Ever since I was a little girl, I have tended to “save” things for “special occasions.”

Mainly, clothes.

Each year my mom would have a yard sale and she would come up to my room and go through all of my clothes with tags still on them. She still talks about this and mainly (I think partly), because I still have a tendency to do this.

“…tendency.” Who are we kidding; I still DO THIS!

So, this morning I decided, (for no reason whatsoever), to wear a nice blouse.

I’m not going anywhere special today, just the normal errands with taking my kid to preschool and then to Walmart for more coffee. But today…I realized, I had wanted change.

Have you ever been stuck in a rut for so long that it has (somehow) become your normal?

I had grown accustomed to wearing raggy baggy clothes in thinking that because I wasn’t going “anywhere special” that I shouldn’t be using the “good clothes” and be wearing them out.

This whole thing might sound trivial, even vain, perhaps somehow to you, but I promise this morning I realized this lack of change and decided to do something about it. For once in my life, lately…I have been looking at my “habits” and this being one of them, it got examined too. Again, it might sound like a minor, even silly change, but it got me thinking this morning about how it could all add up to a change in character for me overall.

Do you celebrate each day as though it were a “special occasion?” Do you rise to meet it?

My dog, who is growling at the neighbor right now is feeling better. He is still hobbling around and my husband had to stay home from work today in order to carry him outside and around the house, but he is doing good. I appreciate, more than ever, all of the thoughts and prayers as we did indeed need them and they have worked to bring us out of this trudging. The sun is looking up as we watch Tyson rise again.

It got me thinking this morning about recovery and how much I do or do not show grace or use it to its highest potential. Change is a wonderous thing. My Tyson has shown such dignity as he rises above it all…and I hope I can be like that too. To live more like Jesus. To celebrate what He has done for us not just for today or on Easter, but every day of the week.

I pray you have a good day today. Regardless of what you are wearing, I hope you FEEL like today is a special occasion you should rise to. Have fun. Life is exciting. And if it’s not…make it exciting again. Newness is a miracle. And God has given us this gift of newness at the start of each day.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” Isaiah 60:1

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