As a child, he loved to watch "I Love Lucy" and that has not changed over the years. Where most things he enjoyed as a child is no longer the case, his enjoyment of this show has remained in tact. Lo and behold, we found at Sam's Club the entire set of "I Love Lucy", all 194 episodes. We came home and started to watch them. I do not think I have laughed so much in quite some time. It felt good and was long overdue. Sometimes I do not think we get opportunities to truly laugh in life. I do not mean a chuckle here or there, but the deep down belly laugh. The one that comes straight from your soul. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 17:22, "A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones." I do not laugh from the soul enough in life, do you? We need to make it a point to have more joy in our lives.
I realize that there are situations in our life that may rob us of joy, but we have to intentionally find it. This weekend was very challenging for me for various reasons. I truly believe had I given into the issues at hand and remained in a sad, downtrodden state of mind, then God would not have brought the laughter into my life this weekend. I choose, however, to work around my issues at hand ... to remain upbeat ... to find solutions though temporary ... and press on relying on Him for my joy. I did and He was faithful. I am finding the more I cast my cares and move ahead in life, the more He shows Himself to me through others ... through situations ... through circumstances. As I strive to move forward regardless of the situation, I find myself growing only stronger for the bigger challenges which lie ahead.
I am not making light of dire circumstances you may be facing. I realize sometimes it is very difficult to simply cast your care and move on. There are times in life ... the loss of a loved one ... illness of a loved one ... situations which bring fear into your life ... when you struggle with casting your care and remaining in the emotional state for which you find yourself. God understands. Just because you walk this journey with a heaviness of heart does not mean you are not walking in faith. Sometimes we have to cast our cares every second of every day just to keep our heads above water and to believe He is in control. It is alright ... the fact that you are casting your cares ... the fact that you are calling out to Him ... the fact that you are holding onto your faith with everything inside of you ... regardless of how many times a day you have to cry out to Him ... He is hearing you and providing you with the strength you need to persevere. When this crisis passes in life ... and yes, it will pass ... it may never go away entirely ... you may always carry a piece of this struggle in your heart daily ... you will look back and realize your strength came from above. All good things flow downward from His grace and mercy. James 1:17 states, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." How awesome! Another good one is Romans 8:28 which says, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." He is faithful if we strive ... make an effort ... to do our part.
Before I end, I need a favor. I have a friend who is going through a very difficult time right now. She received a call last week to come home as her dad had taken ill. He is in serious condition and needs continued prayer, as does his family. We communicate daily and it breaks my heart I cannot do much for her to alleviate her worry and fear. It takes me back to when I was in her very shoes with first my mother and then my dad. He is even suffering with ICU psychosis as my mother did. It is where the fluorescent lights and lack of sunshine ... beeping of the machines ... cause a person to hallucinate. We went through this with my mother every day for almost two weeks. The things that came out of her mouth during those times was both heartbreaking and confusing. God did hear our prayers and brought her out, but it was a very difficult time. As soon as my friend shared this with me, my heart and mind went back to 2004. I wish I could have just hugged her.
I have written enough for my morning. I have to get to work early today as I have a 9:00 appointment to start my week off. I am so excited it is Christmas week. My daughter is coming on Tuesday with her family to exchange gifts.. AND, today I go get my son's biggest gift for which he knows nothing about. I love giving ... God has truly worked wonders in my life!