Best Day of My Life — Daily Devotional

Today marks the fourth anniversary of my mother’s death.  Every year I try to honor her memory by sharing her daily devotional.

I am no stranger to the searing pain that grief brings with the loss of someone you love dearly.  Through it all I have remained thankful to a God that has carried me on days I didn’t think I could walk, held me when I didn’t think I could stand, and filled me with hope when I was empty.  I’ve walked through darkness and I know I will do it again someday.

When I have someone like my mother Earnie, who was the best example of everything I could hope to be in a wife, mother and friend, I am thankful for each day I have to love as fully as I can.  Mother was a faithful servant of the Lord.  She welcome each new day in prayer, meditation and reading the Bible.  Everyday, she would recite the same devotional.  I know it would make her happy if you shared it with someone you love.

Best Day of my Life

Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realized that this is the best day
of my life, ever! There were times when I wondered if I would make it
to today; but I did! And because I did I’m going to celebrate!

Today, I’m going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had
so far; the accomplishments, the many blessings, and, yes, even the
hardships because they have served to make me stronger. I will go
through this day with my head held high, and a happy heart. I will
marvel at God’s seemingly simple gifts: The morning dew, the sun, the
clouds, the trees, the flowers, the birds.

Today, none of these miraculous creations will escape my notice.

Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people. I
will make someone smile. I’ll go out of my way to perform an unexpected
act of kindness for someone I don’t even know.

Today, I’ll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down.
I’ll tell a child how special he or she is. I’ll tell someone I love
just how deeply I care for them and how much they mean to me.

Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don’t have and start
being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given me.
I’ll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my faith in
God and His Divine Plan ensures everything will be just fine.

And tonight, before I go to bed, I’ll go outside and raise my eyes
to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and the
moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures. As the day
ends and I lay my head down on my pillow, I will thank the Almighty for
the best day of my life. And I will sleep the sleep of a contented
child, excited with expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be
the best day of my life ever!

9 thoughts on “Best Day of My Life — Daily Devotional”

    1. We did have some special times together! Your friendship was the best part of TCU!

  1. Absolutely inspirational and lovely. Thank you for sharing your Mother’s daily devotion.❤️ I love her rosary…something I say every day.

  2. Oh Melissa I still have a copy of your mom’s devotional from her funeral. I have shared it with my friends and family and continue to read it on a regular basis. I will always treasure the weekend we shared a room on the women’s retreat. Bless you for keeping her memory alive for all of us.

      1. Your mom is deeply embedded in my heart, too, Melissa. I think she actually spent one of her birthdays with me in CO!! She left her incredible legacy to you and Paula. She is so proud of you, two!!
        Her best friend’s daughter!!
        PS. I read her devotional often. ❤️

        1. Pegie, when I imagine Mother in heaven — your sweet Margaret is right there with her! That’s a blessing, isn’t it?!

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