Almost Heaven

This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
PSALM 118:24 NLT

 

Rejoice in My foundation of trust.  
     
Whatever courses others take today, nestle near your Shepherd’s heart.
     Sing the melody of grace notes I composed on your heart’s keyboard.
     Do not wait another day to celebrate grace—never postpone joy!
     My undisturbed peace is the joy of your heart.
     Heaven helping you, I am your Cornerstone.

Rejoice in My faithfulness over time.
     Whatever changes happen in your life today, be certain I will not vary.
     I Will Always Be Who I Have Always Been—you can be sure of that.
     I love you no less today than yesterday—tomorrow will not change that.
     My unvarying Providence is the joy of your heart.
     Heaven instructing you, I am your Compass.

Rejoice in My fearlessness in trouble.
     Whatever catastrophes happen in your life today, rely on My protection.
     I promise never to abandon you as an orphan in life’s storms—relax.
     Humans cannot defeat Almighty; mortals cannot conquer the Immortal.
     My unfailing protection is the joy of your heart.
     Heaven reassuring you, I am your Courage.

Rejoice in My fortress in trials.
     Whatever consternation attacks your mind today, trust your Shepherd.
     Small faith takes you to heaven; great faith brings heaven down to you.
     My unruffled poise is the joy of your heart.
     Heaven invigorating you, I am your Confidence.

Rejoice in My festival of triumph.
     Whatever confusion swirls around you today, focus on rejoicing.
     Sing every heartbeat; pray every hour; dance every step.
     When should you get over blessing Me? Never!
     My unending praise is the joy of your heart.
     Heaven inspiring you, I am your Cheerfulness.
   
                                           

                                    (c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond 
                           Day 240, Gentle Whispers from Eternity 

Author: Johnny Almond

Johnny R. Almond earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and a Diploma in Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. After pastoring churches for a decade, he served the Air Force as a military chaplain in worldwide assignments. After retiring from the military in 2000, he began serving as pastor in Virginia. He currently serves as pastor of Hull's Memorial Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He and his wife, Beverly, have four sons, three grandsons, and three granddaughters.

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