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Thursday, March 04, 2010

She Laughs

"When you get the phone call that says it's cancer you just feel like you're gonna throw up," laughs Lisa Smith. She looks back on that phone call with laughter now.

That’s the opening quote on the KBTX website from the story about my news interview.
Yep, I’m the idiot-girl who laughs about the fact that she has cancer. That’s exactly what I thought when I read that.

Four of my closest friends showed up for “visiting hours” today. We had lunch, chatted and then adjourned to the living room for prayer. They anointed me and prayed for God’s healing in my body. They prayed for my fingers as they typed and my heart as I got to know God better.

One of my friends came prepared with her oil. One of my friends commented that she was my satan-hating, miracle-believing, cancer-healing friend. One of my friends prayed with her fiery passion for the privilege of talking to our sweet Lord. One of my friends was kinda quiet in her gentle, sweet, peaceful, loving spirit type way.

These friends were a motley crew. A group of ladies from four different churches, where some knew each other prior to today and others didn’t. But they were a chosen group. God handpicked each one to come today. He orchestrated their beautiful hearts and heart-touching prayers. They touched my heart deeply and I know they touched God’s heart deeper still.

After about two sentences of praying the theme woven throughout all of their prayers quickly became, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Each one prayed in their own words how I would be so full of God that I would be able to laugh at fighting cancer. None of them had read that interview article. They did not know I had already been doing that. Publicly.

One word from the Lord sent my tumbling self-doubting heart at peace. What had been dubbed as silly, inappropriate laughter by me was quickly and most properly renamed the joy of the Lord.

I was reminded of the Proverbs 31 woman.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25

Linking to the Time-Warp Wife today, April 19, 2011 in gratitude for all He's done since Easter 2010.


Dena E's Blog said...

WOW~~~~Father God, when I am in the desert place, meet me there. Arouse my memories,kindle my imagination,move me to prayer.
May I find you, even there...In Jesus Mighty Name...Amen and Amen
"That You indeed are my help,and in the shadow of Your wings I shot for joy~~~Psalm 63:8
My heart and prayers are with you~~~Dena

Bernie said...

Love your prayer friends, love the laughter and love knowing you are healing so quickly from your surgery. Be well my friend, always in my heart and prayers...:-) Hugs

Loren said...

Oh Lisa ~ this is just Beautiful....God is so weaving HIS tapestry of HIS perfect love, HIS unspeakable JOY, and His peace that will guard your heart and your mind every step of the way!

So much Love to you....prayers from Oklahoma and Back my friend!

Still Learning said...

I just can't begin to express how much I just loved reading this. Lisa, we all just love you so much. I'm praying for you lady, several times a day. So many of us are lifting you and your family up and I just know God is smiling down at you right now. Your spirit is beautiful.


Andrea said...

AMEN GIRLFRIEND...many a day in my life have I "clung" to: "the joy of the LORD is my strength." I would even go so far as to scream at satan on some days saying: "You can't take my joy...you might can take ever other darn thing, but you can't still my joy in the LORD." My kids would laugh at me, sometimes...now they have grown into mature young men who grin when their mom starts "screaming" at satan!
Lots of hugs, love, and lots of storming the heavens with prayer,

Andrea said...

BTW: Now you know the real meaning behind "storming" the heavens...this girl takes "storming" seriously...my hubby says I can be "passionate" and I think that is just a polite way to put it.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

This brought tears to my eyes. God has so richly blessed us with the gift of girlfriends.

Ketty said...

Lisa, I don´t know you and probably will never meet you in this earth, but for sure I will meet you in Heaven one day.
Thank you for writing this blog,
it´s an inspiration to me, you are a great example to me and I am sure also you are helping many people with every post you write.

Prayers and love from Spain.

B His Girl said...

You are something else girl! Thank you Lord for the women who gathered around Lisa during visiting hours. I know you were there. The JOY of you Lord is her strength.

Lisa just read this verse before I flew here. “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25
I join in joyous laughter for all the beautiful things to come. Love you, B

Debbie said...

What WONDERFUL and inspirational post this was. How it blessed me. Praise God for these women in your life and the blessings and the gifts the Lord has touched you with through them. I love that thought and that verse and I can going to remember them both. The JOY of the Lord is our strength. What meaning you have brought to that for me this morning. Praying your recovery continues to go well and that you feel His joy mightly on this day and always. Hugs, Debbie

Beth@Not a Bow in Sight said...

Lisa- I gave you an award over at my blog.

You are amazing sweet sister :)

Gretchen said...

I say this with all faith and humility: Laughing WITH you, Lisa. xxxooo

Tea With Tiffany said...

So thankful for your praying motley crew.

I love this Proverbs 31 verse and have found it comforting for me time after time. I'm a laugh-er. Sometimes I laugh when my body wants to cry. It's helped me in times of need. I trust God uses laughter for my good.

I give talks to MOPS moms groups about laughter. And there are healing benefits to laughter. Want me to list the ways? :)

I love that you laugh.

Wishing you more and more JOY as you seek the LORD during this time. May healing come quickly.

Sending love and prayers and smiles to you, friend,


Mandy Rhoden said...

Laughing with you at the days to come knowing that God holds EVERYTHING in His hands! You are a precious child of God and He will help you through this trial in your life. Love from afar, Mandy

Gigi said...

What a blessing!! He IS our JOY and our STRENGTH!! May the coming days bring you continued JOY, may your soul always know His STRENGTH!

Praying today as you await word...all to Your Glory, Lord!!!!


Denise said...

Such a wonderful post.