Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Things That Make Me Smile

I feel like so many of my recent posts have been "doom and gloom", or at least that's what it feels like to me walking through this painful grief journey. For my own sanity, I spent some time just writing down a list of things that make me smile. I needed to be reminded of those things...especially now. Maybe you have your own list, or maybe this list will prompt you to create your own or to bless somebody else with a smile today.

40 things that make me smile (in no particular order):

1. My blog readers and commenters
2. Flowers
3. Being used by God
4. Seaside sunrises
5. Getting hand-written cards or notes in the mail
6. Water – not the drinking kind – the relaxing beside or within kind (lakes, oceans, rivers, etc.)
7. The name of Jesus
8. Peanut and/or Almond M&Ms
9. Africa
10. The color pink
11. A friend that can know or figure out my needs and meet them w/out me having to ask
12. Babies
13. Authentic worship (makes me cry too – but those are joy-filled tears)
14. Surprises!!
15. Encouraging words from friends
16. Going to NFL games (ANY – but especially those of my Carolina Panthers)
17. Connecting with women that love Jesus & with women yet to know Jesus
18. The beach
19. Spontaneity
20. Being able to meet a need even in my lack
21. Studying God’s Word
22. Hugs
23. A clear night with a sky full of stars
24. Really good Mexican food
25. Hazelnut coffee w/ hazelnut creamer
26. Orphan smiles
27. Listening to my daughter pray
28. Serving on a mission trip
29. Milk Duds
30. Chonda Pierce
31. Hiking to waterfalls
32. The beauty of autumn colors
33. Seafood
34. Seeing the facial expressions of people after experiencing a biblical “ah-ha moment”
35. Adventurous activities
36. Decorated Christmas trees
37. Learning that people are earnestly praying for me
38. Moonlit walks on the beach
39. Seeing/experiencing a miracle!
40. Butterflies


  1. Just wondering if you are my sister separated from birth cause with the exception of AFRICA and the North Carolina Panthers (blech)and seafood We could smile a lot together! Thanks for sharing this list. Got me pondering mine!

  2. The things that make me smile - most of them I find in YOUR list, so I'll just add these:
    Healing of me and my kids
    Watching my kids play and dance
    Sweet moments with my husband
    Luscious cake
    And a whole lot more!


  3. Hi Leah! It's my first time in your blog and I've been reading your other older articles. I'm deeply sorry for your husband's passing away.
    I'll be praying for you that you'll be smothered with the love, peace and joy of our sweet Savior Jesus.

  4. We share so many similarities in the things that make us smile. It is good to take a break from our grief and remember to live! Continuing to pray for you friend!1