Sunday, January 3, 2016

Daily Thought For January 3, 2016

Joy

     Rejoice in this day of life, being willing to follow Me wholeheartedly—wherever I lead. Anticipate blessings as we journey together. Since I created this day of life and presented it to you free of charge, I want you receive it gratefully. Your natural tendency when you awaken is to assess the day before you, trying to discern how good (or bad) it will be. You do this almost unconsciously, often basing your conclusions on something as trivial as the weather. I urge you to break free from this habit so you can be more receptive to Me and My blessings. 
     A thankful attitude is immensely helpful. If you awaken to find a dark, rainy day, you can thank Me for the rain. Having done so, you will be much less likely to grumble about the weather. Also, remember that I have arranged the conditions of your day. So you can assume there is much good to be found in it. 
     Rejoicing will help you find many blessings in this day. If your circumstances are looking rather bleak, then be joyful in Me—your faithful companion. I want you to enjoy Me and look for precious gifts I've placed along the path we are following. In faith, be on the lookout for good things great and small. Also, because I am your Teacher, I promise to provide learning opportunities as we travel together. 
     When you reach the end of this day, stop and look back at the distance we have covered. Take time to ponder what you have learned and to savor the gifts you have found. Let your mind dwell on these things as you lie down to sleep, rejoicing in Me and My blessings. 


This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 
PSALM 118:24 

"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am." JOHN 13:13 

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. 

PSALM 3:5 

from Jesus Lives by Sarah Young pp.246-247