A Time for Crying and Laughing

Today’s post is based on chapter 6 of my latest book, Newness of Life, recently released on Amazon.  Get your copy now, and be sure to enter the giveaway below for a free copy!

Many of you have voted for me (17) in this special contest, and I am so thankful for that!  If you have yet to do so, please read this excerpt of my linked post to the contest, which fits today’s description of a time to cry, and vote 17 for me please!

In April 2015 my worst fear came to life in front of my eyes.  My husband packed his bags and told our children goodbye, telling me he was moving out.  I was that little four-year-old girl again, abandoned by my daddy, huddled on my bed and crying.

But in the middle of the night, a peace stole over me like I had never known.  In my darkest valley, when I finally saw the face of my haunting fear, I also saw the face of perfect Love.

Perfect love casts out fear.  1 John 4:18 NRSV

Love Himself sat with me in that April bedroom in 1982, collecting my tears.

Love Himself held me in the palm of his hand at both of my parents’ remarriages.

Love Himself stood guard at the door when I was home alone.

Love Himself whispered truth to me when I faced rejection, loneliness, and despair.

Love Himself held me close when I faced an uncertain future in April 2015.

Love Himself gave me the strength to stand up to fear and stand up for my marriage.  I set boundary stones and said, “This far and no further.”  Prayer was my food.  Tears were my drink.  I was standing in the valley of the shadow of death on our marriage, yet I felt empowered.  Uplifted.  Unafraid.

Love Himself restored our marriage at the end of May.  Love Himself captured my tears in little blue bottles and set them on a special windowsill in heaven, just like the one in my kitchen. Psalm 56:8

Love Himself gave me newness of life.  He planted seeds in those bottles, and new life is growing from those tears.  New life which will help others trapped in the fear of abandonment.  New life to set free those who grieve and mourn.  New life to strengthen the hearts of those who seek Him.

If you enjoyed this excerpt, please jump over to the contest and vote 17 for me today, thanks!

As you can probably tell, I’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 intentionally seek out times for laughing to counter my serious, melancholy nature. 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

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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Here are links to free resources that will help you in the online Bible study or your personal study of Newness of Life:

Newness of Life Worksheets

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Giveaways will be announced on Fridays.  If you comment in my Facebook group, you’ll be entered to win prizes on Jan. 20 and Jan. 27.  All comments will be entered to win the grand prize on Feb. 3.

This week’s winner will receive a copy of Jen Wilkin’s book None Like Him and a magnet set of these beauties:

My new book will help you apply Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 so you can understand God’s plan in your current season.

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.

I look forward to hearing how God is working in your current life season.  I hope you will join in the fun and discussion on the online Bible study.

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  • I love this! I too find that I have to be intentional about laughing. Especially when things get serious, laughter is so important! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Sarah

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

  • “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. 🙂

    • Sarah

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

  • What an amazing message. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. And I love the intentional laughing “list”! 🙂

    • Sarah

      Thanks so much! Glad for your visit. Checking out your site now too!

  • Lois Flowers

    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. 🙂

    • Sarah

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

  • Cheryl Smith

    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. 🙂

    • Sarah

      Thanks so much Cheryl! Blessings to you!

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  • 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.

    • Sarah

      Thanks Megs! I agree, marriage is difficult but the best way to grow in grace.

    • Sarah

      Thanks for reading Meg!

  • I’m thankful for the way God has restored your marriage and given you joy. What a gift it is to laugh with our husbands!

    • Sarah

      Thank you Michele!

  • 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!

    • Sarah

      Thanks Joanne!

  • 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.

    • Sarah

      Thank you Barbie! I appreciate your visit and I love linking up with you.

  • 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,

    • Sarah

      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.

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  • 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 : )

    • Sarah

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

  • Pastor

    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!

    • Sarah

      Glad you are reading, and thanks for visiting the blog too!