Psalms 118:24 — This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
This is a familiar verse to many of us, and you may have it committed to memory as well. I hear the little children in our church preschool singing this verse during their chapel time each week and it always brings a smile to my face. It is one of the first verses that I learned as a child too.
This verse is also a prayer that I pray at some point each morning, usually on my short drive to work. I find that sometimes the simplest prayers speak to my heart the most. My work days are usually full of task lists, meetings and phone calls so a gentle reminder about who created the day helps keep me on track. (Working in a church helps too ! )
Psalms 118:34 also reminds us to “Rejoice, and be glad in it!” Sometimes the thought of rejoicing is the last thing on our minds when we are sitting in a meeting, in traffic or in the carpool line at school! But a reminder of why we are sitting in that meeting, traffic or carpool line is an opportunity to give thanks and be glad for your circumstances…your job, your car or your kids…and give that gratitude back to the Lord.
When you are feeling hurried, carry this simple prayer in your heart throughout your day. Trust that God is in control and He will lead you through whatever it may bring.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
– Proverbs 31:25-31
Those familiar with this scripture passage know that it describes “A Wife of Noble Character.” But as I read it yesterday, it also reminded me of the many mothers I know and have known throughout my life who live noble, humble lives, always selflessly giving to those around them . . .
The moms who are recently widowed, suddenly raising children on their own.
The moms tending to a child with a chronic or terminal illness.
The moms bravely undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
The moms caring for their aging parents.
The moms mourning the loss of their son or daughter in the armed forces.
The moms working multiple jobs to make ends meet.
And the many amazing moms just trying hard to make the world a better place!
Take time today to remember and honor all the special women God has placed in your life.
Have a blessed Mother’s Day!
P.S. Thank you to the anonymous child who left this precious reminder (see photo at the top of my post) rolled up on my front steps.