With a Smile and a Song

You know I’m a sucker for a Disney movie! There’s something magical about the Disney Princesses: dreamy, pure, wonderful, whimsical, lovely… <insert big sigh here> Today we watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. They just re-released it from the vault. I was so excited when it came in the mail. (total sideline here: if you go onto Fandango.com and sign up through the website for blockbuster dvds in the mail, they will give you a free movie ticket– an adult ticket is almost 10 bucks!)

Adrianna is going to be Snow White for Halloween. She would be a very cute little feisty Tinkerbell, but there was just something about Snow White that I felt Adri would be perfect for. I haven’t seen the movie in years & years; since I was in elementary school. It was fun to relive those movie moments and see through my kids eyes as they experienced the story. Snow White and Adrianna have a lot in common… unknowingly beautiful. Since Adrianna was a tiny baby, she captivated people. Adrianna is my little nature girl–I could just see her as I watched Snow White talk to the animals in the woods. Adrianna is also my little songbird, she loves to sing and dance. Her favorite song to sing with right now is Beautiful One.

I even found out today that the girl that did the voice for Snow White’s name is Adriana (one “n”)!! 🙂

In watching the story unfold, one thing in particular stuck with me. When Snow White is cast away (which is actually an upgrade from being killed by the Queen’s henchman), she is scared, alone, and away from anything familiar. When she finally stops running and fumbling in the dark woods, she looks up to see the creatures of the woods that can just sense that she’s inherently sweet and pure. She starts to introduce herself and tells them that “you don’t know what I’ve been through…” She’s apologizing for startling the animals. She asks a question that I think we all ask ourselves at a time when we’re lost, hurt, scared, confused or alone: “What do you do when things go wrong?” She sees the birds and sweetly replies, “Oh you sing a song!” Here are the lyrics to the song she sings thereafter:

With a smile and a song
Life is just a bright sunny day
Your cares fade away
And your heart is young

With a smile and a song
All the world seems to waken anew
Rejoicing with you
As the song is sung

There’s no use in grumbling
When the raindrops come tumbling
Remember, you’re the one
Who can fill the world with sunshine

When you smile and you sing
Everything is in tune and it’s spring

And life flows along
With a smile and a song

Oh, if we could harness Snow White’s wonderful heart! You see, Snow White is able to find herself joyful no matter the circumstances. That makes her captivating beyond even her beauty. She has faith (she sings the song in the beginning about her true love coming for her) that her prince will carry her away someday. That is the kind of faith that we need to have for our King coming for our hearts… and to prepare ourselves for him, he wants us like Snow White–pure & blameless. In fact, He washes our sins to make us white as snow 🙂 Isaiah 1: 18 In our own hands, we make a mess of attempting this, only He can be the one to take away our scarlet sins. I love The Message portion that says: “Scrub me and I’ll have a Snow White life” Psalm 51: 7 Until we can hand over those things (much like those dirty hands of the Dwarfs!) we cannot be sanctified by our own doing. God acknowledges our need for his work in us–to scrub it from us. This isn’t just a *poof* moment, but we need to get ourselves to that wash basin with cold water and work there, too! If we’re like Grumpy, we might even need some friends to dunk us in to get started! hehe. Accountability at it’s finest, folks!


When we can look at our current situation, when things go “wrong” even when it’s not of our own doing–and find a “song” to sing– deep with gratitude for our lives, suddenly things don’t seem nearly so detrimental. We pick up from where we’re at, and start anew. Snow White knew that she had the ability to change her day with an attitude adjustment. From there, she was able to not only find a new family right there in the woods, but inspire others to love more. Even someone like Snow White, as blameless as she could be–was not safe from the evils of the world–The Queen sought after her with a poisoned apple. We can’t be naive to think Satan doesn’t come after even the pure at heart. Her prince charming comes valiantly just as she always believed–just as ours does, but not before our story is told.


2 thoughts on “With a Smile and a Song

  1. Wow…Carissa, you’ve become quite the teacher. I’m going to look at this whenever I need an attitude adjustment…thanks for the inspiration, love you!

  2. Carissa…God has gifted you in a special way…your writing is such an inspiration and you have such an insight to things!! I hope you keep doing this and see how God will use you…you bless me every time and always something for me to learn. You need to see about getting some things published. Praying for you and your sweet family;)

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