Below is my journal writing from this morning... the Spirit has led me to share it. Maybe someone else needs to hear these words...

"This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!"  

                                                                                  Psalm 118:24 NLT

This is the day the Lord has made and I WILL BE Glad and I WILL Rejoice in it!

Struggles come. Disappointments. Setbacks. Reminders of broken places in our past story. Sorrow. 

But I have a choice today. 

Regret OR Rejoice

Reminders OR Rejoice

Reeling Heart OR Rejoice

"...we will be glad..." is a choice we make. The words here infer that each person must make the deliberate choice to "OH... I WILL be glad!"

My choice is to rejoice. 

Thank you, Lord, for creating in me the ability to...

Rejoice in my regrets... they remind me of lessons learned and growth pursued. 

Rejoice in the reminders... this is where You have shown your glory, power, provision, and plan. 

Rejoice in my reeling heart... for in here I discover gratitude for simple joys... and for gratitude that I have another day you have made in which grace, forgiveness, and love can win. 

Brennan Manning writes this:

Through good humor a Christian triumphs over that subtle form of egotism that would make one pose as a martyr or victim to be noticed, consoled, or placed on a pedestal... Good humor, rather, makes community life richer and more delightful... Paul called upon the church in Philippi to manifest it in their Christian community. "Rejoice int he Lord always! Rejoice! Everyone should see how unselfish you are. The Lord is near!" 

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" 

                                                                                 Philippians 4:4

So, today, I will my will to rejoice. Life is hard. Life is precious. Today is a new day that the Lord has given me to be in His Kingdom. To work out my salvation and to lead the way for others to choose their own working out. 

Let us choose to rejoice.