It's nice to smile, even when life is hard.

It’s nice to smile, even when life is hard.

Lord, Your love surrounds me. I love this remarkable truth. Thank You. Your abiding presence makes my heart smile. Even when I feel distressed, I can smile at the thought of being completely and securely surrounded by Your love.

Some days the burdens are great and fear pounds at the door, but then I think of Your great love and I find peace again.

Help others to recognize Your presence too, especially when they are in distress. We need only open the eyes of our hearts and You will reveal Yourself to us. When we seek You, we will find You. When we call to You, You respond. You are near to Your children, especially when we struggle. Thank You for Your promises — You astound me.

Stir up a hunger within each of us — a hunger to know You, to serve You, to bring others to Your saving grace. Cause us to thirst for Your righteousness and to drink fully from Your river of Living Water so that our hearts will continue to smile. You alone satisfy the longing soul.

Lord, You are our hope. Our peace. Our joy. We exalt You, Lord and lift high Your Name.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,



Please don’t carry your burdens alone. I would be honored to pray for you.

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Have you had a chance to read Faith Notes~ Tracie Manders: Where Are You God When My Child Dies?

January 12, 2017 Tracie and her husband Nathan lost their five year-old son, James, in a tragic car accident. James was their miracle child, and now he is gone. Tracie courageously and graciously shares her story of God’s redeeming love in the midst of horrific pain. Please share this with anyone you know who suffers from the death of a child so that they might be encouraged in the Lord and begin their path to healing.

If you would like to share your testimony of finding the nearness of God in your darkest moments, please contact me at I want to feature folks from all walks of life. You don’t have to be a writer. I can edit your story for you. God is glorified when we use our pain to help others find comfort in Him.