“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:4-8 (KJV)
At 54 years of age, I’ve lived long enough to experience some of the high mountaintops and deep dark valleys of life. Rejoicing and giving thanks always, no matter my circumstances, was a hard concept to understand, much less live, when I was younger. But as my journey through a life in faith continues, I am coming to a better understanding and appreciation of these words of encouragement, written by the Apostle Paul, in Philippians.
Today these words remind me that though my life’s circumstances are continually changing—-God’s love is steadfast, and He is the maker and giver of all good things. Truth, purity, virtue, justice, loveliness, etc. prevail and for that I can be thankful, and live my life in joy and peace.
Thanks be to God!
You may or may not start your day with exercise, or a hot cup of coffee, but here are seven things you can wrap your faith around as you begin your day…
-Love greeted you when you opened your eyes.
Declare Your loving kindness in the morning. Psalm 92:2
-Your day belongs to the Lord.
My times are in Your hand. Psalm 31:15
-Your theme song for the day is “Rejoice”.
This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
-Today is a fresh start in His mercies.
The reason I can find hope is that I keep this one thing in mind: the Lord’s mercy…His compassion is never limited. It is new every morning. His faithfulness is great. Lamentations 3:21-23
-You’re the best dressed person in town.
He has dressed me in the clothes of salvation. He has wrapped me in the robe of righteousness. Isaiah 61:10
-This is the day to live free from the cares of tomorrow.
So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. Matthew 6:34
-Carry hope in your heart all through the day.
Be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:17-18
-P.S. At the end of the day, His faithfulness will be there to tuck you in at night.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High…And Your faithfulness every night. Psalm 92:1-2
-Devotional message by Roy Lessin, from his blog Meet Me In The Meadow.