A Time for Crying and Laughing

A time to laugh and a time to cry--both are precious to God. Eccl. 3:4 #newnessoflife #bible

Today’s post is based on chapter 6 of my book, Newness of Life.

Newness of Life by Sarah GeringerI’ve done my fair share of crying.  The last time I cried was Sunday evening, when I felt overstimulated in a good way from a meeting with other writers.  My tears needed to flow to release internal pressure.  I felt relieved and reset after those tears fell.

I won a contest with this post on how God collects my tears in little bottles. If you’re struggling with a time to cry, this post can encourage you.

I intentionally seek out times for laughing to counter my serious, melancholy nature. Here are my top ten favorite sources of laughter:

  1. Giggling with my husband, who shares my dry sense of humor
  2. Chasing and tickling my children
  3. Sharing family stories with my sisters
  4. Sharing inside jokes with two close friends
  5. Laughing with Laura, my coworker who could moonlight as a comedienne
  6. Reminiscing on ridiculousness with old classmates
  7. Watching Vince Vaughn or Will Farrell movies
  8. Replaying “Groundhog Day” every February
  9. Jamming to “Mac Daddy,” Toby Mac’s silly song
  10. Watching Food Network shows starring Guy Fieri or Jeff Mauro
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I’d love to hear a few from your top ten list as well in the comments…

Questions for reflection: (please comment below)

In which season has God collected your tears in special bottles?

What sources serve as your time-to-laugh prompts?

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A time to cry and a time to laugh. Eccl. 3:4

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV

No matter what season you are in, God is teaching you valuable lessons to grow your faith and trust in Him.  We will discover what God is saying through the different times and activities we traverse.

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27 thoughts on “A Time for Crying and Laughing

    1. Nicole, I signed up for your new series, and I’m always glad for your visits. I am one of your true fans also!

  1. “Love Himself” – I love that name for Jesus. I’ve probably had the most laughing fits with my oldest sister because we share both similar humor and similar fears, setting ourselves up for lots of jokes. 🙂

    1. Yes, my sister and I fall into giggle attacks together, probably more than I do with anyone else! Thanks for your visit today, Lisa!

  2. I just voted for you, Sarah. I’m so glad your marriage was restored … and that the One who is perfect love carried you through until it was. Laughter is such a wonderful thing … it’s been so fun to watch each of my daughters develop her own unique sense of humor. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Lois! Your vote, kind words, and encouragement are a blessing to me! Hopping over to your blog right now…

  3. What a beautiful story of redemption! I am SO thankful God restored your marriage and brought you through such a dark place. May He continue to pour His richest blessings upon you and your family. 🙂

  4. Way to fight fear and tell your story! I know it’s one so many struggle with and need encouragement to overcome. Marriage is a seriously hard undertaking, but, oh, how much God grows us through it. Happy Monday! #mommymoments link up.

  5. I thank God for the restoration of your marriage! I have always been amazed in the truth that God collects my tears in a bottle. It is such a tender image of how much we and our pain matters to our God. May God continue to bless you and strengthen your marriage and family!

  6. Praising God for the restoration of your marriage. God has collected so many of my tears in bottles over the last few years. Hard we’ve walked but I’ve seen His hand every step of the way. So glad you shared at #glimpses this week.

  7. Hi Sarah! There truly is a time to cry, my friend. Sometimes it really is cleansing. As long as we don’t stay there or get stuck. That’s what the enemy would love for us to do. I didn’t know about these pieces of your story. What an overcomer you have been/are as you have leaned into Christ. Love this post and love you!
    Thanks so much for sharing hope alongside me at #MomentsofHope ♥

    Blessings and smiles,

    1. Thanks Lori! Your sweet comments always bring a smile to my face. Blessings to you, and I’m always glad to link up at Moments of Hope.

  8. I love your ideas for laughing! My husband is my main silliness benefactor- but great friends, a funny dog, some silly loved ones and comedies like Raising Hope and *some, clean* Impractical Jokers gaffes! Also, love the concept of tears “resetting” something in us. So accurate. Thanks for sharing again, looking forward to reading your book : )

    1. Thank you Bethany for your visit. By the way, congrats on your new inclusion in the God-Sized Dreams writing team!

  9. Laughter is such a great way to feel great! I am excited to read your book! Thank you for sharing! Yes, Bethany dogs do bring joyful laughter to our lives!

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