Archive | June 2013

smile.

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking

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When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by

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If you smile through your fear and sorrow

Smile and maybe tomorrow

You’ll see the sun come shining through for you

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Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

“Smile”

Songwriters: Charles Chaplin, John Turner, Geoffrey Parsons

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Photo Credit:

Sailing “Footprints: Real to Reel” (Ronn ashore) / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

 Toni Blay / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

 Toni Blay / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

anybody?

Does anybody see?

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Does anybody care?

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Everything has a purpose.

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And some of the best things in life are hidden.

Until someone finds it.

And that includes you.

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Kingfisher: Htet-Aung / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

give.

Sometimes, giving out of your pain seems unattainable. That’s because you are looking to do something big.

Did you know that Jesus said the least in the kingdom is the greatest? In other words, we often look for the biggest and brightest and best of everything – when God almost always picks the smallest, and dimmest, and the least of everything.

Jesus was born in a barn. Not a castle.

Your giving can be useless and small in your eyes, but it’s a sacrifice God takes note of.

And you know something? It seems to be the secret to soothing your hurting heart — giving of yourself even when you’re sad.

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And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones … truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.

-The Bible

seasons.

If you have the pleasure of living where there are 4 seasons (as defined by the clear observation of buds, green leaves, colored leaves, no leaves), then you really understand the end of one season and the beginning of another.

Looking at life as seasons really helps when you’re hurting.

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Some seasons feel very long. Winter seems to hang on in some places.

Listen. There’s some pretty awful heartache out there. And your pain may feel like winter; never-ending. But I promise you that spring will come again.

So for now, it’s okay to hunker down. And wait.

full.

Do you see the glass half full?                         glass

Or half empty?

Optimism is a choice. So is pessimism.

Which will you choose?

Life can be very difficult.

But how we look at it makes all the difference in how we proceed.

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“Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of good things, and no good thing ever dies.”  -Shawshank Redemption