It’s A Good Day

“It’s a good day.” Image Capture by Lon M Helmick. ©Anne Monroe Designs. All rights reserved.

Several years ago I read the book “Same Kind of Different As Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. This true story is rich with lessons in service, humility, love, and thanksgiving learned in the fires of intense suffering and loss. A thought from their book stuck with me. Ron and Deborah Hall meet a homeless man at the shelter where they serve. He always arrives with a smile. They ask why. He responds, “It’s a good day, I woke up.” When faced with her terminal illness, Ron and Debbie remember his words and grasp the truth that every day is a gift from God.

How would our lives change if we started every day with the same thought and really believed it? Would the sunrise seem remarkable? Could we be thankful for the cold, the heat, the wind, the rain, the ice, and the snow? Would a cloudy day be as welcome as a sun-filled day? Could the first person we spoke to that day, whether family or friend or stranger, be greeted with the realization God placed them in our lives or path for a reason? For our families, a life-long commitment. For our friends, perhaps a season. And for the stranger, perhaps only a single encounter.  It might be for their good, or ours, or both.

Jesus is our role model. Remember the times he fed the hungry, calmed the frightened, healed the sick, led the lost, forgave the sinner, and prayed for those around him. Our job as a Christ-follower is to watch and act and pray. Watch for signs someone near you has a need. Then act. Perhaps with a word of encouragement, or compassion, or loving confrontation. Perhaps with a physical gesture – a simple touch or embrace. Investing time can be meaningful – a coffee date, a shopping trip, a hospital visit – or providing for a physical need. Pray for the person to seek God for comfort and strength.

I am struck by the lives we live on this earth, the human condition – so much joy alongside so much heartache. I don’t know how anyone survives the heartache if they can’t find the joy. Within each heartache is an opportunity – to meet God, to know God, and to praise God – and experience true joy. And the opportunity isn’t for us alone. It’s an opportunity to draw others closer to God.

“It’s a good day.”

A Shared Cup

A Shared Cup. Image staged by Julie Anne. ©2019. Anne Monroe Designs. All rights reserved.

I filled my new cup three-quarters full; so I could see the blue butterfly that graces the inside rim. Three days ago I mailed my sister a cup just like mine.

On the outside of the white cup are more blue butterflies, poised around stems of blue larkspur. I chose this cup because my sister likes blue. Her cup arrived yesterday.

I took a sip of freshly-brewed coffee, then read the words on the cup.

The Lord’s mercies are new every morning.

A promise from God. I bought these two cups to remind my sister and me of our love for each other, and our shared faith in Christ Jesus, the Lord.

The Lord’s mercies . . .

My sister is blessed, and she knows this with certainty, even though like most of us she has some personal struggles. Others might question why she thinks God is so good.

. . . are new . . .

She is hopeful, always looking for the blessings that God brings to every situation. Some might think she is putting on an act. She isn’t.

. . . every morning.

My sister is faithful, every day, to trust in God and His mercies.  I know that her faith is genuine. I see the outcome – the strength and joy God gives her because of her faithfulness.

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Hope is just one of the Lord’s mercies.  And God gives it freely to those who seek Him.

Do you want to know more about God’s mercies? And how you can find hope for your life and your circumstances? Do you want to know how to seek God? Please reach out using the CONTACT menu at the top of the page and let’s have a conversation, starting with your questions.

NOTE: “The Lord’s mercies are new every morning” is a paraphrase from the Lamentations of Jeremiah, Chapter 3, verses 22-23.