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

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?

 

This Post Has 15 Comments

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

  2. 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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  3. 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.

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

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

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

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

  8. 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

  9. 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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