"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."

Ida Scott Taylor

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

What Are Your Eyes Saying?

"Bright eyes gladden the heart."
Proverbs 15:30

I picked up one of my old journals last night
and came across an entry where I had highlighted 
this verse.  I woke up thinking about these words once 
again and the power we have within our eyes
to encourage others with something as simple as
looking at them, sincerely "looking" at them,
 and letting them know how special they are.
It gladdens their heart as well as our own.

-Our sweet grandson-

Sometimes in my own hurrying around, or when
we are on a mission and very focused on getting it done,
we can forget to take the
time to use our eyes to gladden others.

The author, Rory Noland in his book
"The Heart of the Artist"
said this about the eyes.

 "People like to feel special, and they can tell how you feel
 about them simply by how you look at them - or whether
you look at them at all.  In other words, if you are a leader 
whether you are aware of it or not, how you feel about those
you lead registers on your face.  They can see it in your eyes.
If those under you see your face light up when you see them, 
they will feel accepted.  They will be drawn to you because the 
look of love and acceptance in your eyes gives them life."

Our grandchildren, Ezra and Ella.
  Ella lights up Ezra's world whenever
she looks at her little brother.
  He watches for her eyes to look at his and then
he gets so happy and excited.
photo taken by Steven Sheets

So what are your eyes communicating?
Why don't you join me in trying what Rory Noland
suggests we try:
"Look at them
and try to communicate
your love with just your eyes."

..and come back and tell me about the great results! 
I would love to hear all about your eyes.

Oh and before I go, I want to thank  Becky  
from Farmgirl Paints for
sending my my delicious Hawaiian box
of goodies along with
this sweet card I received in the mail yesterday!
Those chocolate macadamia nuts were  
I say  "were"  because they are already gone!!!!!
I think the girl on the card  looks like Becky
and has eyes like her too.

Signing off with the famous words,
"Here's looking at you kid."


Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh my gosh Lee Ann you are sooo funny. I WISH that girl looked like me! So glad you are enjoying your special treat:)

Love your thoughts on the eyes. That is really an interesting thought. I'm going to start paying some attention to my eye contact and use my eyes for His good.

Marydon Ford said...

I do this all the time ... I love to do the SMILE & the next thing you know the passerby looks twice & smiles. Makes me feel good, too.

Have a great week.
TFN, Hugs ~ Marydon

Mary said...

When I saw the first picture I said, "There's that precious singing, dancing girl." I'm still enjoying the memory of her on stage!!! :)

LeeAnn our eyes are very similar in color!! Although I have a freckle in one of mine!!!

My feelings and emotions are plastered on my face and eyes most of the time. I have no poker face!!!!

Butterfly Works said...

Oh you are so right about the eyes...what a wonderful post....
Your grandchildren are so precious and they like you have georgeous eyes...Thanks for the encouragement today...
Hugs and Blessings,

Bren said...

Beautifully said as I look deeply into your eyes :-)
My sister who loves photography is always telling us as she snaps our pictures, "okay lets to that again and put a smile in your eyes this time!"

I'm still enjoying Ella's debut now she makes me smile big time!

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite things to do is to smile and have eye contact with complete strangers, wherever I am. Usually get a smile in return.

Love, Aunt Jean

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

That doesn't surprise me at all Aunt Jean! You do have a way of making others feel special! Thanks!

Love ya,
Lee Ann

Mary said...

Happy Mother's Day LeeAnn

DJ said...

I agree; smiling at people, especially with our eyes, is a ministry all itself.
Yes, actions speak louder than words~