Be generous with your smile this season
Someone is lonely, hurting, in pain.
They need the strength to face another day.
Don’t take it for granted that this is a season of joy
Some are still searching for that magic moment
Others are trying to balance that equation
That equation you get so easily.
Let someone know you care.
Give that smile away.
Thank you for depriving me
You have taught me to seek and to find
Thank you for rejecting me
It has taught me to love me
Thank you for ostracizing me
It has taught me to like my own company
Thank you for victimizing me
It has taught me to fight back like a lioness
Thank you for despising me
It has put in me the thirst for achievement
Thank you for silencing me
I have become a voice for the voiceless
Thank you for the wounds you inflicted in me
I have become a healer of wounded souls; and I love it.
What you meant for evil
The Lord has turned for my good.
Are you living in captivity? Are you a captive to drugs, poverty, depression, disease…Do you feel like God has given up on you?
Does it seem like no deliverance is forth coming because you have considered and examined all the possibilities and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel?
Guess what? You’ve not considered all the possibilities yet. Someone is holding that trump card you need. I’ll tell you a story.
Israel is in captivity in Babylon. There seems to be no hope for them because God Himself has sent them away from the Promise Land.
Will they ever return home some day? Is there any hope of ever worshiping again from the Holy Temple?
All this while, God’s plan is in progress.
At the appointed time God stirs up the heart of a heathen king who then “orders” that the captives be released so they can go rebuild the temple and again offer up sacrifices to the God of heaven. Ezra the scribe and his brethren get to work as if in a dream.
So stop asking yourself how it’s going to happen. The ways of God are truly mysterious. You never can tell where the next miracle is coming from.
Only believe and refuse to quit.
No matter how hard it gets,
No matter how hard the decision,
No matter what you must give up,
No matter how much you need to take up,
If it’s worth it, then do it.
Sometimes the best things are waiting
On the other side of the turbulent river.
Happiness is not the absence of trouble
but the ability to smile in spite of it all
because we know God is in control
and the out come will always be glorious
for those who trust in Him shall not be put to shame.