Posts Tagged ‘truth’

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

Overlooking Your Friend’s Faults

Jun 21

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, we all know that a mirror can either be our friend or enemy. If we are feeling good about the way we look then the mirror is our friend and if we do not like the way we look we tend to avoid looking in a mirror. However, even if we avoid gazing at our own faults, it is easy to walk around noticing the faults of others. Seeing a friend who looks bad in an ugly outfit is not nearly as painful as seeing ourself looking just as bad. Spiritually speaking, we do the same thing. The faults of others are so evident to us while we are blind to our own.

The surest way to know we have mastered overlooking our friend’s faults is to examine our first response. There is nothing wrong with us noticing sin in others and yet how we react is very telling of our own hearts. Is it, “Oh my!” or is it “I must pray for them.” Are we motivated by our love for them or just being critical? Another important response is, “Do I have that same sin in my heart?” The truth is, sometimes the reason we are critical of others is because we are plagued with the very same faults.

Overlooking a friend’s faults does not mean we ignore the problem. The Word of God clearly tells us that we are help our friends when they are caught in sin. However, and here’s the painful part, we are to examine our own hearts and remove any sin we have. Then we will be able to see clearly to help our friend.

Dearest girlfriends, let us love and be patient with our friends when it comes to their faults while we examine our own hearts.

Disregarding another person’s faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends. ~ Proverbs 17:9 NLT
 
Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. ~ Ephesians 4:2 CEV
 
You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. ~ Colossians 3:13 NLT
 
“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. ~ Luke 6:41-42 NLT 
 
Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to compare himself with someone else. Each of us must bear some faults and burdens of his own. For none of us is perfect! ~ Galatians 6:4-5 TLB
 
Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up for many of your faults. ~ 1 Peter 4:8 TLB

Shhhhhhhhh!!!

Apr 28

by Victoria Robinson

They say “Silence is golden.”, but one might say, “Silence is godly.” The apostle Peter wrote to ladies telling us, “Your godly lives will speak to them better than any words. They will be won over by watching your pure, godly behavior.” He was giving a godly admonition to us on how to handle an unbelieving husband, but this seems to be a truth we can use whenever our husbands or anyone for that matter does not believe the Word of God in any given area. For instance, if you have spoken the Word to someone and they have not accepted it as truth, you might need to keep quiet and allow the purity of your behavior to speak to them. Silence is Godly!

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would take the apostle Peter’s words to heart and keep silent when we need to and allow God to bring conviction to those who are not receptive.

… Your godly lives will speak to them better than any words. They will be won over by watching your pure, godly behavior. ~ 1 Peter 3:1-2 NLT
  
It’s better out in the desert than at home with a nagging, complaining wife. ~ Proverbs 21:19 CEV
 
It’s better to stay outside on the roof of your house than to live inside with a nagging wife. ~ Proverbs 25:24 CEV
 
A nagging wife is as annoying as the constant dripping on a rainy day. ~ Proverbs 27;15 NLT

Less Than a Penny’s Worth of Trust

Mar 10

by Victoria Robinson

Do you trust your heavenly Father? There was a widow who had less than a penny’s worth of trust in Him, yet Jesus characterized her trust greater than all the other people. She had given two very small copper coins worth less than a penny to the temple treasury. The reason this oh so small amount mattered was that it was all the money she had. This act showed her total trust in her Lord.

When it comes to your life, have you given Him everything? Regardless of your circumstances have you trusted Him in all areas of your life? Not just your money, but your entire life. The reason we can trust Him is because He is trustworthy. What a glorious thought!

Less than a penny’s worth of trust can be a beautiful thing to behold. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would examine our hearts to see if we truly trust our heavenly Father with all aspects of our lives.

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” ~ Mark 12:41-44 NIV
 
For the word of the Lord holds true, and everything he does is worthy of our trust. ~ Psalm 33:4 NLT
 
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. ~ Psalm 143:8 NIV

Who’s Responsible?

Feb 27

by Victoria Robinson

Who’s responsible? Our dear ancestor Sarai tried to blame her husband for her misery. Yet as we back up in the story we see it was actually Sarai’s idea that started her misery. When Sarai grew impatient waiting on God to give her a child, she concocted a disastrous plan. She told her husband Abram to go sleep with her maidservant Hagar. After he did and Hagar became pregnant, Sarai’s  idea that gave birth to sin blossomed into full-blown misery for all involved. Now Sarai tells Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering.”

Really girlfriends??? Do we really believe Sarai? Should she not have realized she was responsible for her own conduct? Yes, there were plenty of guilty parties involved, but the point of this is we are responsible for our own conduct. We are to conduct our lives with the awareness of God’s truth. The apostle Paul said, “For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” The prophet Jeremiah said this about our own conduct, “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” Notice he does not say we would be judged according to our neighbor’s deeds.

It is always easy to look around for someone else to blame for our problems instead of looking inward and examining our own hearts. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would conduct ourselves responsibly.

Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. ~ Galatians 6:4-5 NLT
  
Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and me.” ~ Genesis 16:5 NIV
 
Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. ~ Genesis 16:1-2 NIV
 
 “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” ~ Jeremiah 17:10 NIV

When In Doubt… Rely On the Black & White

Feb 17

by Victoria Robinson

There are times in all our lives when we cannot seem to understand God’s direction. To solve this mystery we must rely on the truth of His written Word. The answers are all there in black and white. Clearly He is using these circumstances in your life to bring you deeper into His Word. Embrace what He is doing and dig as deep as you possibly can into the black and white truths He has so graciously given us.

You may want to make a list in black and white by writing down your questions and His answers according to His Word. An excellent resource for searching His Word is: biblegateway.com. You can search using words or topics. This free website provides plenty of great material to assist your search for black and white answers to your perplexing questions.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray that when we cannot understand our heavenly Father’s direction, we will dig deeply into His Word and allow the black and white truths to navigate us to safety.

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. ~ Psalm 119:133 NIV
 
May my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word. ~ Psalm 119:169 NIV
 
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. ~ John 17:17 NIV
 
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12 NIV
 
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. ~ Psalm 119:105 NIV
 
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. ~ Psalm 119:35 NIV

Playing Games

Feb 15

by Victoria Robinson

One of the ploys of the enemy of our souls is to get us to play games. More specifically spiritual games. In other words, to live a life not motivated by a sincere heart. It can become so easy to play games by putting on a holy facade out of fear others will see who we really are. My favorite people are those who just allow you to see them as they really are—no games!

The most dangerous game you can play is to pretend to be something you are not in front of your heavenly Father, who by the way, knows your true heart regardless of your outer behavior.

The wisdom of this world tells us we need to play the game of keeping up appearances, while the wisdom of God guides us to live a life of honesty and sincerity. Dearest girlfriends, let us live honest and sincere lives that reflect our heavenly Father’s wonderful character.

We can be proud of our clear conscience. We have always lived honestly and sincerely, especially when we were with you. And we were guided by God’s wonderful kindness instead of by the wisdom of this world. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:12 CEV
 
Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell him the truth. ~ Hebrews 4:13 CEV

The Un-Ministry of an Ostrich

Jan 11

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, please do not imitate an ostrich when you minister. That is because an ostrich is not known for it’s love. The truth is, an ostrich has a downright horrible reputation when it comes to love. She does not even protect her own eggs and ignores her young as if they weren’t even hers. In the book of Job we see the reason for her terrible behavior. The Lord told us it is because He has deprived the ostrich of wisdom.

Not so, with you my sweet girlfriends! God’s will for your life is to fill you with wisdom. One of the aspects of wisdom is to understand that ministry without love is meaningless. There is a parallel found in the picture of an ostrich found in the book of Job and the correct way to minister found in the book of First Corinthians.

First we see the ostrich actually has great ability in being a swift runner, but this certainly does not overcome her lack of love. Then we see the apostle Paul warning us about what would appear to be an impressive ministry without love. The outcomes of ministry without love include: only making noise, not doing any good, being worth nothing, and is of no value.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would take our ministry cues from our loving heavenly Father and not the unloving ostrich.

“The ostrich flaps her wings grandly but has no true motherly love. She lays her eggs on top of the earth, to warm them in the dust. She forgets that someone may step on them and crush them, or the wild animals destroy them. She ignores her young as though they weren’t her own and is unconcerned though they die, for God has deprived her of wisdom. But whenever she jumps up to run, she passes the swiftest horse with its rider. ~ Job 39:13-18 TLB

If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise. If I had the gift of prophecy and knew all about what is going to happen in the future, knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would it do? Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love. If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever. Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 TLB

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. ~ Colossians 1:9 NIV

Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life. But if you don’t love each other, you are still under the power of death. ~ 1 John 3:14 CEV