I used to NEVER SMILE in photos…like, never ever, ever never.

People bugged me about it all the time, and I would always reply ‘Smiling ain’t my thing…’

The truth is, I didn’t like my smile. I didn’t like the way my cheeks would puff up. I didn’t like the way my eyes would crinkle. And I didn’t like my teeth. Over the years, I have slowly learned to love my smile. (and I’m pretty sure loving to smile is a pre-requisite for getting married, ha)  

This morning I read Proverbs 31 and this verse burst forth from the page…

"…she always faces tomorrow with a smile."

This incredible woman was marked with many, many traits, but one of my favourites is..her joy. 

I want to be like that woman. I want to be marked by joy, marked by positivity, marked by smiling. And I’m not talking, cheesy, fake smiling…but real, authentic smiling, deep rooted in joy. Joy that says, “I know who I am and I know who created me and I know that whatever tomorrow brings, it will not rob me of this joy!”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

I don’t want to be known for not smiling in photos. I don’t want to be known for grumbling & complaining. I want my joy to be vibrant and strong. I want others to be inspired by the joy within me…

So go ahead and face tomorrow with joy. Put that smile on…it’s the prettiest thing you can wear ;)