Monday, February 29, 2016

Put a Smile On

I can’t wipe the smile off my face.  It’s been there for a few days.  It’s just a little smile but it packs a great amount of power.  A few days ago I spent the day with the Holy Spirit.  He’ll do that to you; put a giddy little smile on your face that no one else will understand.  It’s like a secret between best friends.  Well, that’s what we are.

Have you smiled today?  If you aren’t smiling, why not?  Grief?  Anger?  Hurt?  Depression?  Fear?  Whatever it is, if it’s keeping you from smiling it’s not from God.  It’s from the enemy.  You can’t let him do that to you, dear lovely.

With all the negative things going on in the world, to allow it all to rob you of your smile is something that’s just not acceptable.  Did you know that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile?  Think about that.  In order to frown it tenses up every muscle in your beautiful face.  Why do you think your face hurts when you frown?  You’re holding muscles in place that weren’t meant to hold that sad, angry look.

Smile and it relaxes those same muscles giving you a soft, pleasant appearance.  As it should.  You’ve heard the saying, “A smile is a frown turned upside down.”  So cliché, but it’s true. 

Why would God want you to frown anyway?  He doesn’t.  He wants you to be happy.  He wants you to smile.  There is so much more for you to smile about anyway than for you to frown.  Maybe it doesn’t seem that way.  I can understand.  Over the past week our family lost my husband’s father.  It was a very tense and emotional time in our lives.  Grief can make a person frown for a very long time.  And we did do a bit of that.  But it didn’t last long.

Because my father-in-law knew Jesus, we know that he has just transitioned from here to his heavenly home and is now completely healed, with a new body, enjoying a reunion with many people who have gone on before him.  But more exciting than that, he is having his very own face-to-face encounter with Jesus.  He is getting to see Him in person for the very first time.  I’m almost jealous.  Yet, I smile.

I smile for that reason.  I smile because His Holy Spirit spent the day with me and blessed me beyond my wildest dreams or imaginings.  It’s not a fluke.  It’s not something I imagined.  It was real and it was awesome.  So I smile.

He is the reason I can’t wipe the smile off my face.  He is the reason I look like a giddy schoolgirl at three in the morning.  I don’t mind.  He is so much fun that time is of no importance right now. 

Do you know that He wants to make you smile?  He does.  He wants to take your cares, the things that are making you frown or cry and He wants to unburden you of them.  Maybe you think you don’t know how, but it’s so simple.  All you have to do is just chuck them in His direction and say, “Here!  Take these!”  I did that a few days ago.  I was so burdened by some things caused by some negative people that I finally opened my hands and said, “Here! I give this to You because I can’t do anything with it.”  Want to know something?  He took it!  He removed it.  Then He replaced my grief with a smile that I can’t wipe off my face.  Talk about giddy.  I have been ever since.  It’s such a relief, too. 

Spend the day with the Holy Spirit.  Let Him put a smile on your face that you can’t wipe off.  Your face will thank you.  


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