Ahhhhh…the slight up turn of the corners of your mouth begins, the laugh lines show as your eyes close, then the set of pearly whites are on full display as an hearty laugh erupts – the smile has arrived:).
What makes you smile? Your kids? Your furry babies? Bloopers on TV? Your spouse’s jokes? Even yourself? Or, maybe nothing right now.
What about your joy in the Lord? Does that even exist, you ask?
Well, it either does, or it can if you don’t feel as if you’re experiencing it! “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
We must first trust in Him! “For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name.” Psalm 33:21
Our joy is not based on any one thing happening in our lives making it so. Our joy is not based on any one person making it so. No, it is because “…my heart rejoices in God my Savior…”! Luke 1:47
When HE, the only one we seek, is alive in our lives, we can then smile with abandon and say, “May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”” Psalm 70:4
I know a lot of hurting people…some in a short season of sadness and some in a long season.
If you haven’t seen in your smile, nor those around you lately, ask the Lord to “restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit”. Psalm 51:12 Soon, “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.” Job 8:21
If, “The Lord your God is in your mist, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17), then let that smile, that grin, that laughter loose!!! You have nothing to lose, and only joy to gain!
May you smile BIG! Love, Sarah