“Dear God, thank you because it’s not Monday anymore.”
For several years I listened and breathed a silent amen to my son’s prayer every Tuesday at breakfast. We always chuckled over that “Hallelujah, Monday’s over” prayer. Looking back now, I realize that I passed on to him my gloomy view of the first day of the work week.
You know that feeling when you start the week bleary-eyed after getting back home from a trip late Sunday night? I feel that way most Mondays, whether I went out of town or not. I don’t feel ready to get back to regular work and school routines, so I often start Monday morning with a vague sense of dread.
Do you ever feel the same way? Can I tell you what I’m learning?
We have so much to be grateful for on Mondays.
Each Monday brings a fresh start to a new week and one more twenty-four hour gift of life deposited right into our laps by the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Monday is one more chance to see God’s faithfulness. It’s one more day is to serve God and shine His light in our world.
I’ve decided to reframe Mondays into glory days.
In fact, I’m renaming the day Glorious and Grateful Monday. Care to join me? Sometimes we need a bit of extra self-talk when we start a new week.
Let’s look at David’s self-talk in Psalm 103:1-5
David tells himself two things I need to remember, especially on Monday morning:
1. Praise the Lord.
God’s eternal, glorious nature doesn’t change just because I’m feeling tired or stressed out. He’s as worthy of praise on Monday as on any other day, so let’s give the day a makeover. Let’s make Monday glorious by focusing on praise and worship.
2. Remember His Benefits.
This Psalm reads like a bullet list of things David is grateful for:
- Love and compassion
- Good things (I call these Extra Blessings.)
- Renewed strength
For the rest of the Psalm, David continues listing more blessings that are ours simply because we’re God’s children. Let’s make Monday grateful by remembering the benefits that come with our salvation.
What if we made a special effort to start each week well? Let’s give Monday a makeover by turning up our praise and thanks. Let’s make Monday glorious and grateful instead of gloomy.
Here’s a simple scripture journaling exercise to get started:
- Write down Psalm 103:2
- Read the rest of the Psalm and make a list of the benefits you see OR simply list blessings in your life that you are grateful for.
Now it’s your turn: What blessing are you grateful for today?
This post originally appeared as part of my friend Lisa Appelo’s “Hello Mondays” series. Follow this link to visit LisaApello.com. While you’re there, join her community to receive her fabulous chronological Bible Study, 100 Days with Christ.