Thursday, February 19, 2009

A time to laugh...

To quote a Gilmore Girls episode, today I'm wallowing. I've had a major life change occur and had some not-so-nice revelations...about friendship...and trust. And I've also been reminded of our amazing God's ability to lovingly, gracefully give me all I need. I've been reminded that He has a plan for me...a fantastic, over-the-top, knock-your-socks-off kind of plan! I've been reminded that His plans are always lovingly executed and bathed in purpose, even when they are painful.

So back to the wallowing...I am a girl, after all. And I need to work through some things. I'm alternating between scripture and a bag of potato chips. And I'm taking a break here and there to laugh a little bit. I discovered Lysa TerKeurst's blog a few months ago, and it has just been such a blessing! She is the leader and founder of the Proverbs 31 Ministry. She is an amazing mother of five children, two of whom are adopted (an AMAZING adoption story that you all just MUST read). She is real. She is human. She is inspiring. She is blessed with the gift of lovingly telling it like it is. And she is so incredibly funny. Occasionally, her weekday posts are just good old mom stories, the kind that make you feel like you could be her best friend.

I love to laugh, by the way. Laughter is one of the best parts of life. The "if you don't laugh, you'll cry" is one of those "my mom always said" things I carry around in my head and my heart, reminding me that sometimes a good laugh is the only way out of a really sad situation. And the Bible says there is a time to weep and a time to laugh. So you can rest assured that while I'm wallowing, I am crying, but I'm also laughing. And because I dearly love all my bloggy friends, today, in honor of my wallowing phase, I am going to share some good laughs with you. PLEASE click on this link and this order, no cheating.. and enjoy. If you don't laugh your head off in commiseration, you must not be a mother.

Here's a little teaser...

Photo from Lysa's blog...come on...

you know you want to know...

Now about this is the term Lorelei Gilmore gives to the period of time following a traumatic event, specifically a break-up with a boyfriend, that you allow yourself to mourn. No worries...there's nothing like that going on over here. I've been happily married to my completely wonderful husband for more than 20 years now (oh, yeah...I didn't blog about that yet, did I??). recent experiences have been heartbreakers, to say the least...thus, the wallowing. I searched and searched for that clip from the Gilmore Girls, to no avail. So if you want to see it for yourself, you'll have to rent the first season. But I can't just leave you with nothing, so here's another of my favorite clips...don't forget to pause the music player at the bottom of the page...

There is a time for everything...
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

p.s. If you want to check out Lysa's adoption story, go to her blog and click on The Oprah Show tab at the top of her page.


Kristi said...

Thanks for the laugh about the mattress! That was an awesome read!
And know that I'm praying for you as you wallow ~ I'd bring a bag of chips, some spicy cheesy dip, and a large McDonald's coke if I lived even remotely nearby!

Donna said...

We are big Gilmore Girls fans here (our current Netflix fav). That show is crammed full of some of the best pop culture references of all time.

Looks like we also share an affinity for wallowing (and salty snacks). I hope you find comfort in both but remember that wallowing actually burns calories...

My mom used to say "You can't laugh and be miserable at the same exact moment." She was right so I try to keep a sense of humor about everything. Not always possible but worthy of a good try. When that fails, I recommend a pint of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey and a big box of 3-ply Kleenex tissues.

Our Blog: Double Happiness!

Judi said...

I loved the mattress story. Very funny! Thanks for sharing!

Just want to say that I am sending warm thoughts and prayers that things will get better soon!

Lysa TerKeurst said...

Oh my stars you have just seriously touched my heart.

Thank you for your warm encouragement.

Your little girl is just the cutest thing!

Hugs to you new bloggy friend~

Suburban Turmoil said...

Oh dear. I hope everything's better for you. And what a GREAT blog you linked to. Both funny and true. :)