Turn that Frown Upside Down



Did your mother ever tell you, “Turn that frown upside down”? My mother did – typically when I was moping because she told me to do a better job of cleaning my room. Earthly parents aren’t the only ones to notice our face. Our Heavenly Father notices our countenance. In Genesis 4:6-7, God confronted Cain. “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?” Then He warned Cain, “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? But if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door and it’s desire is for you, but you must master it.” Our face is a reflection of our heart, and our heart is either fully loving and obeying God or rebelling against Him. Perhaps we need to look in the mirror today and see what our countenance is telling us about our heart. 

Heavenly Father, we confess that sometimes our downcast spirit is because we aren’t following You. Please forgive us. Set our heart on course to follow You so our face reflects our peace with You. 

What Do I Do with My Anger



The other morning I looked out my window and saw a brush fire not far from our house.  Orange flames and grey smoke rose to the sky.  Then, with relief, I noticed my neighbor’s truck. Several men were tending to a fire, watching over it as it burned cedar. You know, anger is a lot like fire. It’s not necessarily wrong if it’s righteous anger. For instance, the Bible tells us that God is at times righteously angry. Ephesians 4:26 tells us to be angry, but to not sin. Why? Because if we don’t deal with anger in the right way, the Bible says it gives the devil an opportunity in our lives.  Okay, so you may not believe in the devil, but Genesis to Revelation speaks of him, exposing him as an evil and powerful reality. Our anger, like fire, can be used purposefully or if left unchecked can damage our lives and others. Learn more about what to do with anger at 

The Difference in Slow and Fast



Are you hot tempered or does it take a lot to get you angry? Do people have to squeak out an affirmation of your love or are you known for being a loving person? What kind of person would you rather be around – a hot tempered unloving person or a patient, loving one? What kind of Heavenly Father do you prefer? One who is quickly angered by your shortcomings or slow to anger; One who is somewhat loving toward you or One who has great love for you? If you said you’d rather be in a relationship with someone who is slow to anger and great in love, you’re on the same page as Psalm 145:8. Psalm 145 encourages us to give thanks for God’s name and to praise Him.  Prayers of My Heart journal is a great place to do that. In times of discouragement or trial, you can thumb through the pages and be reminded of His goodness to you. Prayers of My Heart  is a thoughtful and meaningful gift for those those on your Christmas list.

Lord, we praise You for being SLOW to ANGER. You are a gracious and merciful God. We love You and thank You!

“The Lord is gracious and merciful; SLOW TO ANGER and great in lovingkindness.” Psalm 145:8