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 6

Reason to SMILE #6: HUGS

I give warm hugs.  This is the message on one of my t-shirts.  Beside this message is a picture of a goofy little snow man that seems to be falling apart.  You know that snow man, right?  He was really popular a few years ago when that one movie was released. Remember that movie? It was the one with princesses, a bad guy pretending to be a hero, a reindeer and an ice delivery man who becomes a reluctant hero.  Ring any bells?  No?  Okay, I’ll Let It Go then.  (Wink. Wink.)

Anyway, I feel a bit strange when I wear this t-shirt because I’m not usually one to offer hugs freely.  It makes me uncomfortable.  I don’t know why.  Don’t get me wrong.  I give hugs.  I hug my family.  I hug my kids at church.  I hug folks I haven’t seen in ages.  I just don’t hug each person I see every time I see them.  People who do that are true “warm huggers”.  They have a gift.

There are times, though, when I need a hug – times when my heart is heavy, when the burdens of life overwhelm, when there’s no answers to my problems and I just need to be held.  During these times, a warm hug is most welcome and does much good.

It’s amazing the power of a hug.  A hug can lift spirits and lighten a load. Hugs can even reduce blood pressure and improve emotional well-being and overall health. It’s true!  I read it on Facebook! (Wink. Wink.) Well, I do know one thing for certain – a hug given at just the right time can make the heaviest of hearts and loneliest of souls SMILE again.

I think I need to start giving more hugs.  How about you?