Daily Devotional – 5/24/16 “Smile anyway!”

When you pass me by and you see a smile, it doesn’t necessarily mean everything is going great in my life. My smile simply means, in spite of the circumstance and regardless of my situation, I’ll yet trust God. This smile you see, the positive things I post and the encouragement I give means that I’m blessed in the face of the situation. This smile is hiding a multitude of things and that’s because even though I may be going through, God is still keeping me. This is why you can’t judge a person based on what they look like. I can bet that if you stopped at a local chemo or dialysis treatment facility, most of the patients don’t look sick. If you were to speak to half of the people who park in a handicap space; most of them don’t look like they’re dealing with chronic pain either. Just because someone looks healthy, it doesn’t mean they are. Although you can’t see a person’s tear stains, it doesn’t mean they didn’t spend all night crying but it could mean they’ve found someone to dry them. Even if you can’t hear it in their voice, it doesn’t mean a person hasn’t been hurt; it could mean they’ve connected to someone who can take their pain away. While you can’t see someone’s past, it doesn’t mean they aren’t affected by it but it could mean they’ve hooked up with the best past eraser. Just because I don’t look like the hell I’ve been through, it simply means I have access to the best plastic surgeon there is and He reconstructed me well. Yea, I sometimes have to go through remodeling but just pardon my dust!

Beloved, I don’t know about you but the enemy shows up and when he’s lost before, he comes back harder the next time yet stand like Job. Yea, the fire is hot but God is the flame resistant covering, money can’t buy and He won’t allow you to be burned. Yea, the tests are hard but we’ve been granted use of the ultimate teacher who’ll give us what we need. So it doesn’t matter what the world does, what people say, how folk treat you; all that really matters is how you come out. Chile, we may go through the storm of hell and come out looking like a wet dog but all that matters to God is that we endured and pressed our way through for He’ll reward our effort. This is why we have to push through the tough moments, stand while being hit on every side, smile in the face of the adversary, hold on to the rope and don’t let go and refuse to jump off of give up cliff. God is the reason we rejoice in the midst of chaos. So, if you happen to be going through, smile anyway! When the tears flow, smile knowing they’ll have to soon end! When the pain come, praise knowing it won’t always be there! When your legs get tired, stop and catch your breath knowing God will give you strength to walk on! When your heart is hurting, help somebody because you’ll heal in the midst! When folk walk out on you, shut the door and dance knowing they didn’t mean you any good anyway! And when it seems like you’ve done all you can do, pray on knowing that God will answer your call! Smile through it, even if it hurts because it’ll confuse the enemy


Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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