THIS WEEK will be one of celebrating my parents sixty years of marriage, spending time with my family, and above all giving thanks to the Lord for all the blessings He has given me.
For some, however, this week will not be so joyous. It will be a week of sadness. It will be a week where they watch others prepare for family celebrations only to be reminded that precious family members, whom they have spent time with in years past, will not be with them this year. Perhaps it is due to death. Perhaps separation or divorce. Perhaps it is because of sickness. Or maybe their loved one is away serving in the armed forces. Whatever the circumstance, there will be an empty place at the table where their loved one usually sat. My heart goes out to all who will experience pain and sadness this holiday season.
Despite our circumstances, we must look at each day as it is given to us. It is a gift from God, and we must decide how we are going to spend it. In the book Daily Walk Through Psalms For Women, the author states the following:
This day is a gift from God. How will you use it? Will you celebrate God’s gifts and obey His commandments? Will you share words of encouragement and hope with all who cross your path? Will you share the Good News of the risen Christ? Will you trust in the Father and praise His glorious handiwork? The answer to these questions will determine, to a surprising extent, the direction and quality of your day.
My prayer is that you take time today to focus on the blessings God has given you. Write them down. Spend time thanking God for them. Then, decide how you will spend your day.
Remember, each day is a gift from God. Let us not waste it, but spend it glorifying the God who loves us so much.
“This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24, KJV)
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