Did you know that a smile is contagious? It costs nothing to give, but reaps great rewards for both the receiver and the giver. A Smile Spreads Good Cheer!
Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
It’s amazing that your simple smile can brighten someone’s day in a moment’s notice. Too often we underestimate the power of a smile. Although it may be considered the smallest act of caring and it takes little or no effort on our part, it has the power to turn a life around—in fact more than one. Like the ripple effect of a pebble tossed into a pond, your smile will spread far beyond the first person who receives it. You never know how many people will benefit because you smiled first.
Most people think of the phrase ROAD TRIP with their best buddies and they are going to have a ball…..which there is NOTHING wrong with that.. but when I think of road trip – I think of MY SON and driving to see him up at college… I had such a nice time with him this weekend and just being THERE with him –
I don’t know who gets happier me, his little brother or him! Nonetheless, I am elated that he knows that his mommy loves him and knows that I am here for him – This boy is my other baby he just happens to be 20 years old! Sitting around his apartment as well as running errands for me MAKES ME FEEL GOOD as his mother –
My oldest sister is just as AMAZING and my son was telling his girlfriend that he considers her as his second mother…she teared up on the sly of course…. FAMILY is just amazing ya know and I am surely grateful that God is moving His hand our way.
God heals and restores and that indeed is what God has done for my family – I am so grateful that I just think about the goodness of God and how far me and my babies have come and I just drop a few tears… I am just enjoying MY SON with all of his growth and maturity….him being away at college reminds me that he is really getting older and growing up!
As I was laying in the bed with MY 20 year old BABY over the weekend in his apartment up at college, I thought to myself that I didn’t want to move! Lol
Honey, I NEVER THOUGHT that I would be HAPPY to dive 3 and 1/2 hours monthly…LOL ( pray for us all please )
I was thinking of when I was being honored at a Banquet and when I realized that my son was getting an award as well – You know I was mushy and teary eyed!! About 5 years ago – I started doing street ministry but to the Homeless population called The Coleman Cares Winter Project and I went out from October until April giving out clothes, coats, socks, hot beverages and food.
This was done by MY OWN money as well as my son’s little piggy bank ( by his choice – which touched my heart as well ) Nonetheless, my son was also honored since he was in the trenches with me! This photo was taken when my NOW 11 year old son was about 6 years old.
The Lord’s work has its own kind of reward that does not always come / show up in the FORM of currency……God is good.
My son will be 11 years old in 2 months but the talks that I have with my son would blow the minds of some people. I mean, we talk about EVERYTHING and I mean everything. Sex, music, relationships, family, marriage, school, education etc..etc..etc..
The things that these kids see during this day and age you almost have to talk to your kids from the WOMB about the things of Life!!! However, dealing with things like forgiveness is important and I chose to share some insight with him and he paid attention the WHOLE time – which blessed me….
In the long run, it’s not a question of whether they deserve to be forgiven. You’re not forgiving them for their sake. You’re doing it for yourself. For your own health and well-being, forgiveness is simply the most energy-efficient option. It frees you from the incredibly toxic, debilitating drain of holding a grudge.
Don’t let these people live rent free in your head. If they hurt you before, why let them keep doing it year after year in your mind? It’s not worth it but it takes heart effort to stop it. You can muster that heart power to forgive them as a way of looking out for yourself. It’s one thing you can be totally selfish about.
Take it slowly. The deepest resentments are wrapped up in a lot of hurt and pain. We think we’re protecting ourselves by not forgiving. Acknowledge that and go easy on yourself. Forgiveness means that you’ve decided not to let it keep festering inside even if it only comes up once in awhile. Forgiveness is a powerful yet challenging tool that will support and honor you, even in the most extreme circumstances!
It is essential to know that to be a happy person, a happy family, a happy society, it is very crucial to have a good heart, that is very crucial. We all must find peace from within so that we can love one another effectively as God created us to do so. Peace is not just the absence of violence but the manifestation of human compassion.
So with that being said… it is VERY VITAL of the role FATHER in any given relationship with his child. Some have to be taught how to do and be things in life but also have the DESIRE to want to “do and do better” in all aspects. Do I feel that my son loves his father? Absolutely…. Do I feel that his father loves him? Absolutely…. Do I want things to be better between them? Absolutely….
I am praying earnestly that this is a beginning of something CONSISTENT AND AMAZING with the reconciliation of my son and his father coming together. ( for the 99th time ) This time around would make it a solid 100 and I have HIGH HOPES for this relationship to form and grow beautifully and it would become and REMAIN pleasing to The Lord.
I do not want my son’s father “to take his turn” so to speak, I do not “want a break” so to speak BUT I just want his father just simply “to do his part”…. and remain CONSISTENT with love, compassion, understanding, availability etc..etc..etc.. and all that GOOD stuff that comes along with being a present parent. His father does has it in him – ……
I look at it like a descent guy who has really lost his way……. and maybe he just misplaced the ACTIVATION BUTTON!!! I am praying that little space where ever that button is hidden becomes activated and stays ON! I have faith so I do believe it shall happen! When, I do not know….. but I do trust and believe that it will come and my son will indeed be glad about it!!!
Pray my strength in The Lord……. Pray my son’s strength in The Lord!