Dear Jesus

Rejoice in this day of life, being willing to follow wherever I lead. Follow Me wholeheartedly, anticipating blessings as we journey together.

Dear Jesus,

Since You have created this day of life and presented it to me free of charge, help me receive it gratefully. My natural tendency when I wake up is to assess the day before me: trying to discern how good (or bad) it will be. I do this almost unconsciously, often basing my conclusions on something as trivial as the weather. I would like to break free from this habit, so I can be more receptive to You and Your blessings.

Beloved, I take much pleasure in your desire for greater receptivity to Me. You have already mentioned something that can help you in this quest: a grateful attitude. If you awaken to find a dark, rainy day, thank Me for the rain. Having done so, you will be much less likely to grumble about the weather. Also, remember that I have arranged the conditions of your day. So you can assume there is much good to be found in it.

Rejoicing will help you find blessings in this day. If your circumstances are looking rather bleak, then be joyful in Me—your faithful Companion. Knowing how much I gave to rescue you from sin, you can trust that I have placed precious gifts along the path we are following. In faith, be on the lookout for good things—both great and small. Because I am your Teacher, I promise to provide learning opportunities as we travel together. When you reach the end of this day, stop and look back at the distance we have covered. Take time to ponder what you have learned and to savor the gifts you have found. Let your mind dwell on these things as you lie down to sleep, rejoicing in Me and My blessings.

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

“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.”
~ John 13:13

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
~ Romans 8:32

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