Happy December 1st!

It may seem silly, but I always like to acknowledge the first day of a new month. And the first day of a new week. And, yes, I especially like to welcome and celebrate each new day – it’s always a first! I like being cognizant of the marking of time. It keeps me keenly aware and very thankful for my life and that God has a purpose in each of my present moments.

Marking time by intentionally acknowledging each new day helps me to live more fully in the present moment. It helps me to recognize that this new day is a gift from God. It is God alone who is my life-giver and my life-sustainer. And, quite honestly, this practice of being present in the moment keeps me humbled and very mindful that this present moment is all that I truly have. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow may or may not be here for me – at least on this side of heaven. I have been given the gift of this day. The gift of this present moment. Today.

So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion…” – Hebrews 3:7-8

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all of our days. – Psalm 90:14

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. – Psalm 139:16

My times are in your hands… – Psalm 31:15

All of our times, all of our days, all of our present moments are in God’s hands. He lovingly, perfectly, wisely, and with His eternal purpose in mind, pours them out to us as gifts.

How good it would be for all of us to be keenly aware and thankful for this truth, celebrating each day and each of our present moments. I don’t want my life to pass by without truly living it. I don’t want to miss the present moments I’ve been given.

How good it would be for all of us if, today, we would listen to God’s voice and keep our hearts soft and pliable to His words and ways. If, today, we would let God lead us, transform us and use us in His loving, healing and holy ways – in all we are, in all we do, in all our interactions. As we do, I absolutely believe that all of our present moments will have deep and eternal value and beauty – just as God intended them to have!