TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, November 07, 2019:
A facial expression indicating pleasure, favor or amusement.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Changes of the heart can show up on the face. But can changing our expression also help to change our heart? Studies have shown that the act of smiling can contribute to pleasant feelings. There is a relationship between facial expression and resulting mood.
It has been found that pronouncing the word CHEESE prompted a smile and pleasant feelings, while pronouncing the word FEW tended to create another expression resulting in negative emotions.
In Psalm 4, we find helpful actions that troubled people can take. Smiling is not the only way we can change the way we feel. We read in Psalm 4:1 that when distress grips our soul, we can ask the Lord for relief and mercy.
In verse 3, we are told we can take comfort in knowing we are among those who are favored by Him, remembering that He hears us when we call. In verse 4, we can acknowledge our feelings and be quiet before Him.
We can do what is right (verse 5) and trust in Him to give us overflowing gladness (verse 7). And finally, in verse 8 we are reminded that we can rest in the assurance of His peace and safety.
The scripture tells us that a heart touched by grace brings joy to the face.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:6.
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Father, help us in our low moments to look up to you. May we find in you the peace and inner gladness that will put a smile on our face.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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