A Year of Smiles – Day 264


The smiles have seemed so far away this week. I have been overwhelmed with concerns, distracted by discouragements and dragged down by disappointments. So, today, I’m having a difficult time finding a smile to share with you…

It happens. Life gets messy, confusing and downright ugly sometimes. And if I’m being completely transparent, I often become stuck in the middle of it all. My smile becomes a mere facade. But I am only human. Besides, no one ever said that life wouldn’t be messy. God’s Word even tells me I’ll walk through valleys…

The good thing is God has promised to walk with me in the valleys. Ah! Now there’s a SMILE. I am never alone; God is always with me. Do you remember that SMILE from Day 22?

God also promised to help me through this difficult and overwhelming season in my life. That was my Reason to SMILE #159. God’s help is only a prayer away. 

Oh, and I must keep telling myself that what I’m going through won’t last forever. It’s only temporary. I’ve already shared that encouragement with you, too. Check out Day 73!

I’m thinking I’ll revisit a few more of my SMILES today. Maybe it’ll restore my focus on what and Who truly matters. In the meantime, keep looking for SMILES and when you find one, shoot it my way. ❤


A Year of Smiles – Day 136

Reason to SMILE #136: PEP TALKS 

Have you ever had one of those days when everything seems to go wrong and no matter what you say or do, you can’t make it right?

Have you ever felt as if nothing you do is good enough? 

Have you ever believed yourself to be insignificant to the world around you?

I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve felt these things many times. In fact, today has been one of those difficult days that makes finding a SMILE a serious challenge. And if it weren’t for a little pep talk I received the other day from a friend, I’m not sure I would have even attempted this blog post.

I know I’m not the only one who has days like today so I am passing this pep talk on to you. No matter how bad the day, no matter how convinced you are that your life does not make a difference, remember that YOU ARE AWESOME and YOU ARE LOVED!

Click here for your pep talk!

Now, go share this SMILE with someone else who just might need to here those three small words: YOU ARE AWESOME!

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