Psalm 118:24 - This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
I wake up in the morning and there's my puppy, Gideon right there beside me in bed content as can be. I reach over to pet him and he's so glad to see me, rolling over for his belly rubs and back scratches and then kisses my face all over. He's excited to be alive from the moment he wakes up. When Lucy Lu, one of our cats comes in and jumps up on the bed he can't wait to give her a great big "Good Morning." As she rubs up against him, Gideon kisses her all over her face too and it's just the cutest thing. They love each other to pieces and it's the same little ritual every morning.
They then follow me as I head to the kitchen. Gideon dashes down the stairs charging toward his other kitty pal, Elijah so he can be sure to greet him and give him licks, and morning playtime then begins. Full of energy and enthusiasm they race through the house, tackling one another and playing tug of war with their toys. They're so happy and just seem to be rejoicing in the day and in each other. It's as if they were saying, "Life is great"! They look for and expect good things each day and they find them.
Lord, I pray You would help me to awake each day excited to be alive, full of energy and enthusiasm in You, ready to embrace the day and to be glad in it and all it may have to offer. May I be expectant that I would find good things and may I share them with others, rejoicing always in You that all may know Your love. And like my happy Gideon, may I always have a smile on my face. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.