A SUMMER OF PSALMS

We used to sing that chorus every Sunday of the world!  I remember looking out at the congregation as we sang – and people were smiling!  It’s very difficult to sing that chorus and not feel joy!  Have you thanked God for this day?  Will you rejoice and be glad in it?

So, when a Sunday School teacher is late getting to church because her curling iron accidentally melted her hair clip and she had to find a replacement at the Dollar Tree on the way to church, and she feels all bummed and stressed out and knows she won’t have time to set her classroom up the way she planned to, does that mean she is not rejoicing and being glad?  Well…  yes.  Yes, it does.  And yes, that really happened.  You can’t make that up!

How about those times when you’re sitting in church service trying to concentrate on the sermon, but you keep thinking about all the paperwork that is waiting for you at work on Monday morning?  Oh, don’t tell me that’s never happened to you.

This verse does not tell us to dwell on anything that happened last week.  It doesn’t tell us to think about things that haven’t even happened yet – but will next week.  This verse is saying THIS is the day the LORD has made.  Today.  Now.  Present.  Live in this moment and rejoice in it.  Yesterday is over and tomorrow isn’t promised.  Leave all the rest of the days where they belong and rejoice.  Praise God because He inhabits our praise.  He delights in our praise.

We rejoice because of the blessings of grace, peace, pardon, righteousness, and salvation.  None of these things have anything to do with us, and everything to do with God.  He gives us His grace.  He is our peace.  He offers us pardon.  He is the root of righteousness.  He alone is the path to salvation.

This is the day the LORD has made.  Here.  Now.  Rejoice and be glad in it.  Look in the mirror and know that you’re seeing salvation from the hand of God.  You have to feel joy when you realize that truth!  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART 35

TODAY

The sweetest marriage proposal ever.

Life with your spouse is too short for harboring anger, resentment or regret. The issues that seemed worth arguing about when your marriage was young are suddenly not that important as the years go by. With age comes a sort of commitment and a settled feeling. You begin to really live every day to its fullest and enjoy it together.

I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.
– Author Unknown

Men are typically not into the actual wedding ceremony. My husband was no exception. The details were up to me. We had a blue and yellow wedding and I wore a blue dress with a yellow daisy corsage. If you were to ask him what colors we used in our wedding, I’m guessing he could not tell you. But that’s ok. That’s the way God made men and He made women to be very choosy and detail-oriented. Our wedding was simple – no frills. And as I watch the many “bloopers” on YouTube, I think that was a good idea!

We had our vows renewed on our 20th anniversary at Silver Dollar City. I think that was the nicest surprise he could have given me! It meant so much to know that he would marry me all over again.

There’s an old joke that is not all that funny where the husband tells the wife, “I told you I loved you when I married you – if things change, I’ll let you know.” Epic fail, guys! Your woman needs to hear it – every day! It’s not a matter of us being insecure about our relationship, but it’s more of an affirmation. I can only speak for myself, but when my husband tells me he loves me, it makes me want to try harder and it makes me smile for a really long time! There is nothing like hearing your husband tell you out loud that he loves you. He shows me every day by his actions – but hearing it… that is wonderful!

Two people for life – and God’s Holy Spirit in the middle just loving and caring for us. ❤