Gratitude

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24) 
 
Gratitude is not only a response to God in good times – it’s ultimately the very will of God in hard times. Gratitude isn’t only a celebration when good things happen. It’s a declaration that God is good no matter what happens ~ Ann Voskamp.
 
God is still on His throne!
 
We can walk confidently in this day for we know who is in control.
 
Our ‘new normal’ may be creating an increase in anxiety and stress for some of you, but in the very midst of that uncertainty we can simplify…focus on gratitude… 
 
Let’s celebrate the good that we can still see all around us! 

Choose Gratitude!
 
I knew when I read this devotion that it had to be shared time and again, even more so right now. I know, especially recently, I’ve had to deliberately focus on gratitude because I have so easily become overwhelmed with anxiety and stress of the unknowns and I have to believe, young or old, I’m not alone. Remember, gratitude turns what we have into enough. Reflect upon your present blessings and trust Him for the unknown. 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


Tick-tock Tick-Tock

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24) 
 
The older I get, the faster time seems to tick away. I often find myself thinking there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything finished. Our culture seems to idolize busyness and measures success on how many events you can cram into your calendar.
 
I used to be so busy that the only way I could establish a boundary with work was by putting at least 100 miles between my desk and me. I decided to commit to a spiritual retreat each year just to rejuvenate, relax, and reconnect to my Heavenly Father. And then, slowly, God impressed on my heart that I don’t need to travel out of state to reconnect. I can have a little retreat with Him every morning through my quiet time.
 
The enemy will tell you there isn’t enough time for God. The enemy will try and steal the joy that comes from those few minutes with God each morning.
 
The truth is when you take those first few minutes to spend with God, your entire day will be blessed…you lose nothing, and gain everything!!
 
I love this devotion! It blessed me. What truth! I pray you are encouraged to have a little retreat with Him every morning, why, because like today’s devotion says, “you lose nothing and gain everything”. One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is time alone with God because time spent alone with God is never wasted. Spending time with God puts everything else in perspective.
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord!


This Is A New Day

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24) 

There is much to be thankful for each morning. The Lord has given you a new day. Whatever happened yesterday cannot be changed and what tomorrow holds is unknown. Don’t let the enemy of your soul take the joy from this present day. 
 
As our opening verse notes, “…rejoice and be glad in it.” You are in control of what thoughts you allow into your mind. Be quick to cast out negative ones and vigilant to focus on what is good. The Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances and pray without ceasing. 

Jesus is not looking for a lot of words. A simple, “I trust you, Lord. I love you, God. I need your help, Holy Spirit.” are sincere prayers that God longs to hear. Remember, you can never repeat this day. The Lord opened your eyes this new day, and that is a gift in itself. Don’t waste time looking back or much time looking ahead. 

God is in the present, celebrate the here and now. As you face whatever today brings, be mindful of Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee”. Believe and remain hope-filled throughout this new day the Lord has made. 


I was blessed by this devotion today. What a reminder. Don’t allow the enemy to rob you of your joy today. You might be thinking, what do I have to be joyful about today, look around you, start counting your blessings, not your troubles. As you start your day today remember this, a smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. Remember, this is a new day! 
 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
 
Today’s Reading is Hebrews 10:35-36
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


This is the Day!

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
 
Have you ever said, “I can’t wait for this week to be over?” How about, “This is the worst day ever!” How many days have you just “wanted to get through it?”

Psalms 118 reminds us that each day we have, is a day created by God. It is a day we should rejoice in, a day we should be happy. It is not a day where we should be burdened by the stress of our lives, but a day that we should be praising and thanking God.

Psalm 118 reminds us that everyday we have is a gift. A day that we should treasure, because we do not know if it will be our last. Everyday is a day we are able share God’s love, and his joy.

What I find most interesting, is that many Christians are not filled with joy. Many Christians do not smile at a new day, just because it exists. They do not realize the mystery and frailty of that day. Instead, we take the gifts we have for granted, and grumble about our work.

We complain about having too much paperwork, too much homework, an unhappy boss, our hours… We tell people how bad our day is going…

And yet, the most afflicted Christians spoke of how “joyful,” they were. Christians who were jailed, beaten, and killed because of their beliefs. In Acts 2:28, Luke says: Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

Shouldn’t that be the attitude we all have? Shouldn’t we be grateful for being able to know God? To have a personal relationship with him? To have another day in his presence? Shouldn’t we be grateful that we have another day to spend with our friends and family?

Shouldn’t we wake up everyday, and think to ourselves, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it….”

We need to be joyful for what we have, and remember that everyday God is sharing his love with us. Everyday is a chance to be loved by him, and to return his love.
 
I woke up this morning with Psalm 118:24 on my heart and so as I searched Psalm 118 I came across this devotion and it blessed me so much, I had to share. It caused me to stop and question how I approach each day. Yes, I am guilty of complaining about my day, my week and forgetting to be grateful for being able to know God to have a personal relationship with Him, to have another day in his presence surrounded by friends and family. Help me God to wake up each day filled with joy and gratefulness for another day to be alive and to think or say to myself, This is the day which The Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. You are the master of your own emotions, no one or thing can still your joy, you have to allow them, give them or it permission to rob from you. It’s no different than if you gladly opened your door to a robber and said come on in and take what you want, our lives, our joy is a gift from God, why just give it away and allow the enemy to rob from you today or any other day. Think on this today as you maybe approach a not so great day. Spend time today in His presence. He’s waiting.  
 
Have a wonderful day in The Lord!
 
Today’s Reading is Psalm 118