Smiling can be infectious and turn a situation around. But sometimes you don’t know what lies behind the smile.
More than 200 ladies of the Women’s Fellowship of Fresh Start New Beginning registered to know and share what’s behind the smile. First Lady Lynda Starks set up a beautiful intimate gathering for us to be enlightened about the lives behind the smiles. We heard a good word from her with the objective, Smile because you want to not because you feel you have to smile. New York has been positively impacted and so have I.
I shared my testimony of God’s faithfulness in the face of betrayal. And how with each malicious act of the enemy, God kept me smiling. Like Joseph in Genesis, the devil meant it for evil but God meant it for good to empower generations. As a diamond is formed, the intense heat and pressure of deceit birthed a precious priceless jewel, an international ministry…Always a First Lady…Transforming Lives with Faith and Wisdom Principles for Wholistic Living.
If you have experienced or are experiencing betrayal even if it is in the church in the name of the Lord, my, my, my…these statements, promises, and confessions kept me smiling, walked me through and perhaps will help you too.
God, I know that you see this, and You are working it out for my good and Your Glory.
God, You got this and you got me.
I bring my thoughts captive to the obedience to Christ.
And this will be for my salvation.
God, You are making my name great.
I have spiritual integrity and I will not bring shame to the body of Christ.
I forgive, I forgive, I forgive, I forgive, I forgive. I had to say this quite often even though I did not always feel like it. But forgiveness is not feeling, it is a choice. I chose forgiveness.
Some days I prayed in the Spirit hour after hour after hour. It edifies and builds you up.
Through it all, I have not lacked, missed, or wanted for anything. You see, the creator of the universe is my husband and the universe is my limit. God has an affinity for the widow and satan you really don’t want to mess with me.
If behind your smile you have not received Jesus as Savior and Lord and it is your desire click here.
While you are smiling and going through, always remember evil will never win in the end. Stay focused. Get before God, hear what He is speaking about your situation and silence all the other voices. Don’t get weary, you will reap if you don’t give up.
Harriet Noel Jones