Is anyone else doing a double take that it’s not only Monday but May already? My college kids are trickling home and we’re slowly transitioning to a summer schedule. Final exams are wrapping up and summer jobs will start soon. The days of sprinklers, popsicles and watermelon are just around the corner.
Today, on this #HelloHappyMonday, it’s a joy to welcome Betsy de Cruz. Betsy has a passion for studying the Word and a passion for making it practical and applicable to our every day.
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“Dear God, thank you because it’s not Monday anymore.”
For several years I listened and breathed a silent amen to my son’s prayer every Tuesday at breakfast. We always chuckled over that “Hallelujah, Monday’s over” prayer. Looking back now, I realize that I passed on to him my gloomy view of the first day of the work week.
You know that feeling when you start the week bleary-eyed after getting back home from a trip late Sunday night? I feel that way most Mondays, whether I went out of town or not. I don’t feel ready to get back to regular work and school routines, so I often start Monday morning with a vague sense of dread.
Do you ever feel the same way? Can I tell you what I’m learning?
We have so much to be grateful for on Mondays.
Each Monday brings a fresh start to a new week and one more 24 hour gift of life deposited right into our laps by the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Monday is one more chance to see God’s faithfulness. It’s one more day is to serve God and shine His light in our world.
I’ve decided to reframe Mondays into glory days.
In fact, I’m renaming the day Glorious and Grateful Monday. Care to join me? Sometimes we need a bit of extra self-talk when we start a new week.
Let’s look at David’s self-talk in Psalm 103:1-5
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
David tells himself two things I need to remember, especially on Monday morning:
1. Praise the Lord.
God’s eternal, glorious nature doesn’t change just because I’m feeling tired or stressed out. He’s as worthy of praise on Monday as on any other day, so let’s give the day a makeover. Let’s make Monday glorious by focusing on praise and worship.
2. Remember His Benefits.
This Psalm reads like a bullet list of things David is grateful for:
- Love and compassion
- Good things (I call these Extra Blessings.)
- Renewed strength
For the rest of the Psalm, David continues listing more blessings that are ours simply because we’re God’s children. Let’s make Monday grateful by remembering the benefits that come with our salvation.
What if we made a special effort to start each week well? Let’s give Monday a makeover by turning up our praise and thanks. Let’s make Monday glorious and grateful instead of gloomy.
Here’s a simple scripture journaling exercise to get started:
1.Write down Psalm 103:2
2. Read the rest of the Psalm and make a list of the benefits you see OR simply list blessings in your life that you are grateful for.
Now it’s your turn: What blessing are you grateful for today?
Betsy de Cruz enjoys God, life with teenagers, and dark roast coffee. She and her crazy nomad family are currently spending 9 months in Dallas, Texas, but they look forward to returning to Turkey, their favorite home. Betsy’s passion is to encourage women to get God’s Word in, so their faith can spill out, even during life’s bumpy moments. She writes about everyday faith at faithspillingover.com and you can also connect with Betsy on Facebook.
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