Today Is A Good Day

This has been my mantra lately….”Today is a good day”.  At this time in the life of our family, every tomorrow is uncertain.  We don’t know what the next day is going to bring us.  But isn’t that true with everyone?  We think we’ve got our days, weeks even years planned out, but ultimately only the Lord knows what our tomorrow holds.  I have to remind myself of this often, as I sometimes find myself letting my thoughts go too far into the future.  I can easily be consumed with fear and anxiety. 

So to combat these thoughts of tomorrow, I am continually reminding myself that “Today is a good day”.  If I will focus on today and all that is good about it, my fears and anxieties about tomorrow begin to fade.  Today, the sun is out after a long, stormy night.  Today, Emilie is at her second day of her new job.  Today, Greg is feeling well enough to go to work.  Today, I got to talk to Katie several times on the phone.  Today, we had new tile installed.  Today, Jacob is feeling very little discomfort after getting his braces on yesterday.  Today, I got to stay home and homeschool my kids.  Today, I have a good marriage, terrific kids, a nice home and plenty of food.  Today, I have wonderful, supportive family and friends.  Today, I have a Savior that loves me so much that He gave His life for me.  Today, I have a God who is always faithful, always good and always with me.  Yes, today is a good day!

My devotion this morning goes right along with my new “mantra”.  It is from Jesus Calling.  If you are looking for a daily devotional, I highly recommend this one…it speaks right to my heart almost every day!

“I am leading you, step by step, through your life.  Hold My hand in trusting dependence, letting Me guide you through this day.  Your future looks uncertain and feels flimsy–even precarious.  That is how it should be.  Secret things belong to the Lord, and future things are secret things.  When you try to figure out the future, you are grasping at things that are Mine.  This, like all forms of worry, is an act of rebellion: doubting My promises to care for you.

Whenever you find yourself worrying about the future, repent and return to Me.  I will show you the next step forward, and the one after that, and the one after that.  Relax and enjoy the journey in My Presence, trusting Me to open up the way before you as you go.”

We haven’t yet heard from the doctors about their recommendations for the next step in Greg’s treatment.  We are thinking it will be in the next day or so.  For now, he is feeling pretty good and is able to work every day.  He continues to have some joint pain, some skin issues and some fatigue.  But for the most part, he is doing really well.  If it weren’t for the side effects from the chemo, you’d never even know that he has cancer. 

We know that the future will consist of some bad days, along with the good days.  That is a fact of life for all of us.  We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but……..Today is a good day!

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Ps. 118:24

Waiting

Today is a day of waiting.  We are at MD Anderson in Houston for Greg to have a plethora of tests.  Tomorrow will be one more test and two doctor’s appointments.  Needless to say, I am spending lots of time…waiting!  Waiting can be hard, but it can also be a good thing in this “always in a hurry” world.  While I’ve been waiting today, I’ve had lots of time to read God’s Word and focus my attention on His goodness to  me.  The last couple of years have been rough for our family, but today I am reminded of the fact that things could always be worse.  The Lord has been so faithful to provide for us and to comfort us and to give us peace when peace has been hard to find. I cannot imagine going through hard times without Him.

I’ve spent time today working on a Bible study that I recently started…One Thousand Gifts.  The author talks specifically about maintaining a heart of gratitude.  Even in difficult times, we can ALWAYS find something to be thankful for, although sometimes we may have to look a little harder to find those things.  Here is a great quote from the study guide:

“Not one of us can travel the rugged roads of earth and avoid all of the painful potholes.  It does not matter where you live, how much money you have, how much you love God, how careful you might be, how much faith you exercise, or how persistently you pray.  Hurt and heartache are truly unavoidable.  In a moment, without even seeing it coming, we all hit life’s unexpected potholes and feel jarring pain.  The question is not: Will you and I have these moments of loss and dizzying confusion?  The real issue is: How will we respond to these inevitable and unavoidable moments?  When we discover the secret to a heart of gratitude, we can face these certain moments with grace, strength, and even what seems impossible: joy.”

As you have probably heard before….we are all just coming out of a trial, in the middle of a trial, or about to be hit head-on with a trial.  How we respond will make all the difference.  No, it’s not easy.  No, it’s not fun.  Cancer stinks!  But I will try each day, sometimes minute by minute, to choose to have a heart of gratitude.  I won’t always succeed, but I will keeping pressing on!

So, my time of waiting today has been productive!  Waiting is indeed a good thing, sometimes!

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”  Psalm 27:14

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