My dear readers….
I know, ….you are familiar with my attempt at humor, my sarcasm and my many stories to tell.
Many of you have called (or emailed) to tell me that a particular post was so funny that you were still laughing.
Many have said I should be writing a book, that I have a way with words…. which, unbeknownst to many, I started writing many years ago. I have one notebook full of nothing but poems that I have written over the years.
Actually, I do have 4 books, each in various stages of writing, but mainly NONE completed or published…. stored both in paper form and tucked away on my laptop.
(At this point, my friend Sandy will scold me for not finishing my very first book that she “critiqued” so many years ago…so I accept my 20 lashes with a wet noodle from you, my literary friend!)
I am not sure at what stage of my life my sense of humor started to seep out into my everyday conversations …but I found over the years that it was a way to cope with the daily stress and strife, and sprinkled with a bit of sarcasm, I seem to have a way of telling it like it is. It is a gift, I am told. And we are also told that all gifts come from God and I firmly believe that.
I love to laugh and I love to make people laugh. How many times have we heard the adage that laughter is the best medicine? I am sure you are aware that old “saying” came from the Bible, Proverbs 17:22 to be exact.
“A cheerful heart is like good medicine. But a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Yes, my friends….the Bible tells us that God wants us to be happy and cheerful. And if I can make you smile with my stories, then I am smiling too. So if I am helping you get through what is perhaps a tough time, or just providing you with an amusing anecdote….it is actually helping me too.:)
I say all that to say this…..I have a confession to make. (don’t I always?)
As you know, I retired from Boeing about 4 years ago. If you have followed me on this blog, you also are aware of my love of Sports, (ie; Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals)….Old Movies, and Green Tea, not necessarily in that order.
However, I am not sure you are aware that my faith, particularly my personal relationship with Jesus Christ is more important that all the rest thrown together!
I have spoken on this blog, about my quiet time, in my Secret Garden in the early mornings, … my small etched-out time (in what perhaps is a very busy day)….it is a quiet time of meditation, reflection, prayer and Bible Study. It can be 5 minutes or 25 minutes. It is a time when I ask the question…”Is There Something I Should know?” as I seek direction in my daily life.
Yes, I have written from time to time about my faith and have included favorite Bible verses….but a few months ago, I began to feel that I should be doing more, that I needed to use this gift of writing to glorify God, because He gave me this gift. It is He who inspires me to put the jumbled thoughts racing around in my head into a cohesive form that is not only understandable, but relatable by my readers. AND I believe it is up to me, as a Christian and Believer to share God’s Good News, especially in these dire times of terrorism and tragedy, when many people see no hope for the future.
Sunday, Pastor Keith quoted a passage from Matthew 10:32,33...which says:
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven”.
Those are pretty strong words and I, for one do not want to be denied by God for not speaking out about my faith. God has proven to be all things to me…..My Savior, first and foremost. I turned my life over to Him on April 17, 1967.
He is also my Comforter….I could not have endured the pain of losing my loved ones without His comforting words, which stood out in BOLD when reading my Bible.
And He is my Provider. He has provided all my needs through-out the 49 years that I have known Him, providing in ways I could not or would not understand, but there for me none-the-less.
Philippians 4:19 promises:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.
My friends, I am so unworthy, and yet, He Loves Me. How can I not post about the good things He has done for me and share the Good News that He has and will do for you too.
So I make this promise… that from time to time, I will post a faith based experience, hopefully it will be encouraging and uplifting and if they also happen to be humorous, that is a bonus for me!
Blessings and Hugs