Ready for His Day

21 01 2015

IMG_0160This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 NLT

Are you ready for His day?  Did you wake up with gratitude on your heart?  Are you feeling blessed and empowered this morning?  This is another day that the Lord has made.  We can face the day with gladness.  You may have a full day planned with lots of tasks ahead.  We can take a moment to thank the Lord and reflect on His goodness.  Just take a few minutes to think about His grace and mercy that has brought us this far.  We can thank Him for His continued faithfulness to be with us.  We can invite Him into our day ahead.  We can allow the Holy Spirit to direct the details of today; our words and our steps.  Peace and joy will permeate our hearts when our focus is on Him.  This is the day that the Lord has created for us.  We welcome today with gladness and thanksgiving.

Thank you for responding to me; you’ve truly become my salvation! The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone! This is God’s work. We rub our eyes—we can hardly believe it! This is the very day God acted— let’s celebrate and be festive! Salvation now, God. Salvation now! Oh yes, God—a free and full life!

Psalm 118:21-25 MSG





This Time and This Place

12 05 2014

Maui BeachThis day belongs to the Lord! Let’s celebrate and be glad today. Psalm 118:24

Our experiences in life come one after another. Being fully present in the blessedness of now requires focus. This time and this moment will never come again. Today is an opportunity to use all of your senses – eyes, your ears, your sense of smell, your touch and your heart to absorb, what is happening around us right now. Not what has happened in the past or not even what tomorrow will bring but focus on the blessing of this moment – in this time and in this place. It is easier said than done with the hurried pace of our living. We can rush through the blessings of love and life or slow the pace of our minds down to realize that now is the perfect blessing before us. So many guided steps and unearned favor allow me to breathe in and out and to be conscious of His blessings. The Lord is good to each of us. His mercy, His love and His grace make this moment possible.

Even in the most difficult circumstance, we can be glad that we serve a God who is with us. Our Heavenly Father is so faithful, so caring and so loving to shield us and to undergird us even when we believe that our hearts will break during the circumstance of the day. The blessing of now may be disguised by difficulty but we are still here, we have faith in our Heavenly Father, we are still on the path and God is still leading. We can rejoice in that blessing alone.

My mind is clear that embracing now is my charge for today. This is the day. This is God’s day for me. I am glad to experience it fully with a grateful heart and attitude of praise for this time and this place.





This is the Day

22 04 2014

This is the day that the Lord has made. I will be glad and rejoice in it. Psalm 118:Newport_Sun_Set324

 

We approach this day with expectancy about the Lord’s continued work in our lives. Our Heavenly Father is faithful to each of us and is continuing to perfect us in Him. He is smoothing out the rough spots of unforgiveness and lack of compassion in us for His people. He is renewing health and thinking. He is making us stronger and more able. He is providing renewed vision for ministry and service to the least of these. He is compelling His bright light of love and mercy to shine through His people. He is working out our situations for our good in ways that we could not imagine. He is God. We thank Him. We honor Him. We give Him all the glory for this day.