The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad. ~ Psalm 118:24 NIV
Do you ever wake up just before your alarm goes off in the morning?
I’ve done that now for several months. Unconsciously, I’m anticipating the alarm and I’m not fond of it. We call it exactly what it is – an alarm – loud and jolting and very disagreeable!
When I wake up 20 minutes before my alarm goes off, I know I won’t be able to go back to sleep. So instead, I just lie there waiting to be startled. Often, as I wait, I’m thinking of all I might have already forgotten to do. Did I take the chicken out of the freezer to defrost? Whose birthday have I forgotten? What time is that Zoom meeting? Will I be able to get everything done? And on and on.
Recently, I’ve tried a new tactic as I lie awake: saying a simple prayer over my day. Only a couple of sentences, but it feels right to start my day with gratitude and dependence, rather than anxiety and frustration. Mostly, it helps me to gently get out of bed and begin in a positive, non-alarming way.
Psalm 118:24 reminds us to whom the day belongs – God. Not only has He made it, He has asked us to rejoice in it! The Common English Bible translation says:
This is the day the Lord acted;
we will rejoice and celebrate in it!
When I start my day with the longest to-do list imaginable, I don’t feel like rejoicing or celebrating. I’m fixated on the insufficiency of my plans, my work, my control.
But when I look at this verse, I’m reminded that God has made the day. He will most certainly act in it. I should rejoice that He cares enough to enter the details of my daily life.
Before my feet hit the ground, He is already there, providing all I need for the day, challenging me in the ways I need to grow. He has good plans for the people I will come in contact with, and He has good plans for me, too.
Isn’t that worth acknowledging as we start the day?
Father, thank you for this new day. May my thoughts and words and actions be pleasing to You. I am ready and waiting for You to act in my life today, no matter how it changes my plans. This is Your day. I will rejoice and celebrate in it!
Amen and Amen.
This [day in which God has saved me] is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24, Amplified Bible
Today is a GOOD day!
Keeping Watch: a 25-day Advent journey
Every Advent we begin a journey.
This year join the shepherds, Keeping Watch…
Keeping Watch is a new Advent study I’ve written, based on Luke 2:8-20. How does the story of the shepherds intersect with our modern lives?
Beginning December 1, each day offers a reflection based on a small segment of the text, a verse to pray through and a thoughtful journal prompt to explore in a handmade journal (included). The daily reflections are printed on 4” x 5” cards, enclosed in a linen pocket folder, with matching handmade journal. An 8” x 9.25” print of a painting I’ve done specifically for the study is also included.
If you are interested in ordering for a group, please email – we will work out an economical way for you to use the study.
As always, thank you so much for your support of my projects. You are such a blessing to me!