Today's reading

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. –Psalm 118:24 NLT

March 20, 2023

Rejoice and Be Glad - Part One

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. –Psalm 118:24 NLT

Typically, the way you start your day greatly determines the quality of the rest of it. An optimistic view does wonders for your soul, as well as for those around you. But a negative attitude creates further unhappiness. Your approach to daily life works either for you or against you—and it’s a decision that God allows you to make for yourself. Here are a few joy-stealers that can quickly rob you of a cheerful heart and a positive outlook: • A complaining spirit hinders the person from accomplishing all God wants to do in a believer’s life. • A comparing spirit produces jealousy and covetousness. • A condemning spirit loads much undue guilt and shame upon a believer, which is a work of the enemy. • A cluttered life brings much restlessness to one’s inner and outer life. • A crushed spirit brings a sense of hopelessness. It can enter a life for various reasons, such as facing a loss, encountering a challenge, or suffering from clinical depression. Regardless of the cause, God seeks to restore the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). How do you switch off these joy-stealers and turn on a positive attitude? You’ll find out in tomorrow’s devotional. In the meantime, seek a joyful, merry heart!

prayer focuses

Ask God to reveal any of these joy-stealers that are present in your life.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will help change your negative attitude into a more thankful, positive, uplifting one.


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Barbara Alpert

Barbara is a wife, mother, and grandma who seeks to love the LORD with all her heart, soul & strength. She has authored several books for adults and children. She enjoys mentoring other writers and seeing them turn their manuscripts into published masterpieces for God's glory. She believes that every person has a God-story within them to be told and shared.