Sunday, February 19, 2012

Smile Away!

Children's smiles are pure and could melt your heart. These are my foster children. This picture was taken last summer. They will be staying with us permanently :)

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22

 I was in a grocery store the other day and one thing that I've noticed, everyone that I passed by doesn't seemed to be in a good mood. Everybody is frowning. Well, I started to smile to everyone. I don't know what they think of me but I feel like smiling and guess what?... the wonders of smile shines through. They smile back at me, although there are some old folks just stare back :)
 When I was in the counter, two old ladies behind the line keep looking at my cart , well, that cart was full of groceries that is almost as tall as me. They are probably thinking of why I had so much in my cart.  I smiled and said " I got big family, I have 8 people to feed, and these won't last for a week, I tell ya" and they all laughed and started conversation with me including the cashier. One lady said, well I'm glad you can still smile. I told them, "Oh Yes, I have so many reasons to smile!"

A smile cost nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give a smile. They don't know what cost it could give to others. 
Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.
 Smile can change the life of someone who needs it.
I know how much a smile can mean because I've been on the receiving end of some wonderful ones that have made a real difference to me. A smile can silently change the mood in a room, can lift drooping spirits, and bring hope and joy and forgiveness. Simple as a smile is, it certainly is powerful.

I can only hope my smile made a difference to people I met each day! 

So, Smile Away!

with sweet Kayla.

with my super cute niece Chloe :)


Cindy said...

Your little fosters are so precious. I do the same thing, I smile at people all the time. Some smile back and some don't. It's always worth it and interesting, too.
Hugs, Cynthia

design elements said...

lovely images! i have 2 kids (2 and 4 years old) Happy Monday angels.. said...

"A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile"...have a nice day!

Pearl said...

Hi Jane! I am so glad you found my site. I linked you on mine too. I could really use lots of smiles at this time. I am experiencing trials (health-related), but my hope rests to Jesus.
I have not been blogging a lot these days but I will, soon.
God bless you and your family. xoxo, Pearl of Window Shopping

Wendy said...

Haha I've had the same experiences with the smiles and the overly full shopping cart :) Smiles make a person so attractive! :)

Pearl said...

Hi Jane! That's a good ministry!:-)
Smiling and lighting up someone's day. I am amazed that you are fostering kids! I'd like to do it too. But I don't know how.