A Year of Smiles – Day 276

Reason to SMILE #276: YOU ARE AN OVERCOMER

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I will not be overcome!

What power in this phrase.
What victory when spoken.

Though tossed about by life’s responsibilities,
I will not be overcome.

Though overwhelmed by fears of failure,
I will not be overcome.

Though attacked by changing circumstances,
I will not be overcome.

Though the enemy tries to steal my courage,
I will not be overcome.

For I am a child of God,
And my God will overcome.

No longer need I worry over threatening tasks.
No longer need I live in the shadows hiding from the unexpected.

I will cower no more under the abilities of others.
I will not live subjected to the expectations of this world.

Though I may be shaken or even set aback,
I will not be overcome.

The promise of my Lord is
He will overcome!

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A Year of Smiles – Day 274

Reason to SMILE #274: STEPPING OUT OF THE BOAT

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Because God’s Servant Stepped Out of the Boat

(Click the link to read the story of one who faithfully stepped out of the boat and changed the lives of countless, including the lives of my son and husband!)

Comfort is a good thing. We like it and that’s okay. Comfort, however, tends to beget complacency. And complacency makes it difficult to do the work God calls us to do, especially when the work is something new or somewhere new. Often times, God must wake us up out of our complacency if we are to be of any use to Him.

Just as He called out to Peter to step out of the boat and walk to Him on the water, God also calls out to us to step out of our boats, to step out of comfort zones. At times, the step God wants us to take may be small, such as reaching out to a new neighbor with an invitation to church or sharing the Gospel with a co-worker. Other times, the step God calls us to make is a giant leap of faith, such as packing up your life and moving to a foreign land to serve the Lord as a missionary or pursuing a new opportunity for ministry.

No matter the size of the step, when we heed God’s call to get out of the boat, the result will always be a blessing. If we step out in faith and keep our eyes on the Lord, the SMILES will not only be ours but they will belong to every person whose life we touch along the way.

A Year of Smiles – Day 260

Reason to SMILE #260: A CLEAN SLATE

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Yesterday is behind us.

The night has washed the past away.

The only thing remaining

Is a clean and empty slate.

 

The morning sunlight rises

And with it, hope is born anew.

A precious gift – a promise –

Is this day God made for you.

 

A new week is upon us. A week filled with new opportunities for…

… absolutely anything you can imagine!

But don’t forget to include a whole lotta SMILES!

A Year of Smiles – Day 257

Reason to SMILE #257: READING

Mommy, won’t you read to me?

I love to hear you speak.

Your voice calms me when I’m tired

And helps me drift to sleep.

Mommy, won’t you read to me?

I have so much to learn.

I’ll look at all the pictures

While I take in ev’ry word.

Mommy, won’t you read with me?

This is my favorite book!

I know we’ve read it tons of times –

Please! Just one more look.

Mommy, won’t you read with me?

I’m practicing, you see.

I might miss a word or two

But I know that you’ll help me.

Mommy, let me read to you!

This story is brand new

And I can read ev’ry word.

Daddy’s proud – aren’t you?

Mommy, let me read to you!

I know you’re awfully busy.

I’ll help by reading while you work

To make the time pass quickly.

Mommy, won’t you read with me?

I miss our reading time.

It made me feel so special

To have you by my side.

Mommy, can I read to you?

I know you’re tired and weak.

I’ll read with you and show my love

Just like you did for me.

A Year of Smiles – Day 238

Reason to SMILE #238: A HAND TO HOLD


When waves are crashing all around,

When winds are whipping bold,

Lift up your eyes and you will see

A hand for you to hold.

 
When fear is knocking at your door,

When doubts have left you cold,

Take heart for there will always be

A hand for you to hold.

 
He’s always there to rescue you.

He’ll give you strength untold.

Just speak His name and you will find

A hand for you to hold.

“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:29b-31‬a NIV‬‬

A Year of Smiles – Day 226

Reason to SMILE #226: TRUTH

My SMILE today may seem a bit unusual and may not actually feel like a SMILE at all.  As I’ve been pondering recent events in our world, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a song I wrote many years ago.  My heart aches for our children and the world we have created for them.  My only solace is the Truth of God’s Word, the promises of His plan and surety of His control.  No matter what the situation around me, the foundation of God’s Truth on which I stand brings a peaceful SMILE to my soul.

I share the following with you in hopes that you will be inspired to make a difference in the world around you and to point the way to the TRUTH.


Fires burn across the land,

The smoke fills the skies.

Angry men shout out and scream;

Some break down and cry.

 

Children watch as people die;

They see the hate, the pain.

Their little eyes can’t believe

The suffering and the shame.

 

Is this the world we want to show our children?

Is this the place we want them to call home?

We tell them that we love them but don’t show them the same.

Is this the truth we want them to know?

 

I wrote these lyrics twenty-five years ago.  I was almost eighteen years old and had just watched news coverage of the Los Angeles Riots of 1992.  I was horrified as pictures of violence, hate, fear and desperation flashed before my eyes.  I was overwhelmed with uncertainty and fear even though I lived on the opposite side of the country.  I did not understand it all and I knew there were children and other young people trying to make sense of the chaos, as well.

I wondered what these children were learning from the situation.  What lessons about life were they gleaning?  Were they giving up all hope at that moment?  Was their innocence slipping away as disturbing images of humanity at its worst invaded their ideals of safety and security?  Were they resigning to believe that this was how life was supposed to be?  Were these children accepting the hate, violence and pride as their truth?

Now, twenty-five years later, we find ourselves seeing familiar images flash on our TV screens.  And I cannot help but wonder.  Where are those children who watched similar scenes so many years ago?  They are the adults of our world now.  Are they watching in horror as they did as a child?  Are they worried about their own children and the effect this situation will have on their young lives?  Are they outraged?  Are they scared?  Are they worried?  Or are they hitting the power button, shrugging their shoulders and walking away?  After all, that’s life.  That’s the truth of our existence and there’s nothing anyone can do about it….

Oh, my friends, there is hope.  We can redefine the truth that our world accepts today by pointing the way to THE TRUTH, Jesus Christ.  He is our only Way to healing, restoration and salvation.  He is our only Truth in the midst of the chaos and deception orchestrated by our enemy, the devil.  He is our only source of abundant Life, peace, hope and yes, SMILES.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV)

The road to Truth starts with Love.  Love starts with you and me.

A Year of Smiles – Day 207

Reason to SMILE #207: END OF SUMMER/BEGINNING OF SCHOOL

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Summer is waning – 

Except for the heat.

And kids will soon be

At school in their seats.


Five days of freedom

Remain for a few.

ONLY FIVE DAYS?

But there’s so much to do!


There’s shopping for glue

And rulers and pens,

Pencils and paper –

Is that wide-ruled or thin?


There’s sports registration 

And after school care

There’s shopping for clothes – 

Do they need underwear?


There’s schedules to change 

And sleep to adjust;

There’s groceries to buy –

Those snacks are a must!


Oh, then there are shoes. 

I almost forgot.

For one little “swish”

Small fortunes are lost!


There’s so much to do

And so little time.

Oh, how did the days 

Of summer pass by?


While surveying lists

And mourning lost time,

Your kids in the house 

Are found running wild.


The TV is blaring;

Their rooms are a mess.

They’re fighting and nagging;

They’re being such pests.


You start to get up 

But halt in your tracks.

You look at the date,

Then SMILE and relax.


There’s only five days;

School soon will begin.

The house will be empty.

You’ll have peace once again! 😉

 

 

A Year of Smiles – Day 203

Reason to SMILE #203: BELL TOWERS

Ding! Dong! The chimes ring out.
Another hour has passed.
Ding! Ding! The bells ring true.
Time – it flies so fast.

Each toll that echoes on
Brings merriment my way.
Yet, each clang of these bells
Resounds as if to say,

“Wake up! You sleepy soul!
Of all your time, take heed.
For time waits for no one;
It races to the lead.

“So live ev’ry moment;
Fill each hour with SMILES.
And when you hear my song,
You’ll find your life worthwhile.”

A Year of Smiles – Day 174

Reason to SMILE #174: WEDDINGS

 

Blissful and elegant,

A charming delight,

Eagerly enters

The beauty in white.

 

Dapper and dashing,

A fear-stricken mess,

Anxiously awaits

The groom at his best.

 

Shiny and lighthearted,

A roomful of grins,

Respectfully dotes

Their fam’ly and friends.

 

The scene is a wonder

Where time has no end.

When two become one,

A new life begins.

 

But is it the picture

We place on the wall?

Is it as perfect

As our minds recall?

 

Last time I checked,

A wedding takes work.

One day of magic

Leaves dad in the lurch.

 

And on the blessed day

Not one thing is right –

Not flowers, not cake,

Not dresses, not lights.

 

The Moms are both frantic;

Dads sink in defeat.

The flower girl’s mad

And stomping her feet.

 

The bridesmaids are fighting;

The groomsmen don’t care.

The bride’s feet are cold;

The groom is… nowhere!

 

So many emotions

In such a short time.

So many mishaps

To thwart groom and bride.

 

So what’s the big hubbub?

Why all of the fuss?

Is it all worth it

To turn me to us?

 

Despite all the chaos,

There’s one thing that’s true:

It’s worth any price

To hear said, “I do.”

 

“I do take my lover

To be by my side

I promise to stay

Our love will abide.

 

“I will fight to uphold

This most sacred vow

And when times are rough

We’ll make it… somehow.”

 

And when your days married

Have turned into years,

You’ll look back and smile

(Perhaps shed some tears)

 

On all of the folly

Of your special day

And thank God for blessing

Your life anyway!



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A Year of Smiles – Day 162

Reason to SMILE #162: CHANGE

I do not like this thing called change.

I do not like to feel so strange.

I do not like to try new things.

I do not like the fear it brings.

 

I would not like it even if

You sent it to me with a kiss.

I would not like it with a SMILE;

You can’t make me with your guile!

 

“Oh,” you say, “Change may be good

You should embrace it if you could.

Change may be just what you need.

You will like it. Try it and see.”

 

Yes, I know it may be time

To mute this stubbornness of mine.

Change may be just what I need

To find the SMILES that bring me peace.

 

Change – it’s a fact of life no matter how hard we try to ignore and resist it. Change can seem like the devil in disguise but if we give it a try, change can be the catalyst that pushes us toward the great and wondrous works that God has waiting for us.

Change – it may be hard but the SMILES you’ll find on the other side of it are worth every chance you dare to take.

P.S. I seemed to be channeling Dr. Seuss today but he always makes me SMILE. Hope you find a SMILE, too!