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Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the Lord has made,
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

 I originally had something else planned for today's devotional, but over the last few weeks, and the many conversations I had with people I discovered that we are all waiting for something to be different in their life so that it is possible to enjoy life more, myself included.These are some of the things I have heard.......
"If only I had someone special to share my life with, then I would be......"
"If only I had that job I wanted, then I would be....."
"If only money weren't so tight, then I would be......"
"If only I had a bigger house, then I would be....."
"If only I could loose that last 15 lbs, then I would be......"
"If only I didn't live with this chronic pain, then I would be....."
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
Psalm 118:24 is recited or sung so often, do we even really think about what we are saying when we say this verse, or is it so well known that we take what it says for granted? 
When I have read this verse before, what resonated with me was the part that says "We will rejoice and be glad in it. But most recently the two words that jump out at me is "This is".
I suffer from Chronic pain due to an auto-immune Arthritis. I often wish I was pain free and able to enjoy doing the things that I once did with my family and friends. Yes, I get discouraged at times, even though I know that pain is a part of life. But what I also know is that the Lord will turn every tear I have ever cried into joy.  He knows everything about me and will He will use my pain for a greater purpose that He has planned for me.

Are you waiting for something in your life to change and be better before you can say, I am "content" in my present circumstances and that Jesus is enough for me. I can't boast that I am yet, but I know that I have a desire to be and striving towards that. So....Come on, will you join me, what are you waiting for anyway?
THIS IS the day, TODAY.....I will rejoice and be glad in it, pain or no pain.


  1. Hi..ich danke Gott und dir auch für diese wunderschöne Post.Heute ist ein besondere Tag.Ich wurde schon gesegnet...Gruß aus Germany.Luciene.

  2. Thank you for this wonderful hope you have given me ...Yes today is a wonderful day as will tomorrow !!!!

  3. So very true Charlotte, thanks so much for reminding us to rejoice and be thankful for every day, no matter what!!

  4. Thank you. As I am also waiting, this is a very timely devotional.

  5. Great Devotional that we all need and really resonated with me. I don't often comment on posts but the words of my Mom are ringing in my ears and I have to pass this information on to you. She always suggest the supplement 'Cats Claw' for people with Arthritis. I think it can be found in most health food store. Not sure whether this would help or not, but I believe it does help many people.

  6. I am touched by these words.Yes,there is so much that I would like different,a big thing being that I would love to have my husband at my side.I do KNOW that I can still praise God despite the circumstances.He is good all the time.

  7. God loves an honest cry. My heart rejoices knowing that life is more than the world calls success.

  8. Thank you for your words and the reminder of that wonderful verse. My goal for each day is to find something to be thankful for and to be content even though our journey through my husband's early onset dementia is not an easy one. I pray God will give you peace and relief from pain.

  9. I so needed your post today. Thank you so much.

  10. Thank you for your post. I woke up with tears in my eyes this morning. I needed this post today.

  11. You must be a stellar friend - this teaching sits easily in the heart -
    and lifts us up.

    Thank you!

  12. Amen to this Charlotte - well said!

  13. I too, suffer with chronic pain due to an on the job injury... some days are better/worse than others, but one thing I know for sure if this trial tests my faith and shows me it is real.


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