Today is a New Day

Psalm 96:1 Oh sing unto Jehovah a new song: Sing unto Jehovah, all the earth.

The truth is... today IS a new day. A bright new day filled to overflowing with bright new beginnings. From the first amazing minute that became... TODAY... until the last moment it is here, we have new chances, hopes, dreams, and more.

It is all in how we greet each new sunrise, you know? We can stay in bed as long as possible and dread the day's work or we can smile and open our eyes to what God will send. In 24 hours, God can do anything. He can shine a great light, send torrents of rain from heaven, slam into stagnant waters with storms, and more than we can even imagine.

How many miracles float or fly right by us during one day? How many wondrous works do we miss from our Master's hands? Oh, that we could see beyond our eye sight and beyond our learned limitations!

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
Michelangelo

I won't pretend to live brighter than I may because more often than not...  the aspirations dancing through my very soul get quietened. Leaking washers, broken bowls, piles of blankets to fold, ringing phones and a zillion other things demand my attention and compete for my peace. Still...  there are times, glorious times, when the Spirit soars through the flesh and the ordinary can be revealed to be anything but.

Psa 98:1 A Psalm. Oh sing unto Jehovah a new song; For he hath done marvellous things: His right hand, and his holy arm, hath wrought salvation for him.

When my heart is seeking God's fully enough... I learn to live love. Love that seeks God in everything laughs through things that would otherwise bring that same heart to tears.  Making morning coffee for my husband becomes a comfort, preparing and serving meals mean more, washing the dishes, sweeping the floors, watering plants, welcoming people with a heart of hospitality, and on and all become a gift to myself.

Learn to like what does not cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like people, even those who may be very different from you.
Learn to shelter your family with love, comfort, and peace.
Learn to keep your wants simple. Refuse to be owned and anchored by things and opinions of others.
Learn to like the sunrise and the sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, the gentle fall of snow in the winter.
Learn to hold heaven near and dear.
Learn to love God, for He surely loves you.

Anonymous

Isa 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now shall it spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Extraordinary wonder in my world:  One of the many:  The sound of my husband's voice as he says nighttime prayers with our little boy.

Little boy kneels at the foot of the bed, Droops on the little hands little gold head, Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.
A. A. Milne

Vespers

Each day is a brand new day. . . What gleaming and glistening bits of diamond dust shines through what others might see as ordinary in your life?   The depth of thought in your husband's eyes when he is concentrating on something? The warmth of a child's arms or a pet's soft head? New flowers, an angel sent to visit, a table full of food for your family?

Perhaps it would be neat to start a small journal of these things to carry around with you? It is easy to view the joys of life from the wrong lenses if we don't make an effort to see the ripples God makes in what would be the still ponds of our lives.
He can move and stir the waters and give us the ride of our lives...  Sure would be more fun if instead of lying down in the boat with our hands over our ears and our eyes closed if we sat up, held on, and looked at everything from His view.

Isa 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.

His blessings upon you...

Sandy Willoughby, 2006

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