DAILY DISCIPLINE #17
By Colleen Donahue

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"This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!" Psalm 118:24

I think it must be considered a fine art to be able to live day by day and minute by minute. Much of my life until now has been spent in the future. As a young girl I was always thinking of the day when I would grow up and become something or be able to do something that I couldn't do today. On the other hand, maybe some of us that are older are going backwards and living in what has been. Both are wrong. Both make us miss out on all the wonder of today and all that God has planned to give us in it.

A friend recently sent a Christmas card to me with the message-"Don't postpone joy" written several times in the card and on the envelope. She had recently experienced the death of a dear friend and through it God had relayed to her the deep message that we only have TODAY. The people we have with us now may not be here tomorrow. The mountain view we see from our car on vacation will pass within hours. The job that satisfies today may be changed or eliminated.

THIS is the day God has made and He wants us to live each minute fully. I'm learning this slowly, but have often the need to ask God to pull on the leash so I stay by His side and don't run ahead. I hope you will find the following passages encouraging and relevant for your life.

LIVING TODAY NOT TOMORROW.....

Day 1- What was the Lord's intention for every day of your life?
John 10:10

Day 2- When we make Jesus the Lord of our life what becomes true of our day to day life?
Galatians 2:20

Day 3- Does God care about the little details in your day?
Matthew 10:29-31

Day 4- How are we to perform even our smallest tasks in a day?
I Corinthians 6:14 / I Corinthians 10:31

Day 5- What is God's intention for our work each day?
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

Day 6 -Where are we to find the strength for each day?
Nehemiah 8:10b

Day 7- What does God promise regarding our day to day needs?
Matthew 6:31-34

Day 8- How are we to receive day to day trials?
James 1:2-3

Day 9- What are we to be prepared for?
I Peter 3:15

Day 10- A person who enjoys living today spends little time reliving the past or imagining the future.
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

Day 11- Will God require a daily accounting of our lives?
Ecclesiastes 12:14

Day 12- In a nutshell, what is the whole duty of man each day?
Ecclesiastes 12:13b

Day 13- What does God command us regarding our daily temporal needs?
Luke 12:22

Day 14- We are commanded to be ready at all times. For what?
Luke 12:40

Day 15- Is tomorrow ours to boast about?
James 4:13-16

Day 16- Our days are meant to have a higher purpose than just making money. Where is our real treasure to be found?
Matthew 6:19-21

Day 17- Does it help to worry?
Matthew 6:25-32

Day 18- How are we to encourage each other?
Hebrews 3:12-13

Day 19- What does God need to teach us?
Psalm 90:12

Day 20 -How can we expect to maintain a daily peace in our lives?
Philippians 4:6-7 / Isaiah 26:3-4

Day 21- Why can we "rest in peace" every night?
Psalm 4:8

Day 22 -There is a simplicity of life that causes great contentment.
I Timothy 6:6-8

Day 23 -When should the Lord be hearing from us?
Psalm 5:3 / Psalm 55:17

Day 24 -What are we commanded to do daily?
Luke 9:23

Day 25 -How do we bear our burdens each day?
Psalm 68:19

Day 26 -What are we to do with all our daily cares?
Psalm 55:22 / I Peter 5:7

Day 27 -When we feel that a day has been hectic, where do we go for rest?
Psalm 62:1-2

Day 28- How are we to stay "clean" before God?
I John 1:9

Day 29 -As God gives opportunity in a day what are we to do?
Galatians 6:10

Day 30 -If we have made vows of any kind: marriage, professional, religious etc. we are to fulfill them day by day.
Psalm 61:8

Day 31- Today is the day of Salvation!
II Corinthians 6:2

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