Faith

Learning to Smile Through Pain and Suffering

woman looking down

There are days when the seemingly bad things just don’t appear to be getting any better.  It’s so easy for me to look around at what isn’t and feel the urge to question God about my present circumstances.  Then suddenly I am reminded of His Word in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Sometimes I have to replay these words over and over in my mind until they sink deep within my spirit and I am sure- because time, things, and even people can and will make you feel ‘some type of way.’  You’ll find yourself licking your wounds every time you feel hurt when instead you should be opening your mouth and telling God thank you for the opportunities He’s given to you to grow.

More often than not I have to kick my own butt to get out of the ‘woe is me rut’.  It’s ever so tempting to feel sorry for myself when things are not going my way. 

Then once more I am reminded of the Father’s beautiful love letter that reads, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33). 

He didn’t say some stuff would be added unto you.  He said ALL these things shall be added unto you.  Of course conditions apply.  He specifically instructs that we seek FIRST, His way- and then ALL these things will be given to you.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably wondered, what exactly does all mean anyway?  Well, I’ve interpreted it to mean that God will give us our hearts desires- those things that He has promised to us as long as it aligns with the path of righteousness and ae within His will. 

Sometimes we just need a little nudge, a little reminder and a gentle touch that He is still there (and still cares).  I am learning to find those moments whenever I see a rainbow.  In those moments it’s as if He is telling me, “It’s going to be okay.” 

I find those moments whenever there’s an open parking spot when I arrive at the grocery store, or when someone lets me into traffic.

I find those moments when my significant other speaks lovingly to me and text messages me first thing in the morning. 

I find those moments when a shiny nickel is laying at my feet. 

I believe that there are so many opportunities to smile despite how we feel and to thank God even when nothing major has happened yet. 

For me, a blessing doesn’t necessarily mean that I’ve attained a new status or even received a tangible gift.  A blessing from God to me is anything that draws my spirit closer to His presence.  It’s every minute and opportunity to tell Him, Thank You!  Whether it’s the first morning’s light of another day that He’s allowed me to see (despite how groggy I may feel), or the knowledge of a friend’s breakthrough- I’m learning to smile anyhow.

He is an awesome God, the one who is worthy of ALL our praise- regardless of how we feel, or how things appear to be right now. 

I encourage you to take a minute and look around at the countless blessings that He’s bestowed over your life. Make a list if you need to.

Then when the enemy tries to rock your boat, remember who’s you are and smile.

God has not forgotten you.

Arrione Jones

Arrione Jones

Arrione is the author of “Voices in the Morning, Whispers of the Night”- a collection of heartfelt poems that depict the turmoil and triumphs of daily living through the eyes of a young woman.
Arrione Jones
51 Comments

51 Comments

  1. Ivon Dimambu

    May 13, 2017 at 3:05 am

    I believe it

  2. Kadine Henry Wright

    April 23, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Thank you so much love Shauna-kaye Evasweet Loveable

  3. Loraine Akua

    April 22, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Please crying is also a healing process

  4. Sofhia Umali

    April 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Learning to smile through pain and sufferings
    God gives us strength to persevere not to surrender
    Thank u Lord

  5. Phumi Waka Mnisi

    April 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I smile through my pain and struggles because faith holds me up.

  6. Monica Makuvise

    April 22, 2017 at 5:15 am

    WELL SAID THANK U

  7. Becca Cheps

    April 22, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Amen its working for me..

  8. Tintswalo Bihlo Molaudzi Nyabane

    April 22, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Amen!thank you

  9. Jess Luciana

    April 22, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Sing praises to the lord…
    Sing hossana..!

  10. Suzie Fernandes

    April 22, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Amen.amen.amen.thank u my sweet jesus.

  11. レイヴィ ミーシェル

    April 22, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Barbara Perry

  12. Sherryl Guillory

    April 22, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Amen.

  13. Karen Beltran

    April 21, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Amen,TYL

  14. Abimbola Edokpolo

    April 21, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    I love this,the joy of the lord is my strenght

  15. Shauna-kaye Evasweet Loveable

    April 21, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Kadine Henry Wright

  16. Stella Clark

    April 21, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Amen amen amen

  17. Daisy Sunshine

    April 21, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Kay Kay Hishoneyb

  18. Paulette Smitty Robinson

    April 21, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Amen!!! Yes want he do it. I know been through it. And he got me through everytime still doing it. Faith, Faith!!!

  19. Terry Daley

    April 21, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Amen

  20. Reitumetse Tummie Maleka

    April 21, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    because my God is God of everything.. nothing is bigger than him..nothing

  21. Shaneek Semaj

    April 21, 2017 at 4:08 pm

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  22. Pearl Sechele

    April 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I need to learn that…

  23. Mwanje Kaity Mariam

    April 21, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Praying, having faith and smiling have really helped me alot, i thank God cause it has all come to pass.

  24. Florence Musa Ndangah

    April 21, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    So amen

  25. Francine Wabo

    April 21, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    It’s not easy to smile when your heart and soul are crying

  26. Linda Brown

    April 21, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    The only way to live a God Blessed life. Believe, Receive, Acknowledge, wait on it, Expect it; and do not doubt or limit God. Keep smiling, for He is always present! Thank you Lord!

  27. Nneoma Benjamin

    April 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Dat settle it

  28. Jackie Tyrell

    April 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Amen through it all I’ve learned to trust in Jesus

  29. Heather Austin

    April 21, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    So needed this!

  30. Jennifer Ooten Bessey

    April 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I love you Jesus and I know you are with me through it all.

  31. Adiri Aisaiah

    April 21, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Amen.!!!

  32. Lindiwe Mbokazi

    April 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Amen just what I needed to hear thank you

  33. Janie Stone Taubitz

    April 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    5

  34. Steve Fowler

    April 21, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Praise God at all times!!

  35. Sandy Arnold

    April 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Amen to that!!

  36. Mary Demmer

    April 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Amen ! Thank you LORD !

  37. Frances Jones

    April 21, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Amen Thank you Lord.

  38. Sandy Heart

    April 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you

  39. Vanessa Davids

    April 21, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Amenindeed

  40. Louise Shirley

    April 21, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Amen truth for the soul!,

  41. Karen Bieker

    April 21, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Amen. Oh if you only knew this morning. Lol. Thanks.

  42. Chole Creer

    April 21, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Amen

  43. Jessica Smith Goldsmith

    April 21, 2017 at 11:45 am

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  44. Lily Beks

    April 21, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Amen

  45. Renee Ruiz

    April 21, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Amen

  46. Melissa Adams Sikwiza

    April 21, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Amen

  47. Nonene Lucas

    April 21, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Amen

  48. Jacky Mathews

    April 21, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Amen!!So true!!!

  49. Prettygurl Rene

    April 21, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Thank You Father

  50. Vickie Tillman

    April 21, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Amen!

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