This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24
There are days when we don't feel glad. If we talk to God about how we truly feel, you will find He will give you a reason to rejoice. "Our prayers can end in praise". Begin this day with an open faith by forgetting the past and reaching to those things which are ahead. Find Joy in THIS day, and not focus on tomorrow or get caught up in the past. We all have done things of which we are ashamed. Forgive yourself and others to move forward. Let go of the past of guilt and look toward what God will help us become. New insert 6/23/2018 We have all been hurt. We have been lied on, talked about, abused, scorned, etc. How we respond to those misdeeds is our choice. We can forever burden our hearts by constantly reliving the hurts or we can release the hurts, forgive our offenders, and move on. Carrying the hurts keep us in bondage. Releasing them gives us freedom. Bondage or freedom? The choice is yours!
Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today" so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians:
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended but one thing I do. Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching to those things which are ahead. (14) I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call to God in Jesus Christ
3 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Today God is creating something new in me. It is a Joy that will extend to others. I am not to mistake it for something that I am doing but what the Holy Spirit wills. I am not to take credit but to watch in delight as the Spirit flows from me to others. I am not to try and control it. I pray, Amen.