Melancholy Monday – Does Your Face Show Your Faith? – April 27 Devotions

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Mondays seem to have this reputation–the day after the weekend, difficult to get back into the swing of things in the workplace (even for us work at home types!), and if the weather is anything other than sunny (like today in Maine, rainy and overcast), it causes that melancholy feeling to make the day even worse.

No big surprise, then, that today’s devotions discuss having faith in God and His plan, and not allowing negative feelings to show up on our faces!

 

So here are Monday’s devotions. Remember you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND check out my new page, where you can have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating.

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“God has a perfect plan for all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives. You can walk in the perfect will of God if you will learn how to hear from Him and follow His instructions.

 

But listening to Him is your decision. God won’t force you to choose His will. However, He will do everything He can to encourage you to say yes to His direction.” 

 

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right” 

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“Our countenance is simply the way we look. It refers to our faces. In the church today, we need to be concerned about our countenance. When the world looks at us, they need to see something about us that is different from them.

 

Christians are supposed to be joyful people who walk in love. We must ask ourselves, ‘Would people know that I am a Christian by looking at my countenance most of the time?'”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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-1- All about choice. Choosing to listen and follow God’s will and plan for the day, not allowing the weather or any other circumstances (like just the mere fact it’s Monday) to negatively impact how we live our lives for this day.

 

-2- This is one of those “ouch” devotionals–because I know for a fact that I often forget my smile at home when I’m out and about doing errands and shopping, or going to appointments. Ooops. I have a distant memory of somebody preaching on how a smile can increase our “face value” — and yet, for people who have the “joy of the Lord” inside, we neglect to let our faces know far too often!

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Did you ever think about the fact that even listening to God’s voice is a choice, just as much as choosing to follow His plan for your life is a choice?

 

Did this second one get your attention? Do you ever  forget to bring YOUR smile when you’re around other people, especially if the cares of this life are weighing you down?

 

15 Comments

  1. Francene Stanley

    Ah, yest. It’s always best to enjoy the moment. Not a bit of good dwelling on the down side.

    27 . Apr . 2015
  2. Amy

    Karen,
    This is such an important point: Yes, oftentimes my face to others is sunny and cheerful, where the face that I show to my family is tired and not cheerful. We should show our families at least as much consideration, if not more, than what we give to others! Thanks for the encouragement.
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    27 . Apr . 2015
  3. Corina Ramos

    I love Mondays. It’s like a second chance to make something happen. Yes, the weather can be a real drag but I focus on the good stuff like not having to drive to work in rainy weather.

    Lovely post!
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    27 . Apr . 2015
  4. Crystal Green

    This is a great post that is filled with loads of reminders. I love the passages and details you shared throughout the post.
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    27 . Apr . 2015
  5. Denise

    I really needed this today.

    27 . Apr . 2015
  6. Sandy KS

    I do forget to bring my smiles when I am out some days. I will try and remember to smile more often. Smiling does tend to place one in a good mood.

    27 . Apr . 2015
  7. Brenda

    Thank you for this reminder. I try to remember to be still and “listen”. I also try really hard to stay positive and SMILE!

    28 . Apr . 2015
  8. Salma

    We started our Monday with rain too and then it became a beautiful day! Home you had a wonderful Monday as well!
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    28 . Apr . 2015
  9. Alison

    Mondays, they just keep rearing their heards don’t they! It is best to try and be positive though because they’re definitely not going anywhere!
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    28 . Apr . 2015
  10. Rosey

    What a great post. I like Mondays. I like every day. 🙂

    28 . Apr . 2015
  11. Melinda

    I usually feel like Monday is a fresh start… but, unfortunately, I too often “take my smile off” at home. *sigh*
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    28 . Apr . 2015
  12. Ann Bacciaglia

    I always try to be a positive person. You never know when a smile can change someones whole day.

    28 . Apr . 2015
  13. M from The Stay-at-Home Life

    I try to follow this. With a special-needs child, some days it’s harder than others.

    28 . Apr . 2015
  14. Bonnie Gean

    Hi Karen,

    Sadly, I was a grump on Monday. It wasn’t a great weekend and I had a hard time sleeping, which meant a bad mood was on the horizon.

    Luckily, I’m the only one home during the day as my daughter is grown and the husband works at his J.O.B. so by the time he comes home – I SHOULD be in a better mood. 🙂

    I do have a smile on my face, but I have to admit it’s not always plastered there!

    – Bonnie

    29 . Apr . 2015
  15. Ayesha

    I love your post, very inspiring! FAITH is very important in our life. Once we choose him and follow his will, we will have this unexplained “feeling” of joy in our hearts. Put God first and evrything will fall into right place.

    It is also true that we should surround ourselves with positive people and yeah bring smile everytime and everywhere.

    God bless us all!
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    30 . Apr . 2015

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