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prescription for happiness.

Let yourself smile (or laugh) today! You will feel better.

 

expectation.

Always live with expectation.

You never know what you will find.

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The autumn leaves fall. But look what is revealed!

Simple pleasures make us smile.

color!

Even in our darkest hour, it’s amazing how God’s creation can make us smile.

This truth makes life worth living – even with all the problems we face.

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We have to see the color, even through the gray clouds of pain.

 

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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cheer.

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?

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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.

pleasure.

We can be hurting so badly, we don’t see clearly.

Yet, God has ways to bring comfort. Our pain makes us sensitive to the ache in our heart, but it also makes us aware of small pleasures.

The way the morning sun filters through the window curtains, laying patterns on the bed.

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The rhythm of rain lulling us to sleep.

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The way a butterfly lands on a flower, certain of provision.

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These are not small things. They are meant to strike a chord deep within our souls and bring a smile.

This is God telling us He is with us.

Don’t miss the moments. They are all around you!

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shame.

As the Scripture says, anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.

-The Bible

Shame comes from guilt.

It is a feeling of embarrassment after doing something foolish or wrong.

You want to rewind the tape.

But there is no rewinding.

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But there is a way to rescue one who feels shame.

It’s called redemption.

God has a way to to fix a fault or a mistake.

He takes away the shame.

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And makes us smile again!

 

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treasures.

Memories ebb and flow, washing upon the shore of our mind. Sometimes the tide comes in uninvited, carrying debris with it. If we allow the debris to lodge in our minds, we can become laden down with self-pity, discouragement, and depression.

The tide will go out. And with it, the debris.

But look! There are some surprising treasures that the tide brought with it. If you look carefully, you will find them.

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Pain does not have to drown us.  God knows we do not have the strength to tread water for long. He brings reprieve in the form of little joys that will make us smile in the midst of even deep sorrow.

The first clear notes of a cheerful robin, chasing away the bitter winds of winter.

The surprise visit of  a summer breeze, bringing relief on a hot summer day.

The palette of  warm, autumn colors painted on a dreary, gray canvas.

The gentle falling snowflakes quieting a troubled heart.

All is well.

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