438. God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?”  ~William A. Ward

Whatever be the depth of woe
Along the path that I must go,
I’ll sing my song—
My song of joy for all the love
That’s lavished on us from above,
And count no loss of treasure-trove
When things go wrong.
I’ll sing the sunlight, and the bright
Soft smiling stars that gem the night;
For gifts of good
That God hath spread along my way,
The lilt of birds in tuneful play,
The harvests full and flowers gay,
The whole day long
I’ll sing my song
Of gratitude!
~John Kendrick Bangs

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The passage of Scripture below is not a suggestion. It’s a mandate. It’s not meant for only the good times. It’s meant for this day and every day no matter what comes our way. It doesn’t say to hang our heads in defeat or wring our hands in worry or fear when the world is harsh and times are tough. It says to rejoice and be glad in the day. Why? Because life is a gift and it’s holy, every breath is a gift and it’s holy, we are meant to be a gift to the world and we are holy. Being holy means not being defined by what comes against us, but to come into that which is holy and good within us. Joy can be found in every day, not because life is always good but because God is. Lest any who read this think me naive or the survivor of a “charmed” life to believe these things, let me allow that I’ve endured my fair share of “dark nights of the soul,” I’ve been in the black abyss and climbed out, I’ve felt death’s sting in the loss of some I’ve loved, I’ve known heartbreak and tragedy, I’ve known defeat and failure, I’ve experienced chilling betrayal, and I’ve lived with chronic pain for nearly 50 years. But, hear this, the Giver of life has never left me to walk those bitter paths alone, even during the times when I turned my back on Him. So when He asks me to make a joyful noise unto Him, I can and shall do naught but gratefully oblige.

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

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us! You have captured me with grace and I’m caught in Your infinite embrace! Like Saint Hildegard Lord, may I too be a feather on your holy breath and spread, like seeds, the gospel abroad.

15 thoughts on “438. God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?”  ~William A. Ward

  1. Thank you for this today, Natalie. I needed these words very much. I love how God consistently uses you in my life. Love and hugs…blessings, too! ~Skye

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  2. Thank you for the reminder of the mandate—It’s not always about me or of how I feel–be that good or bad–it’s only about God being God and His always being God–and that, in the end is the greatest piece of comfort…
    thank you Natalie—
    love to you—Julie

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  3. I admire you Natalie with your faith and devotion to it, and living what you believe. I think it’s the dark times of our lives that end up defining us in one way or another. Hugs and what the heck, a lot of love from Laurence.

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    • Ya know, Sir Laurence, you are one of my favorite people that I’ve met through the blogosphere. You’ve made me laugh and made me cry and blessed me with your stories and your photos and so what the heck, a lot of love from me to you too. That line made me chuckle out loud this morning, my friend, and so you have blessed my day with a smile and the goodness of your spirit. I’m touched by your admiration of my faith. I walked away from the Lord for a long time, but He followed me wherever I went because He never wants to lose any of His sheep. I believe the good and dark times both define who we are. Perhaps the dark times more because they gut us and the comeback leaves much more room for new growth. You know, dear Laurence, that I pray for you daily because I know the Lord wants you back too! Cheers, hugs, and much love from Little Miss Sunshine. 🙂

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      • Why thank you Natalie. Sometimes when you’re writing from the other side of the world you forget that you are affecting people. Just because I’m not in the flock as it were it doesn’t mean I don’t admire what others do, especially when they’re a walking testament to what they believe. Dark times? Oh dear they’ve been dark and have defined me in many ways. There’s been plenty of regrowth happening though. 🙂 I accept all prayers, if they’re coming from the heart. I know that the power of prayer/ intention are very powerful things. I’ll also take all the love and hugs little miss sunshine, because they link people together. I don’t know if you have read my Medium blog this week but I would urge you to have a look at the first part down to the picture.
        Hugs and love from,
        Laurence.

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      • I just did read your Medium blog down to the first picture. What an amazing story. The Holy Spirit and Christ have often been pictured as doves, and birds of all kinds have long played a part in spiritual experiences all over the world. Indeed you have had dark times, Laurence, that no human being should have to endure, but they have been like a refiner’s fire,they have polished and refined you for a reason. All I would ask is that one day you would extend an invitation for the Holy Spirit to come into you heart and then see what happens! It can’t hurt anything and you have nothing tro lose by doing so. That’s what my prayer is and has always been for you. Just that you would open your heart to His presence and then let Him take it from there. You are such a kind, genuine, and sincere person and that can’t be for naught. You have a way of touching people and that is a gift. We are not humans having a holy experience, we are holy entities having a human experience. Huge hugs, huge blessings, and much, much love, LMS 🙂

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      • Thanks for reading it Natalie, I appreciate that. I have had some experiences in the work that I was doing that many people wouldn’t believe. When I first started my healing work I would always ask for the highest good to come in and provide the healing energy. I knew that I was working with something good, right and it provided not only healing but peace and contentment. The more I done this the more the feelings grew. I would meditate often and expand my consciousness to connect deeper with the source. There were times when, like most things in life everything came together and I found myself in a place of wonderment. The essence of me hovered on the periphery of a vast hole in what I can only think of as the centre of the universe. A formation of light and cloud, streaked with gold pulsed and lived there. Countless thousands of tiny gold flecks were being attracted from all corners and entering into this light, other souls. The feelings of love and wonderment that emanated from it made feel as if I were drowning in bliss. I hovered on the outer edges and let it wash over me as I felt myself being drawn away, back to the mundane, heavy, material world. Make of it what you may but I know that I went somewhere and as the old saying goes, ‘it blew my mind.’
        Thank you for your kind words and thoughts about me LMS, I do appreciate them you know. We’re definitely souls having a human experience and I believe that I had the privilege, for a brief moment of having the soul experience. hugs and love, Laurence. 🙂

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      • Amazing story, Laurence! The Lord does work in such mysterious ways. And life leads us down some interesting paths, some more interesting than others, and some far more difficult than others. Yours fall into both categories. Your life has been spared too many times for the Lord not to have a plan for you and who am I to say how He wants that plan carried out. In many ways I’ve led a very sheltered life, but even in that sheltering, as I said in one of my recent posts, it has not been a life spared from a measure of trials and loss and heartbreak. And I too know that my life was spared from the stroke I had nearly two years ago now for a reason. I also believe that there are no accidents. The people we meet along the path of our journey are there for a reason as well. So we shall admire and respect each other and learn. I pray you have a great week ahead. Cheers, hugs, and love, LMS 🙂

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      • Thanks Natalie, I tell them how I see them and this one impressed me no end. I’m not quite sure at this stage what I’m here for, they’d better hurry up and tell me because I’m running out of time. 🙂 There are many paths and they crisscross through other people’s lives, for better or worse people bump into each other. We bumped and I’m glad we did. It makes you wonder when life heaps its trials and tribulations on your head. Why? Is usually the most asked question and until the right moment eventuates we don’t know. I agree, we should admire and respect each other (I did anyway) and hopefully learn. I’m going to have a great week, knowing that we can always be friends. Cheers, hugs and love back at you LMS. 🙂

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