I get so excited when God speaks to me, through bible studies, texts from friends... I enjoy coming across a verse in the bible I don't remember ever having seen before and having it bless my socks off! But I am a ding bat and I forget what I have learned within about 2 minutes. So I have a scripture board in my home. It hangs in a spot that can be seen from several different rooms in my house. I pass it often. It's just a simple white board with a strip of cork board next to it. All my little quotes, verses, prayer requests... they all go up on the scripture board.
The verse God kept bringing to my mind today deserved full coverage. I wrote it out in large print and will spend some time meditating on this one. Though it is not a "new verse" it is something that is going to require a lot of attention until it sinks in and begins to take the place of so many deeply entrenched negative thoughts that have been banging around in my spirit for far too long.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
This is the day... This day, not one day in the future, when I have the answers I want - when things are finally looking up. This day, not 8 months ago, when I was feeling good. Not those "good ole days" we can look back on longingly. But THIS DAY is the day that the LORD has made. Not man made, it's not flawed, not a mistake, not just another day. I am reminded of the creation story - during those 6 days God spends creating our world, the trees, plants, animals, day and night - He finishes it up by saying it is good! (Genesis 1:31) I believe He continues to make all things well.
The hebrew of the word made in Psalm 118:24 is `asah which is sometimes used to mean prepare. I love the idea of God going before to prepare each day for me.
So what choice do I have but to rejoice, I WILL rejoice - I will dance my way through the day, I will sing praises to God throughout my day, I will enjoy the blessing of each day. My children - I am blessed to wake up each day and once again get to be mommy. The blessing of getting to be Jarrod's wife! It is a blessing to wake up each day in a comfortable home, to have food in the pantry, to take my kids to school where they are receiving an excellent education, and I could go on and on. I can easily ramble about a long list of complaints. But I am not called to, I am told to rejoice, to be glad and cheerful - to rejoice in the Lord, Always (Philippians 4:4) and that includes today.
This day where God's mercies are new, (Lamentations 3:23) this day that promises joy instead of weeping (Psalm 30:5). I can also rejoice in the fact that my inner self is being renewed each new day (2 Corinthians 4:16).
I am beginning to wonder how many "New Year's Resolutions" God is going to bring to my mind and encourage me to keep. It seems I have a new one every week. (Clearly I need a lot of work, thankfully He wants to keep at it.) But this one, this verse, I know can transform my life. If I will approach each day with gladness, If I will spend that day rejoicing, and thank the Lord every night for what He is preparing for tomorrow - not looking back (Luke 9:62), not worrying about tomorrow's troubles (Matthew 6:34) - it will change my day, each and every day. Day after day will revolutionize my life!
All these thoughts first began stirring in me after reading a fabulous post, On Living In Reality, written by a friend at Refeathered. It's really very good. I encourage you to read it too, her thoughts are beautiful!
This is what God is teaching me, now it's your turn. What is God doing in your life? Link up your blog posts and join in today's What He's Down Wednesday link up party!
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Last week was the very first What He's Done Wednesday Link Up Party and I was so thrilled to have two of my very favorite bloggers join in!!! :)
Kim from Steph and Kim posted an extremely uplifting message When We're Not Feeling Mighty Enough. Kim seems to often times be speaking to the exact thing I need to hear! This post was no different. She talked about how God does not need us to be good enough or mighty enough in order to call us and use us. One of my favorite quotes from her post was this, "God’s calling is truly His enabling. When He puts a thing in us, He intends to see it through. If we’ll let Him." But that is all I am going to say about her post, you need to go read it yourself. You will be glad you did!
And Becky from Time Out: Devotions For Moms, wrote about protection - where we seek it and where the ultimate protection and security comes from, in her post What's Better Than a Bed Full of Teddy Bears? I love one of the verses she included in this post “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection,” (Psalm 91:1–4, NLT). Becky's blog post too is a must read! It, in it's self was comforting!
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