Smiling With Just Your Lips!

She really did look cute! I know that is not how a 13-year-old likes to be described, but it is fitting!

For quite some time now, when I take Audrey to the orthodontist, I stay in the van and read while she goes in to get everything tightened. It’s a pretty good set-up for me because I don’t have to worry about how I’m dressed or make-up, and it makes me do nothing for at least a little while. But this particular time, it seemed a little longer, so I read on and just relaxed for a bit. Then…

She came out of the building with a bright green bag in her hand. My eye was first drawn to the bag and then I remembered when her older sister had come out with a similar bag. The bag is filled with all those things you had been denied (or should have ) during the time you had your braces on. With the bag as a hint, I quickly looked at Audrey ‘s face. She had her head down and her lips together trying NOT to smile. Just as she opened the door to the vehicle, she cracked and I saw those beautiful, pearly whites that had been hidden by metal and neon-colored rubber bands for over two years. She just was so cute!

I thought about how amazing it was that Audrey was waiting for just the right time to smile and yet she was smiling, even with her lips and eyes and teeth not showing. She was smiling because of what she knew on the inside. I wonder if that isn’t how we should be with our knowledge of what the Lord has done for us. May we live our lives just bursting to tell what the Lord has done for us!

Psm. 71:15 My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.


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Eva is renowned author and inspirational public speaker. Not only that, but she is an amazing wife, mother, and friend. In 1978, at the age of 17, Eva asked an innocent, simple question to the doctor who had been treating her following her automobile accident several days earlier. “Doc, when will I be walking again?” His simple answer would change her world forever, “Never, Eva. Never. You will never walk again.” So life began all over again for Eva. Her story is a powerful testimony of God’s grace and provision. Today, Eva’s story of overcoming tragedy to find purpose and joy in life is an inspiration to all. Drawing on her experiences as a wife, mother of two, Bible teacher, and friend, Eva’s unique storytelling style blends personal anecdotes, humor, and practical applications of powerful Biblical truths.