The Simple Gift

When moms write me struggling with daily family life, I often give them a beginning project. I ask them to smile more—smile at their children and smile at their husbands. Smiling is simple, and it communicates to the mom’s heart and to the hearts of her family.

If life is difficult perhaps because of attitudes, time pressure, lack of cooperation, hurtful words—faces become stiff, withdrawn, intense, and determined. A smile softens the face, communicates love and acceptance, and brings a measure of joy to Mom’s heart and to her family.

Whether life is rough for you or not, why don’t you try the smile experiment, and let us know what happens?

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

A smiling mom! 🙂

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD,
and whose hope the LORD is” (Jeremiah 17:7).

21 thoughts on “The Simple Gift”

  1. I have found the same to be true for siblings! I just have to remember to put it into practices.
    Blessings,
    Charisa.

      1. I know I all ready commented, but I wanted to say thank you so, so much for this timely reminder, I was left at home with my two older sisters to take care of are younger sisters well my parents are a way for a few days helping my older sister and her family who are sick, today was rather stressful, and having read this today helped keep that I need to smile anyway in mind. Thank you so much for posting this today.

        1. Thank you, Charisa, for sharing the reality of how much harder it is to smile when things aren’t going well, but how vital it is anyway. Glad you could put the smile on!

  2. I am not a mom (yet!): I am a teacher, and I consider all of my students like children in a family, which is our classroom setting.

    I cannot begin to describe how far does a smile go in school!

    Cranky, sleepy, unmotivated students early in the morning will immediately change attitude when greeted by a teacher’s warm smile.

    And I do make a point to encourage them to smile back at me: it makes them feel special and appreciated both as human beings and as students.

    Thank you so much for posting this: it’s the little gestures which usually have the deepest impact on those we love and care about!

    Blessings,

    Alice

  3. This morning I read Psalm 50 (at first alone and then with a sister in the Lord). I was touched by the following verses:

    Psalm 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High

    Psalm 50:23 Whoso offereth praise [in the German translation: thanksgiving] glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

    A heart that is satisfied in the Lord will offer thanksgiving to Him and (- and that’s what the Lord reminded me of -) will also have a cheerful attitude and a smile for the husband and the children 🙂

    Simone

  4. Thank you Teri for the challenge!
    Will try to keep smiling, after all as mothers we need to have a cheerful attitude and children always do what you do!
    Sending our love
    God bless,
    xxxxxxxxxx

    1. That is so true! Children learn from our example. We can be cheerful, smiling moms or grumpy, sour ones. So much better to be cheerful and smiling and watch the fruit in our children’s lives.

  5. As a mom of two very active little boys this is exactly what I needed! What a great reminder! Thank you!

  6. I have this saying on our laundry room wall…”A Smile Is A Ministry.” I made it up years ago when we went out to eat and our waitress was obviously having a hard night. She looked worn out and beaten down. I made a point of smiling at her everytime she came to our table. By the end of the evening, she was beaming. Sometimes I wonder what our children are going to tell their children about their childhood memories. I hope this is one of the sayings that they pass down to their children.

  7. Thank you so much for the encouragement! It was very much needed here this week as I felt with an unknown schedule, guests two days in a row and some pretty fussy attitudes among my 8 children all under 11 years. I have loved being reminded to just smile at the little ones and enjoy the time I have with them. I had prayed last Sunday to be able to have Christ’s love flow through me to each one in my family. A smile is a wonderful way for that to happen.

    Cathy

    1. Cathy, I like that picture of a smile being part of Christ’s love flowing through us. Thank you for sharing that with us and also for your real-life example of when smiles are hard but so very necessary and helpful.

  8. Mrs. Maxwell: I work in long-term care. Nearly every day I share this with them: “Share a smile today! It costs you nothing & I’ll betcha you’ll get one back!” Thank you for sharing such sweet tips!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this, Mrs. Maxwell. With 3 children 3 years old and under and expecting our fourth (yes, we have been abundantly blessed!!!) I really needed to hear this. I know from past experiences that my days go much better and happier when I smile more often.

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