Woke Up – Praise the Lord!
Psalm 118:24 – This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (NIV)
Woke up this morning — the sun is shining … the sky is blue with puffy white clouds … nice temperature, despite it being December! Rejoice!
Woke up this morning — the sun is shining … the sky is blue … the grass is dormant … the flowers are asleep. I won’t have to mow this week, nor water the flowers. Rejoice!
Woke up this morning — the sun is shining … the sky is blue … it’s cold and crisp. But this, too, is a day the Lord has made, and I will rejoice!
Woke up this morning — it’s not raining. Rejoice! Praise the Lord!
Woke up this morning — the sun is shining … the sky is blue … the air is crisp and it bites the end of your nose; winter is definitely here.. Rejoice!
Woke up this morning — it’s sunny, cold, and windy; it snowed overnight, and the driveway will have to be cleaned. But I’ve got a warm home, warm clothes, food to eat, books to read, family and friends. And a snowblower. Rejoice!
Woke up this morning — the sun isn’t shining, but I look forward to the promise of spring. Rejoice!
Every day is a gift from God. Some days, it’s easier to rejoice than others, but God, who creates every day, also created us. He is our Father; we are His children and God has promised He is always with us. He loves us. He knows our needs and He wants us to seek Him out. On those days when it’s hard to rejoice and God seems far away, who do you think has moved?
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
Prayer: Dear God, help us to rejoice in each day, drawing ever closer to You. Amen