by Tammy Phillips
March 15, 2021

I awoke early and I really wanted to roll over an go back to sleep, but sleep was elusive.  “Arise and shine,”  I hear faintly in the background of my mind.  My response was…”ugh.”  I brewed a cup of coffee, still wishing that I was back in my cloudy bed, but then I remembered.  A smile slowly crept across my face.  Today is Mary Claire Wilcheck’s birthday.  It is a day to celebrate her.  It is a day to stir my self up and rejoice because the Lord has blessed my son with a fiancé, soon to be bride who is a “rejoicer.”   Mary has a grateful heart.  She rejoices over everything.   A beaming, radiant  smile is part of her daily wardrobe and it  is not painted on.   It is not phony nor fake.  It is not from selfish happiness.  It is pure joy.  She illuminates a room the minute  she steps into it.   In honor of my Lord and her, I choose to turn my frown upside down and rejoice!  The word of God says to rejoice always, so let’s go! 

Rejoice before the Lord God in all you put your hand to.
Rejoice in every good thing which the LORD has given.
Rejoice with trembling.
Rejoice and shout for joy.
Rejoice in the Lord.
Rejoice in His salvation.
Rejoice in His name.
Rejoice and be glad all our days.
Rejoice in His works.
Rejoice at His word.
Rejoice in time to come.
Rejoice with all your heart.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad.
Rejoice your name is written in heaven.
Rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice.
Rejoice in the Lord.
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again, I say, Rejoice.
Rejoice evermore.
Rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Rejoice in so as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings.

I enCOURAGE you to REJOICE (and send a birthday prayer up for Mary Claire)! 

(Deuteronomy12:18, 26:11, 5:12, Psalm 2:11, 32:11, 35:9, 89:12, 90:14, 119:162, Proverbs 31:25, Zephaniah 3:14, Luke 10:20, Romans 5:2, 15:2, Philippians 3:1, 4:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:16, 1 Peter 1:8, 4:13)


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