When daffodils make their appearance after a long winter, not only do they announce spring’s arrival, but they bring cheer. Who can not help but smile?
Jesus said: “In this world you will have trouble. But be of good cheer! I have overcome the world.”
That means God has the final say.
We don’t have to wait until that day to be cheerful. We can be cheerful now.
Cheerfulness can only come when we know God is watching over everything. It gives us a sense of relief when we know this.
Even in the depths of despair, don’t be afraid to smile. It will cheer your heart and help you heal.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
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When you see the order and design all around us, it is clear. God is real.
And more importantly, that same order and design is a part of your life, too.
You are more valuable to God than a spider web.
The one who created the universe is very aware of you and everything you’re feeling.
This web may have gone unnoticed had the dew not clung to its intricate design, revealing its beauty.
You may think God does not notice you.
Wait for the dew drops of Heaven meant just for you.
From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind …
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“First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … “
” … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
-To Kill a Mockingbird
Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes today.
I have found myself smiling – even in moments of despair. Where could this possibly come from? I say God.
Being grateful is so opposite of how you’re feeling. But when you choose to think about the good that’s happened in the bad and being thankful, something good happens inside of you.
“Tell a friend or loved one a story about something for which you are grateful.
Don’t be surprised to find yourself smiling by the end of that story.”
-Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
Weeping with those who weep.
The Boston Marathon Bombing.
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It never ceases to amaze me.
With predictability, without any assistance, the earth knows what to do.
The earth can tell us a lot if we’re looking.
Hope springs eternal.
It’s not over even if it looks like it.
Be happy! And stay hopeful.