“I will rejoice and be glad in Your faithful lovePsalm 31:7-8
because You have seen my affliction.
You have known the troubles of my life
and have not handed me over to the enemy.
You have set my feet in a spacious place.”
“This is the day the Lord has made;Psalm 118:24
let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
One morning, I managed to turn off both of my alarms and oversleep my wake up time. I usually have an hour and 15 minutes before I need to leave for work, but I woke up 6 minutes after I was supposed to be there!
Trying to get dressed, text my coworkers, and get out the door were all done in a fumbling manner. I drove to work because I didn’t have time for the 5 minute walk! And I felt out of sorts the whole morning.
When it was time to go home, I arrived at my front door, and realized that I had walked right past my van on the way!
Starting off the day in a rough way can cause us to stay off track. Sometimes, we just have to plow through and make it the best possible.
But most often, we can find the time to start over. After taking a few minutes to regroup, relax, and refocus, we can ask the Lord to give us the strength and discernment to know what we need to do and how we can adjust our plans to accommodate what’s most important for this day. We can then move forward with a peaceful confidence and follow through.
These “off days” happen to all of us from time to time. Reminding ourselves of this fact and allowing ourselves to restart our day, no matter what time it is, can be a form of self care and positive encouragement to those around us.
Thank You for understanding our troubles and giving us the ability to start over when needed. Please help us to rejoice in Your faithful love for us and be grateful for each new day we are given.
In Christ’s name, Amen.
Journal: What can you do to help your days start off well? Create a plan to restart the days that begin to go off track. Ask the Lord for His help and thank Him for the blessing of each new day.