The smiles that I smile aren’t mine, they are God’s. I ask Him to give them to me so that my sadness doesn’t try to make a home in me. I ask for His love to pour in me, so that when I encounter others, they feel His love. I for His eyes, so that I can have compassion for others, and not see them as I would. His words motivate me, give me hope, strengthen my faith because without them I would truly crumble.
A lot of times how we feel inside can be masked by our own filter. For me, that filter which is my smile, truly does make me feel so much better. I know that God loves my smile and wants me to smile, and that in itself motivates me to do so. I think not only of myself, but my children, and all those that are going through a hard time. I think how much my smile will mean to them. So I smile. And beyond that smile is a lot of PRAYER. I know that God hears them and is working on my behalf. He wants me to come to Him with my troubles. He wants me to rejoice. He said so:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.~Philippians 4:4-7
He wants me to be happy! Throughout His Word there are so many verses about a cheerful heart, thankfulness, gratefulness, joy and peace! One of my favorites is Proverbs 15:13:
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
I don’t want to crush anyone’s spirit because I know how that feels. Be encouraged as you smile through whatever circumstance that may come your way. God is a God of joy, peace, and happiness! Don’t let the world think that you can’t come up from under it’s weights! When you give that heavy load to Jesus, it lifts immediately! Give it to Him, and walk away smiling as you follow His course. His load is light:
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. ~Psalm 55:22
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. ~Matthew 11:28-30
I pray that this has encouraged your heart today. You aren’t alone. I’m thankful that I know that I’m not and that with God my smile is brighter every day. Every moment that I give Him all of my worries, insecurities, negativity, He fills me with all of His peace and positivity. And He doesn’t give it to me to keep for myself but to share with others.
Smile and be a blessing!
If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, say this prayer:
I believe that you died and rose again. I ask you to forgive me, cleanse me and to come live inside me and make me new. I believe that you are Lord! Amen!
You are saved!