Posts Tagged ‘wonderful memories’

A Laughing Matter

May 30

by Victoria Robinson

In one of the all-time classic I Love Lucy episodes, while the Ricardos and the Mertzes are traveling in Italy, Lucy is determined to land a role in the Italian movie, “Bitter Grapes.” As the mayhem ensues Lucy finds herself pretending to be an experienced grape stomper in order to research and bring realism to her role. Who can forget the hilarious images of Lucy and her fellow vineyard worker tussling in the purple staining grapes. While I have seen this episode more times than I can count, it never fails to make me laugh. Interestingly enough, in Bible times when grapes were being stomped, there was oftentimes great laughter and enjoyment. So it should be in our lives–there should be times of great laughter which will bring health to our bodies.

King Solomon wisely told us there are times to laugh and that a cheerful heart is good medicine. How about taking his advice and inviting some girlfriends over for some fun activities? My best friend and I have wonderful memories of watching I Love Lucy together, cracking up to the point of tears streaming down our cheeks. I have become her Lucy and she is my Ethel. Our laughter has brought so much happiness to our lives.

While we recognize the truth of laughter not being able to mask a heavy heart, taking a break from troubling times can be very refreshing. Perhaps you know someone who could benefit immensely if they could just enjoy some laughter. You could make a real difference in their circumstances by providing some fun times. Go and allow your heavenly Father to use you as His instrument of healing.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray God would send us all some times of laughter to brighten our faces and hearts.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. ~ Proverbs 17:22 NLT
 
We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! ~ Psalm 126:2-3 NLT
  
Laughter cannot mask a heavy heart. When the laughter ends, the grief remains. ~ Proverbs 14:13 TLB
 
… a time to laugh … ~ Ecclesiastes 3:4 NIV

Friendship at Midnight

Mar 18

by Victoria Robinson

You know you have a true friendship when you can call your friend at midnight. My dearest friend Ann is someone who not only knows she can call late, but actually does! We can talk and laugh at twelve o’clock midnight just as easily as twelve o’clock noon. The truth is every one of us has a “midnight friend”—it is our heavenly Father.

True intimacy in friendship happens in the wee hours of the night. Jesus told the story of a man who went to his friend at midnight to obtain some refreshment of bread for an unexpected guest. I actually have a true friend who supplies me with the refreshment of homemade bread. Iwona makes the most heavenly bread. She starts by grinding her own flour and uses the best ingredients. When we have a bread baking day the rewards are wonderful. I also have the added blessing of her four year-old daughter learning to bake with us. Something that is dear to me, as I have wonderful memories of my precious grandmother teaching me to make bread at an early age.

The friendship Iwona and I share consist of more than just baking bread. She is a true friend who I could turn to in any crisis and I have complete confidence she would be there for me. As wonderful and comforting as that knowledge is, I have an even closer friend who I have total reliance on. Turns out the friend in Jesus’ story was not like my bread baking friend. This friend only relented to help because his friend was persistent and bold when requesting bread.

While the concept of being persistent and bold when we ask of our heavenly Father is an important aspect of this story, the concept of a “midnight friend” is a sweet aspect as well. Your heavenly Father has made it clear that He wants to bestow good gifts to us when we ask.

Dearest girlfriends, let us boldy and persistently ask our heavenly Father to bestow good gifts to us, after all, He is our “midnight friend”!

Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ “Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs. “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” ~ Luke 11:5-13 NIV 

There are “friends” who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. ~ Proverbs 18:24 TLB