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He Gets You Laughing

It was one of those evenings that I had lost any hope of rational thinking. I was physically and emotionally exhausted. As I sat by my husband on the couch, enjoying the quiet evening highlighted by a few television shows – it happened. Slap happiness hit out of nowhere. Those moments you wonder why you are laughing and how you can stop…like, now. 

Have you ever seen the wildly populat AT&T commercial featuring the two nerdy guys working on the technical wiring in the conference room of a business? A lady walks in, glances at the scene and engages in a conversation. The commercial reaches it’s hilarity point when at a silent moment one of the men ask, “Did it hurt…when you fell out of Heaven?” The lady just stands there in a complete deer-in-headlight look. 

Normal people watch this commercial and smile. Me, I barely hear it begin and laughter literally boils from my gut and can’t be stopped. I’m not joking. On this particular evening, this said commercial aired during every single show break. My poor husband tried to even turn the volume down, only for me to catch a glance and activate the volcano. Granted, he was smiling too…but not a single laugh. 

It was at this moment I remembered how crazy God must be to love me in these moments. Yet, here my husband sits – a guy I had given-up on ever meeting. As we sit, together, there are times words aren’t needed. There are moments we just rest by just watching him smile and wonder why my laugh is so awkwardly random. Knowing we don’t have to be normal, well put together, socially acceptable or even smell good after being covered in little boy debris…we love one another. 

I hear Abba whisper softly, almost drowned out by my absurd laughter- 

…Bethany, be satisfied with what you have. For I have told you, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So you can say Bethany, with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5, 6 NLT)

My husband daily reminds me how much greater God’s love is for me…and there are days I struggle to imagine what that “greater love” could look like. How much more can God love me? 

And it’s these moments that I journal about and read ever-so-slowly while being refined in the fire. 

 Hold on to your treasured moments friends. 

 

What is a moment you find yourself continually remembering that helps you press on during times of trial? 


Up Next Week: Thriving With Disabilities (my story from surviving to thriving in 4 days! Starts Monday, October 12th!) 

About the Author Bethany

I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. I am an author, blogger, ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker and encourager. More than anything, I define myself as a child of God. I simply desire to use my passion for thriving (getting every single drop out of life) to inspire others. I have overcome disabilities (coloboma vision-loss, severe hearing-loss and a small right arm). I am a double brain cancer survivor. I use the story God has given me to move beyond what I am surviving and thrive in His promises. I enjoy being a wife to Steve for over 12 years and mother to three boys (ages 9, 7 and 4).

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8 comments
Amanda Calitz says October 9, 2014

Thanks for your inspiring post! 🙂

    Bethany says October 9, 2014

    Thanks for your encouragement Amanda!

michelle says October 9, 2014

Stopping by from 31 Days. This is great! I think the funniest part is when he says “It means you’ll be able to post from the break room.” Because we really don’t understand what the other guy is saying at all! I had a trip a few years ago with a friend where we literally (picture two women, one in her 40s one in her 50s) rolled around on the floor laughing so hard we couldn’t get up. On really bad days I hang on and think I might be that happy again at some point.

    Bethany says October 9, 2014

    Michelle –
    Oh I’ve rolled around on the floor laughing too…sometimes with friends, sometimes with my boys…a few times just completely by myself! Praying you experience some ambushing, rolling laughter today friend!!

Alyssa Woollard says October 9, 2014

Simply put. Girl. You are beautiful.
Laughing with you,
Alyssa

Nancy silvers says October 11, 2014

I love the thought that God loves me crazily in my moments of utter joy and uncontrollable laughter. So grateful I don’t have to be normal. When I went to the retreat one of my traveling partners and I got to giggling so much we just had to look at each other and we’d burst out laughing. It felt good to laugh like that, it had been a long time since I had girl time giggles.
My husband and I had struggled financially for the last 10 years, due to our motorcycle accident and health issues I’ve had. God blessed us beyond anything I could have EVER imagined last April and, right now finances are not a struggle but with that blessing came entirely different stresses. When given much, much is required. Gratefully my husband and I agree when it comes to blessing others but he has also spent lots on things that I really wish he hadn’t. These things will not fill the need he, even though he knows Jesus, has deep inside. The joy and laughter have been missing. Thank you for reminding me that Jesus is joyfully giddily in love with me and that is what matters!

    Bethany says October 11, 2014

    Nancy –
    Your comment reminds me of a few abrupt laughter episodes I had at the retreat! I agree…much needed!

    I think the reason I love this commercial so much is the mere fact that it costs me nothing to laugh like this. God has put the need for laughter inside each one of us…but sometimes, it’s as if we get too serious or bogged down to see that need. This commercial is my reminder to just enjoy His presence…and play it continually just to watch my husband’s reaction:)

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