I’ve got sunshine, on a cloudy day

Our weather for the last several weeks has been so gray, rainy and dreary, I am beginning to forget what the sunshine looks and feels like!  So today, I challenge you to be someones sunshine.  Bring them flowers, bake them cookies, pay for the person behind you in the drive through.  This can be a task for someone you love, or a complete stranger.  Erase your own grumpy disposition and chose joy today.  I know that we all have bad days.  But none of us are guaranteed tomorrow.  How will you spend this day.  In misery because the rain has gotten you wet?  Mad because it messed up your new shoes?  Bad hair day?  Or are you looking forward to the spring when the flowers will burst forth in color and bring new life to the dreary earth.  He makes all things new.  His mercies are new every morning.  Chose joy.  Take the time to be someones joy.  I have been blessed in this life with an amazing family who is constantly supporting me, encouraging me and lifting me up.  I have friends who have stood by me through thick and thin.  Some who stop by unexpectedly just to see how I am doing.  Some who take me to lunch.  I could go on and on.  I love each and every one of them from the bottom of my heart.  I can find joy in even my saddest days through them.  I have been given so much by them, that now it is my turn to do something in return! 

Psalms 28:7 “The Lord is my strentgh and shield.  I trust him with all my heart.  He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.”  NLT




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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