Wednesday, February 3, 2010

This is God's Day

This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Ps. 118:24 I taught this verse to my grandchildren and we would recite it every morning as I drove them to school. One morning after taking the kids to school I realized that no matter what happened today, this IS God's day. Whatever happens today, He sees. He gave me this day to life for Him. Even a "bad" day can be a day used for God's glory. It's not always easy for me to see the positive things mixed in with the chaos of my days because I am so focused on the negatives in my life. On the days the kids are fighting, are totally unaruly, and are making more messes in the house than I can clean, I admit I do get frustrated and think "What's the use of trying to clean this house?" I read somewhere "Trying to clean house while the children are small is like shoveling the sidewalk in a blizzard." This is so true at my house. But when bedtime finally comes around and I am tucking the little "darlins" in bed, they throw their arms around my neck and hug me and say "I love you, Nanny." This somehow makes all the frustrations and headaches during the day dim. I realize what a blessing from God these four children are in my life. God has entrusted their care to me and I rely on Him to give me the strength and wisdom to "bring them up in the admonition of the Lord."

In the middle of the day to day chaso, I seem to forget that the simple things in life are often my greatest blessings. Many times O meed tp be reminded that God's blessings can always be found even though they sometimes are disguised in the dailyt struggles of living.

When I look at my daily to-do list I realize there are blessings beyond measure in each task that I have listed: For all the dirty dishes, although I never seem to keep them all clean at the same, reminds me that we do have food to eat; mountains and mountains of dirty clothes that are like the dishes --never seem to be done, makes me thankful that we have clothes to wear; the never-ending piles of bills remind me that we do have the money to pay them; putting gas in the car reminds me to be thankful that we do have transportation to take us to where we need to be. After looking at these tasks and the blessings I get daily, I am reminded of the kids. They remind me to be thankful that God trusts me enough to place them in my life. They keep me "grounded" whenever I feel that I am being overworked and under appreciated. I have learned to solely rely on Him to give me the strength and wisdom to teach them about His wonderful love and mercy. I have learned to thank Him for each day He gives me and yes this is the day the Lord has made. I choose each morning to rejoice and be glad in it.