Daily Devotional – 4/25/14 “My rejoicing soul!”

My Father in Heaven, you whose name is Holy and Sweet, you whose will shall be done on earth and in Heaven. God, as I come petitioning your throne, I want to thank you. Thank you God for touching me this morning with a fresh anointing to see this new day with the activities of all my limbs, warm blood flowing through my veins and for a regulated mind that allowed me to know where I was and whose I was. God, I thank you because when I could have been dead, you allowed me to live. When I should have been buried in my mess, you simply brushed it off and told me to stand. When I thought my knees would buckle from the burdens on my shoulders, you gave me extra strength and told me to walk on. When I thought I wasn’t worthy of your calling, you intensified my gift. When I shouldn’t have been surviving, you provided. When all I saw was a dead end, you made a path that took me right. When I wanted to give up, I realized that it wasn’t one of the options to choose from. When I should have been drowning in my tears, you simply used them to wash away the dirt that had been thrown on me by folks. When I could have been strung out on drugs, you gave me grandma who drug me to church. When I could have been a hard core alcoholic, you gave me momma who was hard core and didn’t mind using the rod of correction. When I could have been a street walker, you gave me a granddaddy that walked in front of me paving the way for me, making sure I was walking right. When I could have been a high school dropout, you gave me uncles who would show up at the school just to check on me. When I could have been a single parent raising children in this mean world, you sent me a husband who is the head of his household. When I could have been diagnosed with cancer, you gave me a clean bill of health. When I could have been at the unemployment office, you gave me a job instead. When I could be standing at the bus stop in the cold, you gave me a car instead. When I could be working on Sundays, you gave me a job that will work around my schedule.

Oh, when I think about all the things that could have happened to me, the things that should of happened to me, the things that could have taken me out, the things that should of taken me out, the sickness that could have killed me, folks that could have hurt me, burdens that could have depressed me, struggles that could have overtaken me, grief that should have consumed me and pain that could of weakened me; my soul rejoices knowing that it all has a purpose. When I think about the places that my gift will take me, the doors that my calling will open, the territory that you, God will enlarge and the increase of joy and peace that I already have; my soul rejoices. When I think about the family and friends that you, God have surrounded me with, my soul rejoices. Yes, my soul rejoices for the good and the bad, for the happiness and the sad. My soul rejoices today, it did on yesterday and it will on tomorrow. I won’t be defeated by anything or anyone because I declare on today that my soul shall rejoice in your goodness Father and that everything that I shall want and everything that I shall be; will come to pass. I claim it! For my soul rejoices for Romans 5:1-5 tells me, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

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