While I'm enjoying a particularly busy week, please enjoy one of  my favorite posts from the archives! 

I spotted this little leftover snowman after last season's Christmas shopping frenzy. When I showed my daughter the picture, she said, "Notice he's still smiling!"

If a dented clearance-sale snowman can keep his smile, we all have many reasons to put on a happy face.

"We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed" (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

Smile when you are bent, bruised and damaged; because you know you are still valuable to God.

Smile when you feel alone, abandoned and rejected; because you know you still have God's company.

Smile when you are unsure, afraid and uncertain; because you know God still has a plan for you.

Keep your smile because you are keeping your faith, and know God smiles on you!

Be happily blessed today!

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The cold and snow have turned my musings to wintry thoughts this week. I’m considering that the snowman the neighbor kids built might have something to say about surviving winter’s dark and cold.

Stand through the storm. Snowmen patiently endure the battering winds and biting cold because they know they are built on a sturdy foundation. We can stand strong while tempests rage when we stand on the solid ground of faith.

Keep smiling. Snowmen keep their friendly grins because they know that winter cannot last forever. We can stay positive through trying times when we remember that the dark and sleepy months will soon turn into bright and hopeful spring.

Have a warm heart. Despite surrounding frigid temps and icy frozen days, snowmen know a ray of sunshine will always make them melt. We can be strong in the face of adversity while allowing our hearts to soften in response to a tender moment.

I hope you stay strong through the cold nights ahead. Know that bright and sunny days will soon return.

 

How do you endure when cold winds blow? What have you learned about standing through the storms?

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As I greet 2018, I’m looking forward to a prosperous year ahead. I know this will be a year of action and change, and I’m ready for all God has planned.

I pray 2018 will be a promising year for all my coworkers, family, and friends. I hope that we feel the presence of God and see the evidence of his power at work in our lives. I ask that the new year brings many blessings, much joy, and abundant peace to all who share our world.

I pray we trust in God’s timing for all the good that lies ahead, we rely on his power to give us courage, and we remember his strength is made perfect in our weakness.

I pray we grow in faith, in hope for the future, and in confidence as we take the next steps on the path ahead.

May you be generously blessed in 2018. Know God is with you every day of the year.

What is your prayer as you begin the new year? How will you know God is directing your steps throughout the days ahead?

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