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One of Your Most Powerful Gifts As a Woman

 

A smile costs you nothing, but it is such an incredible blessing to those around you. You may not see your own facial expressions, so it is easy not to think about them much, but those around you definitely notice them.

This week, I’d love to challenge and encourage you to:

  1. Seek to give your brightest, most glorious smile to your husband and children when you first see them.
  2. Every time you walk in the room and one of your family members are there, smile at them.
  3. When your husband or children are talking with you (and it is not something sad or really serious), smile a genuinely friendly smile at them. 

You don’t have to have lipstick or makeup on. You don’t have to have perfectly white or straight teeth to do this. You don’t have to have any special talent and it doesn’t take much time at all.

All you have to do is just share that glorious smile of yours with your family.

As believers in Christ, we have more about which to smile than anyone on the planet. So we don’t have to fake a smile, thankfully. If you aren’t feeling up to smiling much, spend some time singing praises at the top of your voice to the Lord when you are by yourself in the car or at home doing chores. As you focus on God’s character and all of the countless blessings He has given to you, you may realize you have a lot to be thankful for.

Receive God’s radiant smile and love for you. Do you realize that He rejoices over you with singing (Zeph. 3:17)? How beautiful and precious is that!?

If you are feeling overwhelmed on this journey, take a break. Rest in God’s love for you. Receive His goodness, His truth, and His healing for your soul. Focus only on thanksgiving and praise for awhile. Find your joy in Christ Jesus. Think about Philippians 4:8 kinds of things, which is God’s will for all of us as believers:

  • Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phil. 4:8

That is the most powerful thing you can do. As you draw near to Him, Your heart and soul will heal and shine. After He has filled up you to overflowing…

Radiate that glorious smile of yours to everyone in your family!

You are the “heart” of the home. You get to have a huge impact on the emotional and spiritual temperature in your family. I want to see you set the atmosphere to warm, safe, welcoming, and loving. Yes… your smile has that much power! And even if there is a lot of tension in your marriage and your husband can’t hear words from you right now, as you smile at him – you are showing him you are a safe place, that you have the joy of Christ in your heart, and that you have good things to give to him when he is ready to receive them.

What a priceless gift this will be to those you love. You may be shocked at what happens as you simply share this beautiful asset of yours with those you love.

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Smile at your family without any expectations of anyone doing anything for you in return. Then let me know what happens as you focus on blessing your husband and children with your beautiful smile this week, my precious sisters. As you think about good things, and as you focus on smiling – does anything change in your walk with Christ, your own feelings, or your relationships?

  • A joyful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22
  • Those who look to him are radiant. Psalm 34:5
  • Rejoice in the Lord always. Philippians 4:4

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27 thoughts on “One of Your Most Powerful Gifts As a Woman

  1. This is great. One thing I always do, thanks to lessons from mom is to be cheerful when someone walks in on me in the house, it’s almost instinct, play uplifting music in the background, hum (I can’t sing like my momma) while moving my head to my humming while doing chores,….If youre not feeling up to it Ive learned most times the feelings will follow…but action first. There will be days when your situation hasn’t changed but somewhere deep down, where it matters most, you’re at peace and you just feel like humming a praise. That’s what I saw growing up and my dad wasn’t always a picnic as a husband I’m sure lol (but a great dad)

  2. What a great way to start this week off! I just love how you said that even if our husband’s aren’t willing to receive words from us now, we can still be inviting with a smile letting them know that we are a safe place full of good things to give him whenever he comes around. My husband is always smiling at me and this post has made me realize not only how often I refuse to smile but how often I reject my husband’s affection. Wow, thank you for this Sis 🙂

    1. Brandi,

      Aw! How sweet that your husband smiles at you so much. I can’t wait for him to get the blessing of seeing you return his smile and receive his affection. 🙂

      So glad this was an encouragement!

  3. Amen! I remember being a young wife once, frantic, running about, cleaning the oven at the time actually, and hubby said, “you aren’t doing any of that for me.” I was offended, annoyed of course, everything I was doing, I was doing for him and because of him. He was right however, all he really wanted was my smile and to know that I was happy. Everything else was about meeting someone else’s expectations, often my own. Marriage got a whole lot easier when I learned to just smile and show some gratitude for his presence in my life. It’s surprising how little else is actually required of me, at least as far as he is concerned.

    I think God is like that too, although in a much bigger way. He really asks very little of us except to receive His grace,rest in His peace, and show some signs of rejoicing in the gift He has given us.

    1. insanitybytes22,

      That is really interesting what he said to you. And what you learned to do – that your smile and joy meant much more to him than a perfectly clean house and oven. 🙂

      You know what? I think you are right. God wants us to enjoy Him and sit at His feet and learn and worship and just trust and rest in Him. Sometimes we run around like maniacs DOING so much for God. But we don’t just sit down and be still and enjoy Him.

      Love these insights. Thank you so much for sharing!

      1. SuzieQ,

        That is exactly the revelation God showed me when I was so lonely because Greg didn’t want to spend time with me early in this journey. That God missed me wanting to spend time with Him, connecting with Him. I realized I could use all that time that I felt lonely in my marriage to connect with God. What a blessing that was!

        And you are exactly right. Husbands and Jesus often just want us to enjoy them rather than running around like crazy doing things for them.

        Love these insights! Thank you for sharing!

    2. Really love your perspective, insanitybytes22. I am a young and new wife and have killed my joy from running around trying to “take care” of everything for my husband, but all the while exhausting and frustrating myself to the point that my husband does not even see those actions as sacrificial, but rather a burden since my resulting negative attitude is the last thing he desires in his life. Day by day, I’m learning to relax on all the busy stuff and instead put a much larger focus and emphasis on just being sweet and loving towards him. Wow, what a change Ive seen in both of us already! He is so much more receptive of my love, and now he genuinely appreciates the things I do for him because he can now see them as an action of love. I rest on the verse in Proverbs 16:24 that teaches us that gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. This is so true. I think us wives truly have more power over the way our husbands feel and perceive life, and if we can be supportive and sweet instead of resistant to their guidance and negative about everything, all else will fall into place like God intends. Really loved this article April… big smile planted on my face for the rest of the day 🙂

      1. Danielle F,
        LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing! This is something I wish we all could learn. I know my husband would much rather me be relaxed, joyful, peaceful, and ready to enjoy him than crazy, stressed out, exhausted, and totally spent because I was trying to have everything be so perfect.

        I am very excited about what God is showing you! WOOHOO!

        Much love!

  4. A Realistic Wife,

    Would it be okay if I ask a few more questions about his personality and background and your personality and background and where y’all are spiritually so I can get a better picture of what is happening? Once I feel like I understand, I will offer any wisdom that I believe may be a blessing if you are interested, my dear sister.

    Much love!

    1. A Realistic Wife,

      You are most welcome. It seems like maybe y’all are getting stuck somewhere.

      Okay, take your time in answering… 🙂

      1. What is your husband’s general personality (introverted, extroverted, Type A, dreamer, steady and calm?)

      2. What was his parents’ marriage like? (Was one parent more “in charge” than the other? How were finances handled? And how was conflict handled? Did the family go on trips together? Did they go out alone to dinner much? Did the family go out to eat at restaurants?)

      3. What is your general personality?

      4. What was your parents’ marriage like?

      5. Is the main thing just that y’all have different priorities and expectations, possibly?

      6. How do you respond spiritually when you feel neglected, unloved, and like your ideas are not important to your husband?

      7. Do you think it is possible you may be struggling with any resentment or bitterness?

      8. What do you most desire in your walk with Christ?

      9. What are your greatest fears?

      10. What are your most precious dreams?

      Much love to you! 🙂

      1. 1. What is your husband’s general personality (introverted, extroverted, Type A, dreamer, steady and calm?)

        Generally, he is quite extroverted (he’s the guy making everyone laugh at parties) and a dreamer/steady mix.

        He is energized by the act of dreaming but has very low tolerance for new experiences. So, dreams but no action, on purpose.

        What was his parents’ marriage like? (Was one parent more “in charge” than the other? How were finances handled? And how was conflict handled? Did the family go on trips together? Did they go out alone to dinner much? Did the family go out to eat at restaurants?)

        I can’t say I know absolutely thw answers to all these questions, but I can give you what I believe to be an accurate picture based on the info I do know.

        His parents got married in high school and were young and playful until life responsibilities kicked it. Then dad took off mentally (thpugh staying around physically) and mom responded terribly. Yes, it is possible that her behavior influenced the “there but not there” behavior of dad though I would be greatly surprised if anyone, including my husband, has made that connection.

        From what I can tell, dad attempted to have control – clumsily, often and angry other times. So, I’d say from the standpoint of actively undermiming Dad, mom was more on control. O have a specific example of this – of needed to clarify. So far as conflict, I believe they yelled a lot. Resolved precious little. I doubt they went out a lot alone. Not sure about the family together.

        3. What is your general personality?

        Introvert – all the way. If I’m having a good time at a party its because I have found a kindred soul to connect with over some topic. Otherwise, though I love people all that “nice weather we are having!” business is likely to drain me to the point of crankiness.

        4. What was your parents’ marriage like?

        My parents divorced legally when I was four. I understand they were seperated for a year or two before hand. My mom is a very together, succesful woman. My Dad is still struggling.

        5. Is the main thing just that y’all have different priorities and expectations, possibly?

        No. I don’t believe so. He is this superficial with just about everyone. On purpose. He doesn’t want to hear “bad things.” So, he keeps it light and keeps them laughing. I have had one or two people express that they hope he talks to me because thet have never had a semi-serious conversation with him. He doesn’t handle stress well. So he avoids it. This is one of the reasons I included the example about some basic ground rules about our (almost) high school graduate. Something is amiss, April. I don’t understand it.

        6. How do you respond spiritually when you feel neglected, unloved, and like your ideas are not important to your husband?

        I don’t think I feel these things, at least not currently. Sometimes, I get cranky because I want someone to admit submission, even to a man who is not beating you, doesn’t automatically result in marital bliss. I read your blog and one other to encourage myself to stay the course – to keep on. But yes, I’ve been starved for an “I hear you.” Or some other acknowledgement of my pain.

        7. Do you think it is possible you may be struggling with any resentment or bitterness?

        Up until you asked that question, no. But resentment, yes. I feel as if he is happy in his prison, but happier if I’m in it with him. So, the conversations about the babies we’ve had go to Jesus before us? Or, my family member with mental illness? Or, the chronic illness? Or, the (crazy blessed – watched for issues but none appeared) pregancy? Or, or, or…?

        April, how can my marriage be a three fold cord of the only ones showing up is me and Jesus?

        So, yes, it seems I’m struggling with resentment.

        I have (and do) earnestly pray for my husband. And, he is not my ultimate enemy. I know this.

        Oh April! I didn’t know I was SO mad!

        Father in heaven, forgive me!

        Husband, I forgive you. You haven’t asked – but its no matter. I love you. And I’m sorry for all of the unflattering things I’ve let fester in my mind. I believe, if you could, you would speak words of comfort. But until then, and even if you do not, in Jesus’ name, I WILL LOVE YOU. In words and in deeds and, by God’s grace, with my heart.

        8. What do you most desire in your walk with Christ?

        To hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

        With love,
        A Realistic (and blessed! ) wife

        (P.S. I realize there is more work to do. But, I’m gonna take a little break. I will check in after a bit.)

        1. A Realistic and Blessed Wife, 🙂

          Take all the time you need, my precious sister.

          I’m going to respond now so that I don’t forget to. But you can wait and read this later, whenever you are ready.

          First of all – I am SO very sorry to hear about that you have lost some babies to miscarriage. 🙁 That breaks my heart!

          I know I still only have a little bit of the whole picture of your marriage at this point. But what I seem to be seeing is that you both had some poor examples of godly marriage, masculinity, and femininity as you were young. Not to blame parents. They usually do the best they know how to do at the time. But now that you are grown, you can objectively look at the examples you both had and choose to reject anything that does not line up with God’s Word. And you can choose to rebuild your definitions of marriage, femininity, and masculinity, as well as your expectations, on the Solid Rock of God’s Word. You can also choose to forgive anything that was lacking in the examples you saw.

          You both very likely have a lot of emotional scars and skewed thinking that probably go back for decades. We all do! Even those with parents with good marriages, there are still things we misunderstand when we are young, or there are still some sin issues our parents had. None of our parents were perfect. And we have serious heart work to do because we can get skewed thinking so easily. This involves looking at some of our core beliefs about ourselves, God, manhood, womanhood, marriage, and family. It is painful to question our core beliefs. But as we examine our lives for any lies we may have absorbed, we can tear those out and rebuild on God’s truth alone.

          What I see with your husband is a man who may associate deep conversations with intense conflict – from what you described. I would imagine that if there was a lot of fighting and yelling at home when he was growing up, he may have tried to cope with that by focusing on humor and the lighter side of life to try to find some semblance of peace for himself. Men long so much for peace. He may try to avoid deeper discussions because, perhaps, to him, talking about deeper things may seem scary. And volatile. And maybe unproductive, or even harmful.

          I think it may also be possible that the kind of emotional/spiritual support you desire from your husband may not be something he knows how to give. And he is not alone. I think many times we expect our husbands to be able to support us emotionally the way our girlfriends do and have those deep face-to-face conversations about deep feelings and relationships. But not all men know how to do this. And if he associates these kinds of discussions with very negative feelings – you crying a lot, for example, or you being very upset – that can be really overwhelming to a guy. He wants you to be happy. He wants to be the hero. And maybe he acknowledges that he can’t be the hero who saves the day with these huge kinds of problems.
          – He can’t make the babies come back.
          – He can’t fix the family member with mental illness.
          – He can’t heal a chronic illness.

          Some men would rather not talk about these kinds of deep things because if they can’t fix the problem, it seems painful, and pointless, to talk about them.

          Men tend to talk about things to fix problems. To a number of men, talking about something that they can’t fix is excruciating. Women tend to talk about things to bond and to process their feelings. But a man doesn’t intuitively know that just him listening to you talk helps you to heal. He just thinks “we are talking about this horrible problem again, and it reminds me that I can’t make things right and that I can’t make my wife happy. It reminds me of my failures.”

          What would you say is your definition of submitting to your husband?

          A wife submitting to her husband does NOT automatically create marital bliss. I agree 100%. Biblical submission is painful. It involves dying to self. It is not fun. Ultimately, though, it is about our trust in the Lord, not in our husbands. It is about my faith that God is sovereign, even over my imperfect husband, and that He will lead me through this man because that is His design.

          Submitting to the Lord leads to joy. That is where my peace, joy, fulfillment, contentment, and supply comes from. Jesus. Alone. If Greg is then able to add something to what I have received in Jesus, that is awesome. But if he can’t meet my deep emotional/spiritual needs, I can be unshakable. Not because I am submitting to my husband. But because I am abiding in Christ and submitting to Him as LORD of everything in my life. I hope that makes sense.

          I see that the lightbulbs started going off about resentment. That is such a blessing to be able to see what is happening. Even though it hurts to see it. Now, you will be able to take the resentment to the Lord for healing. I love the way you responded with humility, repentance, and grace. That was beautiful!

          If you need more resources, I invite you to search my search bar for things like:

          – husbands emotions
          – bitterness
          – forgiveness
          – husband lead
          – biblical submission

          Much love and the biggest hug to you!

          1. Realistic and Blessed Wife,

            Another thing that is very helpful to me – is to realize that men don’t usually bond with words. They tend to bond by doing things together without words. They can feel very connected to us all throughout the day even if we don’t talk. That blew my mind!

            They also tend to show love without words. If we are able to learn to understand their perspectives and how they show love, then we may discover we are a lot more loved than we realized. We were just expecting love to be shown more verbally and they often show it with actions, instead. To a lot of men, words mean nothing. They value actions much more than words.

            Much love!

  5. Thank you, April. I’d like to be able to change the font for that to read in super huge letters: Thank you!!

    I took a lot of your time and you were nothing but gracious.

    I will prayerfully consider your comments and wisdom.

    I feel a little shy about sharing this but I almost feel as if Jesus is saying this to me, as it were:

    English Standard Version
    Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you arise!”

    I will seek Him. (Pray, read the word) and we will see what He does.

    With Love,
    Realistic & Blessed

    1. A Realistic Wife,

      Aw! This makes me cry tears of joy. YES! That is exactly what is happening. Jesus is calling you to rise up in the new life He has provided for you, out of any old dead ways of thinking, into His glorious light. 🙂 He sets us free from our dungeons. He breaks our chains and leads us into His freedom, love, joy, and peace.

      It is my honor to get to be here with you and to get to walk beside you on this journey. I didn’t have a mentor in the beginning of my journey. No one I could ask questions of. But what a joy that God allows me to be part of many other women’s journeys! I never get tired of watching God perform miracles, healing individuals first, and then healing marriages and families so many times. I’m in awe and so humbled that God allows me to be part of His work. I count myself to be the most blessed woman on the planet that God healed me, healed Greg, healed our marriage, and now that He gives me a virtual front row seat to see His love, truth, and power transform many others for His glory.

      I’m so glad you reached out. I’m extremely thankful for the chance we have had to talk so far. I am here if I can be any help in any way.

      Much love to you, my precious sister!

  6. Can I ask a clarifying question please? You asked if I had difficulty recieving God’s love. Since, I have recieved the free gift of salvation does that mean I do not have difficulty? Or is there some other aspect you are referring to?

    Thanks in advance,

    1. A Realistic Wife,

      I don’t know if you have difficulty or not. Some women receive salvation from the Lord, but then don’t receive all of His truth about their new identity. One of my writers, Radiant, had that issue. She believed that God loved other people more than He loved her. That His promises were not really for her like they were for others. She had issues receiving God’s love in many ways – or receiving His truth and goodness into her life on a daily basis. She also had trouble receiving anyone else’s love, including her husband’s. She has a post I can share if you think that may be applicable.

  7. I have to admit, I also find it harder to smile at my husband than I do complete strangers. It’s something that I need to pray about. I don’t know why I struggle. I have a feeling it’s the same reason that Realistic Wife gave. I seem to have a rebellious attitude toward my husband and don’t want to give him the impression that I think everything is just peachy when it isn’t. This is terrible and ugly. Forgive me Father… my rebellious attitude is sinful and horrible! Yuck!

    I’m on a long and painful journey to becoming a respectful and peaceful wife and this part of me is so deeply ingrained. I keep reverting right back to it as soon as I get overwhelmed and tired from trying so hard. This only means that I’m doing it in my own power again and again. I keep repeating the same lesson over and over and over again. I am very strong willed and independent just like my mother taught me. This is not the way my heart wants to go though. I want to be submissive and respectful. I am not happy being dominant and aggressive. Those are masculine traits. Holy Spirit, Jesus, please take the reigns of my life and guide me in the way I should go! I’m tired of driving this vessel. I have to give up control everyday and sometimes every hour. Why do I keep taking back the control. I’m not in control in reality. Ugh. I know this. So much to repent of. I’m glad I can see it though. Keep showing me Lord.

    1. Cara,

      You know what is awesome? You don’t have to smile to communicate that everything your husband is doing is fine with you. You can smile just to be a blessing. You don’t need to smile if he is screaming at you or sinning against you, of course. But just that glorious smile of yours to welcome him home, to show him that you are filled up with Jesus – that is the kind of smile to go for. 🙂

      I definitely feel you about all of these frustrations. Would you like to talk a bit about things with me? I’m here if you need some encouragement. Maybe we could do a spiritual check up?

      I love your desire to let Jesus be in control and to yield to Him. That is the best place to be in the whole world!

      Praying for you today, precious sister!

      1. Thank you April. 🙂

        Right now, I’m reading through your book for the second time and taking it a lot more slowly. I’m also re-reading some of the blog posts at the same time to really digest things. Specifically, respect and godly femininity. Your list is amazing and well thought out. I wrote down the things that I cherish as sin in my heart and asked God to forgive me. I’ve also asked him to replace the sin with the fruit of HIS Spirit. I see that I have A LOT of pride. That is a hard one to swallow. Yes, my husband has his issues BUT I don’t want to focus on him. I’m guilty of allowing Satan into my thoughts to accuse my husband of way more than actually is real.

        My focus is on becoming more the woman of God and what I can do to glorify him in my marriage. I realize that I do fall way short and that is not where I want to be. I know that I won’t be perfect but I also know there is a lot of room for improvement. I’ve been here before. I remember describing it as looking up a mountain from where I’m at. I’m quite happy to be here because it means my blinders are off. It’s painfully glorious. I do appreciate your prayers and the support you bring to so many of us. May God richly bless you.

  8. Hello Peaceful wife! Can I just say how much of a blessing your posts are to me?! I’m a newly wed wife (nine months and a week to be exact) and as a highly emotional person I struggle with a great deal of things. Tonight I was really struggling with the fear of messing up. And so I was just poking around google about how to better manage my emotions and not cry so much (mostly because of that fear of failing as a good wife) and I do believe God lead me to find your blog. I’ve read so much that was just right on point. I realized that I just may be suffocating my poor husband with my constant need for that reaffirming of his love .
    I’m very thankful for you! -striving wife-

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