Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Titus 2 Tuesday - We All Need Laughter!


What have learned from another woman this week? (or ever)

Write your own "Titus 2 Post" (linking back here somewhere within the body of your post) and enter your link below!

"A cheerful heart is good medicine..." Proverbs 17:22
When I think of my best friend from growing up, I remember laughter. Heather was such a gift to me from the day we met in the church nursery. I pray that we will one day be two little old ladies still cracking each other up!

I can't remember exactly how old we were, ( I think maybe 4?) but Heather and I were selected to sing, "Jesus Loves Me" during the Christmas Program at our church. Our older sisters were standing behind us; I believe we were kneeling down beside the manger where the song was meant to take place.

The music began, and we got the giggles. Not just little giggles; LOUD / CANNOT STOP kind of giggles. Our sisters, being older and all, knew how unacceptable that was - after all; it was a crucial part of the Christmas Program for the song to be sung! So they began to sing over us. (But we were holding the microphone...)

That was my first of MANY stories of us laughing together. I could quickly list a bunch of phrases like, "That's my own, personal flashlight!" or "Hunch!" But that would mean nothing to you all and I know your reading time is precious.

The bottom line: my childhood/adolescent years/college days/and life would not have been the same without her. She added the element of laughter to the darkest situations and allowed me to belly laugh, snort, and cry all at the same time.

She taught me the power of laughter in a person's life. (Among other things - you will meet her again down the road in other lights I am sure.)

This is actually a dual-purpose post today. I also wanted to introduce you to my blogging friend, Rachel. She is also a Godly friend of mine who understands the value of laughter. When I need a good chuckle, I can (almost) always just read through her comment section of her posts and read the friendly banter between her and her husband, Mr. Daddy.

Rachel hosts a meme on Tuesdays as well called, "True Story Tuesdays." If you are in need of some laughter, check it out! (I didn't want to just talk about laughter and not allow you to experience some!)

On a more serious note, she recently shared the loss of her niece with the blog world and in honor of her sister and her niece she is doing something special. If you would like to be a part of that, you can click here.

What have you learned from another wise woman? ALL of us can learn something from one another. Join in and then go read these posts!
**Please write your "Titus 2 Post" linking back to this post first and then enter your link below.**


Rachel said...

Aww Shanda... thank you so much for linking to Gracie's post.

Though I'm sure some of your readers might kinda freak out about this week's True Story Tuesday by Mr. Daddy :)

I gotta say, now I want to know about the flashlight and Hunch code words! :)

Thank you so much for your uplifting posts. It was much needed this week.

Sarah Dawn said...

Always brings a smile to my face when I stop by. I have no idea how to link to another post or be a part of Titus 2 Tuesday, still new to this bloggin' adventure. But thanks for the invite.

Rejoicing in rain,
Sarah Dawn

SugarandSpice said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog! I always love to see new followers and commenters. I loved your story. I have friends that I too hope to grow old with!!!


Gretchen said...

My heartfelt condolences to Rachel. Thank you for sharing this post, too. Oh, we need our girlfriends. And we need laughter. Amen!

Anonymous said...

I, too, am a little curious about the personal flashlight. My sweetest memories always involve laughter - the tears-in-your-eyes, stomach-hurts, guffawing kind of laughter. Thank God for it!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Love your story!!! I was about that age when I had a fight over a mic during a Christmas program at our church. I wanted that mic, darn it!

So sorry you won't be joining me on Tuesdays anymore. ;) I just can't help sharing those recipes. ;)

Anonymous said...

I remember an old song with this line:

"Friends are friends forever when the Lords the Lord of them"

You have a wonderful friend whose laughter will join with your even after you hit those golden streets!What a blessing!

Kathryn said...

Shanda~ A few nights ago, Katy had me rolling! She can be so funny and spontaneous, and, before we knew it, we were both engulfed in that tear-streaming, face-reddening, stomach-aching kind of laughter ... the kind where you wind down and think you're finished, but then you look at each other and start all over again! Oh, it was great! :-D

"... 'Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.' "

(Luke 6:20-21)

Hope your summer is going well! :-)

Billy Coffey said...

Lovely post, Shanda. I think I'll head over there. I could use a good laugh.

T said...

thanks for coming by - love this idea - I may have to drop by on a Tuesday soon!

My two best friends and I met before Kindergarten and I love that we still go out of our way to chat and see each other even though we're MILES away from one another!