Dear friend, Are you discouraged today? Maybe even slightly depressed? Are you 12 days into the new year and already you wonder why you ever tried? Do not be discouraged, dear one. His mercies are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness. Confess your faults one to another. Be encouraged and thankful. Know that He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. Remember that each day is new and a smile can change everything!
So…go to the mirror and Smile at yourself. Extend the same mercy and grace to yourself that God extends. Spend some time in the Word this morning, and pray. Confess and Commit your way to Him. Put on some Godly encouraging music or hum a hymn yourself. Don’t look at obstacles as symbols of failure or as communicating that you are on the wrong path. Press on. Did you remember to put on the whole armor of God this morning? Go back and do that now, if you forgot, and keep raising that shield of faith when you feel under attack. And keep smiling: at your family, those strangers you meet today “out there,” and at yourself! A smile can change everything!