Sunday Scriptures — This is the Day

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

The past few weeks have been difficult for me health-wise. No new major health concerns, thank you, Jesus, just the same ole naggingly annoying ones that are a pain. Literally. 🙂

It seems my fibromyalgia and connective tissue issues flare the most as I am getting ready for church where I lead a women’s Bible Study. Can we say, “Opposition”?

Last week I was ready to stay home, although I knew I wouldn’t, when I read Psalm 118 which begins, “Oh, thank the Lord, for he’s so good! His loving kindness is forever.” A few more verses and I read, “In my distress I prayed to the Lord and he answered me and rescued me … The Lord is on my side, he will help me … ” then I reached verse 24.

It brought back memories of a song our son, Pie, learned in vacation Bible school. This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it …

I will rejoice and be glad when pain hits, not because of the pain but because this is the day the Lord has made and he is with me in the middle of my pain. He is on my side. He will help me. And I will thank the LORD because he is so good. Even in the pain.

Joyce Meyer says, “Don’t dread the day, attack the day.”

In a place where you are dreading the day? How about we join together with the Lord and attack it instead?

What do you do to get through those dreadful days and turn them into days of rejoicing?

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This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Don’t Save It For Good

Do you have anything you hold on to for good? You know, special clothes. Special dishes. Special recipes. Special whatevers?

Before Pie was born, one very wise woman told me not to save any of his outfits for good. She said use them all. Don’t worry about the inevitable stains. Babies grow up fast. Before you know it, that special outfit you saved, goes unworn.

My mother had a set of dishes I loved, which were seldom used. They were the good dishes. What was the point of having them if we didn’t use them? Mom didn’t want the dishes broken. So the dishes were kept behind cupboard doors. In the days I visited Mom before she moved into a nursing home, I took those dishes out, and we used them. When Mom did move, I inherited those good dishes. I use them.

I have a habit of buying pretty stationary and brightly colored pens. Turquoise and Peacock Blue being my fav colors. BUT…I save them. (Read here to see one example.) The ink is so pretty, I don’t want to use it up. I’m not even going to count the number of books I have — which are unread. I think some of this is a holdover from my days as an elementary school teacher. Or from being a child of parents who lived through America’s Great Depression.

Regardless, I am getting better about all this. Honest.

As I approach a mile-stone birthday in a couple months, I’ve begun to understand there may not be a tomorrow. Those things I’m saving up for good, may just get tossed out by someone who doesn’t hold the same affection towards them, that I do. So, I’m using them.

I don’t want to save a day for good, either.

I want to experience all of life God intends me to experience. I want to take the time today, to enjoy his creation. I don’t want to wait for a special, or mo’ better time.

I want to smile at the antics of the squirrel I’ve nicknamed Bizarro.

Today.

I want to listen to the Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal sing God’s praises.

Today.

 

I want to discover new lizards in the yard.

Today.

I want to feel the sun and the breeze on my skin. Smell the sweet aroma of the trees and flowers. Watch the sun set and notice the palette of color in the sky at dusk. Look for the first star of the evening and wait for the next.

Today.

I want to stand totally and completely amazed and in awe, before the Omnipotent Creator God, and worship him for all he has done, is doing, and will do.

Today.

I do not want to take any of it for granted. I don’t want to waste it. I don’t want to save it for good.

Do you?

This is the day Adonai has made,
a day for us to rejoice and be glad. Psalm 118:24 (CJB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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