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Smiles that Hide Our Pain

Updated on April 8, 2015
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When Theresa writes poetry, the inspiration comes from her or her family's true life experiences, which results in dramatic poetry.


"Sometimes you have to smile, when you are about to cry. Laugh to hide the pain. Look up to the heavens and pray, something good is on its way." (Unknown Author)

The Masks We Wear

Venezia Italia - Venice Italy - by gnuckx
Venezia Italia - Venice Italy - by gnuckx | Source

The Performance Is Convincing


She puts on a smile

All the while she prays

That no one envies her smile

For it has taken a lot of tears to wear

Her smile

Although those tears have dried,

The silence breaks the heart inside

Still, she gets all pretty and shows her face

Trying to hide it for a little while

Through betrayal, lost trust results


Behind the Masks ...

Venezia Italia - Venice Italy - by gnuckx
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Though her smile remains

She prays that no one envies her love,

For it has taken a lot of pain to grow it

Envy not, her life, for she has gone through much

To appreciate it

She smiles that smile, the ultimate guide into her soul

Hiding truth and behind the eyes, where it is revealed

What is hidden behind the surface

Not once faltering, that smile she wears, even after a tear silently falls

There is only One who knows her pain and keeps her each and every tear


When the Mask Is Removed ...

Venezian Carnival Masks - Venice - Creative Commons by gnuckx
Venezian Carnival Masks - Venice - Creative Commons by gnuckx | Source

Achieving True Happiness, Is It Possible?

According to Behavioral Health Systems, the following are very interesting facts and myths on achieving true happiness in one's life.


Myth:

Happy people suppress negative emotions.

Fact:

Believe it or not, happy people experience sad or negative thoughts and feelings nearly as often as unhappy people do. However, there is a big difference as to those happier people, in that they are able to experience their feelings without losing hope for the future. That is the key difference here between the happy and unhappy, for those who seem to remain unhappy, really see no hope for the future. On the other hand, happy people do allow themselves (or give themselves permission) to feel sad or angry, but remain optimistic that things will get better.


Myth:

Pursuing happiness is self-centered.

Fact:

One's happiness is determined more by one's relationships with other people than by any other single factor (emphasis added). Now, that is truly an interesting fact! The key here, again, is that the happiest people build their lives around solid, trusting relationships, coupled with the fact that when other priorities get in the way, the happy people are sure to take those steps to shift the balance. This is very wise to note here, as to achieving one's happiness in this life.




Myth:

I'll be happy when I achieve my goals.


Fact:

I am reminded of billybuc (however, he may not agree) here on HubPages, when it comes to this particular fact, and that fact being, most of the happiness we get from striving for goals comes from the progress we make toward attaining them, not after we achieve them (emphasis added). That is why it is important to choose goals that are in synch with our values and that we make a conscious effort to enjoy them along the way. Although, once our goals are achieved, it is most satisfying.


Myth:

If I were suddenly rich, beautiful and living on the beach somewhere, I would be happy.

Fact:

This fact may be contradictory to what most people believe, for it is that the happiest people are most often not those in the most enviable circumstances (emphasis added), but those who develop positive outlooks and actions. It is most important in taking those concrete steps to practice optimism, gratitude and kindness in your everyday life.




Poll

How many of the above-referenced myths about achieving happiness have you ever believed to be true or still believe to be true?

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Watching a Sunset ...

Watching a sunset can bring much happiness!
Watching a sunset can bring much happiness! | Source


* You are not supposed to be perfect.

* Right now is a fresh start.

* There are reasons to smile all around.

* No matter what, you have a purpose.

* Tough times help us grow.

* We are all in this together.

* It is okay to let some things go.

* You do not always have to be happy.


Achieving Happiness

In that last "Fact" stated above, as relates to achieving happiness, I am reminded of those persons who have gone on mission trips around the world to the most impoverished of places, and find that those with little or literally nothing, especially, the children find happiness in the smallest of things each day and are so appreciative and thankful for each and every little bit they receive. One's outlook on life changes without a doubt when one does go on a mission trip to such places around the globe. One is forever changed.


© Copyright Faith Reaper August 17, 2013

Our Stained Glass Masquerade

Mucha's Four Seasons - Spring by Russ Matthews,fortunae 2002
Mucha's Four Seasons - Spring by Russ Matthews,fortunae 2002 | Source

If we dare to allow the truth to be seen behind the person, would all walk away or should our masks remain? (Profound video, worth watching to the end.)

"Happiness is a journey, not a destination." - Ben Sweetland

Each new Day Brings Hope...

Remember that each new day brings hope for a brighter tomorrow!
Remember that each new day brings hope for a brighter tomorrow! | Source

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      Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, please do use your true and profoundly beautiful thoughts in a hub, sweet friend! Yes, indeed ...I am reminded that "love keeps no record of wrongs."

      I hear the passion in your voice about love, the real deal love, just as you have describe.

      Wow, thank you for sharing your heart here! You have given us much to think on in truly loving another. I especially love, "It's love the verb that fuels love the feeling."

      Yes, the pure, undefiled love of a child.

      I am so looking forward to reading your upcoming hub.

      God bless you real good

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      Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, please do use your true and profoundly beautiful thoughts in a hub, sweet friend! Yes, indeed ...I am reminded that "love keeps no record of wrongs."

      I hear the passion in your voice about love, the real deal love, just as you have describe.

      Wow, thank you for sharing your heart here! You have given us much to think on in truly loving another. I especially love, "It's love the verb that fuels love the feeling."

      Yes, the pure, undefiled love of a child.

      I am so looking forward to reading your upcoming hub.

      God bless you real good

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      shanmarie 24 months ago

      You know what, beautiful lady, I might just use those thoughts I just expressed in the hub I'm trying to put together.

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      shanmarie 24 months ago

      Exactly! It is my freedom to show it if I dare trust someone enough. However, that, I believe, is often mistaken for seeking approval from others. But it's not the approval of others or someone thinking well of us; it's the love we seek. In general, I am a very happy person. I don't stay down and I get back up. I find peace in some of my life circumstances in which peace is hard to come by. But the areas in which I find myself experiencing the most pain are in areas concerning love and true acceptance. Despite the world's insistence to the opposite, I still believe in love. It's like we're conditioned to see love as it is in romance novels or romance movies - either there or not, and always unconditional and unending. When that illusion is busted - as it will always eventually be - we teach ourselves instead to just accept it as human nature and that's the way it has to be. We think that if we accept that as truth, we can let go and move on easier.

      But what if we all loved like a child? What if we forgave like a child? I'm not saying put up with purposeful physical or emotional abuse. But what about people that are honestly contrite and trying to make adjustments for the benefit of the other person. Isn't that the purpose of love and compromise? What if we worked through our own pain and our own hurts and suffering, still choosing to love someone else anyway. What if we gave love the chance to actually heal and make things right again. I mean, actively choosing to love. It's love the verb that fuels love the feeling. Think of all that could be gained instead of lost if we actively loved even through or after all the negative feelings and things that happen.

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      Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

      Yes, I need this reminder too, dear Shan, especially here of late it seems. I'm so happy you relate to this and it seems you are not alone as many seem to not show our true selves to the world for fear of rejection. What a great blessing it is when we are able to remove our masks and have the world still accept us with all our flaws. I think a lot of times we feel we are the only ones on the planet who feel the way we do when in reality that is not the case but we never know for we always have our guard up. I do love that song and video for it truly gets to the heart of the matter. You are not alone in your feelings, sweet friend. Peace and hugs

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      shanmarie 24 months ago

      Thanks. Looking back. I see I needed this reminder once or twice before. LOL I think it says so well what I often feel, especially the song in the video.

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      Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Lovely Missy, no doubt about it that Bill is one wise man. I think I thought to include him at that particular fact point because no matter what he is always striving and seems to be enjoying the ride. However, it will be most satisfying when a goal is met. You make such wise observations about the thrill of going through what it takes to get there. I guess, after we take a breather to smell the roses as they say, then it's time to raise the bar again. If we are still here then we still have some living to do. I get a lot of inspiration from the famous poets, artists and writers, etc. who find great success late in life while just doing the things they love. For sure about surrounding yourself with positive people is a must. However, I am one who loves my alone time too but when it's time to get out it must be with no negative people. I'm so glad you like the points made here and looks like others may have needed these reminders so thank you for sharing. You are so kind. Peace and love always

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      Missy Smith 24 months ago from Florida

      Hey Faith. Yes, I see now I read that fact wrong. However, I still say billybuc is very wise, and that fact is very true.

      I often think how it would be if I reached a goal as being a successful writer; would I miss the thrill of the strive to get there? I think I would, because when you reach a goal, sometimes it's harder to keep up with expectations, and I don't like expectations in any form.

      It's no secret I struggle with keeping a happy aura radiating. Just tonight talking to another friend of mine about my struggles he said, "Missy, why must you go so deep and call it depression, why can't you just say you've been unhappy lately, that's all?" It made me smile. He's so right! Surrounding yourself with positive, trusting people is another fact I believe I read in your article. It's a true fact when it comes to gaining happiness. :)

      I really liked the points made here in your article, and I felt others would enjoy reading them too, so I shared.

      take care Faith! :)

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      Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

      Hello Reynold Jay,

      So nice to meet you. Thank you so much for your generous comment here. I am glad you have read my articles and commented here.

      Blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Vellur,

      Thank you. You are so kind.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 24 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shan,

      I'm glad you found this one when you need it, sweetie.

      I pray all is well.

      (((Hugs)))

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      Reynold Jay 24 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Lovely in every way. Love all your articles so very much..

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      Nithya Venkat 24 months ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, great poems.

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      shanmarie 24 months ago

      Needed this today! Thanks!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi John, so nice of you to drop in. Missy is wonderful to share. We never truly know what is going on behind a lovely smile. There could very well be a lot of pain. Yes, that's true it can only go on for so long before it crumbles. Although, I've known some to keep up the brave front for a lifetime. I'm glad you found this hub lovely. Blessings always

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Faith, or saw Missy shared this so dropped in for a read. What a wonderful and hopeful hub. It is sometimes easier to hide behind a mask to hide the pain but you can only keep that up for so long. I love the list of facts and myths. Lovely hub that needs to keep being shared and read.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy,

      God surely does guide us, I believe that too. I agree 100% that He is certainly amazing indeed! It is funny how we are always drawn to a certain writing and then realize it is for good reason. I am so thrilled you were drawn to this particular hub.

      I understand what you are conveying here. I know I am one to always wear a smile even though it may be hiding pain in my life at the time. It seems it takes a lot more effort to wear a frown for me. Persons who a truly in tune with others just know the truth no matter if one is wearing a smile or not.

      Oh, I just put a link to billybuc there because that fact reminded me of him when I wrote this at the time for some reason. It is not really his fact though.

      I am thrilled you loved reading this hub and thank you for searching it out or being drawn to it.

      I am on my way to read your poem.

      God bless you real good too, dear Missy.

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      Well, again, I believe I found this one for a purpose. God really does guide us along. He definitely puts my finger on the articles of yours I am supposed to read at a certain time Faith. Isn't he amazing!

      I never believed any of those myths, and I don't know how to explain if I'm that happy person you speak about. I think I'm the person I explained to Manatita, on the hub I wrote just a day ago, "Darkness and Death Surround Me." I think I know why I'm dark. I think I know why I fight death. I do smile through the pain a lot.

      I like billybuc's fact. I think he is a truly wise man. And I loved reading this hub at the perfect time for me. Thanks Faith! God Bless!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Oh, you are so sweet to come by and share this one again. Yes, I am having a restful day except for trying to decide how to finish up some hubs to publish before I drift off into oblivion on here LOL ... there goes that smile trying to hide my pain ...

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Came by to share this beautiful article again. Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

      ^+

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Vellur,

      Yes, that certainly is a true fact sadly a lot for many is the case. I am so happy you found this piece inspirational.

      Thank you so much for your generous and insightful comments.

      Blessings and peace

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      People who smile can be hiding pain and still smiling, positively inspiring. Great write and thank you for sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi VioletteRose,

      Thank you so much reading! I appreciate the kind comments.

      Blessings

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Very positive and inspiring thoughts on happiness, thank you so much for sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi peachpurple,

      Thank you for stopping by to read. Yes, there are a lot of people hurting, but we may never know because they put on a brave smile.

      Blessings

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      true, put on a fake smile, nobody knows the pain behind that smile

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Lovely Shyron,

      I am always so glad when you are able to stop by to read. I appreciate the vote up and more and share.

      You are always so kind and have a precious heart, so gentle and tender.

      That sounds like a lovely plan. It is okay to allow the tears to flow for He catches each one and knows about the why of each one too.

      Blessings, love and (((Hugs))) always

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Theresa/Faith, this is sadly beautiful, behind the mask the smile that hides the tears. Voted up, ABI and will share.

      I think of the line from "I'll Do My Crying in the Rain" -- "Someday when my crying is done, I am gonna wear a smile and walk in the sun".

      Blessings and Hugs.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello techgran,

      I am so glad to see you stopping by to read and thrilled you agree with what is written here, as well as with the many comments shared.

      Oh, yes, I love that song, and thought it perfect for this video.

      God bless you

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      Cynthia 3 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      I agree with what you've written and what is shared by the commenters above...there are a lot of myths around what happiness is and the people who appear to be experiencing it. I like your choice of the song "Stain Glass Masquerade"-- hadn't heard it before, but it is profound. Thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rosey,

      So wonderful to see you! I pray you are well. Thank you for reading and leaving most generous comments. Yes, truly those people and children in the poorest of countries seem to be so grateful and happy when here we are with so much, yet we are not happy until we attain more. At least that is where the culture seems to be heading, even more so each day.

      So true, when our hearts remain pure and filled with wonder at each day, despite our circumstances, we can be happy. God tells us in His Word that we are to be content whether well fed or hungry, which seems impossible. However, when we place our full trust in Him to provide, then we know His peace that passes all understanding, and believe His promises, life is so much better and we can appreciate the smallest things in this life, even being able to take one breath!

      Missed you too and will have to make it over to your side of HP Town.

      I still work in the city and have an hour commute each way, and so I'll be heading off to work and arriving home late, but will visit soon.

      God bless you

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      schoolgirlforreal 3 years ago from USA

      How much more could I add, but to just say how well expressed this is and how inspiring and true and right you are about happiness!!!

      The people in poor countries- you are so right- if only we could appreciate like them, perhaps having (things) is a burden for some at times

      Stay childlike at heart is a good idea I think

      BTW I've missed you and everyone!!!

      Rosey

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much for reading. Happiness to me is a daily choice. God tells us that we are to be content whether well fed or hungry ... no matter what is going on in our lives, as we know all things will work out in His perfect timing.

      God bless.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      You are right. We need to be content with what we have, and grateful we have it. This will make us happy.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Marlene,

      Thank you for sharing here. Yes, I believe we have all worn a mask at some point in our lives for whatever reason we felt we could not reveal our true selves and make the world see that everything is okay, when it really in fact was not the case. Yes, it was not until I was much older too that the Lord revealed to me that I was not living as He created me to be, as the person I am. And I heard Him and right then and there, I stopped hiding behind that mask and was able to truly smile no matter what trial I was going through, for we all do have many trials, but that is life, and we must trust Him that all will be okay and we will be a better person for going through such.

      Yes, I choose happy too, dear Marlene. You're the best and your comment has left a smile on my face this day. Thank you!

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I wore a mask for many years. People just assumed I was happy all the time, but the truth is, I was often really sad. I just didn't want people to know it. I use to think that if people liked me more or treated me better then I would be happier. But, as I got older I realized, as you pointed out, that people will never make me happy. In fact, in order for me to be happy, I have to "choose" to be happy. So, that's what I do now - I choose to be happy no matter what's happening in my life.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Deergha,

      Thank you for reading and leaving such thoughtful comments here. Yes, each day brings much hope for new smiles, that one really does not need to hide behind any pain or mask.

      I appreciate the votes up and share.

      Hugs and love to you sweet friend,

      Faith Reaper

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Dear Faith,

      I completely agree with your every view here in this hub. Thank you for reconfirming my beliefs. And thus be it and I would like to follow as you have very aptly mentioned Ben Sweetland, "Happiness is a journey, not a destination."

      So i do hope that every new day brings much more reasons to be happy for you my friend. Take care

      Votes way up and shared as well.

      deergha

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Eric,

      Thank you so much for stopping by here this night! I appreciate the share of the great quote by Kipling.

      Oh, yes, all are very well. Granddaughter is healed and using her arm just fine ...the girls were up this weekend and hubby is well too! Praise Him! God is good. Friends are a blessing too.

      Hugs and blessings to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sometimes I just leave a great hub on follow. Sure glad I did on this one. What wonderful friends you have. No wonder you smile and sleep so soundly.

      "if we can meet triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same" Kipling.

      I pray that your families health is becoming better. From my home to yours,

      e

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sue,

      Wow, thanks for the awesome comment here! Oh, that song is so spot on here and thanks for the reminder. I love Billy Joel, but have not listened to him in a great while, so now I have a desire to listen to some of his songs.

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      Hugs and blessings to you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Faith,

      When I see someone who is bubbly all the time I wonder if they are hiding a deep hurt. Your beautiful and thoughtful poem reminds me of Billy Joel's song the stranger.

      "Well we all have a face

      That we hide away forever

      And we take them out and

      Show ourselves

      When everyone has gone

      Some are satin some are steel

      Some are silk and some are leather

      They're the faces of the stranger

      But we love to try them on"

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Sending my hugs and blessings

      Sue

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi there, lovely lady, Martie,

      So nice to have you stopping by here this day! I am so glad you found this hub to be inspiring.

      Yes, when we have that hope in our hearts for a brighter tomorrow, then this day is much better.

      Hugs and love to you from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      This is indeed the secret: "While suffering setbacks happy people always remain optimistic that things will get better."

      Inspiring hub! Thank you, Faith :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Cris,

      Welcome back from the sky! Always so lovely when you grace our pages, especially after you have been away for a bit.

      I am humbled that you have chosen this hub to read first. Thank you. I think right now I am putting on a brave smile for my sweet granddaughter to confirm He can heal and all is well.

      I appreciate the sharing and pinning.

      Hugs sweet sky,

      Faith Reaper

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      "It is okay to let some things go." --easier said than done Faith but I'll bear it mind.

      This is my first hub read after having been away for 13 days on HP. What a delightful and very enjoyable read. And the mask....I can honestly relate.

      Sharing and pinning.

      Love from the sky.~

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet Kim,

      So glad to see you hear this day as always! Wow, thank you for the generous comments. Yes, I just love that song by Casting Crowns and this particular video included the masks theme, so I went with it, and I am glad it had both English and Spanish language to spread the message even more so through the powerful video. You are the first to comment as to that aspect, so I appreciate that so much.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Faith,

      This is an incredible hub: beautiful and provocative. I love the images you chose and the video. How nice to show a bilingual video--just another example of your thoughtfulness. Voted Up/Shared. There are so many who need to hear this message.

      Much Love to you,

      Kim

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you sweet poet...

      I needed this tender write after just reading your burst of fieriness you just published...whoa there!

      I love it and thank you for sharing your lovely gift of poetry right here in a comment : )

      You're the best!

      Sweet dreams,

      Faithful "Tree" : )

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Sweet Dreams ... lovely Tree

      tomorrow is another day for thee

      up at dawn

      with a smile on your face

      makes me wonder

      how you keep that pace

      love for all .. you never waver

      and helping others .. is your favor

      so sleep tonight.. sweet dreams to see

      from this poem.... for you from me !

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Bless you, oh gifted one, who shares his gifts to bless others and bring many smiles.

      I was about to come to your page to see if you had published anything : )

      Thank you for making a Monday, a beautiful day!

      I am always in awe how such beauty just flows right on out of you ... you poet you!

      Sweet dreams, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Soo .. I was asked to write something.. for a woman to have sweet dreams with .. as she was going to bed .

      .I will share it with you .

      .

      Good night ..Sweet Princess..

      dream of the words ...I will write for you

      with a smile on your face ..when you awake

      knowing that I am close ..in spirit

      may the angels watch over you

      as the planets swirl above ..

      bringing the energy of the universe

      to your mind..

      and the love from my heart

      to your soul ..

      my tender flower

      Michael

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Sooo...I was online too catching up on commenting as I arrived home so very late from work, but I did just see this one pop in and I said to "self" ... go and see what "stick" : ) (should have never told me) has to say this lovely evening ... oh, just being his normal poetic self : )

      Yes, "self" you are a clever one indeed!

      Hugs, Faithful "Tree"

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Sooo... was online trying to put together another post and seen that notification and said to my self ..Hmmm I said ..Self . you should go over to look at Tree and see that beautiful smile of hers... that twinkle in her eye and maybe you will be inspired again.. then I said to myself ... "self, that is a great idea ..and if she does not answer at least you got to see those sweet ,sweet, pictures of her smile ..When I said to myself .. wow you are pretty smart self..if I say so myself.

      Michael

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet ignugent,

      So wonderful to see you here reading and leaving such lovely comments, as always.

      Hugs to you and yours, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Kathryn,

      So lovely to see you here this day precious heart! Oh, sweetie, no apologies necessary. I know how there is much going on in all of our lives at the moment. Thank you for linking this hub here to your most wonderful hub on happiness. Yes, I have noticed many times that a lot of writers seem to be in synch in their writings as to what has been going on their lives to inspire hubs on the same topics!

      I appreciate your most generous comments here. Yes, I believe Andy's comment was so very insightful, dear heart. Wow, thank you for sharing on FB and bookmarking, how very kind of you to do so!

      Oh... all are doing well, much better as each day passes as to all the healing going on. Thank you for asking. I truly believe God will heal my granddaughter completely and she will not lose full use of her left arm, I really do believe that deep in my heart and praise Him in advance for doing so. My husband is recovering very well from the minor surgery on his knee, but it will be an ongoing issue as far as the third degree arthritis, but hopefully when he begins to receive those "gel" shots in his knee, that pain will subside a bit.

      Always remember just how beautiful you are and that you are more valuable than the rarest of gems of this planet, please know this truth.

      Have a lovely week too.

      (((Hugs))) and much love, Faith Reaper

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Just want to say, it is very beautiful faith and speaks the truth.

      Voted up and more. :-)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Faith,

      I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get over here. I'm glad I did, though!

      Before I even commented, I went over to my hub on happiness, and linked this to it. Thanks for linking mine, it's much appreciated!

      Wow, it is perfect timing that we made hubs on a similar topic at almost the same time.

      This is absolutely beautiful. The poem is hauntingly pretty. I especially love the part, "Envy not, her life, for she has gone through much to appreciate it", as well as the lines that are similar to it. Just last night I was talking to Andy about happiness, and I mentioned that there seem to be more than one type of happiness: the kind that seems effortless most of the time, because life is going the way you want it to. And the kind where circumstances change, and you have to really try to be happy, and do things to keep your mood uplifted. He stated that the kind of happiness that is more effortless is often a result of a lot of work to make it that way. I thought it was a very insightful comment, although I pointed out that even those types of happiness can be unraveled easily. But in that case, you just have to work hard again to bring your life to that point. But fortunately, we can be happy from the small things, even if it takes a bit more effort.

      You truly are an inspiration, Faith. I read through this twice, I am going to share this here and on Facebook, and I am going to bookmark this for my own sake.

      Before I leave, of course, I want to see how you're doing. I have read many of the comments, and now I see why you are so upset. It's awful that your granddaughter had a nasty fall, and had to have surgery at such a young age. The thought of a five year old going through that is heart-wrenching, and it's terrible that no one could say what actually happened. I hope she gets better, and that she will have full use of her arm in the future. Sometimes doctors are wrong, and people do better than expected. I feel for you and your family, Faith.

      I also hope that your husband's knee is doing well. That must have been a difficult thing to go through, as well.

      My thoughts are with you and your family, Faith, and thank you so much for sharing this with us. Have a wonderful week!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest teaches,

      So great to see you this day! I have been missing you, but I am glad you are here now. I pray all is well with you.

      Yes, it is through the storms in this life, we grow and mature and learn from where our true happiness comes and, for me, it is knowing Him and having that personal relationship with our sweet Lord God.

      Then, when that is the case, we can smile through our pain. At least that is what I am attempting to convey here, and we all have those days where we may put on those masks to hide our pain.

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Your poem is lovely, even though it depicts a sadness of spirit. I have been in this place before and it is a lonely avenue. All of us at times tend to show one face outwards while beneath we are masking our true feelings. Happiness comes from facing our storms and growing through the pain. Thanks for the inspiration today.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Skye,

      Always a blessing to see you! I do hate that when my computer does that too. I appreciate you coming back to comment and glad it stuck this time!!!

      I am way behind in commenting and just saw your wonderful write way back in my emails that are piled up for pages and pages!!!

      Oh, yes, Jackie, my sweetest southern friend is such a gifted photographer and writer of course, and so generous as to give her friends some of her photography to use as they so please. She is a blessing to me and many! I am trying to use as many photographs by Jackie as I can in my hubs.

      I think we can smile behind the pain for those of us who place our full hope, faith and trust in the Lord, knowing He works all things out for our good, no matter what!

      Plus He does tell us in His Word that we will face many trials of many kinds, so we really should not be surprised when they arrive, and they will arrive, as I know you know all too well dearest sister.

      Aw, thank you so much for such wonderful comments here, which have blessed me this day. Keep on fighting that good fight of faith dearest Skye.

      I appreciate the vote and share.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Faith Blessings precious sister. I can not believe it my stable computer JK lost the first comment to you. Darn, it was a good one too. JK. Here I go again. Devil will not keep me down.

      Well girl friend you have done it again. You have an evergreen hub here. The pictures (thank you Jackie) are lovely. Like wow she is so talented. I love how you laid this out and in the middle placed the poll. Clever woman you are.

      Mostly what I love is your faith darling sister. You are precious indeed. Happiness is a by product of our character which you exquisitely display in your heart. Many define happiness based on accumulation of things or goals. That is all good but it goes much deeper. I know when I am down and out when I smile and I do not want too I know it is a fake so to speak. Sometimes I wish I could stop and wail but I keep going because I know as much as happiness is fleeting so is pain. I smile under the mask at the time kind of like fake it until you make it. God will shine through and the pain will pass. Situation may remain the same for a time but His promises are true. Seek Him first. Matthew 6:32 He will give us peace in times of trouble. He will meet our needs.

      Happiness is a gift from God. No one can truly be happy without Him. Our flesh can not attain happiness, not lasting anyway. It will always be so what can make me happy next?

      I adore you faith reaper. You tackled a huge topic with eloquence and truth. Good job faithful servant. You have come a long way baby. Keep going share the truth and God love you sister. Hugs your way girl friend. May the favor and grace of Christ abound on you and yours today and always.

      Love, Skye

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet Shan,

      Oh, believe it or not, I have just now gotten a smart phone, lol, and on my lunch breaks I try to comment a bit, and then when I go back, I do not even know what I did LOL Those phones are so very sensitive and when one is in a hurry .... well! Do not even give it a second thought sweetie.

      I am so glad to know about your strong faith, as it truly makes a huge difference in one's life no doubt about that fact!

      Hugs and love to you from southern USA to have a beautiful day, Faith Reaper

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Haha. I wrote sew, but why not sew it too? It is hard to write with a phone. Lol I do not consider myself all that wise. I just observe and form thoughts ans ideas and faitb has always been a stronghold in my life. Bless you,too!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, Dearest Shan,

      Thank you, and you are such a wise, compassionate person. And, yes, we most certainly reap what we have sown no doubt!

      Wow, your comments here add so much wise input to this hub here, so thank you again!

      I can so relate, as I look back at the things that I used to get so bent out of shape about and realize now, there was nothing to truly get bent out of shape about, and that is all part of becoming mature, and for me too, mature in my relationship with our sweet Lord. I remember back to those teenage years and even just 15 years or so, and thinking of how the smallest of things would just feel like the end of the world to me then. I can laugh at that now, and I truly pray that teenagers, especially, would realize that what they may deem as "their world is over" most of such things, once they mature and look back will not even had matter in their life. Now, I would not want to be a teenager in this world today, for they are dealing with a lot of stuff that I did not have to deal with no doubt, although I did have plenty of trials to go through back then.

      As you have stated here too, and for me, it is the same, my relationship with our sweet Lord has made all the difference in just how I look at the trials in my life, which are ever-increasing and harder than any ever before, but I can now find such peace, His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding.

      For if I had cancer or those large blood clots in my lungs, let's just say, maybe even just 15 years ago, I would have flipped out about it, but now after having been through so many trials and maturing in my faith and placing it all in His hands, I can deal with such news as cancer and such other trials, all the while ....still having peace about whatever.

      The one area that still gets to me, is when it comes to small children being in pain, hurt or harmed, as that really causes me much grief in my heart and so I must remind myself to place them in His loving hands and trust that all will be okay, come what may. The sooner we figure out that we out not in control, then that sweet surrender happens, then comes that peace.

      Please know you are always in my thought and prayers. I know you are such a strong person, who knows of His great love for you, and that is the most important thing to actually know. And by you being able to smile through your pain and still able to love on others, is a powerful testimony!

      Tons of hugs and love going out to you this day.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi smiley aka DDE!

      Aw, now ... that is so sweet and thank you for sharing about your living in another country and finding happiness, and I do remember reading about such in your wonderful hubs!

      You truly do have a most beautiful smile, which is contagious and makes all smile, especially when I see you pop in here and see that lovely smiling face, instantly brings a smile to my face.

      I see where you have a new hub, so I will be your way shortly after getting caught up here in commenting. I was not able to get on HP last night, as I was so worn out from the day.

      Have a lovely weekend.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jo (LadyFiddler),

      So nice to see you here! I do know you know exactly about those smiles that hide the pain sweetie. I would love to find your friend you speak of and when that friend writes a hub, I will surely check her writing out!

      I am so sorry to be so behind on my commenting this day. Trying to catch up and I will check out your new friend

      God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow drbj!!!

      It is always a joy when you stop by to read and especially when you always leave such wonderful comments, and when such comments add much to the subject of this hub here! I am so humbled by your comments.

      Thank you for sharing with me about such, and I am not surprised in the least, from reading your truly engaging hubs that are always sure to bring a smile and laugh, which are so good for the soul no doubt!

      It seems I am so behind in my commenting and reading here on HP, that I have much to catch up on. I did not get home until after 9:00 p.m. last night and woke at the crack of dawn yesterday to get back to work after being off a bit to care for my husband.

      However, it was a blessing, as I was able to stop on my way home from work to visit with my grands who bring me much joy and to see my sweet little injured one, who is healing just fine! So, I have much to smile about. I do know, that even when all seems bleak, if I choose to look for something to be thankful for, I am always blessed for I find there is always much to be thankful for, in lieu of focusing on the other.

      Thank you for placing a big smile on my face this day.

      Have a lovely weekend full of joy and happiness,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dim,

      So great to see you here! Thank you for the awesome, I appreciate that so much. However, I am so sorry to hear of your massive upheaval three years ago, sweetie.

      I will pray for you to find peace and happiness, for this life is so very short, and we truly must find a way to find it each day. I know that looking back and thinking about how we should have done something different does not help, but only in the sense to learn from and move on. Then when we may be afraid of the unknown as to or future, does no good either, but causes us much anxiety. So, I have learned to live just in the very present day and try to find happiness in each day.

      God tells us this very thing in His Word.

      And, in doing so, there is much peace to be found : )

      Again, I am so sorry for what you have had to go through, for I know this life can be so very brutal at times no doubt about. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      You are so strong and incredibly sweet. I've said before that I love your user name. It's so appropriate and suits you. Faith is a beautiful thing to both reap and sew.

      I think happiness is very much a choice to make. It is so much more than emotions of the moment, but a hope in the future and, for me, Christ.

      For me, I rarely let the true deprh of any pain show to anyone. For many reasons, but one being they seem almost trival after the fact even if the emotions are intense and real to me in the moment. And if it becomes a comparison as to who has had more or less trivial experience, it sort of undermines sharing burdens with friends. I don't want to be a burden, I'd rather offer support to others. That brings me true joy. I love to laugh, too.

      I just have challenges, if that is the word, that cause me to sometimes second guess myself in desiring to spend so much time reaching out to others ans dwveloping those relationships or in laughing and joking....almost seems selfish. So anyway, not sure if that clarified anything I wrote earlier. Lol

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      You are so strong and incredibly sweet. I've said before that I love your user name. It's so appropriate and suits you. Faith is a beautiful thing to both reap and sew.

      I think happiness is very much a choice to make. It is so much more than emotions of the moment, but a hope in the future and, for me, Christ.

      For me, I rarely let the true deprh of any pain show to anyone. For many reasons, but one being they seem almost trival after the fact even if the emotions are intense and real to me in the moment. And if it becomes a comparison as to who has had more or less trivial experience, it sort of undermines sharing burdens with friends. I don't want to be a burden, I'd rather offer support to others. That brings me true joy. I love to laugh, too.

      I just have challenges, if that is the word, that cause me to sometimes second guess myself in desiring to spend so much time reaching out to others ans dwveloping those relationships or in laughing and joking....almost seems selfish. So anyway, not sure if that clarified anything I wrote earlier. Lol

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I finally found my happiness after a few years living in a foreign country and now I never stop showing my true smile, it is so important to smile and feel good. During my school years my friends used to call me smiley

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Victoria Lynn,

      So nice for your visit here! Oh, me too, and I actually believe a couple of those myths myself. Yes, as far as hiding behind a brave smile, I believe a lot of us do so, and I can see how smiling and/or laughing is so good for our health all around. We should all enjoy more of the process when attaining all of goals no doubt.

      I am so glad you enjoyed this hub.

      Hugs, Faith Reapr

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Very nice faithreaper tell me about those covered up smiles when all the while your heart is aching inside. I have a new friend here by the name of jnn wht please follow her she now started off doesn't have a hub up yet .

      Thanks :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      You couldn't know it beforehand, of course, but Faith, you have channeled my lifelong philosophy concerning positive attitude and happiness right here in this perfect hub. My predominant message to others in every speech, presentation or coaching session I conduct includes those two factors. Happiness is indeed a journey, not a destination and a smile is the shortest distance between two ... people. Thank you for this lovely message of endorsement. Voted up, y'know.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      This is awesome. A wonderful piece of work that l need to put into practise myself.

      I have been very negative since a massive upheavel in my life 3 years ago.

      I will read this again and again till my brain gets the message.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I am guilty of sometimes I think I'll be happy when I reach my writing goals, when my mortgage is paid off, etc . . . . I need to enjoy the process more. I way too often hide behind a brave smile. Enjoyed this read. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shan,

      You have been in my thoughts and prayers of late, sweetie. I am so glad you are here.

      I am so glad you needed these words here this night. I do not even know from where these words came as I was not even intending to write and then all this came out here, and now I am glad I went ahead and had written them out.

      Yes, I have to remind myself a lot too, sweetie, that it is very much okay to let it all out and allow the pain to show for He truly knows your heart and holds every tear, and although there is pain, which is inevitable living in this brutal world, we can still never, as you say, lose hope or faith for a brighter tomorrow.

      That true joy found only in that personal relationship with Him is what does it for me, and without it, it would be so difficult to get through even one day of this life here.

      I am so glad you seek out positive people as they are contagious and uplift one's spirits. I love to laugh a lot, and even at myself, so I am laughing a lot. LOL

      Oh, no, it surely is wonderful to spread a little joy to others, so spread away, that is a blessing to others when one does such.

      Thank you for your lovely comments here, which have placed a smile on my face ... see there you go! Oh, sweetie, I am fine, just a bit of pain in my heart about my precious little granddaughter, but she is doing just fine this day and healing each day. I just know in my heart she will be healed completely. I had a few sleepless nights as it seems things in life tend to hit us all at once, and I am no stranger to such.

      Thank you for your prayers and please know you are in my prayers and thoughts each day. You are such a strong and beautiful person, and I praise Him for you and that He is allowing me to know you via HP!

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Faith Reaper, I needed to read these words tonight! Thanks! It isn't that I do not agree or that I have believed in myths, but that I sort of needed the reminder that it's okay to giveyself permission to give into the pain or discouragement temporarily because I honestly never lose hope or faith. Life is beautiful and to become numb in order to blo,k out those trying to discredit me is simply not an option. I love to seek out the positive people and hope to be that person for others, but in all honesty, earlier tonight somw things happened that almost had me questioning what actual value might be in that other than some sort of selfish motive. And then I thougjt about how we are promised joy and my joy in the small interactions with others and in hoping to spread it is not wrong. And then I read this..... :-)

      I read somewhere you are experiencing hard times. Please know I am praying for you, beautiful soul.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweetie (Marlene aka lovedoctor),

      Yes, precious heart, all is just peachy as ever this beautiful day. : ) God is good.

      Thank you so much for your prayers. Hehehe, yes, it was just peachy as ever LOL ... which reminds me, I must go and comment on that other hub of you know who ... LOL We know he doesn't mind us intruding on his hub space : )

      I hope you are having a great sunny day and all is well with you too!

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Hi Faith, Hope all is well. Thank you for your care and concern. I appreciate it. Have a peachy day. LOL.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Vinaya,

      Always so lovely when you stop by to read and leave such thought-provoking comments! That is a great one-liner there and it reminds me of the scripture that really says the same thing about being happy in all circumstances whether well fed or not.

      I am glad you loved the poems, which really was one long one divided between the masks. I especially love the masks, which I added for drama. The video was so appropriate to go along with the mask and the smiles behind the pain, so that is why I was happy to include it here specifically.

      Hope your day is full of beauty and happiness,

      Faith Reaper

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Faith,

      Happiness and sadness are two faces of a coin. Existence of one depends on existence of other. My favorite one liner about happiness is you have to be happy with what you have and not with what you want.

      I loved your poems. I also liked the use of media on this hub.

      Cheers

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks so much, Marlene,

      You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope you are doing well also. Praying for all ... you, your mother and dad too.

      Hugs and love always, Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Hi Faith, I just logged on to check my comments. It's good to hear that Scarlet is healing. That is great news. I'm sure her mother is ecstatic that she was cleared to start school today. God always answers your prayers, I have faith that she will regain full use of her arm. I'm sure that you feel relieved as well. Yes, you did mention last night that her teacher came to visit her. that is really kind of her to do. Take very good care my friend. Hugs and Blessings. Marlene

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene (lovedoctor),

      I am sorry, I almost did not see you there!!! Thank you for stopping by to check in on little Miss Scarlett. We just got a call that the doctor said she was healing as she should and she was even cleared to start real kindergarten this day! And her mom said she had the happiest day at school! That just makes my heart sing for her little sweet self.

      Her real teacher (not the daycare ones) is the sweetest thing, and I may have already said this, for she came to visit Scarlett yesterday at their house to check on her, so we feel her teacher will be sure she is okay around the other children with her arm and such.

      Time will tell about regaining full use of her arm, but so far so good! I am praying so hard each day for that little girl.

      Thank you again for praying. You are such a sweetheart.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deb,

      Oh, how delightful. What a lovely comment, yes, it is those very little things that bring joy to the heart indeed!

      I love that ... mood music.

      So glad for your visit here this day, and I hope you are listening to a lot of mood music.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Happiness is so relative. The song of a bird, the tinkling of a glass mobile, a smile from a stranger. I call it mood music.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Hi Faith, How is Scarlet? I've been thinking about your precious five year old granddaughter. My prayers are with you. I really do hope she doesn't lose mobility of her left arm. Blessings. Doc

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Mary (till),

      So wonderful to see you here this day, and any day for that fact! Oh, bless you, precious heart, for the lovely comments.

      Yes, loving and giving selflessly is the key!

      Thank you so much for your prayers, and I wanted you to know that you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers too. I appreciate you so much and for taking the time out away from your precious family to read and comment.

      What I have found so amazing here, is that normally in my hubs I include appropriate scripture as pertains to the subject, and I did not really do so in this hub here, but so many here, in leaving their comments, have done just that, just as you have! And now, in reflecting, I believe that is how it must have been meant to be, for each scripture others and you have shared here with me, has blessed me beyond measure.

      This is the reason I really love this community here so very much, as they really do give selflessly to each other and love on each other it seems when it is needed.

      I am claiming the scripture you have included in your comment for healing all around, and so it will be so!!!

      I appreciate the votes up.

      God bless you and yours. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

      I am smiling ... a true smile, and thank you lovely one.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Dear Faith, this is an amazing piece. Your poetry so lovely and all the more amazing because of what's going on in your life right now!

      We find true happiness in loving and giving.

      Scarlett is in our prayers for a speedy and complete recovery. Didn't know about your hubby but will add him also.

      To add to the lovely scriptures here, Psalm 30:2

      O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Romeos Q,

      So wonderful for your visit as always!

      Thank you so much for your prayers. All are healing very well, and I will trust in the Lord God concerning my granddaughter regaining full use of her left arm! Praise Him!

      Wow, only a true poet of poets could leave such a lovely comment such as you have here. I appreciate that specific scripture, and I should have thought of it myself!!! But alas, He wanted you to remind me this particular scripture.

      Today has been a much brighter day. And you have left me here with a big smile on my face this day.

      Thank you for such kindness in your comments here and I do so appreciate you taking the time to read and leave such wonderful and beautiful comments to all.

      God bless. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Dear Faith reaper,

      Just received notification of your marvelous Hub Article.

      Firstly, since I heard through the grapevine a few days ago, I have prayed for your Husband, that he makes a full recovery from his recent knee operation, and that there are no further complications, because you have so much on your plate already to deal with, and more pressingly, that your little Angel's broken wing makes a full and complete recovery - my Faith in God tells me why these things should not come to pass.

      And the smile.....the first postcard sent by love? A curve to cleave the heart of a most fortunate audience? A boomerang, that's returned by the viewer? All of these, surely, and more.....the facade of an aching and troubled heart; the happy, silent witness to inner tumult no one can possibly understand; displays of affection whilst concealing pain...

      A wonderful portrayal of happiness, which takes me to ' The Beatitudes ', to fully disclose what she truly is.

      Do not worry precious Faith...

      1Peter 5:7 " Cast all your anxiety on Him, for he cares for you."

      Your smile could launch a thousand ships, even on a bad day.

      Take care, don't neglect your diet and sleep ( I know, it's not easy ).

      Thinking of you, and your nearest and dearest at this trying time.

      With My Warmest Regards,

      R.Q.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Amen! Thank you dearest lambservant! What a beautiful prayer of praise. I know, and I almost did not even write it. It was just an out-of-blue thing that came into my mind, but you are right, the Holy Spirit came on me in my time of pain and the words came out and I had not even been intending to write anything at the time! Yes, we can come boldly to His throne!!!

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene,

      I saw your comment on the other hub and responded : ) I was just wondering, but I knew you are now from Florida, but did not know back when. I grew up in Georgia.

      You are so right, about not being able to change people (and I need to be mindful of such of people in my life), and it is up to them to change if they so choose, but if not, then we must accept them as they are for sure. Prayer is so very effective, and God can change hearts no doubt!

      Thank you for the prayers. I am blessed to know you via HP. I miss Debbie here.

      Hugs and love to you too, and I hope the rest of your day is wonderful,

      Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Dear Faith, Thanks for opening up and sharing with me too. I appreciate your kind words and advice even though as you mentioned that you are not a professional. I hope you don't think I was using you as a sounding board. LOL kidding. I could relate to your hub on masks and I guess I got a little bit carried away. On a serious note, prayer is powerful. I believe in angels too. My birthday is on September so my guardian angel is St. Michael, the archangel. I've called on him a few times in this past year.

      I believe that I started following your work right at that time when your mother was ill. Sorry to hear that she had dementia and that she passed away at 84. It's good to know that your mother was sweet and kind and that you had a good mother and daughter relationship with her. It really does make a difference. Yes, dealing with a family member with dementia is a challenge especially with someone like my mother who is so stubborn and set in her ways. I have already let everything go between me and her. At this point, it doesn't really matter. It is what it is. You have to love and accept people for who they are, they are not going to change unless they choose to do so. And once you understand that, your relationship with other people does become easier. Thank you for being so sweet to me. It's hard to find people like you these days especially having met on the Internet. Again, thank you for the hugs and prayers. I will keep you in mine too. Hugs and Love from sunny Florida. I am not from Georgia. LOL. left you a reply on franks' hub.

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      lambservant 4 years ago

      It's so interesting how your hub has touched so many people. So many people, Christians as much as anyone, are hurting and the Holy Spirit used you to tap into that and allow us a time to share and lift each other up.

      Father, we praise you that we need not suffer alone, that there is hope in you, that we can trust you. Help us Lord to wait on you patiently and with expectancy. Deliver us and forgive us for our tendency to worry and lean on our own understanding. We cry out to You, mighty God, and give you glory and thanks for holding us in the palm of your hand. There is no one like you. Help us to encourage one another, and remember that we can come boldly before your throne of grace and find help in times of trouble.

      Amen.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jamie,

      So great to see you here stopping by to read. Thank you so much. Wow, how very interesting indeed!

      Bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      A truly inspriational hub. We have decorated our living room with masks as a reminder of their exsitence.. Jamie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene (lovedoctor),

      You are welcome, but as I stated I am certainly not any type of professional in these areas of concern. Yes, God did heal me of breast cancer in 2011 no doubt one bit. I wrote a bit about my mother during the trying months on my way to see her on the Veterans Day Holiday, where angels had intervened on my behalf on my trip across state lines and throughout the whole trip there, and then just a bit about her death when I was writing a hublove at Christmas to other hubbers and right in the middle she went on to heaven. I did not write much on her dementia though, but did as relates to the fact that scientists have even discovered that those who pray, it actually helps to stave off Alzheimer's disease, and wrote about that issue.

      My family were of meager means, only having my dad's military retirement and my mother was a librarian in her younger years, and then was home with us as children. So, my siblings and I had to pretty much fend for ourselves in this world and we all have done just fine.

      Yes, precious heart, we all need to hear those words of love, especially "I love you" and feel those hugs.

      Wow, that is great about your brother being a doctor. Maybe homehealth can come in every now and then just to give you a bit of relief.

      I will be in prayer about all of this. Well, there is One who truly loves you for just who you are no doubt! And I will say, I love you too as Christ loves and I am sending a gentle hug out to you this day.

      Love and Blessings to you too, Faith