Many of us may have heard the children’s song “This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made…we will rejoice, we will rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it…”
This song was based off of Psalm 118:24, which says (of course!) “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
So, this song is on my mind because I am so full of gratitude to God for today. Now, before you roll your eyes and stop reading (well, you can if you want too), let me put this in context. I’ve had a cruddy week. Mostly because I have some mystery health issues that have required too many doctor’s visits (note: one or more is too many). It’s nothing serious, just some consistent pain and a general feeling of “blah”. And being tired. Okay, that last one could be due to my kids.
I’ve been moping around, being the Eeyore of the family for the past few days. But today, thanks to clear blue skies, a nice breeze, and gorgeous sunshine, in combination with the chance to get out and take a walk with my two little ones and my crazy dog, open windows, online radio (I vacillate between Pandora or Last.fm), and now, a very small bowl of Breyer’s Heath ice cream, I have that wonderful “heart-is-full-of-joy” feeling that I treasure and thank God for. One of my favorite verses is “The joy of the Lord will be my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10), and while I know I am called to be joyful in all circumstances (because I have Christ in my life), I would be lying to state that I always succeed at that. So on days where I just feel the pure joy of living and stop focusing on all the bad things so I can focus on all the blessings, my heart is full. Thank you Lord for all these “little things”.
I am now going to return to my ice cream and watch my baby boy sleep some more while his sister naps upstairs (two more blessings). No, not just the sleeping part, but the kids themselves too.