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Morning Prayer,  Friday, July 13, 2018 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY: YOU LOOK SO MUCH BETTER WHEN YOU SMILE

Father God, help me to always have a merry heart.  Amen

 

Proverbs 15:13-14 and Proverbs 17:12

“The smile on my face does not mean my life is perfect.  It means that in spite of what may be going on, I'm grateful.”  Laughter as the Bible tells us is good for the soul.  Granted, there are situations that we face in this life that makes it very hard to laugh, but with God, all things are possible.  Walking around with a frown on my face all the time does not draw good energy to me.  It actually pushes it away.  True, there are times when we will shed tears.  Jesus himself the Bible says wept when Lazarus died.  He was sad and grieving but he pulled himself together.  As I have mentioned before, years ago when I lived in Washington, DC, a guy stopped me on the street one day and said, "Smile.  I have passed you for months every morning and you always look mad."  Of course, I was not mad, I just never smiled, which means I wasn't very happy inside.   He was my wake up call.  One day he passed me and said, "You look better."  Gospel artist Kirk Franklin wrote a song called, "I smile."  One line in the lyric says, "You look so much better when you smile."  When we smile, we have a merry heart.  In fact, the Bible does tell us that "A merry heart does good like medicine."  I want to be a happy person.  I can't cheer you up if I'm always walking around with a dropped head. 

. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16         

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