The Key to Starting Each Day New and with a Great Attitude
Written by Judy Smith
Psalms 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
How do we see the day ahead? We say live each day as if it is the last. Then we escalate it to eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you may die. Sadly we use these sayings as an excuse to live without healthy boundaries or standards.I have seen people dread every day, expecting the worst. People living in fear- fear of dying, fear of losing their job, fear of something happening to their children, fear of sickness and disease, or fear of their spouses being unfaithful. So much fear and negativity; no faith in God or His promises. How sad and horrible that someone should live like that, I’m talking about Christians as well as nonbelievers.
I was raised by my grandparents on a dirt poor farm and my grandfather was barely able to keep us alive, but my grandmother did not face each day with dread and fear. She would say, “You know Judy today is a brand new day that has never been lived before. You go out there and do the best you can to make it a good day and don’t let nobody or anything ruin it for you. Every day is a gift from God”.
Later at the age of thirty one, I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I learned as I studied God’s Word, how scriptural my grandmother’s words were. Because of her, I learned at a very early age how to view my days as a gift.
I come to the Lord very early in the morning every day of my life to thank Him for the gift of today. There is so much to thank Him for. Psalms 5:1-3 Give ear to my words Oh Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God; for to you will I pray, my voice you shall hear in the morning; O Lord, in the morning. I will direct it to you, and I will look up. Just think of it- this day has never been lived before, by anyone on this earth. This day is brand new. We must live it the best we can even when those sudden challenges come across our path. Psalms 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
I have learned to live in the joy of the Lord that is my strength. I refuse to allow the enemy to rob me of the joy of the Lord.Yes sometimes I get tired, sometimes I cry, sometimes I get angry, but I make myself praise Jesus and I thank Him for His guidance and strength because today is His gift to me. He leads me and He guides me. I will not be denied His joy. Psalms 34:1 I shall bless the Lord at all times, your praise shall continually be on my lips.
There is nothing more satisfying than slapping the devil with the Word of God. I am so blessed to be living out this gift of today. Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.You can be very creative in making the best of your worst circumstances, by the direction of the Holy Spirit. We walk by faith and not by sight. The more we do that, the greater our faith becomes and we know that nothing is impossible with God.
Psalms 46:10-11 Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of Hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Since I learned to make the best of every day, to see my days as a clean slate and a gift from God, I am responsible to give my very best. I look forward to each day and I allow Jesus to be Lord of my day. I don’t stick my head in the sand and ignore my circumstances, or pretend that they don’t exist, but I start my day with great joy in the presence of Jesus; saying not my will but Yours be done. Each day I study the Word, take authority over my day, speak the Word over my life, and pray for others. I seek first His kingdom and His righteousness for my life and then everything gets taken care of. Numbers 23:19 NLT God is not a man that He should lie. He is not a human that He should change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through? No! In the evening I meditate on the day, repent, think about what I learned, and praise Him for the gift of another day. Oh, how I love Him and thank Him.
I sense right now that many of you are saying “but you don’t know what I’m going through.” That’s true. Believe me my precious one, in my 70 plus years of life there is very little in life that I have not experienced and Jesus brought me through all of it. If you will just let Jesus sweep over you and carry you through, this too shall pass.
Lord Jesus I bring before you those that are reading this message right now and I ask You, Abba Father to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit to comfort them, strengthen them, and teach them how to overcome and cope during challenging times. Lord Jesus give them wisdom, knowledge, understanding, discernment, revelation, and guidance. Let them walk in the power of your might and be overcomers. Lord they are more than conquerors through the blood of the lamb. I apply the blood of the Lamb over them. I pray your hedge of protection around them and all that is theirs, and your guardian angels surround them and their families. I pray that each new day be filled with victories as they recognize that each day is a gift to be treasured. Restore them to the joy of their salvation. Bring healing into their lives, and deliverance from all oppression. Meet their needs Jehovah Jireh, according to your glorious riches. Guide them through each day and shine your light on them and every circumstance. We love you Lord! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!