Each morning I love pulling the seven shades up in my living room and kitchen to see and wonder what kind of day is outside. Is it rainy, cloudy, overcast, sunny, snowing, sleeting, or windy? How will I 'weather' my day? Will I let the clouds or sun in?
I dare you to find JOY in your day!!
I like to waken my home before my children arrive on the scene and have it ready for them. Lately, I have been thinking how many days keep passing as God gives me another day to open the shades. Seven shades. Seven children.
My shades remind me of seven children to pray for each day.
I am reminded to be thankful as I roll up the shades on a new day that God has given me. He doesn't have to give me another day. It is a blessing though there have been times that my days didn't feel like blessings. Joy comes in the morning.
These days I don't wake with a toddler JUMPING in his crib at 5am in the morning!! Neither do I have five children lining up at the end of the hall with big Tonka trucks ready to race down the hall at 6am!! My body and spirit is a tad drowsy and I find it important to intentionally offer praise and thanksgiving for the new day.
"We didn't create day and we can't uncreate day, but we can purpose to join the daylight hours with an uplifted heart. Praise boosts my lagging spirit and causes me to be grateful for the moments allotted to me. Besides, I find it inspiring to take morning by the hand and guide her through my home." ~Patsy Clairmont~
As I have been meditating on JOY at the start of this new year, I realize more and more how intentional it is. It is something that God gives us, yet, it is something that just doesn't happen without me doing something about it too!! That is where thanksgiving and praise comes in.
"Joy comes in the morning" and chases away my dreary thoughts, my concerns for my husband commuting to work, my worries about my children. No worries...God is in control as I pull up each of the seven shades. One shade for each of my children.
As you begin your day today, invite blessings and joy into your day. Pray over your day, for your dear husband, children, to Jesus Christ who understands your every thought before you even think it!! No worries when God is given your all.
Breath your grateful prayer as you pull up your shades today.
Five Ways to Start your Day off with JOY:
- Sing to the Lord: are you familiar with hymns? Find a hymn book and learn some hymns...I find the old hymns soo uplifting.
- Give thanks and remember God's holiness (it helps you to live holy)
- Think of God's mercy (His anger endures only a moment when our heart is repentant from sin)
- Be encouraged: weeping may endure for a night (those difficult 'nights' don't last forever, honestly they don't)
- Joy comes in the morning!!
I dare you to look for JOY with me!!
Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his,
and give thanks at the rememberance of his holiness.
For his anger endureth but a moment;
in his favour is life:
weeping may endure for a night,
but joy cometh in the morning.
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