Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Inspiration Wednesday...Laughter!

Over the past few days, I have had tears stream down my face without warning. I cannot describe to you how much I miss James Twining. He believed in my parenting when few others did. I struggled with fear and anxiety when my children were younger. This is partly due to Jorden having two heart surgeries and partly due to the way my mind worked at the time. He stood beside me and encouraged me forward. He did not sugar coat things, and he was known to kindly stop my fearful words with truths. (Notice I said kindly. He was never rude or condescending.) He talked to me with respect and told me on numerous ocassions that I was doing a great job. His love reached past office visits, as he was known to call our home and check on our children. It's funny, I knew I loved and admired him, but I didn't realize the enormity of it until he was called home by the Lord.

Last night as I washed my face my heart was heavy. I began telling my husband some of the funny times I had with Dr. Twining. I began to...laugh. It felt so good to laugh after days of tears. I hadn't even realized all of the funny moments our family had shared with him. Man, he had a great way of calling me out! My heart continues to be heavy, but I am finding the joy in the laughter that God provides me. I am grateful that Jesus caused my mind to remember the fun times we had.

What a true blessing laughter is. It is a healing balm for our souls. If you are feeling down today, ask Jesus to bring something to your mind that will cause you to chuckle. That chuckle just might turn into a smile. For that, I am grateful to our One and Only source of true joy.


  1. I was with my daughter at the hospital on Sunday. A man walked by, a rather large man, with a tiny backpack on his back. It looked a little silly and I nudged my daughter and whispered "backpack."...we both dissolved into hilarious laughter. It felt so good to laugh.

    When life is challenging and the stress is overwhelming, a good laugh is just what you need.

  2. Ah Marci... what a sweet tribute. Sorry for your loss. So many people in our life that we don't understand how much of a difference they make until they are gone. :) Prayers for you and your family!

  3. As Truvy says in "Steel Magnolias": "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion"

  4. Laughter~such good medicine! Great reminder to go find something to laugh about! Proverbs 17:22

  5. Sorry for your loss. What a blessing that God gives us laughter and good memories to help us through difficult situations.
    Thanks for the sweet comment on my post! I am going through nothing compared to things you went through with your child. But praise be to God for His healing!!!

  6. I am so sorry that you have lost someone who was such an encouragement to you. Hugs and wishes that you have a few belly laughs today. They really do help, don't they?

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