My Favorite Day


There is a wonderful saying that hangs in my home

Today is a good day to have a good day. 

As a woman who was sent home to die when she was in her early 20″s I learned this lesson well.

Live each day as if it were your last.

What incredible wisdom! Whether we are sick or we are well, have money in our bank account or have found empty pockets, have our day planned or are just winging the world in our loneliness, are laying in a hospital bed or walking the beauty of the ocean.

Live each day as if it were your last.

When I began to understand that our daily routines are what create our beautiful life, that the laundry I am doing every single day is truly a reflection of my blessings, that my snoring husband is a reminder that I am not alone. That when I awaken in pain, I am surrounded by choices for my day. Do I give in to the pain and complain and try to get by until the next day and hope it will be better? No, for you see I have lived every single day for almost 23 years in pain. If I waited for the pain to leave before I was enjoying my life I would have missed my life.  I would have missed appreciating the hot water that soothes me, the foods that nourish me, the Dr’s that assist me. I would have missed the joy of sunrises that left me breathless, the sounds of birds singing to me outside my window. I would have missed the look on my patients faces when they felt better (even if I didn’t), the baby I helped bring into this world, the tears falling down broken souls when they heard and accepted the love of Jesus into their hearts while I prayed. I would have missed birthing songs that have changed people and won an award. I would have missed the cries of the orphans in Africa for whom my barren womb (where I lamented not bearing my own baby)  can now assist those who have no mother.  I remember thinking that if I looked too closely at what I don’t have I would grow as bitter as the arctic winds that blow.  If I live each day as if it were my last, if I poured out everything I am, in my energy, in my intention, in my love then GOD can make something beautiful out of all this pain. He has one day at a time changed the world of many because I was somehow willing to be aware that our time on this earth is short and we are given a daily gift. What we do with that gift is up to us. That gift is this day. That’s all we have. This day, this day is my favorite day!  This day is my new favorite day! No matter who I am with, or if I am alone (which is most of the time) I always have the company of the Holy spirit to hang out with. He has watched my most tender of moments, the times where the pain became more than I thought I could bear, the moments of anger and frustrations because my body is so broken. I have never been alone in my sorrow or in my laughter or in my questions or in my need of wisdom. I have found that all I had to do was ask for his wisdom, his strength, his love and I am completely assured that I will have everything I need to have a most favorite day! Mother Teresa has said “We forget that we belong to one another” I am choosing today to look around my world and find my joy. Look around my home and find a need. Look around the neighborhood and find someone to smile at. To be aware of all the blessings, from dirty laundry to a snoring husband. This is the day the lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it! *

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