Smiles

You know you are a working mom of two when you are looking forward to sharing life on a blog at 11:57pm at night (and then to bed of course!). Ah…this thought has been racing around in my pea brained head all day and I wanted to get it out…

So…

Have you ever thought about what makes God smile? Granted, this is somewhat of a deeper, all-conclusive thought being that God, being all-knowing, purely holy…fully God…having emotions…well, to me, its a deep thought.

But seriously…what makes our Father look at us and smile?

When was the last time you smiled…and remembered it?

Our family has been blessed by the birth of our second son, Caden on June 29th. He is going to be eight weeks tomorrow (mommy gasps…). For weeks I was telling people how different Josh and Caden are from one another. Josh was always moving…from inside the womb to his playful days and even in his sleep! Caden, on the other hand would have days in the womb where he would find the most uncomfortable position and simply stay there…all day…and really never moved (which would make mommy insane!!). Josh smiled all the time…I had pictures of him smiling at 4 weeks old…Caden just, well, we call it “gazed.” He would look at you as if to say, “What? I’m a baby…want me to fart or something?” We just wanted him to smile…

…And this past Friday night, he did.

I was holding him in my arms. Steve was watching tv and studying while Josh (finally) was asleep. I was gazing at my son, smiling saying, “Caden, can’t you please just crack a smirk at mommy!” And his lip quivered and moved and his face lit up…and so did mine! The more I smiled, the more his face got brighter and just joyful. He was happy. He recognized that I was happy. I was content because I knew my son was well…he knew what I did for him.

So the next hour was filled taking video, getting pictures…daddy even got his time in…and I remember feeling tears run down my cheeks…and I remember thinking, “Why is this making me cry? I can’t use the ol I’m pregnant and the hormones are still out of wack excuse…so what is up?” Ah, it was obvious…I was elated to see my son smile at me, with me…because of me.

I think sometimes as Christians we live our lives forgetting to smile. Seriously…even at church we trudge in after a rough morning with the kids, see that we are too late for the coffee, the music is too loud, the sermon was too long and don’t even get me started on the parking….(Hmmm…hitting any bells here?).

I think too many Christians have lost their real joy…the reason they have to “rejoice in the day that the Lord has made…” (Isaiah 25:9) God has chosen YOU for such a time as this. It was with great pleasure and passion that He called YOU forth…YOU were chosen as a royal priesthood, a holy nation. Yet, we walk around, counting the hours left in our day until we can go home, flip on the tv and relax.

What have you done with your life, your gift, TODAY that would make God smile? Granted, grace is not earned, it is given freely…yet as Christians, should we not live each second, each opportunity as a chance to glorify our Father? Should we not look up at our Dad and smile as to say, “I need You, You make me smile.”

Make Him smile…

I see God smiling when I give high fives to the kids at our preschool. I see Him smiling through praying with worried parents not sure about their kids first day at school. I see Him smile when I buy two drinks at Starbucks…one for me and the other for just a random person on the street. I see Him smile when I witness a family come to Christ for the first time.

I love seeing Him smile. I love being excited about God…doing things that may seem out of the norm…but why not? You only get this one day…so today is August 24th…who are YOU going to make smile? Is God smiling at you today?

Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!