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“This is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118.24 NIV).

Each morning, my husband and I launch our day by reciting this psalm verse together. We want our day to begin with God. It fortifies us. Actually, it’s one of several portions of Scripture that we have memorized as walls of safety for each day. The world is not a safe place. Unfortunately, the morning headlines for print, radio, television, and Internet media, scream at us about worldwide horrors.

Does the ugliness that we see, hear, and experience alert us to the fact that this world is winding down? God Word speaks that man’s heart will fail them for fear for the calamities that will come upon the earth, due to sin. Hopefully, each of us who are seekers of God and His goodness share with others, so that the gloom that tries to engulf us can be dispelled. We can rejoice in each new day because, though the world waxes old with sorrows in nature and people, there is still so much beauty in nature and in people. It’s up to us to accept God’s Word and be glad in the days He gives us, as we look forward to life eternal.

Cheers Me and Others

Part of appreciating the days of our life is sharing with someone else. I don’t mean soap-box preaching, but just sharing in some small way a thought that can turn another’s thoughts to Him. If someone asks you, “How are you?” You can share something like, “Rejoicing in Jesus.” Even on my toughest days when I give that response it not only cheers me but cheers another. One young man told me recently that he loves to ask me how I’m doing, just so he can hear my response.

We don’t know how far our words reach, for some of us they may reach only within their daily circle or they may reach around the world.

 As writers and readers join together in this ministry of blessing, I’m blessed every day by reading my fellow writer’s work, the reader’s responses, and their calls for prayer. Thus, I’d like to share these comforting words that are found in the Bible, written in the midst of anguish that offers assurance of God’s comfort, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (Lamentations 3:23).

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