Today, let's focus on choosing to enjoy the day ahead of us.
Find a quiet space. Sit up tall, and close your eyes. Set a timer for one to two minutes per movement so that you can be fully present (or increase the time if you want a longer experience).
First, pay attention to God.
Take slow, deep breaths. Focus on the spot that you feel the breath in your body.
- As you breathe in, think, "Today is the Lord's day..."
- As you breathe out, think, "... I will rejoice in it" (Psalm 118:24).
Second, ponder your inner world.
Process the following with Jesus:
- What thoughts are keeping me from enjoying Your presence and this day?
- What's one proactive step I can take to delight in You and this day?
Third, prepare to love others.
Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
- Who in my life needs joy?
(Think of one to two specific people.)
- What can I do to help them choose joy this week?
A closing prayer:
Father, every day is a gift from you. Each hour bursts at the seams with moments to enjoy — from morning coffee to beams of sunlight streaming through tree leaves to the smile of a loved one.
Jesus, I confess that I overlook many of these gifts because I'm obsessed with my difficulties. Lord, forgive me for missing opportunities for joy, gratitude, and rejoicing in You.
Holy Spirit, cultivate the fruit of joy in my life — especially when sorrow is plentiful. Let my losses deepen my joy and open my heart to encourage and sympathize with others.
Peace be with you until next week,
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