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What’s In a Smile?

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What’s in a smile? I was in town one day and a lady that passed me gave me a beautiful amazing smile out of nowhere. I must say that I definitely wasn’t expecting it and began to think after she done that. There are many positive effects in a smile.

Smiling is more than medicine to the soul: There are many people walking around hurting, but just a brief smile can touch them and make a difference in their day.

Smiling let’s someone know that you care: When you feel that you have no words to say, you can give a warm smile and let them know that you will pray.

Smiling gives hope: When hope is lost for many it may seem like a very long dreadful pause. Smiling lets someone know that it’s going be okay and that they will see a sun shiny day.

Smiling speaks volumes: Sometimes a gentle action is only needed and says more than words can bring.

Give the gift of a smile. What’s in your smile? How does a smile effect you?

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The Effectiveness of Reading: How Reading Can Bring Growth In Your Life

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I enjoy reading. Not just because I love writing. Reading has a lot of valuable nuggets and tokens that can stir up exploration in many forms. Words are very effective and can have either a positive or negative impact on a person. Below are 5 ways reading can affect us in a positive light.

1) Knowledge

We can learn a lot just by reading. There are things that we never saw or known of that can educate us to try something different or understand another point of view. It’s good to expand our reading on various topics where we can get knowledge from. Perhaps we can discover uncommon findings in our adventure of reading. There are things we can learn about people, places, health, morals, relationships and more.

2) Vocabulary Builder

Not only English enthusiasts can benefit from building up their vocabulary, but everyday English speakers can build on the kinds of words they communicate with others as well. Reading is a great source for vocabulary building. As a writer and person I find reading helpful when it comes to learning new words. When I see a new word in a book or article, most times I would look it up in the dictionary for its meaning if need be. There are sometimes I would see or hear a word that I’m not sure of and it would be bothering me to find out about it. And when I do I often would already be familiar with the meaning of the word.

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3) Inspiration

I have been inspired just by reading books, articles, blogs, devotionals and more. A sign on the street can be a spark of inspiration. Reading is not limited to long texts, but even one word or phrase can be enough to digest and think on. There are some things that I’ve read that has encouraged and helped me on my journey. What book(s) have made a difference in your life? How can you use it to help others in return?

4) Relaxation 

Stressed? Tired? Grab a book! There are many books, articles, comics and magazines that offer entertainment and fun. Clean, fun and positive reading can be a great source to chew on. Why not relax, read and refresh all in one?

5) Ideas

I have gotten writing ideas and other forms of activity ideas just by reading. You can create, remake and cultivate through those conceptions. Look for ideas when reading and you never know what may come out of them when you carefully try them.

What effects has reading had on you lately? How will you use them for a great cause?

   A Few Books To Discover 

A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself & Live in the Security of God's Promises
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This book spoke to my heart and I enjoyed the words on the pages. It challenged me in some ways and it encouraged and inspired me deeply.
Fifteen Minutes
5 of 5 stars
Love this book and the message it brings!!! Fame is definitely not worth the cost!!! It’s a reminder that nothing is worth losing our faith in God.
Leaving
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This book was definitely a great read! I can relate to Bailey in this book. It’s a similar journey I’m on. I’m in a place of transition and sense that God is about to do something new and is about to take me to a place where I have never been.
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No Limits to Education!

With the internet a person can learn, study and research almost anything. Finances and other circumstances never have to stop us from at least learning what we want to. While traditional education has its good place and is beneficial to many, it’s not for everyone in every situation. Society may say that we have to do things a certain way in order to be successful. That’s far from the truth. The way in which we learn is not as important as learning what we need to learn. No learning path is better than the other, but like the saying goes “What works for one may not work for the other.” Both paid and free learning platforms such as The Writers Bureau, Alison, Udemy, HubSpot Academy and more have helped many to gain the skills and education in a non – traditional setting. My thoughts are that they can be a great avenue, but they also require discipline and perseverance. More frequently people of various ages are enrolling in online and distance studies while trying to get through their circumstances. Others may have no particular reason, but decide to do it anyway. Learn, learn, learn and learn some more! Whatever we learn, must also be applied. It’s a process all in applying what we learn. The start is to find out the best ways we learn, do it and work on applying it. There are no limits to education!

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Transition

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Transition…that place between where you used to be and where you are heading. You’ve grown, but have not really experienced the wholeness of the picture and completeness. It often feels like a stuck place and a never ending cycle of the same things over and over. I find myself in a place of transition. Just wanting to get at a place of fulfillment. I have questions of why, what, when, where and how. That’s just me, I like to know and have my hand in it at the same time. I’m trying to just release everything in the Father’s hands. While in the in between place, there are lessons that have to be learned, healing that needs to take place and transformation evolving even when we don’t feel it, see it or sense it. So while in the making there are simple steps to take. Those steps are not about having the acceptance and affirmation of others, but hearing God’s voice and following His leading. What happens when you find yourself in a dry place? What happens when you seem so far away? There are times when others expect us to be strong and continue to go on. What happens when the doubts start screaming in your face and you’re in a breaking place and you long to embrace the grace? Seasons come and go, but God’s love is a constant flow. What happens when it seems like you’ve always experienced something? Every time you look you collide and crash and looking to get out in a haste. God knows all the whys, whens and hows. Suffering doesn’t mean that something is wrong with you, but often is a confirmation that God has his hands on you. Transition often brings some shaking and waking. After shaking, the waking opens our eyes in only the way that will propel our lives.

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Learning Contentment

That feeling of dissatisfaction seeking deep within. The thoughts of needing to be further and lacking stick close to the mind. I have an overload of accomplishments, goals and experiences that I desire to meet. My age tells me I have a lot of time because I’m young.  Why does that urge tell me the sooner and quicker the better? Why do we put too many time deadlines on possibilities and potential? And allow it to drain, stain and remain. Yet through us God has accomplished and achieved things that many people do and reach at a much older age than us.  Discontentment reminds us once again about all the things that went wrong, have been a great challenge and struggle. Contentment where are you?  We should be happy, joyful and satisfied. Praying, but still feel like we are in a great enormous pit.

The bible clearly encourages us to be content in all circumstances. Although some of us may find it harder than others, it starts with resting with the Father and trusting Him every step of the way. It’s about putting our eyes on Him completely. Don’t get us wrong there are things we are thankful and grateful for, but then there is the comparisons, expectations, demands  from outward and within. Time is in God’s hands and if we really believe He has the best plan then we have to learn to accept that this mapped out life and self  pre – planned script is not what we need to cling on. I’m telling myself this. Learn to be content even in difficulty and with your disappointments.

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Embrace Your Artistry

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I was walking home from town and as I was enjoying the walk, this lady that saw me grow up came in passing. She asked me, ‘Where are you working now?’ I told her that I’m just doing freelance writing part-time. Every time someone asks me are you working or something close to it, I have that dread feeling of discontent. The lady stopped me in my tracks and poured lots of encouragement and wisdom on me. Little did I know my walk home would lead me on a message concerning the art and beauty within me. This messenger encouraged me to dig deeper with my writing and to explore art more. She built me up with words that there is a lot within me and that I need to not focus on what’s going on around me. As she continued in her words, she told me not to think lowly of myself because I’m not doing the traditional living of where people expect us to be and how we should do things. Once again I was encouraged to create my own establishment of art.

Some may not know, but I’ve been interested in and explored various kinds of art. Art such as performing arts, fine arts and writing. Being creative is beautiful! We should never be ashamed of our artistry and we must learn to embrace it. Regardless of our circumstances.  Art is beauty within that sparkles outwardly in many forms. What art do have in you? Are you embracing the artistry within? Sometimes we wait to see what happens or we may have a lack of courage or motivation because of what we think we don’t have. With God we have everything that we could have never imagined. Taking small steps and then bigger ones will lead us on a brighter path. There is no limit to our art! Embrace your artistry!

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My Thoughts on Frugal Living

I like and agree with ideas on frugal living. Especially during times like these. I have checked out different sites on frugality and even have watched TV shows on spending less. Sometimes it seems like the cutting back can be taken to the extreme, but you don’t really know what someone may be going through or understand the reason behind their choice. I think it’s great to save and spend less where you can. Modest living is not only beneficial for the individual, but also others in return. There are a lot of small or even bigger sensible tasks that we can learn to do ourselves. Why not try DIY practices? Simplicity is missing in some areas sometimes because the grand often gets a lot of attention. One of the frugal sites I find enjoyable is The Frugal Girl . There are several tips and suggestions on there that are helpful. Below are some highlight points on the importance of these healthy actions.

Rainy Days: Like the wise ants store up for later, I believe it’s valuable to store up in our personal lives. Who knows, we just may need it when we least expect it.

Helping Others: Instead of spending money or using items carelessly or unwisely, we could use it to meet someone else’s need or desire.

 Embrace More Simplicity: Everything doesn’t have to always be so complicated, deep and big. Sometimes we need to learn to take pleasure in the simple meaningful things.

Discover New Things: Information about ourselves and others can be learned when practicing wise saving and making. Our imagination and creativity can expand in ways that we haven’t thought of.

Check out this video on how this woman lives her frugal life.

Proverbs 13: 11 “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.”