I remember when my closest friend to date told me when she first saw me she was afraid to even speak because of the frown on my face. She wasn’t the first or the last person to tell me my “facial appearance” was unapproachable. I can honestly say over the years I have CHECKED myself and MY FACE and I have learned to “Turn My Frown Upside Down”. My past had me bound for so many years and I had to realize FIRST that God had SO MUCH FUTURE for me if I would TRULY just let that anger loose. I was angry for SOOOO many years about how my life was and it wasn’t ONE specific thing it was MANY. To name a few…..I had built up anger about my parents being divorced and always feeling like I had to CHOOSE/About how I felt that my parents actions and choices STRONGLY affected MY SPIRIT and the way I viewed RELATIONSHIPS/About the fact that after all my brother and I went thru TOGETHER he was SNATCHED from ME and I never got the chance to say goodbye/About how my poor choices allowed me to be a teenage mother & I was unable to play ball in college like I always dreamed/About how I put my basketball career on the line for a relationship that didn’t work out & let me say that’s just the half of my built up anger that DWELLED in me before TRULY giving my life to Christ. Now, some of you may not have dealt with those “TYPE” of issues; however, I’m sure you have issues of your own that only you know about. In my CONTINUOUS walk with Christ(Reading/Praying/Fasting/Ministering/Encouraging Others) God has SLOWLY COMPLETELY REMOVED all that anger from the above stated and He has REPLACED those empty spaces with peace/joy/& TRUE love that I KNOW ONLY He could have given ME. I walked around ALL THOSE YEARS with this barrier on me and it showed in the FROWN on my face and it made people feel like I was a “MEAN GIRL” when once they stayed the course with me & my walk they now know the REAL ME and I PRAISE GOD for PEELING AWAY THE DEAD SKIN ON MY FACE SO THAT THE WORLD CAN NOW SEE HOW I WAS BEAUTIFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE. THANK YOU LORD!!!!!
As I sit here typing with tears of JOY running down my face, I want to ENCOURAGE someone today to ALLOW God to peel the dead skin from your face PERMANENTLY so your friends/family/spouses/children/people you come in contact with can see the REAL YOU…..YES!! The REAL you that God created. Today let go of YESTERDAY and the MANY days/months/years/ before that and START A NEW!! It won’t happen over night but TRUST me and MOST IMPORTANT TRUST GOD that it WILL HAPPEN if you TRULY LET GO and TURN YOUR FROWN UPSIDE DOWN^_^ and FOLLOW CHRIST……Stay ENCOURAGED and walk this race allowing Christ to hold your hand all the way to the FINISH line(ETERNITY). Remember “You haven’t lost your smile at all, it’s right under your nose. You just forgot it was there.” & “If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours.” It will go a LOOOONG way TRY IT & SEE^_^
1 Timothy 4:15,16 “Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers”.
Be Letting your Past be Your Past
Be In your WORD/PRAYER LIFE HARD so that God can ACTUALLY prepare you to MOVE ON
Be Remembering that “You Look So Much Better When You Smile”……………………………..