Quiet Reflections With Jill

My journal entry today started off with wanting to share my regrets but somehow it didn’t feel right, so I hit the restart button and began by writing…”Jesus this is your day.“ Then came the familiar phrase,”This is the day that the Lord has made I WILL rejoice and be glad in it”! Wow my spirit was already feeling lifted!

I love that statement of faith. No matter what this day may bring whether pleasant surprises or unpleasant I have a beautiful choice to rejoice. There is something amazing about the way God has designed us with the ability to choose. I’m so glad He gave us free will.

Our circumstances are not supposed to dictate our ability to be glad. We may be hit hard some days with really tough and devastating news, that may leave us in a vortex of doubt, worry, bewilderment and disbelief but that’s not the end of the story.

We were created by Almighty God to see things from His eternal perspective. That does not mean we should burry our head in the sand and pretend everything is A-Ok. But we can run to the secret place and find God’s arms wide open and there we can find peace for our minds, hope for the future and renewed strength for the journey just by sitting in His Presence and allowing His Word to speak life to us.

I love how scripture encourages us to line up our will with God’s will. The Psalmist David wrote and sang songs about his will. I did a little research on the internet and discovered that in the 1860’s, Philip Bennett Power wrote a book about the “I wills” of the Psalms and one on the “I wills” of Christ. Wow two books just on these two little, but powerful words.

One blogger shares her discovery of finding more than 140 times this combination in use. I was encouraged by her blog to do a little digging into the Word and discover some of these “I wills” for myself.

Here are a few “I wills” from the Psalms that spoke to my heart:

“I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1, KJV).

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1, KJV).

“I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High” (Psalm 7:17, KJV).

“I will love You, O Lord, my strength” (Psalm 18:1, KJV).

“This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24, KJV).

What amazing promises that God gives to us.

I will bless…I will give thanks…..I will sing…..I will rejoice….. I will love you ….and the list goes on!

I encourage you to find some “I wills” that will bless your heart today!!

If you have some time, I would encourage you to listen to this toe taping, knee slapping and hands raising song called “I Will Bless The Lord” by Joe Pace and the Colorado Mass Choir.

It WILL… bless your soul!!!