My Smiles List from Inspiration on the Mountains at Bearwallow Blessings


I am a list maker! I make a list before I do anything. Without my lists my life would be utter chaos. I also make a Thanksgiving Holiday list of all my blessings. Many of you can identify with that. Some lists are written and some are just remembered, and most of the time, depending on our age, they contain all the big stuff that’s going on in our worlds: family, possessions, accomplishments, blessings we’ve enjoyed since last Thanksgiving. And that is GOOD!

But this year I’m adding something new. I’ve made a list that would be insignificant to others, but very important to me because remembering it always make me smile. At this point in our lives, with all our aging aches and pains, Emory and I need to smile every chance we get. Proverbs 17:22 says “A merry heart does good like medicine.” And that is so true!

I am so thankful for my smile list that I think it only appropriate to give thanks for it on Thanksgiving. Also, I would like to share a few of the things from the list that make me smile. Perhaps it will inspire you to make your own smile list.


I always smile when I:

1.Get through the whole night with only 2 pottie trips.

2.Get my food sweet or spicy enough that I can actually taste it.

3.Can dance the flat foot all the way to the end of the song.

4.Get a friendly smile from a teenager I don’t even know.

5.Remember someone at the first mention of their name.

6.Recall a  favorite story from our many years of driving the church vans.

Little girl holding a non-poisonous snake

Read on for an example:

One Sunday morning when Fuji (Emory) stopped to pick up four-year-old Leslie, she came hurrying toward the van carrying a small snake.  “You can’t bring that snake on this van, Leslie. It will scare all the other children. Now throw it down.” He insisted. She quickly replied,” Awe Fuji! It won’t hurt you. It’s dead!  Obviously she planned to take it to her class for “show and tell”. Needless to say, the snake never made it to Sunday School that Sunday.

Beloved, try making your own smile list, read it regularly, and enjoy thanksgiving  every day of the year.

In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:18

–Rebecca  Somoskey