New Smiles


God’s gift of life,
First opened eyes,
Nothing joys the heart like new smiles.
The funny talk,
From those who walk,
Nothing joys the heart like new smiles.

Smiles in the morning,
When they don’t sleep at night,
Smiles at the table,
Though food they fight,
Smiles in the dark,
Yeah, they have your heart,
Nothing warms a home like new smiles.

Crawling cruiser,
Stain remover,
Nothing joys the heart like new smiles.
Diaper parade,
More laundry saved,
Nothing joys the heart like new smiles.

And through all the coffee afternoons,
Little smiles and lullaby tunes,
You can’t make the hands rewind,
So live life one smile at a time.

Behind the lines

Four wonderful children.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.

Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
(Psalm 127:3-5a ESV)

A call to create

Have you ever had the desire to create something? Do your creative projects never seem to go anywhere? Do unfinished projects hover over you like a personal rain cloud?

I recently completed Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff by Stephen Altrogge. This short book of inspiration is an encouragement for all to use their talents for God’s glory.

Altrogge reminds us in the first chapter “Created to Create” that we are the representatives and image bearers of the Master Creator. He makes the case that we have the impulse to create and bring order like our Creator. Creativity is not limited to the arts, but should be reflected in any work we find to do. So whatever we do, let us do it with excellence to the honor and glory of God.

Altrogge goes on to encourage us to overcome our fear of failure and rejection (fear of man) by seeking to please the Lord and resting in His acceptance:

“We are in the Beloved (Christ). We are fully accepted, loved, embraced, and treasured by God. That status cannot change. We will never be less loved or accepted by our Father. We don’t need to be addicted to the approval of others because we already have all the approval that we need.”

He then gives some practical advice on getting started, keeping it going, not giving up, and working with and taking healthy and helpful criticism from others.

If you’ve never felt the urge to create  something, this book is for you. If you have felt the urge to create something, but are too busy with other things, this book is for you. If you love to create (painting, poetry, writing, sewing, songwriting, gardening, etc.) this  book is for you.

Yes, it’s mostly a kick in the pants, but it’s well done.  It’s also a good resource to come back to again and again as a healthy reminder of why we create and Who we create things for.

So, what are you waiting for? Start creating…

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