SINGLE(mom)HOPE Daily Devotional

Day Twelve
Today’s Agenda

I like structure. I have realized that I need structure. The older I get the more I do not like to “fly by the seat of my pants”. Chalk it up to personality, maturity, or just being boring. Whatever your opinion, you can email me your thoughts… My single mom years made me more this way. Structure is what helped me survive. My calendar was filled with baseball and softball and work and plays and band recitals and yard work and science projects and late night homework assignments and small group and my part-time (second) job… the list could go on.

A decision I made early into my single mom life was never regretted and quickly became a compass to get through each day. It was a simple act that changed my outlook on any given day. Not only was it a compass; it quickly became a lifeline on some days.

This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalms 188:24

What I discovered when I committed to live out Psalms 188:24 gave me guidance to maneuver through my circumstances. “This is the day” never describes the day as good or bad, easy or difficult, happy or hurtful. It’s just a day. What I did know for sure, “the LORD has made” the day. He created it. He allowed it. The day belongs to Him. My commitment came from the second part of Psalms 188:24. I will rejoice and I will be glad.

Reality challenged my commitment. Reality has a way to convince us that delighting and being glad in the day is not really possible. If we are not careful, we will focus on all the reasons the day is difficult. What if choosing to rejoice in the day the LORD made is really that simple. We aren’t told to be happy about all the circumstances or difficulties. We can delight in the very fact that the LORD made the day and, knowing that, we can rest assured that He knows what we will face that day.

I encourage you to rejoice and be glad in what the LORD has already done by the time your eyes open each morning. He has made the day. Rejoice and be glad and see what you discover about the day.