Hello world,

The  most awesome thing happened today.  God in His awesomeness used my daughter to bring light into a dark moment.  While out purchasing items for my children to go to camp, I ended up spending more than I expected.  As I paid for my purchases a sense of despair overcame me.  I knew that I needed all that I had just purchased but I also knew that I needed some of that money for other items.  Once I got home the feeling of despair just deepened.  Now you would think that I as a Christian would know to turn to God and lean on Him.  I know what the word says and as a tither and giver I have promises I can stand on.  But sometime it is hard to see where your salvation will come from when you are in the storm.

This is where the awesomeness of God comes in.  My daughters ask me if I was still sad.  She ask me if I would listen to a song that she found on YouTube.  I told her yes and we sat down in front of the computer.  She started to play Kirk Franklin’s song “I Smile”.  Now this song is not new to me, I love Kirk Franklin.  God has used many of his songs to speak to me and if you don’t know this song I would suggest you listen to it.  It will bless you.

As I listened to the words of “I Smile” before I knew it I was smiling.  In my discouragement Holy Spirit spoke to my 10 year to give me a word.  Now I want to give you a word.  Listen to a song of praise, and as you listen you will feel the spirit of heaviness lifting and you will find yourself smiling even in the mist of what you are going through.  God loves you and you do look so much better when you smile.  And guess what, the longer you praise God the bigger your smile will become.  God said He would give us “a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” Isaiah 61:3 and He keeps His promises.

It is so easy to get our eyes on what we are going through, but know that you are just going through, you don’t have to stay there.  Give God praise and your darkness will become light.  Be blessed and  SMILE!

 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.” Psalm 27:6 (NIV)

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