Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Smile....

...the world is watching! :)

We need to show, daily, the joy in our lives. True joy comes from a relationship with our God. Not just knowing *about* Him...but truly *knowing* Him! It doesn't mean times will always be easy...actually ~ times can and will be rough. It's choosing how to react to those situations of difficulty that can show others the light, His light, shining through us. Do you smile enough? :)

Encouragement for you...

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
~ Mother Theresa

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
~ Mother Theresa

Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world.
~ Lawrence G. Lovasick

A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.
~ Denis Waitley

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh


Things that bring a smile to my face, often...

The children, all ready for supper (with juice bags to drink, an occasional treat!)...


Playing dominoes!


Knowledge increasing...


Fresh-from-the-oven peanut butter cookies!

Great reads...

Chris, home after a long day of work and hunting, sitting to work on reading with Xavier...

Imaginations putting creativity to good use...


Oil lamps, awaiting their next use...

And a *new* little set up atop a cupboard in the living room...

Oh, the list of things that makes me smile goes on and on....(and on)! I find that the more I smile in a day, the better the day goes. Don't you?
When out and about, whether getting groceries or what other errands I may be running, I smile at people and often times say "hello". Quite often I get a smile back and sometimes even a reply. Every once in a while, people respond with just a look or will totally ignore me. I don't let it get me down, though. I just keep on smiling. (**Honestly, just writing about smiling makes me *smile*!) A warm smile can be such an encouragement for someone who is downtrodden. As an ambassador for Christ...I find this simple act to be one of the, although small, ways to spread His love.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. ** 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 **

Smile. Shine. Let people wonder what this great joy and light is, emanating from you. God will use that to draw people to Him. You may never even know how you touched someone's life. But showing genuine love to people around you is one of the best things we can do, for a hurting world.

Just sharing something that was on my heart.
Thank-you for stopping by. It's always encouraging to read your kind comments and emails. Thank you, each, for them! A jolly *hello* to all my new readers, as well. :) It's fun to make friendships across the miles...isn't it?

Sending great big ol' smiles to each of you,
Katy :)


The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee,
and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
~Numbers 6:24-26

16 comments:

  1. OH what a difference a smile can make:D I try to smile at people when I'm out too and it's funny I get the SAME reactions, some smile back, or speak, but some just look at you like your nuts, they need a smile the most, and they may think about it later on in the day and hopefully smile then:)

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  2. Not always the easiest thing to do but will always have a sweet return. If not for the grace of God where would we be? That alone is reason enough to smile. Thanks and have blessed and joyous day!

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  3. It's so true...simply choosing to smile through the storms of life makes a huge difference! and you're right...who wants to get to know someone who is always sour....now someone who eminates joy...real joy...that's someone one wants to meet:)

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  4. I'm smiling just reading this post. :) Well said, Katy.

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  5. Katy,

    You are right! We are ambassadors for Christ and need to be good examples for our kids as well.

    It doesn't mean we fake it - it means we rely on God's grace and goodness to work in us!

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  6. Very nice post. Your post made me smile just reading it.

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  7. Thanks, Katy for sharing what Jesus puts on your heart. Always good thoughts, right to the "heart" of what we need to be doing and very well written. You are a Blessing to me! Thank you so much! Take Care and God Bless you sweet family! Donna, countercrafts, gmills4@suddenlink.net

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  8. Nice post! :)

    Melinda

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  9. I really needed a smile from some one today. I could feel your smile in your words. Thanks & may God bless you for caring! The cookies look yummy.

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  10. Thanks for sharing a wonderful message with us!
    It's so true!
    It's the little kindnesses that often are overlooked in this hurry, hurry world that we live in.
    Maybe, just maybe, giving someone a smile is the nicest thing that happened to them all day :)

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  11. Good morning: ) My but those cookies look wonderful !

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  12. Smiles are contagious!
    But if Mama ain't smiling no one is smiling! Mom's need to smile a lot more.
    Thanks for the reminder.

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  13. What a sweet reminder. It's amazing what a smile can do! I'm not sure I've done much of that this week...

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  14. Sister-in-Christ Katy,

    I sat down tonight with a cup of coffee, homemade pumpkin bread, wood burning fire in the fireplace, and candles lit as I read your blog...and I smiled. Thanks for opening your home, heart, and daily life in order to bless others! What can we as bloggers do to help bless you and make you smile? Adding you and your family to my prayer list...

    Blessings from Illinois :)

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  15. Living in a "small" rural community we know everyone, but everyone waves when they pass you and if they really know you, they'll honk and wave :o)

    Funny when we go into the city now we find ourselves waving and being polite, such as letting a person turn across a street infront of us( when traffic is busy), we smile, say hello, hold doors open for women and the elderly, say "Thank you Sir/Mam" when it's done for us and more often than not we get a look of confusion. It seems that the older generation is more receptive and will smile or speak. Sadly the younger generations look at you like your nuts, or don't look at you at all :o(
    Great post, thank you for sharing it. I'm beind in reading my favorite blogs, I simply can't believe Oct. is almost over*shocked*
    Blessings,
    Kelle

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  16. Smiling makes everyone beautiful..and you never meet a stranger when you are smiling..at least I never do!

    Love your sweet photos Katy.

    xo
    Donna @ Comin' Home

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I am always so grateful to read your comments! I thank you for the time you took to visit and share your thoughts with me. :o)
May you enter as a stranger and leave as a friend!
Warmly, Katy