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#1

This is the day that God has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it! (Ps. 118:24)

I adopted that Scripture as my daily “Good Morning” to God many years ago.  It was during one of those tough periods in my life where getting through the day was a struggle. One day I found myself arguing with God and God brought this Scripture to mind. “This is the day that God has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it!”  It was like God tapping me on the shoulder assuring me that all would be well. Rejoice in this new day.

There is no other day like it, nor will there ever be another day like this one in my life. This day is new and it can be whatever I choose to make it.  I resolved to rejoice in it and make it as good a day as possible.  Because in this new day, despite what it held, God was with me. And all would be well.

Sometimes, it’s difficult to welcome in a new day. Sometimes, it’s difficult to find joy in a new day when the world around us seems to be in such chaos, when our lives are in turmoil, when we’re not feeling well, when everything seems to be going in the wrong direction…. But, despite all of that, we remember that God promises to be with us, to never leave us or forsake us, to walk with us as we move through, one step at a time.

This is the day that God has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.

#2

We are entering into the holiday season. For many, it is a time of year that we are reminded to think about those things for which we are grateful…those things by which we have been blessed. Like that old church hymn, “Count Your Blessings.”

Count your blessings, name them one by one;

Count your blessings, see what God has done;

Count your blessings, name them one by one;

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done!

Isn’t it astonishing that we need to be reminded to count our blessings? It really should be something that is a regular part of our day! Because here is the remarkable thing – it’s been proven that counting our blessings, giving thanks, and living in gratitude will make a positive difference in our lives.  Studies have shown that having an attitude of gratitude can improve our quality of life and even our physical health. In fact, gratitude produces more positive emotional energy than any other attitude in life!

It’s no wonder God says to give thanks in all things!! No wonder we are so encouraged to count the blessings each day!

And, it’s not only counting the blessings that we receive. But, it’s also the blessings we give. Did you know that small, grateful acts every day not only blesses those who we touch, but they bless us as well; they lift us up and actually make a difference in our day.  If you’re having a bad day, go bless someone and see if your day doesn’t improve!

Singer/Songwriter Willie Nelson is quoted as saying, “When I started counting my blessings my whole life turned around!”

How amazing is that! I wonder how many lives would be turned around if people started counting their blessings every day!

So, start counting your blessings, every day. And like Willie Nelson, see if your whole life doesn’t turn around!

 

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Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good; God’s love endures forever! (Ps. 118:1)

I was in my office the other day, doing some prayer meditation and I was focused on how blessed I am at this time in my life. Thanking God for the blessings, and for molding me and making me into the person that I am today. I feel really blessed.

Don’t get me wrong….in my life, there have been many challenges, many ups and downs. Sometimes, it hasn’t been easy.  I’ve experienced those mountain top highs of excitement and overwhelming joy, and I’ve experienced those deep valley lows where life was not fun, and I’ve experienced everything in-between.

I’ve traveled many roads and taken different paths that have led me to where I am today. Some right paths, some wrong roads, but all a part of my overall journey.

We’ve all been on those roads and paths, haven’t we?  Highs, lows, smooth roads, bumpy roads, right roads, wrong roads, and even dead-end roads!  And, we are here today because regardless of which road we were on, one thing is certain; God has never left us.  In fact, it is God who has walked with us each step of the way, bringing us to where we are today, molding and making us into the people that God created us to be.

Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good; God’s love endures forever!

 

A new year is upon us. With it comes an opportunity to make this year better than ever.  An opportunity to let go of those things that didn’t go the way we would’ve liked, and an opportunity to make changes to achieve those things that will make our lives better in the year ahead.

 

“Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good; God’s love endures forever!”