Posts Tagged ‘Proverbs 31’

The Day the Laughter Died

Jan 05

by Victoria Robinson

Some would say that April 26, 1989 is the day the laughter died. That is the day that the greatest comedienne of all time died. Lucille Ball who spent her life bringing laughter to millions was silenced. My dearest friend Cyndee and I have spent numerous hours laughing while watching I Love Lucy. Who could resist laughing as Lucy and Ethel frantically gobble handfuls of chocolate candy to hide their failure on their new job venture. What about that hilarious expression on Lucy’s face when her boss says, “Speed it up a little!”? But alas, our lives are not always filled with laughter. Life has a way of turning laughter into mourning.

The Bible gives us many examples of times the laughter died. One such was when Sarah had given birth to Isaac. On this joyous day she said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” Interestingly the name Isaac is Yitschaq in Hebrew which means “he laughs”. Yet, there would come a day when Sarah would find herself not laughing.  A great feast was held when Isaac was weaned. The truth is Sarah’s distress on this particular day was the result of sin. Sarah had refused to wait on the promise of God to have a child and took matters into her own hands. Subsequently Hagar gave birth to Abraham’s first son, Ishmael. At the feast, Sarah observed Ishmael mocking her son Isaac. Like any mother, this upset her.

Girlfriends, has your laughter died? There are many reasons we  find ourselves not laughing. One is quite simply sin. If this is why your laughter has ceased, then immediate repentance will bring joy to your heart and times of laughter to return.

 Another reason is that our heavenly Father allows difficulties to come into our life in order for His greater purposes to be accomplished. Such is the case of the many hardships Joseph had to endure in the book of Genesis. If this is the reason you have no laughter, then accepting God’s greater plan for your life will bring you joy. Last year in the short span of a week I had three friends lose their husbands. All these ladies have accepted Jesus Christ into their lives and have the comfort only He can provide. However, understandably this was a period in their lives with very little laughter.

The enemy of your soul also wants to steal your laughter. Sometimes he will even convince you of a lie. For instance, “God is not going to bring you through a difficult time.” The only way to prevent Satan from absconding with your laughter is shielding yourself with the Word. The book of Ephesians tells us to take up the shield of faith, with which we can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. The word faith in the original Greek is pistis which means conviction of the truth. The way to have conviction of the truth is to immerse yourself in the Word of God.

Laughter is an important gift our heavenly Father has given us. The Word of God tells us laughter can even bring healing to our bodies.
 
While we must recognize the truth that King Solomon told us so long ago—there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, let us examine our hearts to see if and why the laughter has died. If repentance is needed then, let us have a change of heart and watch the laughter return. If we are walking through divinely appointed hardships, let us rejoice in the fact that our heavenly Father knows what is best for us. If we are believing lies Satan is telling us, let us put on the shield of conviction of the truth of the Word of God.
 

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would allow the laughter to return to our hearts and enjoy the life God has chosen for us.

Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” ~ Genesis 21:5-10 NIV
 
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. ~ Genesis 50:19-20 NIV
  
So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to him. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and sincere grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Then when you realize your worthlessness before the Lord, he will lift you up, encourage and help you. ~ James 7:7-10 TLB
 
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. ~ Ephesians 6:16 NIV
 
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. ~ Proverbs 17:22 NIV
  

a time to weep and a time to laugh … ~ Ecclesiastes 3:4 NIV
 
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. ~ Proverbs 31:25 NIV
 
… Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. ~ Luke 6:21 NIV

An Ugly Woman?

Mar 12

by Victoria Robinson

Growing up in the “flower child” era of the sixties there was a popular song that warned of the dangers of marrying a pretty woman. This silly song goes …

If you wanna be happy
For the rest of your life,
Never make a pretty woman your wife,
So from my personal point of view,
Get an ugly girl to marry you.

A pretty woman makes her husband look small
And very often causes his downfall.
As soon as he marries her
Then she starts to do
The things that will break his heart.
But if you make an ugly woman your wife,
You’ll be happy for the rest of your life,
An ugly woman cooks her meals on time,
She’ll always give you peace of mind.

— Jimmy Soul
 
Yet according to the Word of God nothing could be further from the truth. We are all called by our heavenly Father to be beautiful women. Contrast this silly song with the wise poetical writings of King Solomon. Solomon wrote accolades about his mother, a beautiful woman. He said, “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” He also said, “She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.”

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

~ Proverbs 31:10-31 NIV

Dearest girlfriends, let us honor our heavenly Father  through living godly lives and becoming the pretty women He intends us to be.

A Passionate Worker

Nov 08

by Victoria Robinson
  
Do you have a heart of  passion when it comes to your work? Whether your work includes working outside the home or not, you need to have a passion in all the work you perform. Most importantly we should have a passionate heart concerning our service to God. Scripture shows us that we cannot really separate our work into compartments. Our service to our families, career, and what we would consider the Lord’s work are really all one and the same. They are really all service to our Lord and Savior.
 
When it comes to serving our families, we are to have a passion like the woman found in the thirty-first chapter of the book of Proverbs. As for serving our employers, we are to look at it as serving the Lord recognizing He will reward us. The Lord’s work really encompasses both of these types of work as well as our service in ministry.
 
If your financial situation makes it necassary to work, you need to thank God for His provision. The Word of God says, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”  When you think about working for an employer, maybe you surmise that the problem with lack of passion is because you are working for a harsh person who treats you unfairly. While this is hard to accomplish, God has made it clear that we are to still to serve with passion. On the other hand, if your boss is a wonderful Christian, the Word of God warns us not to take this for granted, but to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers.  

Our ambition as to when and where we serve should never come from our own desires, but rather looking to our heavenly Father’s desires instead. The apostle Paul showed this clearly in the book of Romans where he says he wanted to come to Rome for years, but he had waited until his work in Greece was finished.
 
Sometimes the problem with lack of passion in our service is that we are not serving in an area God has chosen for us. When I first accepted Jesus Christ into my heart, I was eager to get started serving. I found myself volunteering in several areas of the church. Sometimes I was miserable and had to realize that I was not in God’s will. I did endeavor to serve in one area where I found myself in over my head. I was extremely excited to enroll in an evangelism training program. This program was intense and required much memorization as well as a boldness to speak to strangers. I was able to master the memorization, but when it came to talking, I was just plain tongue-tied. Fear gripped my heart to the point of becoming ill. However, there was something that kept me going. That was a passion and belief that God has called us to share the gospel with the world. Because of the grace of God, I not only completed the class, but also the commitment I had made to train others. Little did I know at the time just how tremendously God was going to use this in my life. Over the years I have since trained a multitude of people how to share their faith. The passion God has given me has made all the difference.  

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would always be passionate in whatever work we are called by our heavenly Father to accomplish.
 
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV 
  
 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. ~ Proverbs 31:27 NIV
  
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me ~ 1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV 
 
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. ~ Colossians 3:22-24 NIV 
  
Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. ~ 1 Peter 2:18-19 NIV
  
Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. These are the things you are to teach and urge on them. ~ 1 Timothy 6:2 NIV 

For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:7-10 NIV
  
But now that there is no more place for me to work in these regions, and since I have been longing for many years to see you, I plan to do so when I go to Spain. I hope to visit you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while. Now, however, I am on my way to Jerusalem in the service of the saints there. ~ Romans 15:23-25 NIV
   
We work hard with our own hands. … ~ 1 Corinthians 4:12 NIV
  
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, … ~ Colossians 1:10 NIV
  
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. ~ Romans 12:11 NIV