17 Things to Make You Smile

Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying a great day full of Jesus and family. What do you typically do on a Sunday?

Today I wanted to brighten your spirits! We all need a reason to smile sometimes. We can all use a little happiness in our busy and often stressful lives. Sometimes we get caught up in the chaos and the problems in our lives and forget to be happy and to remember the little things. That’s why I wanted to share 17 simple and easy ways to get your smile front and center!

  1. Buy yourself a new lipstick- A new lipstick always brightens my day and brings a smile to my face. How about you?
  2. Take a moment and read a chapter of the Bible- I suggest any of the Psalms, Exodus 14, or a chapter in Matthew.
  3. Stop and look at the flowers…literally- Sometimes even a glance at something beautiful like flowers can cause a smile on a hard day.
  4. Write a kind note to someone else- Remember that we aren’t the only ones that have hard days. So to cause a smile, try giving someone else some kindness!
  5. Take a walk and see Gods creation- When life is stressful, go for a walk and take a look around at God’s brilliant and beautiful creation. It always makes me smile.
  6. Have a Netflix marathon of your favorite funny movie or show- There is nothing in life that a Psych marathon or a few episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond can’t fix. Grab a snack, a blanket, and a crack a smile while laughing and enjoying your favorite show.
  7. Buy yourself a new outfit- Sometimes we need to spoil ourselves, so when life is tough go buy a new outfit and smile—show the world you’re in control.
  8. Pay it forward- Buy someone’s coffee or lunch! Spread smiles and happiness to others even when life is hard for us.
  9. Create something- If you paint—paint. If you make cards—make a card. If you write—write! Create something and I bet you will smile.
  10. Read a new book- For me, reading a new book (or a classic favorite) always tends to put a smile on my face.
  11. Take some time to yourself- Go get a manicure, a massage, or go have lunch on your own. Take a few moments to yourself to gather your thoughts and to relax.
  12. Have a worship service in your room- For me, nothing makes me happier than a worship session alone in my car or my room. God’s presence never fails to put life in perspective.
  13. Drink out of a fancy glass- Maybe this won’t make everyone smile, but it does me! There is nothing better than sipping tea out of a fancy wine glass.
  14. Spend time with loved ones- Show your family some love. Crack some jokes and love on each other.
  15. Talk with an accent- Some of the biggest smiles happen because my sister and I talk in fake accents while doing housework.
  16. Be intentional- Smile by being intentional. Love others, be caring, and have fun in life.
  17. Order a Venti instead- treat yourself and order a big coffee on those crazy mornings and smile because at least you have coffee!

Those are just a few ideas of things to do to make you smile. There is always something to smile about even on our darkest days. Jesus is always a reason to smile and have hope. If you don’t know about Jesus or salvation, I’d love to talk to you about it!

What are a few things that make YOU smile?? Let me know in the comments!

From the archives // 5 Songs for the Weary

One thing I love about music and worship is the fact that songs allow us to be refreshed, encouraged, and sit in Gods presence for a little bit. On our most weary days, God is there; and one way He can encourage us is speaking to us through a song.

Today I’m sharing 5 songs for the weary. These are ones that I clinge to when I’m just worn out and in need of Jesus’ strong presence. Word are powerful and sometimes certain worship songs are just exactly the words you needed to hear in that moment, these are those songs for me. 

Impossible by Meredith Andrews 

I stumbled upon this song on accident one day (well, not an accident, Jesus lead me to it I’m sure!). This song is all about reminding us that it’s impossible for God to fail; impossible for Him not to go before us.

In a world that constantly fails and let’s us down, knowing God never does is a huge comfort. I don’t think we dwell on that thought enough. On our weariest days, God is there and walking with us. No matter if we’re in the valley or high on the mountain God is there is nothing sweeter than that. Listen here.

“It’s impossible for You to fail me
There’s not a day that You won’t go before me
Even when I’m at the end, I will not forget
It’s impossible for You to fail.” 

Find you on my knees by Kari Jobe 

Kari Jobe is known for writing worship music that is for the broken and the hurting; music that encourages and uplifts. Find you on my knees is a song about finding God on our darkest days and in the weakest moments.

The Bible says that the Lord is closest to those with broken hearts. This song is a proclamation that we will find God no matter where we are; and sometimes where we need to be is on our knees at our end with nothing except for a longing with God. This song is incredibly powerful and anointed- I could talk about it for days. Sometimes all we have to offer God is our brokenness and that exactly what He wants. Listen here.

“But I will find you in the place I’m in,
Find you when I’m at my end,
Find you when there’s nothing left of me to offer you except for brokenness.”

Come to the River by Housefires II

When we’re weary, what we need to do is come drink from the river of life. We need to soak up Gods presence and love. Our soul needs to be filled with His word and His love. He is always ready to give us fulfillment we just need to com and receive.

Come to the River is a call for us to come to the river and take in what Jesus offers; for us to taste and see. So that our soul can rejoice and not be weary. Listen here.

“Those who are weary, those who are needy
Come receive
Come to the river, come to the river
Taste and see.” 

Deeper by Meredith Andrews 

Deeper is an upbeat and exciting song that is a call to rejoice in every situation. Our valleys will make us lift our eyes up, our sorrows make our joy grow deeper, and our our giants are calling out the fighter inside of us.

Even when we are worn out we don’t give up because even at rock bottom God is working and moving in our lives. He’s taking us deeper and our love for Him grow deeper every trial and valley. This song makes me want to dance and praise because it has such encouraging words in it that my weary heart needs to hear. Listen here.

“Thrown down but not defeated
I’m worn out but not giving up
I’ve hit ground but even at rock bottom
I’m just getting started, yea, I’m just getting started.”

Fighting for Me by Warr Acres 

Restlessly. God is fighting for us relentlessly. Warr Acres writes such incredibly deep messages in their songs. This song is all about knowing that even when we feel the waves crash over us, Jesus is fighting for us. His love is chasing us.

When we are weary, it’s probably because  we’ve been trying to do and handle everything on our own.  But even in those moments when we get ourselves into those pits and swells: God never stops for fighting for us. There’s nothing more comforting. Listen here.

“Buried beneath the waves, my heart was fading                                                                 calling me from a grave, Your love was waiting                                                                 though I fight against You, You will never stop fighting for me. Relentlessly, Your love is chasing. “

What songs do you listen to when you are weary? I really encourage ya’ll to go listen to these!

Gethsemane, Where Heaven Met Me 

“Knees to the earth that You breathed by Your word
As You watched the darkness come
Crushed by the weight of the cost as You prayed
Not my will but Yours be done
Gethsemane, where heaven met me
Redeemer, crowned in endless praise
My Savior, name above all names
King Jesus, take the highest place…
Oh the power of the cross
Oh the power of Your blood”
The song Oh the Power by Kari Jobe has really been on my heart lately. Every time I sang or listened to this song, one particular phrase stood out to me. Gethsemane, where heaven met me. 
The song details the power of Jesus being on the cross and what He did. It begins by talking about when Jesus and the disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane. The story is something I have heard all my life…but today this one phrase has really hit me.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was anguished, broken, and asking God to take this cup from His hands…only if it were His will. Jesus, in a moment of complete distress, met with God. In enough distress to sweat blood, Jesus prayed even more earnestly the scripture says (Luke 22) and God met Him.
Luke 22:43 says, 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.” This is where the phrase Gethsemane, where heaven met me led my heart. Thinking about Jesus in the garden and all He was facing. And in that moment…heaven met Him. It met Jesus in His anguish and distress. It met Him in the frantic prayers He called out. In the place that signified the beginning of the end of His life here on Earth, heaven met Him.
God sent His angels to comfort and assure His Son that He was there and in control. God was there when He needed Him…just like He is for us. The God that met Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane is the same God that meets us in our cars, on our beds, and in our most frantic and lonely moments.
As a worship leader, I saw glimpses of what heaven will be like as I watched crowds of people worshiping and calling on the name of Christ. And I have been met with heavens love and comfort many times in my life. I may not have seen an angel appear before me but I have felt God’s presence.
None of us have ever felt the amount of anguish Jesus felt in that moment in Gethsemane but we have had our own versions. And in those moments, have we allowed heaven to meet us?
This post has taken me weeks to finish; for some reason, this phrase has just been really influencing me and I’ve wanted to articulate it as best as I can. I want you to understand that God meets us where we are. He is not a distant God but a relational God.
In Gethsemane, with His death hours away, Jesus met with His Father. In a secluded garden where He would be betrayed, He cried out in pain and sorrow but also pleaded for GODS will alone. While Jesus prayed and felt God’s presence many different times and probably every moment of the day…on what would be His worst day, Heaven met Him.
Jesus fought to bring us those moments. Jesus died to allow us those moments where Heaven could meet us. Because of Jesus, we can now say that Heaven has met us if we are saved and one of Gods children.
That night in the Garden of Gethsemane, Heaven met Jesus. The angel appeared and strengthened Him. While I have never had an angel appear, I have had moments where Heaven met me, where God met me where I was and strengthened me. On my strongest days, on my weakest days, Heaven has met me. 
I am so thankful for my Gethsemane moments. For those moments when everything seems to be crumbling and falling but God meets us and strengthens us. It is all because the power of the cross and the power of Jesus’ blood. 
Have you let heaven meet you where you are? Do you know the power of the cross and what this day represents? I pray that you have had those moments where heaven has met you and strengthened you. I pray that you take time to really ponder the days leading up to and the crucifixion today on Good Friday.
Let heaven meet you and strengthen you today.
Listen to the song HERE

Top Songs for Easter Sunday

Welcome to the Easter addition of Worship Wednesday! For the past two years I have shared my favorite top songs to sing on Easter Sunday and they have been, by far, my most searched posts so I knew I had to keep up the tradition this year as well. But if you want to check out my last two years posts, here they are! (These songs are still amazing)

 My 2015 Top Songs for Easter 

 My 2016 Top Songs for Easter 

It is always hard each year not to duplicate songs because there are always certain ones that would be perfect to worship with on Easter Sunday. Each year I attempt to research and find you all some new songs as well.

This year, Easter and what it means has really been on my mind. I have been excited to share these songs with you. Easter, to me, is about acknowledging and praising God for sending and resurrecting Jesus from the grave but also about just showing Him how thankful and forever grateful we are as sinful people for His sacrifice. A song doesn’t have to say the words Easter or resurrection to be great songs to use for Easter Sunday!


*click on the song title to watch/listen to the song*

What a Beautiful Name It Is // Hillsong Worship 

“Death could not hold You
The veil tore before You
You silence the boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring
The praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again”

I am falling in love with the song the more and more I listen to it. What a simple chorus that means so very much. God has no equal and His name should be praised. His name is beautiful and powerful and deserves our highest praises. The heavens should roar His praises! Death couldn’t hold Him and because of that…we can have eternal life! I love this song at any moment of the day, but I think it would be a beautiful praise to God on Easter Sunday as we thank Him for what He has done in our lives and allowed us to have eternal life with Him.

Oh the Power // Kari Jobe 

“Oh darkness, You have lost Your strength
O hell, you lost everything
King Jesus, take the highest place

Redeemer, crowned in endless praise
My Savior, name above all names
King Jesus, take the highest place.”

I have had this song on repeat since this album was released earlier this year. There will be a longer post about this song in particular coming on Friday, so I won’t discuss it too much right now. But there could not be a more perfect song for Easter Sunday. If you haven’t heard it, I highlight suggest you click the title and take a quick listen.  We have hope because of the power of the cross and the power of His blood. On the darkest day, God won and His light overcame the evil. Jesus took the highest place after taking the lowest which was where we belong.

Because He lives

“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives.”

An oldie but a goodie in my book. This is one of my favorite hymns of all time. There is nothing more comforting than knowing that no matter what we face…we can face it because He lives and holds us up. What better way to praise His resurrection than singing about what we can accomplish because HE lives. I am so thankful that He holds the future and walks each step with me.

Impossible // Meredith Andrews 

“…You rose and left an empty tomb behind You
All to save, all to save

It’s impossible for You to fail me
There’s not a day that You won’t go before me
Even when I’m at the end, I will not forget
It’s impossible for You to fail
It’s impossible for You to fail.”

Meredith Andrews paints a beautiful picture of Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection in the first verse of this song. The whole song is about how it is impossible for God to fail. Even when Jesus died, it wasn’t a fail…it was the plan and Jesus knew what He was doing. He freely gave up His life for me and for you. I loved this song and knew it would be a perfect one for this post. It’s all about praising God for His power and His presence that never fails us.

War is Over // Bethel Worship 

“It is finished, it is done
The blood of Jesus overcomes
It is finished, He has won
He has won.”

This song is on the recent album release from Bethel and I just happened to stumble across it and thought it would be perfect for Easter Sunday. Because Jesus died and rose again, the war is over. He made a way for us. It should have been us on that cross but Jesus took our place and HE is our victory. I love the words of this song-such a declaration! He has won. We wouldn’t have hope if it weren’t for that sacrifice of Jesus. I am so thankful that HE fought the battle and still continues to fight our battles for us. Thank you Jesus for your blood that overcomes.

What songs will you be worshiping to on this Easter Sunday? Which of these were your favorite?? Let me know in the comments below!

Greater than circumstances 

Yesterday I woke up to the news that my parents car caught fire and burned on the side of a road, praise the Lord that my sister got out safely. But now we’re a car down.

The weeks before that my grandpa was in the hositpal again. But now he’s home and resting.

Yesterday I found out that a job I really wanted was filled and actually went to a person I knew who graduated after me. Happy for them, upsetting for me. But I know there’s a better job out there for me.

I say all this to say, God is FAR greater than any circumstances I could face. I wasn’t trying to complain, just show that it’s been a rough few weeks. I could let those circumstances keep me down. In fact, I struggled yesterday to be happy, to trust God, to be positive. My flesh fought to worry and be angry. But I’m thankful I’m surrounded by such a great and God fearing community. 

All my friends and family, even my blogging community, rallied around me to remind me how in control God really is in my life.  God is higher than me and He has such a beautiful plan for my life. We can’t let the valleys define us. We must praise Him in the mountains and the valleys.

I might not see the point to the trials life brings but there’s always a point. God is never not in control. 

If anyone would have had a reason to hate God and not trust His plans, it would have been Jesus. He was literally sent to die. But Jesus knew that God was greater than His suffering and what He would face. Jesus was sent to not only save us and die on that cross for us but to act as a guide for our lives. Today I’m choosing to trust like Jesus did. I’m choosing to take that leap of faith and continue to praise even when my heart might be heavy or the world throws me some punches.

God is greater than my circumstances 

God is greater than my fears 

God is greater than my problems 

God is greater than my mind can comprehend 

My God is greater. 

Are you trusting God with your circumstances? Or are you trying to let your flesh win. Do you truly know that He is greater? 

My prayer is to trust Him and remember that He is greater and the valleys don’t define me. We will find a car. My grandpa is home and relatively healthy. And I will find a job when it’s time. No circumstance I face is to big or to hard for God. He already has my life set out and planned and I just have to have faith. I must walk in faith even when I don’t understand. Faith requires a leap and I’m ready to take it. 

It’s not something I’ll never struggle with but I’m praying for peace and patience as I wait to see what God has in store for me. 

My Testimony

Hello friends! Today I wanted to share my testimony with ya’ll and share a bit of what God has done in my life.

I grew up in a Christian home, and was blessed with believing parents and grandparents. From the beginning, church and Jesus were instilled in me. At the age of 6, I walked down the aisle by myself and told my pastor I wanted to ask Jesus into my heart. I was ushered back to talk over salvation with a counselor, who happened to be a good family friend. Soon I was baptized and took the outward step as a symbol of my salvation.

I will say this, because I was so young, I honestly don’t remember much of the whole experience. I remember being confident as I walked down and knew what I was doing. But Satan has always used the fact of my age as a reason to make me doubt whether I was really saved then or not. But through many moments and times in prayer, I believe with all my heart that I am saved. I might not remember everything about that time but I do know how every day since them, God has been changing and molding me for His purpose.

Recently though, God renewed my heart and passion for Him. After a few years and seasons spent away from really seeking and honoring the Lord as I should be, on November 22nd I rededicated my life to the Lord. While I knew, I am saved, I hadn’t been living for the Lord like I needed too. I pulled over in a parking lot and prayed with my mom because I knew it needed to be done. I might not be perfect, but I re-affirmed that salvation and set myself back on the right path. I still struggle, but I am trying to follow God and show my heart for Him in everything I do and say.

One thing to remember is your testimony doesn’t stop the day you are saved. My whole life is a testimony of finding/pursuing Jesus and overcoming battles. Life isn’t all sugar plums once you are saved; God doesn’t promise us a perfect life, but He promises to never forsake us. 

I’ve dealt with some hard times in my life. My mom has been sick most of my life, and I’ve had to trust God to take care of her. Other things that have threatened me: Fear. Anxiety has plagued most of my life which leaves with so beaten down that Christ is my only hope. I struggle with self-image and insecurities. I am a people pleaser and desperate for their approval. All of these things would define me if I didn’t know my definition was in Christ alone. All of these have given me a richer love of Christ. 

The thing about any testimony is seeing God work through and in their lives. I would be nothing without Christ. I would have no hope apart from Christ. Insecurity, brokenness, fear, worry, bitterness, un-forgiveness…all those things would consume me if I didn’t have Jesus. I am so incredibly thankful for His salvation and His redemption.

Even in those weary seasons, when I feel distant or life is hard, God is never far away. He is always there and the Holy Spirit is there to convict me and remind me why I am living and who I am living for. When Satan tries to distract me with His lies, I remember that God is above all and He has me in the palm of His hand. If I hadn’t of been saved those many years ago, I would be lost and in need of fulfillment that only God can bring.

My prayer is for a deeper yearning for His Word. So often we let our “time with Jesus” consist of church and times of need. This is my prayer: that I would hunger for Him daily. My rededication is something that had needed to happen for a long time and my prayer is not to become complacent. 

What’s your prayer for your life? Tell me a little about your testimony! I’d love to hear about how God has worked in your life. 

Identity in Christ with Courtney // Guest Post

Welcome W&W readers! Today is a special treat for you…a guest post from Courtney from Coffee + Blessings. I’m so thankful for this girls heart for Jesus, she continually encourages me with her words and posts. Make sure you read till the end and find her social media links!

Growing up I struggled with self-esteem. I was a people pleaser and that led me to want to have a perfect image and always be in control. I always wanted to be liked and didn’t want to stick out of the crowd. I was somewhat bullied in middle school and high school about my body image by means girls and even boys too. I grew up in church, but never really understood my identity in Christ. I didn’t know my purpose and often though I was a mistake. As I grew up, I carried all of these weights and built a wall for years. I tried to fill the void with everything except for God. It wasn’t until the end of college that I began to understand who God created me to be. It wasn’t until the people God placed around me began speaking life to me that I began to know what God’s word said about me.

It’s so important to know what God’s word says about us because it’s the only truth we can hold. If you struggle or have struggled with self-esteem, confidence and insecurity you’re in good company. As girls, we all struggle with this because we all struggle with comparison and the desire to be the image of perfection. But often we base that perfection on the world’s standards. When actually we should base it on God’s standard. I love the Hillsong Young & Free song “Only want to sing,” where it says, “You don’t want perfection, just my soul’s attention.” This is a beautiful reminder because God just wants us to focus on him. We were created in His image as it says in Genesis 1:27. We were also planned in advance by God (Ephesians 2:10) and were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). God is intentional in His design and purpose for you.

Knowing this, I urge you to find yourself in Him, not in the world or what others think. This was a longer process for me because I had a lot of deep roots to remove from my past. I hope by sharing my heart today that you can find healing faster. Once I began letting go of those roots and replacing it with God’s truth, I began to find freedom and healing. Today I can confidently walk through life knowing that I am that I am the daughter of the King most high and he is where my help comes from. I also know my calling and purpose in God. I’m finally comfortable being exactly who God made me to be. I can be silly or go in public without makeup without worrying what others may think of me.

That’s my desire for you, friend. That you would fully know who you are in Christ and that your identity lies in Him. I hope my story encourages you to go through that journey to freedom with God to discover your purpose in Him. When you do, I hope you will see how beautiful God made you to be and that he carefully and thoughtfully created you to be the amazing person that you are.

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