Dear God

“Dear God,

“I think I’ll dress up today… just in case you have something special in mind.

“Every morning when you push the covers back, you’re ripping the wrapper off a shiny, new present, a day not quite like any other you’ve ever lived before or like any you’ll live again. Somehow, God never gets tired of watching the sun come up, seeing the flowers drip with dew, or giving you a day like today full of new things for you to do, to learn, and to enjoy.”

My grandma found the cutest little book of prayers the other day. She shared this one with me and it really opened my eyes. It’s crazy how something so simple yet so sweet can be so eye-opening. This little page in the book changed my perspective on how I wake up in the morning.

A lot of my mornings still consist of the thought that I’d rather just stay in bed and avoid the whole day altogether… especially when my depression is heavy. But, after reading this passage, my mornings look a little different. Actually… a lot different. When I wake up, I know the day is a day that God created for me to conquer by His side. It’s a day that will be different from any day I’ve lived or any day I will come to live. It’s a day that God has prepared to be part of my story… a story that HE is writing, a story that is for my good. That’s pretty cool.

Yes, it’s still hard to get out of bed some mornings. Yes, each day is still a battle. But I know that God has prepared me to fight the battles, and I know that there will be something good in each day, no matter how hard it is to see it.

I want to encourage you to look at each new day as a gift from God. Keep your eyes peeled… no matter how tough the day is, God is placing little blessings right in front of you!!! They may be hard to see, but they’re there.

Today, I really struggled to get out of bed. My heart is hurting and I just didn’t want to wake up and deal with the pain. But, I remembered the little passage from the book… God never gets tired of creating new days for us to live… so we shouldn’t either. That doesn’t mean we can’t feel down or upset or hurt. That doesn’t mean we can’t feel apathetic or mournful. We can… our feelings are all valid. But try to look at each new day as a gift… a new day is a new opportunity to get up and get moving. So… dress up today. Put on some clothes and look at today as something special from above!!

How can you look at today as a gift? What little blessings can you find on a tougher day and what little blessings can you find on the good days?! I promise you… they’re there.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

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