverbs 5

Proverbs 6

Proverbs 7

Proverbs 8

Proverbs 9

Proverbs 10

Proverbs 11

Proverbs 12 

Proverbs 13

You can find the Good Morning Girls Proverbs study at the link below:

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32 thoughts on “PROVERBS 14:13 – MIXED EMOTIONS”

  1. I really like this verse. I haven’t thought about it in awhile, but it is so true. It is making the wheels turn in my brain about a possible future blog post! Thank you for sharing! I’m so glad I stopped by from #ThankfulThursdays!
    Blessings and smiles,


  2. Wow…this is so true! I think I was like this before my stroke and recommitting my life to Christ.However my heart goes out to my baby brother. I am not sure he knows the Lord but I know his emotions are “mixed” up. I pray every day that he will come to know my Savior! Thank you for sharing such a thought provoking post. May God bless you and yours. Have a wonderful weekend

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  3. I realize that God uses what we have gone through in our lives to minister to others but I first have to be sensitive to those who are in need. My prayer today is that I will feel the hurt of others to lift them up.


  4. Hi Debbie! I love your take on Proverbs 14 here… Second time this afternoon I have read along these lines (Are you trying to tell me something, Lord?)

    So glad I finally got a chance to stop by! Blessings to you.


  5. Great insight! I too hope to look more closely at those that I may encounter knowing that they may be “laughing on the outside but crying on the inside.” Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  6. Great verse and analysis of the verse. I love your SOAK method and was nodding my head when you mentioned that many people are smiling on the outside but crying on the inside. Amen. Thank you for sharing this at Weekend Whispers.


  7. I like the way you unpack the scripture. SOAK – that’s neat. I use SIMPLE with a similar way of listening to God. Check it out. http://www.janiscox.com/category/simple-bible-study/
    And I met a friend in the grocery lineup. I asked how she was. She started to say – fine. but then changed her mind and told me she has had 2 bouts of pneumonia. I expressed concern.
    I am following you from Spiritual Sundays.


  8. Beautifully written. I love your SOAK anagram. We have to SOAK ourselves in the Word. I know everyone of us have tragedies, have hurts. God gives us laughter to cope, but the grief sometimes returns double fold. We need friends who will pray us through the times.


  9. great words. I like your SOAK. I think that we all need to take more time to really listen to one another. So often, when we ask “how are you?” we want a quick and positive answer so we can check it off our list and move on to the next task.


  10. Good evening… Good point, there is always more than meets the “eye”… Thank you for sharing this thought provoking post on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!


  11. Lovely, so very necessary post. I was just talking to a hurting friend about this very thing and so many people have no clue what she’s going through at home. Thank your for sharing your post at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.


    1. Thanks Jessica. I added a comment on my sidebar with your link, but haven’t figured out how to add the button. Usually they have a link under them. I’ll try some other stuff later. Thank you so much for featuring me.


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