Smiles are sooo wonderful! It is such a blessing that something that is totally free to give is so powerful and so able to transform an attitude, boost morale, or gladden a heart! So make it a habit to share them freely! By the way, the person most helped by your smile may just be you!
Today’s post is not necessarily part of what I learned in heaven – though part of it is. Today’s post is a little bitter sweet. Quite often, our days have both a combination of bitter and of sweet. What I share today comes on the heels of the news received last week that the fourth baby we were expecting to add to our family this year will not be arriving. That news was received just ahead of the birth of this year’s baby #1. I know if I talked to a scientist he/she would give me some detailed explanation of exactly how and of what a heart is constructed of. Though my spiritual heart resides right next to my physical heart – they are definitely two interrelated yet separate operations. Somehow, my physical heart just keeps on beating while my spiritual heart wants to both shout with joy and crumble with grief. Our tally now comes to 15 sweet mortal angels (called grandchildren) and 5 heavenly angels that came and whispered their arrivals but who left before they took their first mortal breath. Those five heavenly angels have not disappeared – they are very real; they just did not need the same mortal experience that we did. For them, the perspective is much different. They love us and care for us and from their time perspective (which is different than ours), they know in no time at all we will be joining them. In the meantime, we mourn those angels we will have to wait to hold and we celebrate those angels who remain in our presence. It is at times like these that I hold on tightly to those amazing things that I learned in heaven. I hold onto the knowledge that my Father in Heaven is perfect and only wants what is best for me and those I love – even when we don’t understand why some things need to be the way they are. I will hold dear my knowledge of just how much we are loved by the Father of our souls. I will trust in that plan for my life that was prepared well before my first breath and I will know that I don’t have to understand everything – I just have to have faith and rely on that perfect, loving Being that I call my Father in Heaven.
I learned so many wonderful and profound things in heaven but I am reminded of this lesson every single day. That lesson is that the most important and most meaningful things we can do with our lives are those small, simple things that so many take for granted. Sharing a smile, a compliment, a hug, holding a child, holding the hand of our sweetheart, or just lending a listening ear are vital and essential to the well being of the world in which we live. The world will forget the man whose daily activities only embraced seeking fame and fortune and will forever remember the man who opened his heart to his friends and loved ones. The loving man’s name may not be written in the annals of history but his positive influence will be felt forever.
Today I offer a simple prayer. Prayer is a powerful tool that enables us to draw upon the Lord’s power. In heaven, I don’t remember seeing anyone pray but ever since my Near Death experience I have understood, in ways that defy description with words, the incredible power and lifeline that prayer can be in our lives. I know that God hears and answers every sincere prayer. And, although those prayers are not always answered with the answer we want or in the time frame we desire – they ARE ALWAYS answered in a way that is best for our personal growth. God’s throne may be billions of light years away but His love and awareness of us is with us every breath that we take. Every heart felt prayer opens our Creator’s door and makes possible His assistance.