If you just smile

I often find myself when I am home with a more serious face.  Sometimes a frown, a furrowed brow, or no expression really at all.  I look around at all that needs to be accomplished, and it sometimes “grumps me up”.  How often do we smile at home.  We are usually rushing out the door to school, work or activities.  Then rushing back in to fix dinner, get homework, and housework done.  And lastly we fall into bed exhausted.  Take time today to smile at your children, your spouse, people you pass, the person at the drive through, checkout or waiting on you, the person in the office that drives you crazy, that neighbor that is often ugly to you.  We can all use a little more happiness in this world.  What if your smile is the only small piece of joy that they get all day, or all week for that matter.  Share some joy with someone you love, or just see.  Smile.  That is all.  It is simple, good for you and costs nothing, but what you could gain could be life changing. 

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20  “After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus, when he returns?  It is you! Yes, you are our pride and joy”

By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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