September 20th, 2019 is Bonus Day 4,383.
How do I know? Because Rev writes the number on his calendar every single morning.
It is sometimes hard to believe it’s been 12 years since the miracle – since Bonus Day #1.
I have so many memories imprinted on my heart and mind … moments from days, weeks, and yes, months all leading up to September 20, 2007.
To name a few. There were:
- Symptoms that looked like heart failure which continued to get worse all without a diagnosis or explanation.
- Trips to doctors for tests and procedures we hoped would lead to cures and answers.
- The times they had to drain liters of fluid off his lungs.
- And family and friends who covered us in prayer as we waited for God’s peace and healing.
Finally, after almost a year … we learned that something called a Pericardial Stripping was the only way, short of a miracle, to save Rev’s life. However, it’s a surgery that most cardiac surgeons don’t want to do and one they were doubtful Rev’s body was strong enough to survive at the time. If you would like to read more of the story, you can find it here and here.
Most families celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.
In the Bible, God told His children to celebrate festivals. Days they were to rejoice and remember His deliverance and protection. His miraculous grace and mercy.
Days of praise and prayers.
So, today … I’m going to God with a festival of praise and I’d love for you to join me.
You may not have a specific life and death situation where you saw God’s miraculous intervention … but through Jesus, we have God’s divine protection in the greatest life and death situation of all. We have been offered an endless supply of Bonus Days and more reasons to thank and praise God than we can count. We have been forgiven and set free to celebrate forever … one day at a time.
So, let’s pray and thank God for the gift of life … today!
5 Prayers that Thank God for the Gift of Life
You saw me before I was born.Psalm 139:16–17
Every day of my life was recorded in Your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
Father, how do I begin to thank you the way I should for the gift of life. Your Word says You knew me before I was born. You knew the plans You had for me and prepared a path for me long ago.
When I think of Your grace and mercy, the people You have brought into my life, the opportunities You’ve placed before me, the ways You pursued me with Your love … it fills me with humble gratitude and overwhelming awe. Thank you!
I am so thankful for the gift of every Bonus Day! There are no promised days in this life … so every one is a gift, a day to celebrate and serve. Please help me. Fill me Your Spirit and help me trust, follow, and obey Your will for me today.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!Psalm 118:1,23–24
His faithful love endures forever.
This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.
This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Lord, You are so good! Your love is evident in the beauty of the world You created. It is realized in the gift of Jesus. And it is known in our hearts through the power of Your Spirit.
This day, today, is a gift from You! A Bonus Day to thank, praise, and serve You. A festival, a day to celebrate and rejoice in the simple gift of life. Whatever the day brings, may I live for Your glory. Thank you!
Let all that I am praise the Lord;Psalm 103:1–2
with my whole heart,
I will praise His holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things
He does for me.
Father, I want to praise You with all I am. I love this reminder to never forget all the good things You have done for me … to remember to count my blessings.
It can be so easy to allow everything from little annoyances to big problems distract me from the countless good You pour into my life. Please forgive me.
Thank you for Your grace and mercy, for Your peace and protection, for the gift of family and friends, for hope and happiness, for love and forgiveness. Thank you for Jesus! Thank you for Bonus Days!
But then I recall all You have done, O Lord;Psalm 77:11–12
I remember Your wonderful deeds of long ago.
They are constantly in my thoughts.
I cannot stop thinking about
Your mighty works.
Father, thank you for the gift of Your Word. I love reading about all You have done from creation to the promise of Jesus and a future forever in Your presence.
Thank you for the gift of faith and the ways You work in my heart and mind to draw me closer to You and to the knowledge of the Truth.
Thank you for giving us days to celebrate! Days like birthdays and anniversaries … days of deliverance and protection.
Please give me eyes to see Your hand at work around me each day and a heart of thanks and praise for Your loving presence in my life.
Praise the Lord!Psalm 106:1–2
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
Who can list the glorious miracles of the Lord?
Who can ever praise Him enough?
Lord, I thank you! You have been so good to me! You have shown me Your faithful forever love over and over again! Your miracles surround me. Please give me … eyes to see, a heart full of gratitude, and an attitude of praise!
This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad! Amen.
Friend, I pray you have many reasons to celebrate God’s gift of life today!
It’s so easy for us to get caught up in the routines and busyness of life that we forget today is not just another day … it’s a blessing to celebrate. It’s a reason to rejoice.
It’s a gift. It’s a miracle.
It’s a Bonus Day!
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