Keep Smiling!


ON 4/4/2020:

Today I woke up before the sun again. But today my focus was on the sounds of the morning. When I wake up all is still and quiet. And then suddenly I will hear a bird singing a morning song. Then the geese will fly over the lake and then slowly all of nature will begin to sing. I love the songs of morning. I have the advantage to live somewhere that I don’t hear a lot of traffic. My morning sounds are nature sounds. I am amazed at all that I hear when I tune my ear to it. I’m not very good at recognizing the different sounds but they are a symphony when you mix them all together. It reminds me of the verse in Zephaniah. 

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17 ESV 

I do believe that God is in our midst in all of this we are experiencing. I have heard some say we are in the last days, the end times. I don’t know about that. I’m not a scholar. I’m just a simple minded woman who is trying to hang onto anything I can to make sense of any of this. But I do know this. The world woke up singing again today. So I’m going to hang onto Him. I’m going to ask Him to teach me something today. I’m going to ask Him to show me something beautiful in this day. And I am going to ask Him to show me what He wants me to do today. 


The world is waking up again this morning. I just heard the geese over the lake. We are still here a year later and the world is still turning. Is it crazy? Yes! Is there still a virus? Yes! Is there still evil in the world? Yes, just turn on the news if you don’t believe it. I try not to do that too much. Just enough to be somewhat informed but my own mental health is not good if I absorb too much of it. I choose to keep clinging to the one who keeps waking me up day after day. Some might say that is a bit of a Pollyanna attitude but this I know. The last day of earth will not come until God Himself says and no one knows when that will be. What he has called me to do is to live this life looking to Him, the one who gave me life and breath. If I had a life verse this would be it. 

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

I love that verse because it puts it all right there in a nutshell. It breaks it down so easy. What does the Lord want me to do? He wants me to act justly to all people. To treat all people as people, we all bleed red so we are all people, created in His image. He wants me to be kind. That’s not so hard, it’s simple really, you speak kindly to people, you open doors, you say excuse me, You smile at other people. Even if you are wearing a mask people can tell if you are smiling at them or scowling at them by your eyes. And we walk with God. By now if you have been following these devotions for any length of time, you know that they come out of my time spent with Him in the mornings. I spend time with Him daily because I would not be a kind and just person if I didn’t. I want to walk humbly with Him every day. It is what keeps me on task. It is what keeps me smiling, and helps me to be kind to others. It helps me some days to put one foot in front of the other. You see I think sometimes we try to make this Christian walk so hard when really it’s right here tucked away in this one little verse in Micah what to do. 

Author: Sonia Sticker

I am a wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, employee, woman. And I simply need more JESUS in my life!

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