A Year of Smiles – Day 293

Reason to SMILE #293: FAIRY TALES

Well, of course, today’s SMILE is fairy tales! Reason to SMILE #292 was musicals. The only logical choice for today’s SMILE was fairy tales. What else could it have been?

Okay. Logic may have had nothing to do with it. I’ve been binge watching “Once Upon a Time” on Netflix. That may have had a slight affect on my SMILE choice for today.

Nah. Probably not. 😉

What’s not to love about fairy tales? They’re filled with colorful characters, magical lands, nonsensical creatures, beautiful princesses, handsome princes and all sorts of other peculiarities and whimsies that captivate the imagination. And in a fairy tale, you’re sure to find epic battles between good and evil, daring adventures of unassuming heroes, courageous quests of valiant knights and beautiful stories of finding true love.

Not everything is honky dory in a fairy tale, though. There are hurdles to jump, tests of character to pass and sadness to overcome. But no matter how dire the circumstances of the hero, knight or princess, no matter the setbacks, the struggles or the flaws of the protagonist, there will always be a happy ending in a fairy tale. Darkness never wins and love conquers all.

Boy, that sounds good! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could call on a fairy godmother when life is too hard, if we could wish upon a star for our every need, if we could wave a magic wand to right every wrong and solve every problem? Wouldn’t it?

It’s easy to get caught up in a fairy tale and wish that real life could be so, well, fair. We want life to make sense. We want justice to win. We expect good to vanquish evil and love to always win out over hate. But it’s not always that way.

There is always hope, though. You just have to read the right story to find it. You see, the answer to life’s problems can’t be found in a story that begins with “Once upon a time.” No, the story of real happiness, real sacrificial love and real lasting hope begins with “In the beginning, God.”

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The truth of God’s Word brings hope that will put a SMILE on your face for a lifetime! You really should read it. 🙂

 

 

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A Year of Smiles – Day 262

Reason to SMILE #262: TODAY

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This IS the day the Lord has made – yes, even THIS day. And all the days He made before it have prepared you for today. All the moments of gladness, moments of struggle, moments of doubt, moments of triumph and moments of sorrow that have filled your previous days have built the foundation of strength that will see you through this day.

This IS the day the Lord has made and HE will not allow you to live this day alone.  HE plans to spend it with you. HE intends to experience every moment by your side.  You can walk through this day with confidence for there is nothing in this day that will take it’s Maker by surprise.

Yes, this IS the day the Lord has made.  No matter what it holds, joy or sadness, healing or pain, celebration or mourning, THIS day is God’s gift to you.  And in this great gift, you can REJOICE and be glad!

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 254

Reason to SMILE #254: SOUNDTRACKS TO LIFE


I am a music person. I love music. I always have the radio playing in the car and at work and, yes, when the music is playing, I am singing along. So it should come to no surprise that at any given moment, there is always a song or two running through my head. The funny thing is each song tends to narrate the events of my life. For example, when I’ve accomplished something big and it’s time to celebrate, what lyrics do you think I hear? “Celebrate good times. Come on!” When a friend stands beside me and helps me through a tough situation, I hear Dionne Warwick singing, “That’s What Friends are For.” When life gets me down and all I want to do is cry but don’t have the time for an emotional crisis, I hold my chin up bravely to the lyrics, “Don’t cry out loud. Just keep it inside…”

That’s not weird… Right? 😂

Well, today was no different. As I waited for Irma to pass and prayed for God to hold in their places all the aging pine trees in my yard, one song was stuck on repeat in my mind:

In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face

While the storm howls above me, and there’s no hiding place

‘Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry

Keep me safe till the storm passes by

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more

Till the clouds roll forever from the sky

Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand

Keep me safe till the storm passes by*

The songs that run through my head and the strange times at which they do always make me SMILE, even giggle from time to time. On days like today, though, I’m grateful for the soundtracks of my life and the reminder that I have a God who holds me in the hollow of His hand.

* “Til the Storm Passes By” – Mosie Lister

A Year of Smiles – Day 251

Reason to SMILE #251: A BLESSED ASSURANCE

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Irma is headed our way. We’ve filled up the gas tanks and stocked up on non-perishables and water. We’ve rid our yard of any possible projectiles as best we could and we’ve determined the best place to park our vehicles. Mostly, though, we’ve prayed! Oh, how we’ve prayed!

As I’ve been preparing for Irma today, there’s been one song that keeps repeating in my mind. The chorus says, “People get ready. Jesus is coming. Soon we’ll be going home.” (You can listen to the entire song here.) Now, I’m not a doom and gloom kinda person but I guess all the storm prepping has steered my mind toward another event for which we all should be preparing – the day the Lord returns to take His children home.

I know some of you have been thinking of the Lord’s return, as well. I’ve read your posts. Normally, I would have tried to avoid a topic chosen by others but just like the news of the impending storm should be broadcast from every media source available, so also should the news of the Savior’s return be shared by as many of us as possible.

One day the Lord will return. The Bible tells us we won’t know the day or the hour. That means we won’t get several days warning to get our lives in order, to ask forgiveness for our sins and choose to follow Jesus. The time to get ready is now.

“How do you prepare for the Lord’s return?” you ask. Well, it’s easier than preparing for a hurricane, that’s for sure. It’s as simple as A-B-C.

A – Admit that you are a sinner.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23

The wages (payment for) of sin is death…

Romans 6:23a

B – Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died and rose again to pay the price for your sins.

… the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23b

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

C – Commit your life to Christ and Confess your faith to others.

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬

I’ve done all I can do to prepare for Hurricane Irma but I’m not certain whether my preparations will be good enough. Storms are unpredictable. Anything could happen. I’ve also prepared myself for the Lord’s return. The good thing is I can know that I will be ready to meet my Savior.

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:13‬

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:11-13‬

Now that is a certainty- a blessed assurance – that makes me SMILE.

A Year of Smiles – Day 248

Reason to SMILE #248: COMFORT

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You may feel that you will never find joy again.

Hold tight, my friend. You will.

Until then, lean into the strong arms of your Heavenly Father. When the sorrows of night have passed, you will know JOY anew – JOY unmeasurable and SMILES innumerable.

But for now, rest in His comfort.

A Year of Smiles – Day 243

Reason to SMILE #243: LAUGHTER 


We all need it – sometimes more than others. This joyous outburst affects our entire being. 

It lightens our load. 

It drowns out sadness. 

It redirects our thoughts.

It promotes healing.

It brightens our face.

It makes snot shoot from our noses, tears stream down our cheeks, food project from our mouths and muscles stretch and ache!! 🤣 It’s awesome!

How amazing this gift of laughter! It truly is the best medicine. It’s even better, though, when given by and shared with a friend. 

I hope you find a SMILE today and a good dose of laughter!